How important are dental check-ups?

Regular general dental check-ups are the key to convenient, comfortable and cost-effective oral health upkeep.

Paired with your day at home brushing and flossing routine, regular dental checkups play a vital role in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Twice yearly visits to your dentist can minimise the occurrence of long-term dental problems and deal with immediate issues before they are allowed to develop further.

Wahroonga Family Dental Care believes that a proactive preventive dental care program is the secret to maintaining optimal oral health for life. We strive to ensure these check-ups are efficient, enjoyable and productive so you can make the most of your time while in our care. During your appointment, our dentists have the skill to:

Conduct a professional clean

This is done to remove the toughened deposits of plaque that can’t be removed by brushing alone. This build-up of plaque can result in gum (periodontal) disease and plaque also contains bacteria which can cause inflammation and irritate gums.

Check for any potential threats to your oral health 

According to the report, ‘Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures trends (2014)’, between 2004 and 2006, 3 in 10 adults aged 25–44 had untreated tooth decay. This trend is a startling reminder of the importance of check-ups to ensure you have the right information to maintain optimum oral health.

Concerns such as tooth decay or gum disease are treated much more easily if they are caught in their early stages.

Maintain good overall health

In recent years, studies have linked strokes and heart attacks to gum disease and although the correlation between the two isn’t crystal clear, regular teeth cleaning could potentially lessen your risk of having a stroke or developing heart disease.

Conduct an oral cancer screening 

Oral cancer is one of the most widespread cancers and in Australia, accounts for 2.9% of all cancers. If caught in its early stages, patients experience a much better prognosis.

Keep your teeth

Everyone wants to keep their natural teeth, but poor oral hygiene can result in advanced gum disease, which means supporting bone can be destroyed as plaque travels further into the roots of the teeth.

Dental check-ups at Wahroonga Family Dental Care

To complement Wahroonga Family Dental Care in-practice oral health program, we strongly suggest that patients employ a comprehensive at-home oral care program. This should include maintaining a healthy diet, brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing your teeth every single day.

If you have any questions about your oral health and hygiene, or to book in your check-up, contact Wahroonga Family Dental Care today.