Medical checkups are often skipped either because people are too lazy to go for them or they do not have the time. Even in the case of dental examinations (or checkups), these reasons hold, but there is another major cause - people are scared. Although it is no longer valid, many still believe dental exams are long and painful procedures. In terms of today's dental exam, the reality is very different. Modern dental practices and technology have reduced the pain and discomfort of the old days.
Like the other body parts, the mouth is exposed to infection, illness, and injury. Often an infection will spread slowly and is overlooked until it has become a severe (and often very painful) problem. Injuries can also start small and grow until they become severe. Detecting teeth or gum-related pain early means they are easier to treat, making recovery faster. During an exam, a dentist can spot improper oral hygiene practices and show the patient the correct way to care for the mouth. And if a medical condition does crop up, the sooner an examination is done and the problem diagnosed, the sooner the treatment can begin.
Adults and children should have a dental exam every 6 months, and if a problem is detected, it should be done at shorter intervals, as advised by the dentist.
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There are 3 main parts of a routine dental exam.
There is no reason to be afraid of a dental examination. If it is done regularly, any potential problem can be treated early when the limitation imposed by it is less, and the side effects of the treatment are negligible. If it has been 6 months or more since your last dental examination or if you are experiencing any oral health problems, contact a dental office without delay.