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Why Do I Need Regular Dental Check-Up’s?

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We firmly believe that prevention is better than cure. 

With that as our lens, we do a few important things during your regular dental check-up and clean. 

  • We monitor your gum health to prevent future tooth loss, and check for signs that may indicate oral cancer.
  • We also identify dental caries so it can be treated earlier before it causes you more pain and damage.
  • If we notice abnormal wear and tear of your teeth, we help to identify the reason for it, and provide you with solutions to prevent it from getting worse.
  • As diagnosing issues early is key to treating them effectively, we closely examine your teeth, gums, tongue, cheek, jaw bone and jaw joint, to ensure no problem goes under the radar.
  • And finally, we clean your teeth thoroughly to remove stains and calculus, as well as reduce bad breath. 

Done on a regular basis, this will help you maintain your best possible oral health, and give you miles of smiles!

During your appointment, bring all your concerns about your oral health to your dentist. We are always here to provide information, education and solutions to your questions and problems.

At Aperture Dental, we are your committed partner in keeping your mouth healthy for the long term.

How Often Should I Have a Dental Check-Up?

The condition of your teeth and oral health will determine the how often you should visit the dentist.

In general, we recommend 6 monthly visits to maintain the best oral health.

For those at high risk of dental problems, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits until the problems are under control.

Link Between Oral Health and Your Overall Health

Do you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?

There is a large body of evidence showing that poor oral health negatively impacts other aspects of your general health. Periodontal disease, or inflammation of your gums, can contribute to other systemic diseases such as:

    • Diabetes – Type 2 diabetes and possibly gestational (pregnancy) diabetes
    • Heart disease – Clogged arteries, angina, heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Osteoporosis
    • Pregnancy – Premature birth, low birth weight
    • Cancer
    • Pneumonia in certain susceptible groups of individuals

Periodontal disease can sometimes be a silent condition, especially in its early stages. You may not experience obvious symptoms, and hence not be aware that it is happening. Your dentist will be able to pick this up during your regular dental check-up, and manage it to prevent it from progressing.

How Can I Protect My Teeth?

The best way to protect your oral health is to practice good oral hygiene and habits everyday:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Don’t forget to floss daily!
  • Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing
  • Eat a healthy diet, and limit sugary food and drinks
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups
  • Avoid tobacco use

Book an Appointment Now

When you come to the practice for your check-up we will make sure that you are as comfortable as possible and will take the time to listen to any other questions or concerns you may have. Click here to book in your dental check-up and clean with our team today!

References and Further Reading

  • Oral health and the connected body [Link]
  • Systemic diseases caused by oral infection [Link]
  • Oral health: A window to your overall health [Link]
  • Connections between oral health and general health [Link]