My teeth feel fine. Why do I need a dental check-up?
Dental check-ups give our dentist the opportunity to examine your teeth for any decay, cavities, or abnormalities before they turn into a painful, more serious problem.
During a dental check-up, we also provide oral cancer screenings. Many people overlook the importance of oral cancer screenings, but thousands of cases are found every year in Canada. It is especially important to receive screenings if you’re over the age of forty-five. When oral cancer is caught in the early stages, it can be successfully treated.
What happens during a dental check-up?
During your dental check-up, your dentist will:
- Thoroughly check your gums, teeth, and mouth.
- Ask questions about your general health and if you had any problems with your teeth or gums.
- Ask questions about your diet, smoking and alcohol consumption, and oral hygiene routine.
- Discuss when your next visit should be.
How often should I have a dental check-up?
Your dentist will recommend when your next visit should be after your check-up. The timeframe can vary from three months to two years (one if you’re under eighteen), depending on your oral health and hygiene. Typically, if you have a lower risk of developing dental problems, you can wait longer before your next appointment.
Between now and your next check-up, you may have other dental appointments for reasons such as teeth cleaning or fillings.
If you have any concerns between check-ups, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We’re always happy to see you!