Do I really need regular check-ups at the dentist?

How often do you visit your dentist?

Silence… That’s what usually happens when we ask that question! Too many people don’t visit nearly often enough!

Many people have an “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” attitude to their dental health. After all, if you don’t have a toothache, you don’t have tooth decay, and it’s all good, right? Wrong!

According to a study published in the Journal of Dental Research in 2013, almost half of adults aged over 30 years have chronic inflammatory gum disease.

This not only potentially leads to tooth loss in the long term; it can also impact very negatively on your overall health – as well as causing bleeding gums and bad breath. Gum disease can also impact negatively on your heart, blood vessels, and other organs. So how do you know if you have gum disease? Only your dentist and oral health therapist can tell you for sure.

There is even increasing research to study the link between bleeding and inflamed gums in pregnant mothers and the incidence of low birth weight in their newborn babies.

Your dentist can also identify issues such as chronic benign ulcers and oral cancers at an early stage – which is critical for good treatment outcomes.

WE RECOMMEND: Adults see their doctor once a year for a general health check and screening as a way to maintain wellness.


Likewise, preventative dental care (or active maintenance) is also essential for the health of your teeth, mouth, and body overall.

Without seeing your dentist regularly, you may ultimately pay a much higher price, both financially and in terms of developing health issues. Preventative dental care identifies and eliminates periodontal disease, gum disease, and tooth decay.

When you come for your regular visit to Myer Street Dental in Geelong, in most cases your visit will be for what we call “active maintenance”. This involves a check-up and clean – which is what is needed on a regular basis to be proactive about your dental health.

3 steps to a healthy and radiant smile:

Step 1: You will first be seen by our oral health therapist (OHT) for gathering important information from you, performing your teeth cleaning, and taking dental X-rays if these are required.

Step 2: Then the dentist will come in to speak with you, analyse the data collected by the OHT, examine your teeth and discuss with you the findings of the check-up with you.

Step 3: It’s important to be proactive about your dental health! You absolutely do need regular check-ups and cleaning. Remember: Dental health is an important key to overall good health and wellbeing.

Call the Myer Street Dental Clinic on (03) 5222 4599 for the very best in dental care today.
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