Maintaining a good oral health and preventing further risks need check-ups with the dentist from every six months to once a year.
Regular check-ups allow dentists to help you keep your mouth healthy, as well as to ensure there aren’t any dental problems to take care of. Untreated conditions can make more difficult to deal with in the future, so early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent and solve major risks to dental and general health.
Ideally, patients should schedule check-ups every six months, even though some people may not need to go so often while others may need more frequent visits. At the end of every check-up your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit depending on your dental health and the possible need of any treatments.
During a dental check-up, the dentist usually examines thoroughly your teeth, gums and mouth to rule out or detect any problems. This helps you maintain a good oral health and him make an early diagnosis and treatment of any problem he might found. Your dentist will also ask you about your general health and about any problems you may have had with your teeth, mouth or gums since the last visit, as well as information about your diet, smoking and alcohol use and teeth-cleaning habits. He can give you advice on that and inform you on how all of this can affect your dental health.
When needed, the dentist or a hygienist can proceed to a thorough cleaning of your teeth in order to remove plaque and tartar, which could lead to cavities, gum disease, bad breath and many other dental problems. They can also make you X-rays or other tests would they suspect any problems not obvious in the examination.
Two of the main and more urgent problems dentists treat are those of missing or crooked teeth. Straightening of teeth is usually performed by an orthodontist, who may recommend the use of different procedures depending on the characteristics of the patient and his problem: traditional braces (made of metal or ceramic), lingual braces or clear braces (such as Invisalign braces) are the three main options to solve such problems. The dentist advice combined with the preferences of the patient will help them choose the more adequate treatment for him. Teeth replacement procedures are also common and advised to treat as early as possible to prevent from further complications. These can involve dental bridgework, dentures or a Dental implants, depending on the severity of the problem and the suitability of the patient for each treatment.
A part from strictly medical problems, cosmetic dentistry offers also a wide range of treatments such as smile makeovers, veneers or teeth whitening procedures to solve aesthetic problems which can as well have a harmful effect on the patient’s self-confidence and lifestyle.
Remember regular check-ups with your dentist are essential to maintain your dental health and prevent problems from becoming major risks