Did you know that tooth decay is one of the most common preventable problems around? Both children and adults can fall victim to a cavity, but seeing your dentist every six to nine months can stop those nasty little holes in their tracks. If tooth decay isn’t treated, you might end up having to have root canal treatment or even lose a tooth!
It’s easy to assume that if you don’t have any dental pain, your teeth are A-okay. But there might be tiny problems you can’t see, and these can lead to massive issues later on in life. Many dental problems fall under the radar until it’s too late. Visiting your dentist every six months can make sure these problems stay well away from your mouth.
A typical check-up won’t last longer than 15 minutes. Your dentist will have a good look at your mouth, teeth and gums and ask you about your oral health. They might also offer some pearls about eating habits and damaging habits like smoking and drinking, both of which can take their toll on our choppers. Your dentist might also give you some top brushing tips so you can keep on top of your oral hygiene.
If you need one, your dentist might schedule you in for a follow up appointment for a filling, deep clean or scale and polish.
Going to the dentist might not seem like the most thrilling 15 minutes of your life, but we can’t stress enough how important check-ups are. It helps to spot problems in their early stages and treat issues you didn’t even know you had. When it comes to your mouth, prevention is always better than cure.