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When was your last dental check-up?

Really, we’d love to know. Dental check-ups are often overlooked, usually with serious consequences. We’ve grown accustomed to going to the dentist only when there’s a problem with our teeth. But here, at Shine Dental Care, we recommend that you schedule regular dental check-ups throughout the year.


Why should you schedule regular dental check-ups?

We all know when we’re having a toothache, and we all know what a huge pain they can be. The thing is, however, toothaches don’t just pop up overnight. Usually, they develop over weeks and months. This is where a dental check-up comes in real handy – while you might not notice there’s something wrong, your dentist or dental hygienist sure will. And if you begin treatment early on, you can often avoid all the worst symptoms of a tooth problem.

In other words, if you skip out on your dental check-up, you may end up requiring more extensive, more costly treatment later on. So wouldn’t it be better to catch it early during one of your check-ups? We, at Shine Dental Care, certainly think so!


What kind of problems are spotted at dental check-ups?

When you go in for your dental check-up appointment at Shine Dental Care, your dental expert will look for the following problems:


Gum Disease

One of the biggest problems encountered around our gums is the fact that food remnants have the unpleasant habit of sneaking in under our gums. In time, this can lead to bad breath, pain, and without treatment, even permanent tooth loss. So obviously, this isn’t something you want to mess around with.

Tooth Decay

Another common issue encountered during dental check-ups is tooth decay. First of all, tooth decay is perfectly natural as our body naturally ages over time. However, the issue with tooth decay is that we tend to overlook its earliest symptoms, namely a slightly painful tooth, hoping it will go away on its own.

It usually doesn’t. What it does do, however, is worsen over time. So whereas minor decay may be treated with a small, barely detectable filling, left untreated, it can cause serious, permanent, and often visible damage.


Chipped Tooth

Often, we meet patients who think that the only risk of a chipped tooth is blighting your smile. And while that may be true for some minor chipping, more serious tooth chipping can lead to bacteria entering your tooth and causing permanent decay and damage.

Your dental practitioner will look for all of these issues during your dental check-up appointment at Shine Dental Care. Having spotted them, they’ll be able to take the appropriate corrective measures, and advise you on proper after-care.


How often should you have your teeth checked?

At Shine Dental Care, we recommend that you get a dental check-up every six months, at least. This allows us to catch dental problems early on, and swiftly fix them. If you prefer erring on the side of caution, you could schedule your dental check-ups once every three or four months, but remember, you should be having at least a couple of check-ups a year!

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