Not feeling pain, sensitivity or discomfort in your mouth doesn’t mean you can skip out on your regular dental check-up.
Associate Professor Sharon Liberali, Principal Dentist at Health Partners Dental explains why it’s important to maintain good dental health year round by having regular dental check-ups even when nothing ‘feels wrong’.
Things might be happening in your mouth that you can’t feel or see, and many oral health problems are much easier to fix early on rather than waiting until the problem gets worse. ‘When problems become more serious or more complicated, your oral health could deteriorate quite quickly. You may require more complex treatment and need several appointments to fix the problem.’ says Sharon.
‘These days, people want to keep their teeth for life and are not happy to have a problem tooth pulled out as they may have been years ago. To prevent this regular check-ups with your dentist are vital to maintain good oral health.’ says Sharon.
Four main benefits of regular dental care include:
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Regular dental appointments, along with good oral healthcare at home reduces the risk of more serious dental and oral problems developing. If any issues are identified, your dentist can address these quickly or refer you to a specialist before they progress into more serious problems.
The health benefits of going to the dentist regularly run far deeper than just keeping your teeth in good condition and maintaining a beautiful smile. Good oral health can also have a positive impact on your physical, mental and social wellbeing, and overall self-confidence.1
Other health problems your dental examination can detect
Dental professionals focus on a number of oral health issues, they don’t just check your teeth. They assess both your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy and also check for irregularities that may otherwise go unnoticed and could be a sign of more serious health problems.
A dental check-up can reveal other issues including:
Skipping dental appointments may not seem like a big deal, but oral health issues can develop and progress quickly. By keeping on top of your dental cleans and check-ups, you’re doing yourself a big favour in the long run.