Early detection, regular dental check-ups and proper dental care can correct or even prevent problems from occurring.
It's been repeated again and again - that prevention is better than cure. When it comes to oral care, that's what dental check-ups are all about - prevention and early detection of dental problems.
Many people think that there is no need to go for a dental check-up unless they are in pain.
This is not true. Many dental problems progress very slowly without any signs. Your dentist is trained to detect such problems. Early detection and timely treatment can correct or even prevent problems from occurring.
Apart from spotting trouble early, regular dental check-ups can be valuable in many other ways.
First of all, your dentist will look carefully or examine all parts of your mouth and face.
Teeth will be checked for such things as cracks, wear, decay and faulty fillings.
Gums will be checked to see if they have a healthy colour and shape.
If they bleed, that is a sure sign of disease!
Bones, cheeks, tongue, palate and other parts of the mouth and face
will be examined for any unusual swellings or surface changes.
Dental check-ups are part of dental care and about prevention and early detection of dental problems.
Yes, if your dentist thinks they are needed. X-rays can be very helpful to detect
hidden problems. Don't worry, dental X-rays are very safe!
The most important part of the dental check-up is the discussion you and your dentist can have after the examination. This may include:
An explanation of what has been seen in your mouth.
Recommendations on how to treat any problems discovered, e.g. preventive measures like fluoride application or fissure sealants.
Advice on diet and the correct ways to clean your teeth.
Counselling on how to overcome any destructive habits that you may have.
Monitoring the development of the teeth and jaws in growing children.
Yes. Your expectations, needs, and importantly, any anxiety that you may have should be brought up so that your dentist can understand you better.
If you have any medical problems, its effect on your oral health and treatment will be explained.
Together, the two of you can decide what needs to be done, how and when to do it and of course, the cost of doing it.
Advice and guidance
All of which are valuable in maintaining health throughout your life.
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This article was last reviewed on
Friday, June 25, 2021
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Youth Preventive Dental Service (YPDS) provides oral health screening for pre-schoolers at some childcare centres as part of the Preschool Oral Health Screening and Fluoride Therapy Programme. Parents will be informed of the screening findings and recommended follow-up action through an "Information Sheet for Parents" that is downloadable from HealthHub.
YPDS also provides free basic dental services to Primary and Secondary students through school dental clinics and mobile dental clinics.
Annually, Primary 1, 2, 4 and 6, Secondary 1 and 3, and ITE Year 1 students who are enrolled in the school dental programme will be screened and treated by YPDS. Students in other levels who require dental services may visit the school or mobile dental clinics for free consultation and treatment.
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