Many people don’t go to the dentist until they are experiencing a dental issue. The problem with that is by the time you realise something is wrong, you might need an expensive dental procedure. Whereas a routine dental exam would have uncovered a tiny cavity, skipping dental appointments might mean that your cavity has grown and you now need a root canal.
Visiting your Gawler, SA general dentist regularly can save you both time and money in the long run.
The Oral and Systemic Health Connection
In recent years, more and more studies have been published directly connecting your oral health with what goes on in the rest of your body. Serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, seem to be related to the state of your oral health.
Gum disease, in particular, is believed to be directly connected to the state of the organs in your body. One of the main problems with gum disease is that many people have it without knowing about it, so they don’t receive treatment. The only way to know for sure about the state of your gums is with regular dental examinations. When you have gum disease and don’t get treatment for it, it will get worse and may eventually lead to tooth loss.
The Preventive Services We Offer
There are many ways you can protect your oral health, and you’ll find all of the preventive and general dental services you need at our Gawler, SA dental clinic.
- Check-ups and cleans
- Oral cancer screening
- Deep cleanings to prevent the spread of gum disease
- Digital x-rays
Prevention of Gum Disease
How do you know if your gums are healthy? The truth is that you do not—unless your dentist tells you they are. Often, people have gum disease without even knowing about because it commonly presents with no signs or symptoms.
At a routine dental exam, your dentist will check the health of your gums because you cannot have healthy teeth without healthy gums. Without routine check-ups and cleans, plaque builds up on the teeth, hardening into calculus. This puts you at an even higher risk of developing gum disease.
Gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss among Australian adults.
Frequency of Dental Visits
Our dentists will advise you on the best frequency for check-ups and cleans, but most people benefit from visiting the dentist every six months. In some cases, however, more frequent visits might be called for if patients have gum disease or other oral issues.
After your next dental appointment at Gawler Dental Clinic, our team will make a recommendation for your next visit and arrange a booking for that time.
Since our Gawler, SA dental clinic was first established in 1922, we have emphasised to our patients just how crucial preventive care is to their oral health. Take good care of your oral health by visiting our dental clinic regularly. We want to help ensure you and your family enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.