Check what you can’t see
Sure you might brush and floss every day and this is a great way to promote dental health. However, a dentist could check for things you can’t see. For example, you may have wisdom teeth growing at a strange angle. Your dentist can detect this early on before it causes you pain or becomes more complicated to remove. This saves you discomfort and associated extra costs.
Descaling as a preventative measure
As part of your check-up you may be offered a descaling treatment. Plaque builds up over time to form tartar and only your dentist or hygienist are able to remove this. Descaling removes the tartar preventing gingivitis which if left untreated leads to more serious health issues.
Treat cavities in their early stages
Regular check-ups can detect cavities early on. This means you can treat and ease any discomfort before it worsens. People often wait until they have pain before seeing the dentist. It’s better to be proactive and see the dentist regularly than to wait till this stage as it can end up needing more work to repair and inevitably costing more.
Check for non-dental conditions
There are also non-dental conditions that could be detected during a dental check-up. Some examples of these include vitamin and iron deficiencies, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, HIV, glandular fever and others. Symptoms can show up in your mouth which can then be identified in your dental examination.
Showing off your best smile
As well as dealing with gum disease, tooth decay and other issues during your dental check-up you may also wish to discuss aesthetic issues. You may have crooked, stained, chipped or missing teeth. These may not cause any physical problems; however, if they are affecting your confidence in smiling your dentist can offer a number of solutions.
Ultimately we need regular dentistry check-ups to identify any problems early. This makes the treatment and prevention less invasive and is potentially less expensive than letting dental issues worsen.