When was the last time you visited your dentist?
If you’re like most people, you may not remember.
Regular check-ups at your dentist every six months are just like servicing your car. When you keep on top of your car maintenance, you’ll have peace of mind that your family is safe, and you’ll be less out of pocket with unexpected repairs. It’s the same with your teeth. Just because you don’t feel any aches or pains in your mouth doesn’t mean your teeth are okay.
Visiting your dentist only when you have bleeding gums, or a toothache can mean you’ve been in pain and discomfort without needing to be. Dental issues often start out being small and have no symptoms. Regular dental visits can identify potential issues before they result in an extensive dental procedure later.
Many oral health problems can be prevented and are less expensive to treat if they’re picked up early.
The benefits of preventative dentistry
Did you know there’s a link between your oral health and your overall health?
Sometimes called the oral-systemic connection, the link between the presence of oral bacteria including gum disease and health issues was found in a landmark 1954 scientific study.
Your dentist is the only health professional who will regularly check your mouth for signs of diseases.
More recently, a 2016 study showed a significant association between oral health and general health and confirmed the findings of previous reports as regards the existing correlation between dental infections and medical disorders. The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health has also found links between poor oral health and:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Some pregnancy complications, including premature birth
- Kidney disease
- Increased risk of stroke and heart attack
- Inflammation related diseases
Visiting your Perth dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleans is the best way to minimise the need for extensive dental treatment.
During your dental examination, our dentist will conduct a thorough dental examination, tooth-by-tooth. This will identify any possible issues like tooth decay or gum infections. Gum disease is common among adults and often has no symptoms. When your dentist identifies gum disease early, they can prevent it from progressing.
At your preventative dental visit, your dentist will start by examining your teeth for cavities and gum disease or any issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or your bite.
To ensure nothing’s going on that they can’t see, your dentist may also recommend you have regular dental X-rays. This is a useful way to keep track of your dental health from visit to visit. Examining your teeth regularly is an important way to detect problems early. If problems are detected early, they’re usually less expensive to treat.
Your dentist will also clean your teeth by removing the calculus and plaque build-up. It doesn’t matter how meticulous you are with brushing and flossing your teeth, plaque will build up and harden into tartar, which can only be removed with dental tools. After cleaning, your dentist will remove surface stains and polish your teeth, so you look Instagram worthy again.
Book your preventative dental appointment at Aria Dental
Have you noticed you’re not smiling in photos as much as you used to? Maybe you put a hand over your mouth when you laugh? Feeling ashamed of your teeth and smile is common and can be helped at Aria Dental. Our dental implants are ideal for patients who have lost some of their natural teeth or have dentures that move around. If you’d like to have white and straighter teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help. We provide porcelain veneers, at-home teeth whitening kits, Invisalign, and dental crowns. Our cosmetic dentistry treatment will have you smiling and laughing with confidence again.
If you’ve been putting off visiting the dentist because you’re anxious, nervous, have had a negative experience, or have a strong gag reflex, we understand. Our sleep dentistry treatment is designed for patients who don’t look forward to their trip to the dentist. Our sleep dentistry has various sedation options, including feeling totally relaxed but awake to where you have a deep sleep and wake up without memories of your dental treatment. Our highly trained and experienced dentists can help you choose the most appropriate sleep dentistry option for you.
Aria Dental is Perth’s leading dental practice with a focus on preventative dentistry. Our highly qualified and experienced team of dentists and nurses provide preventative dentistry services in luxurious surroundings. Book your dental appointment in at Aria Dental before December 31 when your health rebate expires.