Dental check ups aren’t expensive but neglect can be!
There is a common misconception that you can save time and money by skipping your biannual dental check up, especially if everything is feeling just fine! After all, why would you need to visit the dentist when your teeth look and feel ok?
The reality is that oral health issues often develop without you seeing or feeling them. Just like heart disease and cancer, dental disease can go unnoticed. Problems can develop into large major issues with your teeth and gums without you even noticing, and by the time you realise something is wrong the treatment required is extensive and EXPENSIVE!
Why you should see a dentist every 6 months
Regular dental check-ups play a key role in catching any problems as early as possible and treating them before they cause you unnecessary damage, discomfort and pain.
We understand that it isn’t most people’s favourite thing to go to the dentist, but it is extremely important to keep your oral health in check. We would rather help you avoid tooth decay, broken teeth and gum disease than have to treat it, which isn’t enjoyable for you or your hip pocket! We believe that PREVENTION is BETTER than a cure!
Most dental problems can be easily resolved or even prevented if they are picked up early before they start to cause serious problems. Decayed teeth can, for example, lead to tooth extraction if not detected in time and resolved with a dental filling, crown or root canal treatment. Early signs of gum disease, TMD, migrating teeth, chips, tooth fractures etc can all be picked up at your regular dental appointment and treated early with minimal intervention and cost.
What you need to know about preventative dental care
Regular dental checkups are just as important as brushing and flossing your teeth daily.
While pain and discomfort are the most common signs of a dental emergency, preventive care allows you and your dentist to prevent a dental emergency from occurring in the first place.
While trauma and accidents are unpredictable, gum disease and dental disease often happen gradually and the beginnings of these as mentioned are often asymptomatic. Decay, for example, will only start to cause pain and discomfort once it has grown large enough to have reached the nerve and inner section of the tooth, by this time it is serious and action must be taken to protect the tooth from loss and surrounding teeth from being affected.
Dental plaque also builds up on your teeth over time, no matter how well you brush and floss at home, there are hard to reach places which often only your dental hygienist can get. If this plaque and calculus is left there it can cause gingivitis and lead to periodontitis (gum disease). Other dental problems follow a similar pattern so it’s very important to have early detection of these problems at your regular biannual check-up, to prevent these problems going unnoticed and causing larger problems.
What to expect at your regular dental check-up
At your regular check-up, we:
– Examine your teeth and gums
– Take any dental x-rays as necessary to check for any abnormalities, areas of the teeth and bone we cannot see to make sure there are no nasties hiding
– Provide you with any advice on how to keep your oral health in optimal condition
– Preventive care
– Advice on any queries you have such as teeth whitening, Invisalign etc.
– Provide professional teeth cleaning
Visit Toorak Dental Studio regularly
Coming in regularly means that the appointments are usually easy and pain-free with any problems picked up early and the necessary treatment required is simple and easy.