A dental check-up may not be your idea of a fun time, so we get why you might be tempted to skip one or two. However, many people don’t realise that oral health is not only about your mouth, but also your overall wellness.
We asked Maven Dental’s Wellness People (a team of awesome oral health experts) to share just some reasons why you shouldn’t miss your regular check-up:
You probably brush twice a day to keep your teeth clean and healthy, but plaque and tartar will still build up in between and around your teeth. Without being removed, the plaque hardens and becomes calculus (commonly referred to as ‘tartar’). Most people experience tartar build up on their teeth, particularly those with harder to clean areas such as around crowded teeth or permanent retainers.
Having your teeth professionally cleaned and polished will not only remove the built-up tartar and leave your teeth sparkling clean, but a smooth and polished surface will also reduce future plaque build-up. Fluoride treatments are also available during these appointments, which help to strengthen your teeth from the outside in.
Discovering cavities before they get bad
Ouch! We all know that sharp pain you feel in your tooth when you suck in cold air or eat something cold or sweet – and while this could just be sensitivity, it could also be the sign of something more sinister such as a cavity.
When a cavity first begins to form, you may not experience any symptoms at all. However, as the hole progresses through the layers of your teeth and reaches the dentine, it will begin to cause pain. Seeing your local Maven dentist twice a year can prevent this from happening as it allows your dentist to diagnose and treat cavities long before symptoms occur.