No matter how good your oral health habits are, it’s important that you attend a dental check-up regularly
Look out for these signs that it might be time to pay us a visit to your local Melbourne dentist.
1. You suffer from bad breath
Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors, including certain medications, infections, and underlying health conditions, but it could also be a sign of gum disease, which is caused by the build-up of plaque on the teeth. The best way to keep your breath fresh is to practice good oral hygiene — brush twice a day and don’t forget to floss. This will help to remove food debris and plaque from your teeth. But, even if you stick to a healthy regime, it’s important to visit us for a regular check-up and clean. A professional clean gets rid of plaque and tartar in way that regular brushing isn’t able to.
2. You’ve noticed some signs of gum disease
When the level of bacteria in the mouth rises to a certain point, gingivitis can occur. Some common symptoms of gingivitis include inflamed and tender gums, bleeding when you brush and floss, and receding gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious stage of gum disease known as periodontal disease, which can cause severe damage to the bone and tissue that support the teeth. Not all cases of gingivitis lead to periodontal disease, and if it is found early enough it can be easily treated. Regular check-ups allow us to diagnose oral health issues early, which can save a lot of time and money in the long-term.
3. You’re concerned about tooth decay
If you experience any pain or discomfort; it’s a good idea to come in for a check-up. Often cavities often have no symptoms, and can be detected at your regular check-ups. If they are detected early enough, small cavities can be repaired quickly and easily. We offer tooth coloured fillings, which are a great alternative to unattractive amalgam fillings, as they are both durable and virtually invisible. Made from resilient composite resin, they can be used to fill any holes or pits caused by decay, and are strong enough to protect the tooth for up to 10 years. A tooth coloured filling has the potential to save your tooth from a root canal — by removing decay and restoring the tooth, the root is protected from infection.
4. You haven’t been to the dentist for a while
It’s important to go for a dental check-up every six months, so if it’s been a while since your last visit, make sure you make an appointment soon. Many people dread going to the dentist for fear of pain and discomfort, but early diagnosis and treatment of oral health issues can go a long way in preventing future complications.