The importance of dental consultations

It’s been repeated again and again – that prevention is better than cure. And that’s what dental check-ups are all about – prevention and early detection of dental problems.

Many people think that there is no need to go for a dental check-up unless they are in pain.

This is not true. Many dental problems progress very slowly without any signs. Your dentist is trained to detect such problems. Early detection and timely treatment can correct or even prevent problems from occurring.

Apart from spotting trouble early, regular check-ups can be valuable in many other ways.

What happens in a dental check-up?

First of all, your dentist will look carefully or examine, all parts of your mouth and face.

  • Teeth will be checked for such things as cracks, wear, decay and faulty fillings.
  • Gums will be checked to see if they have a healthy colour and shape.
    If they bleed, that is a sure sign of disease!
  • Bones, cheeks, tongue, palate and other parts of the mouth and face
    will be examined for any unusual swellings or surface changes.

Dental check-ups are all about prevention and early detection of dental problems.

Will X-rays be taken?

Yes, if your dentist thinks they are needed. X-rays can be very helpful to detect hidden problems. Don’t worry, dental X-rays are very safe!

What else?

The most important part of the check-up is the discussion that you and your dentist can have after the examination. This may include:

  • An explanation of what has been seen in your mouth.
  • Recommendations on how to treat any problems discovered, eg preventive measures like fluoride application or fissure sealants.
  • Advice on diet and the correct ways to clean your teeth.
  • Counselling on how to overcome any destructive habits that you may have.
  • Monitoring the development of the teeth and jaws in growing children.

Anything more?

Yes. Your expectations, needs, and importantly, any anxiety that you may have should be brought up so that your dentist can understand you better.
If you have any medical problems, its effect on your oral health and treatment will be explained.
Together, the two of you can decide what needs to be done; how and when to do it and of course, the cost of doing it.

In a nutshell, dental check ups provide:

  • Advice and guidance
  • Early detection
  • Timely treatment

All of which are valuable in maintaining health throughout your life.