Importance of Regular Dental Visits

Regular dental visits are crucial for maintaining oral health. These check-ups help prevent cavities, ensure proper dental development, and establish good hygiene habits. Early detection of dental issues leads to easier, less costly treatments, promoting a lifetime of healthy smiles.

What will happen at my first appointment?

The dentist will likely examine your mouth and teeth using a small mouth mirror and a ruler. X-rays, photographs, and moulds (impressions) or a digital scan of your teeth may also be taken. These measurements and records will help the dentist decide if you need treatment and, if so, which is the best treatment for you.

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What will happen next?

There are likely to be four possible outcomes, each of which will be explained to you in simple language by the dentist:

  1. You are not yet ready for treatment, in which case you may need to see the dentist again when you are older.
  2. Your dental health is not good enough, possibly due to poor toothbrushing or decayed teeth. Your dentist may refer you back to the dentist once things have improved.
  3. You do not need treatment because the position of your teeth is perfectly acceptable, or expected to be.
  4. You are ready for treatment and need to decide whether to proceed.

What happens if I am ready to start treatment?

The dentist will explain:

  1. The treatment options and which is best for you.
  2. The pros and cons of treatment.
  3. The duration of the treatment.
  4. The commitment needed from you for the treatment to be successful. 5. When you can expect the treatment to begin.

At this point, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. If you decide to proceed with the treatment, the dentist may request written consent.

When will treatment start?

This depends on:

  1. How many of your adult teeth have come through, as many treatments are best left until most of the baby teeth have been lost.
  2. Whether you need to improve your toothbrushing or have any teeth filled due to decay.
  3. The length of any waiting list for the particular orthodontic treatment you need.
  4. The degree of urgency for your particular case. For example, certain types of bite are best treated while you are growing rapidly and may be prioritised. Other treatments may need to be delayed until facial growth has almost stopped.

Your dentist will explain the exact timing of the treatment for you.

Dentist visit frequently asked questions

How often should i visit the dentist?

You should visit the dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups and cleanings. However, the frequency can vary depending on your individual oral health needs. Some people may need to visit more often, such as every three to four months, if they have ongoing dental issues or a history of gum disease. Always follow your dentist’s recommendations for the best care.

Can you visit the dentist when pregnant?

Yes, you can visit the dentist when pregnant. In fact, it’s recommended to maintain good oral health during pregnancy. Inform your dentist about your pregnancy so they can take appropriate precautions.

Can you eat before visiting a dentist?

Yes, you can eat before visiting the dentist. However, it is advisable to brush your teeth afterward to ensure your mouth is clean for the appointment. Additionally, avoiding strong-smelling foods can help make the visit more pleasant for both you and the dental staff.

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