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Important for overall oral health and well-being

Dental Checkup

Did you know?

90% of dental infections have absolutely no pain

That's right, no pain, gum disease doesn't hurt, most tooth infections don't either. And at the same time 47% of americans over the age of 30 have gum disease and, if you're over 65, that jumps to over 70%.

People are really surprised to find that most dental infections don't hurt. Yet we quickly accept the fact that high blood pressure doesn't hurt. Diabetes doesn't hurt glaucoma cancer, they don't hurt.

Just because something doesn't hurt, doesn't mean it's healthy.

If you don't have any pain, how do you know you have a dental infection or not?

Well, you see a good dentist for a good dental exam and find out. When dentists look inside your mouth, they're not only checking your teeth, they are also looking for warning signs of gum disease, mouth cancer and other medical problems. 

Bacteria and gum disease have already been proven to cause cardiovascular disease. There are over 630 000 deaths a year in the United States from heart attacks. Some researchers believe that 50% of those heart attacks are triggered by dental infections with absolutely no pain. Oral bacteria affects pregnancy, complications from pre-term births to stillborns. Researchers are also finding oral bacteria in the brains of alzheimer's patients. Rheumatoid arthritis is affected by the body's inflammatory response to dental infections.

Dental checkups are important for both children and adults.

Children should have their first dental checkup around the age of three, and then every six months after that.

Adults should have a dental checkup at least once a year.

If you have good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly, you may be able to reduce the frequency of your dental checkups. However, it is still important to see your dentist regularly to ensure that your mouth is healthy.If you have any concerns about your oral health, or if you are experiencing any problems with your teeth or gums, be sure to see your dentist right away.

Dental problems often get worse over time, so it is important to get them treated as soon as possible.


Our teeth and gums are major players in our body's health.

"The mouth contains millions of bacteria, both good and bad. In the absence of regular mouth care, the number of harmful bacteria multiplies, and this can have an effect on the rest of the body."



There's strong evidence linking gum, disease and heart disease. Oral bacteria can be absorbed into the bloodstream via inflamed gums and travel to other parts of the body.

This may contribute to tiny clots or inflammation in the blood vessels that leads to cardiovascular disease.

Infective endocarditis may result when bacteria enter the bloodstream of a susceptible individual, for example, somebody with a prosthetic heart valve and colonizes the lining of the heart, which can lead to inflammation of the lining of the heart valves. The disease carries a high mortality risk and it's thought it can be caused by oral bacteria. There's evidence that good oral hygiene reduces the risk. 

There's an increasing amount of evidence linking poor oral care to community and hospital acquired pneumonia. The risk of developing pneumonia is higher in patients who are already compromised, for example, those with dysphasia who are frail or who have a learning, disability, regular and effective mouth care to remove bacterial plaque and oral secretions is recommended as a measure to reduce the risk and Severity of pneumonia hospital-acquired pneumonia is a very common hospital-acquired infection with high morbidity and mortality rates and extends a hospital admission on average by over a week.

There's strong evidence of a two-way relationship between oral health and diabetes gum disease can lead to poor blood sugar control and poorly controlled diabetes can increase the severity of gum disease. People with diabetes are also at higher risk of developing oral thrush and try mouth.

There's evidence linking poor oral health to a number of other general health conditions, including stroke, dementia, premature birth and some types of cancer.

How long does Dental Checkup takes?

Treatment Procedure

The length of time a dental checkup takes can vary depending on the specific services being performed and the overall health of your mouth and teeth. A routine dental checkup typically includes a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and mouth, as well as cleaning and polishing.

A basic dental checkup can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. If additional services, such as x-rays or treatment for problems like cavities or gum disease, are needed, the appointment may take longer.

It is a good idea to arrive at your dental appointment a few minutes early to allow time to fill out any necessary paperwork. During the appointment, your dentist or dental hygienist will examine your teeth and gums, looking for any signs of problems such as cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer. They will also clean your teeth and remove any plaque or tartar that has built up. If necessary, they may also take x-rays or perform other diagnostic tests.

After the examination and cleaning, your dentist will discuss any findings or recommendations with you and answer any questions you may have. They may also provide you with information on how to care for your teeth and gums at home and schedule any follow-up appointments that may be needed.

There are a few things you can do to prepare for your appointment.


Be sure to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. This will help remove any plaque or tartar that may have built up since your last cleaning.


Make a list of any concerns you have about your oral health. This will help your dentist identify any areas of concern and address them with you.


Be prepared to answer questions about your oral hygiene habits. Your dentist will want to know how often you brush and floss, as well as what type of toothpaste and mouthwash you use.


Be sure to arrive on time for your appointment. This will give you the best chance of getting the most out of your visit.

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