Today, we’ll discuss five reasons to have a regular dental checkup.
Hi, Dr James here, and I’m one of the principal dentists at Elevate Dental.
Yesterday I was speaking with one of my patients, Tamara from Prahran. At her appointment, she asked me, “Why are regular dental checkups necessary?” We get asked this all the time, so I thought I’d make a video to share with you what I shared with her.
Having regular dental checkups saves time.
When we see you on a regular basis, all the ongoing dental problems are usually fixed and your dental health is in tip top condition. This means that there are usually fewer dental problems in between your regular checkups, and if there are, these are often quite minor and easily solved. Less dental issues means less treatment, and you end up avoiding spending prolonged treatment time in the chair.
You save money.
Think of having regular dental checkups as having your car regularly serviced. Your car may be running well, and by having it regularly serviced, you avoid having major car issues. Without these regular services, your car may still work, but when a problem develops, it’s usually a major problem and more costly to fix. Similarly, with your teeth, regular dental check-ups helps you to avoid having bigger dental problems that are more expensive to fix.
You avoid pain.
When dental problems are left undetected and untreated, they become more complicated. With teeth, small problem areas that need treatment are often painless. While this may feel fine for now, if they are not picked up in the early stages, they can lead to unpredictable and unexpected dental emergencies. In severe cases, this may feel like a constant, unbearable pain, and difficulty with normal daily routines like eating, drinking and sleeping.
To have good overall health.
For instance, not many people know that unhealthy gums can affect your general health, including worsening heart disease, diabetes, affecting pregnancy and increasing the risk of having a stroke. Another example is if you end up having teeth removed because they couldn’t be saved. This may affect your ability and types of foods you are able to eat and enjoy. If the missing teeth are in the front region where it can be seen when you smile, it can have damaging effects on your self-esteem and confidence. Good overall health starts with a healthy mouth.
You keep your teeth for longer.
We’re all living longer than previous generations and keeping our own natural teeth is becoming a priority. After all, we don’t want to have to live with a full set of false teeth that we leave in a jar of water at night by our bedside table! Even though there are advances in modern technology that allow us to replace your missing teeth, there’s nothing quite as good as the original teeth that you have. By having great dental health through regular checkups, you are able to have your own teeth for longer.
I hope this gives you better insights on the importance of regular dental check-ups. By the way, if you are looking for a new dentist to look after you and your family, we would love to help. We are friendly, caring and compassionate. Why not give us a call at +61 3 9428 2424, send us a direct message on social media, or complete the enquiry form on our website at www.elevatedental.com.au, and we will help you organise your appointment. We look forward to meeting you.