Dental Check

You may have often been advised check your teeth every 6 months’ since your school days. However, some people may not need check-ups so often, while others may need more frequent visits.

In fact, the interval between check-ups may vary from 3 months to 12 months depending on the oral (teeth and gums) health status and risk factors.

A dental check-up is important to detect any oral health problems you may have and also to ensure that you have good oral health.

You should not delay or ignore a dental problem until it becomes serious. Prevention is better than cure, not only will it prevent you from pain, but also saves cost and time.

During dental check- ups, the dentist usually:

1- Examines your teeth, gums and mouth.

2- Esquires about your medical condition* (*Patients with systemic diseases for e.g Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, bleeding problems, autoimmune disease are at risk).

3- Asks about any changes in your oral health (teeth, gum and mouth) since your last visit.

4- Enquires about your diet and advises on good oral hygiene practice (brushing, flossing, mouth rinsing etc) and also risks of smoking and alcohol intake.

5- Showing a patient how to brush and floss teeth.

6-Decides what treatment is needed.

7- Schedules the following appointment for check up or treatment..

8- Following a dental check-up, the dentist will be able to assess your oral health status and he/she will suggest the appropriate check-up interval for you.

9- If you have excellent oral health, you will be advised to return for a dental check-up after 1 year. However, if you have problems or are at risk, you will be advised to have more frequent dental check-ups, either 3 monthly, 6 monthly or once a year.


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