When was the last time you visited the dentist for a general check-up? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time for your next one!
Most people will often neglect dental visits for a couple of common reasons:
- Dental anxiety
- Fearing the worst
- Bad memories from childhood
- Simply being “too busy” to visit
If you can relate to any of the above reasons, first, we’ll start by saying, we understand. We really do!
Kids, life, work – it all gets in the way, and it certainly keeps us busy. However, it’s so important to make time for not only your own health, but the health of your entire family – kids included!
Set the right example and establish good dental habits in your children by making a visit to the dentist a regular and frequent occurrence. No need to make a big deal about it; simply help teach them to understand the importance of good oral health and habits.
If there’s one piece of advice to take away from this blog post, it is this: don’t wait for a dental emergency before visiting your Armadale dentist.
Can’t shake that nagging feeling that you’re overdue for your next check-up? No better time than now to schedule an appointment!
What’s the point of regular dental check-ups?
While brushing and flossing are imperative parts of your oral health care routine, they’re not the only tasks that ensure your teeth remain healthy and clean.
You also need the experience of a dentist in Armadale.
They will thoroughly check your oral health, picking up signs and symptoms you wouldn’t have otherwise, and advising you on techniques and cleaning habits.
Prevent tooth and gum diseases
Regular dental check-ups prevent the spread of any oral diseases caused by cavities and infections that might harm your gums, teeth, and tongue.
Frequent dental check-ups can stop diseases in their tracks, giving us enough time to diagnose the problem and prescribe a remedy before matters get worse.
Find out any hidden dental problems
On the surface, your teeth look great.
They are shiny and bright, and truth be told, you actually love brushing for the recommended 2 minutes!
What’s there to worry about, then?
A dentist has the tools, experience, and knowledge to perform in-depth inspections, spotting issues (or potential issues) before you can.
Left hidden – and therefore untreated – can lead to more serious consequences, and more complicated solutions.
Even if your mouth looks and feels clean, you can never be 100% certain… until you visit your dentist, that is!
Additionally, being unaware of any potential issues puts you in the unfavourable position of letting a dental problem manifest.
Prevention is better than cure, as the saying goes – and the research agrees.
So make sure you schedule a visit to your Armadale dentist today. We’ll make sure any hidden or potential dental problems are identified and treated sooner rather than later.
Improve your brushing technique and employ a personalised oral hygiene program
While some of us may love brushing for two minutes, others skimp over their routine, and as such, don’t clean their teeth as effectively or thoroughly as they should.
(And don’t get us started on all those who don’t even floss!)
Did you know that there’s a right way to brush and floss your teeth?
We know – habits are hard to break (or in this case, change) but the way you grew up brushing your teeth may not be the best way to promote oral health and clean your teeth and gums.
If you’d like to revisit your brushing techniques and see where you can improve, just have a chat to your dentist – we can help you understand how and why you need to better take care of your teeth, gums, and tongue.
How often should you visit the dentist?
Most patients only give oral hygiene a second thought when the pain hits.
The minute the feel a throbbing pain or suffer a chipped tooth, they’ll have no hesitation giving their local Armadale dentist a call, desperate for a same-day appointment.
Before that, though? We’re often forgotten about!
This is one common mistake that we can’t stress enough: you must not wait for pain in order to visit a dentist!
So how often should you really visit your Armadale dentist?
We recommend once every six months, or once a year at the absolute minimum.
Any less than that, and you’re presenting an opportunity for some real damage to take place behind the scenes.
Think of it this way: your dental appointments should be as important as your hair appointments, your yearly flu shot, and all those other appointments you schedule for your family throughout the year!
What happens during a dental check-up?
The purpose of a dental check-up is to provide you with an overview of the condition of your teeth, gums, tongue, and overall oral health.
Failure to prioritise your oral health can lead to bigger problems in the future, so if you can’t remember the last time you visited the dentist, book an appointment now!
During a dental check-up, your Armadale dentist may:
- Inspect your teeth and gums
- Clean and polish your teeth
- Identify any oral conditions such as tooth decay, inflamed gums, or bad breath
- Provide professional advice on oral health conditions
- Help you refine and modify your dental hygiene routine (including brushing and flossing)
- Conduct dental x-rays for diagnostic purposes
- Schedule any follow-up appointments, if required
What dental treatments may follow a check-up?
Depending on the outcome of your check-up, your dentist will advise you of the best course of action to rectify any problems (or potential problems in the making!)
Visit our Armadale dentist today!
Don’t wait for next year!
If it’s been more than a year since you’ve had your teeth checked, we urge you to make yourself a New Year’s resolution that you’ll prioritise your oral health and book an appointment before the first month of 2020 is up!
Dr Zelman Lew and the team at Dental Care Group covers all your dental requirements, from baby’s first visit to geriatrics, and everything in between.
So you can book in the whole family, from mum and dad to the kids and even the grandparents!