Visiting the dentist is the first step in ensuring unexpected issues don't arise that could potentially end up costing you down the track. You may think that regular dental check-ups aren't a priority. However, it's important not to underestimate the importance of regular check-ups to maintain good oral health and overall wellbeing.
Having a routine check-up comes with many benefits and helps prevent things like tooth decay, migraines, cavities, and even sleep apnoea! Not only does a routine clean help you maintain good oral health, but it brings back confidence in your smile. If you haven't been scheduling your regular dental check-ups, it may be time to do so.
What to expect
Whether you're returning to a dentist you haven't seen in awhile or hunting for somebody new to see, every regular check-up comes with similar expectations. You want somebody friendly, has your health as a priority, and is easy to understand when it comes to explaining exactly they're doing. With your visit, it's reasonable to expect and anticipate the following things:
- A thorough inspection of your mouth. You'll want to rule out potential cavities, issues with your gum line (possible gum disease), tooth decay, and more.
- If you haven't seen this dentist before, or it's been a while, they may require x-rays to provide a better view of your teeth, jaws, and the overall condition of your mouth.
- After the initial check-up, prepare yourself for the cleaning which will include thorough brushing and flossing of the teeth, which will also help to determine the health of your gums and teeth. If the cleaning is uncomfortable, or your mouth is sensitive at the time, you may be prescribed a special toothpaste to use for a while.
- Additionally, you'll have the chance to discuss any concerns or problems you've been facing with your dentist. The priority is, of course, your wellbeing and health.
Once you've finished with your check-up and clean, most dentists will recommend scheduling another visit to maintain a routine check-in. Should there be any concerns, they may have you schedule an appointment sooner to address them properly, or keep a better eye on your overall oral condition. At the end of the visit, they'll encourage you to floss and brush your teeth twice a day to ensure you're implementing healthy routines.
Without routine brushing and flossing, you can cause frustrating health issues to arise. From soreness in your jaw to unhealthy gums, tooth decay, and more, your oral health is important. A few potential concerns that may arise if you go too long without regularly visiting your dentist are as follows:
Headaches can be caused by a multitude of things going on in your mouth. Take clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, for example - the pressure from this can be the starting point for inducing a migraine. Bacteria build-up from not flossing or brushing your teeth routinely, and even tooth loss from lack of care of your teeth, can gradually decrease your oral health and contribute to orofacial pain and headaches.
Plaque and tartar build-up can lead to cavities throughout your mouth. When you go extended periods without routine cleaning, you may face more severe issues with your teeth. When cavities go untreated, you can cause damage to the rest of your teeth and have to deal with severe pain in your mouth. This can impact the overall health of your mouth, as well as result in needing to return to your dentist for fillings or to pull teeth that were untreated for too long.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that more than 18 million people suffer from sleep apnoea. With the two main types of sleep apnoea, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA), a dentist can investigate what's causing the condition to occur. Whether it's the soft tissue at the back of your throat collapsing, or the brain failing to signal your muscles to move, the result may leave you feeling sleep deprived and weak the following day. Through common indicators, routine dental check-up can pinpoint this condition and help restore your sleep condition.
The best way to prevent these potential issues, along with others, is by scheduling a regular check-up.
Looking for the right dentist
When it comes to your oral hygiene and trusting somebody to help you with it, you want the best in the business. As you begin your dental hunt, it's okay to take your time researching. You may want to read reviews on individual practices, call to see what the charge for an initial consult may be, and determine how far their locations are from you.
While determining the best practice for you and your family, you may focus on additional perks that come with your visit. Some offices will offer things like TVs with Netflix, music, or other forms of entertainment to make you more comfortable. Should you want help determining which practice is right for you, contact us. At National Dental Care, you can find information on the top practices in Australia, specifics on treatments and services offered at each location, the best payment plans offered, teeth tips, and more.
National Dental Care started with 4 practices and has grown to over 60 practices all across Australia within 5 years. What separates this team from other dentists, is the unique ability to offer a nurturing environment while providing you with the best available oral health services in the country. Using advanced equipment to provide top of the line service and requiring staff to take ongoing training and development courses, you'll feel right at home with each visit. Those routine check-ups will no longer feel like a hassle.