We have all had the saying that prevention is better than cure; yet very few of us actually
put that saying in practice.
One of the ways of preventing oral diseases is by having a regular dental check-up. This is
done routinely every after 6 months or as recommended by your dentist.
So, what happens during a check-up?
• At the dental check-up your dental professional will check for cavities (holes in your
• X-rays might be taken to detect cavities between your teeth or anything else missed.
• The dentist will also check for plaque and calculus on your teeth. Plaque is a clear,
sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can harden and become calculus. You
cannot remove tartar with brushing and flossing. If plaque and calculus build up on
your teeth, they can cause oral diseases especially gum disease.
• The dentist will also examine your gums for any bleeding, recession, change in colour
or formation of gum pockets.
• The dentist might recommend a professional cleaning (scaling) to remove the plaque
and calculus.
The check-up might also include a careful examination of your tongue, throat, face, head,
and neck.
But I don’t feel any pain!!
• Most people won’t go to the dentist until they feel pain. This is wrong as pain
normally indicates something deeper or worse.
• It is better to deal with something before it progresses otherwise you might need
longer procedures or even lose your tooth.
• Dental check-ups are generally cheaper & shorter than other dental procedures
What you should do between each dental visit
• Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque is
always forming on your teeth, but you can manage it by brushing and flossing
• Remember to brush and floss regularly to avoid any oral health issues.
Contact your dentist for that check-up and have a healthy mouth.
God bless you.
Dr Kaayabula Emmanuel Louis, BDS (MUK)
Pan Dental Surgery

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