“Do I really need to see the dentist regularly?”

“I don’t really like seeing the dentist…”
Truth to be told, that is the most common introduction dentists get whenever they see a new patient on their dental chair…

To the general population, dragging our feet to that local dentist is akin to bringing your car to the local mechanic. We never have a clue on what’s going on, what the mechanic is diagnosing and whether we really needed that recommended tyre change. Not forgetting how much it will cost in the end…

Firstly, I will take this opportunity to inform what we (most of us) do during a routine dental checkup.
PS: Methods and flow might differ one dentist to another

  1. History
    • Taking a precise precise history helps in diagnosing dental diseases
  2. Examination
    • This is where we check your teeth for cavities, cracks, condition of fillings, gum health, oral cancer screening, TMJ (jaw joints & muscle) etc
  3. Investigation
    • Further tests to confirm diagnosis – includes XRays, pulp test, gum screening, clinical photographs, dental moulds
  4. Consultation
    • This is where we inform you your oral status, and provide treatment options together with their pros and cons.

So, the question is : Do we need to visit the dentist even though we do not have any pain or symptoms?

And the answer is: 100% YES !!!

Below are some reasons why I would highly suggest a routine checkup & cleaning:-

  1. Prevention
    • Most of the time, dental diseases are preventable. This includes dental cavities and gum diseases. Some examples of preventive dentistry includes fluoride varnish, fissure sealants, diet analysis and advice & oral hygiene instruction aka tooth brushing & flossing techniques
  2. Minimizing Damage
    • Small cavities are easy to fix – small fillings will do the job
      • If left for months to years, cavities grow in size and once it reaches the pulp/nerve, you would most likely end up with a root canal treatment or extraction – which will eventually cost more financially and time needed
    • Gum diseases at an early stage is reversible – a good round of scaling and polishing combined with providing oral hygiene instruction solves most problem
      • If left untreated, gum diseases cause bone loss around the tooth, eventually leading to gum infection and loose teeth.
      • Statistically, 90% of the adult population have some form of gum disease.
  3. Social Health
    • Having an amazing smile improves confidence and social well-being. It also makes you look and feel younger
    • Having clean teeth prevents bad breath
    • Believe it or not, some research suggests that  people with straight teeth are 45 percent more likely to land the job than someone who has similar qualifications, but also has crooked teeth.
    • Trust : No matter what your profession, you need people to trust you, with their lives, money, property, children, pets etc. Some research again shows that close to 73% of the population are more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone who has good clothes or a nice car. Turns out, dressing the part isn’t the only key to success
  4. Cost
    • Dentistry is not expensive. Neglect is.

There are a lot of other reasons why visiting the dentist is a necessity rather than an option. If it has been years since your last visit to the dentist, pick up your phone now and call your local dentist for an appointment. Finally, I would like end this post with a quote,







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