Typically, people visit a dentist when in pain and need treatment to alleviate it or when they notice something wrong with their teeth and need a particular procedure. Here are other unique instances when you might need to visit a dentist to guarantee oral hygiene and health.
When You're Between The Ages 6 To 12 Months
Though this is not a must, a parent needs to consider taking their child or children to a paediatric dental clinic when their first teeth start to sprout (somewhere between the ages of six and 12 months).
There are three main benefits to paediatric dentists getting involved in your child's dental health at this age:
- The dentist confirms that your child's teeth are growing normally. If there is a problem, they can identify it early, monitor it and offer early treatment. Early treatment is usually better because it's easy for ailments to get worse if left untreated; if they do, it would mean expensive or invasive treatment.
- A paediatric dentist will educate or give tips about good oral hygiene, especially for a young child. It's probably apparent that your child needs you to be their teacher, so it's best if you get accurate information from a dentist.
- Some dental patients may require regular monitoring, but this depends on their dental condition. When you visit a paediatric dentist, he or she can create a schedule for these visits, ensuring your child remains healthy.
When Suffering From Health Conditions That Put You At High Risk Of Dental Disease
Some diseases put you at high risk of suffering from different dental conditions. Some of the most common examples include diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity and arthritis. If you know you have one of these diseases, it might be best to visit a dentist for a check-up. This way, the dentist will help you keep dental conditions at bay by coming up with an oral hygiene routine that you must follow.
Keep in mind the conditions mentioned above are just a few of many. Therefore, it's best to visit a dentist, even if you're not suffering from any of them just to be safe. Be keen to ask your dentist about all the conditions that could affect your dental health and expect various medical tests to be conducted.
The dentist will also perform a dental examination, offer treatment if required and guide you on good dental hygiene practices.