The Value of Regular Dental Check Ups


Lots of people would say that going to the dentist is one of those regular health maintenance appointments they dread the most. As a result, many people put off making dental appointments, sometimes getting out of the habit of having regular check ups entirely. They rationalise this by telling themselves that they don’t have any real problems with their teeth, so why bother? However, there are very good reasons why you should have regular dental check ups.


Over time, even with regular brushing, you get a build-up of a hard substance called calculus. Regular brushing can’t remove that – it takes specialised instruments in the hands of a qualified dentist. If calculus is left indefinitely, it can increase the chances you’ll end up with gingivitis – inflammation of the gums – and gradual bone loss at the extreme end. Your dentist can remove calculus as part of a regular clean.

General dental health and maintenance

Your dentist will check a few different things at your regular dental check up. Your general health has an impact on dental health, so they will check on how you’ve been, and whether there are any other issues that may affect the condition of your teeth. Your diet, consumption of alcohol and smoking are also things that can affect your teeth, so they may also be discussed. Your teeth will be thoroughly checked for any decay, and further appointments made if there is work to be done.

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