Dental health is a continual process, that is, you always have to care for your teeth and gums. And while that may sound like a hassle to some, once it becomes a habit it take almost no time at all, and it helps prevents complications down the line.
Like we said before, dental health is about prevention, not correction, and to prevent dental diseases, one of the things we need to do routinely is a regular dental checkup, at least once every six months or so, but why should pay a visit to your dentist when you are feeling great?.
Keep in mind that some dental conditions are asymptomatic; in others words, you might not be aware of a condition until it worsens, for example, dental decay (such a cavities) are quite painless, but if left unchecked the tooth can crack or the pulp can become infected.
But I brush three times a day and I floss, you might say, well, yes, but even if you do, small particles are always left behind; these particles might turn into plaque, or provide food for bacteria that damages your teeth, so regardless of how careful you are, nothing beats a visit to the dentist.
What’s a regular checkup?
So, as you might’ve guessed, checking for tooth decay is a common practice during a regular visit, but additionally your dentist will also check your gums, perform a head and neck examination, and look for traces of vitamin deficiencies, diabetic symptoms or even indications of oral cancer.
Many dentists are extremely thorough, going to great lengths to make a correct assessment of your current condition, it’s not uncommon to check your face, bone structure, bite, saliva and even take x-rays for a more in-depth look.
Afterwards, the dentists cleans you teeth, removing plaque or tartar, which, if not treated might weaken your teeth or irritate your gums. The regular checkup is also the perfect opportunity to whiten your smile, remember that tobacco and certain foods (like coffee) stain your denture giving it that yellowish color.
After cleaning, the dentist will probably review with your what’s your current situation, and will provide useful tips to help with your dental care, it can be anything from brushing tips to dietary changes that will prevent further complications down the road, as well as new information which you might not be aware of, remember that this business is constantly growing, and new technologies are always being developed to help your dental health.