general checkups

Dental checkups are often viewed as a simple cleaning, but dental visits are far more important than a simple polish.

Regular dental visits are a crucial part of overall oral health and help ensure you maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.

What is Included in a Check Up?

Protecting your teeth is a much better solution than treating the damage caused by decay. At Genesis Dental, we offer preventative dental care plans for the whole family to help keep your smiles bright and your teeth healthy.

We use the latest digital dental imaging to detect potential problems and provide regular dental cleaning services as part of our preventative care packages. During a dental checkup, your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth, evaluate your oral health, monitor any ongoing issues, and offer instructions on proper brushing and flossing.

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Benefits of a Dental Check Up

Regular dental visits are key for maintaining good oral health and preventing serious complications.

Benefits of regular dental check ups include:

  • Promote optimal oral health
  • Early cavity detection (easier and less expensive treatment)
  • Check your fillings to ensure they are secure and free of decay or damage
  • Screening for signs of grinding, clenching and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Catch bad breath and dry mouth or bad breath and treat the underlying cause

  • Ensure your dentures or veneers are still fitting properly and functioning as they should
  • Early detection of oral cancer (especially important if you use tobacco products or smoke)
  • Early detection of gum disease, which often goes unnoticed in its early phases but can lead to severe complications when left untreated
  • Discussing your diet and how it relates to dental health
  • Ensure you are following a proper oral hygiene routine (if needed, your dentist can advise you on better habits, recommend a certain toothbrush or toothpaste, and answer any questions) Protect your overall health (good oral health has been linked to better overall health and protection against certain health conditions)

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

Even if you aren’t concerned about the current condition of your oral health, regular dental check ups are still important.

While we generally recommend seeing your dentist once every six months to maintain good oral health, certain scenarios require more frequent visits.

Consistent dental visits are especially important if:

  • You have experienced recent changes to your dental health, such as shifting teeth, bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, persistent tooth pain, or other changes.
  • You’ve had recent dental work such as oral surgery, crowns, or fillings and need a follow up appointment
  • You have severe gum disease (this may require visits as frequently as every 2 months)

  • You are prone to cavities or other oral health issues

  • You develop plaque quickly

Dental Checkups Reduce Your Risk of Dental Emergencies

You can also reduce your risk of dental
emergencies by:

  • Pregnant women
  • Individuals who smoke
  • Individuals with a weakened immune system and poor response to bacterial infection
  • Individuals who deal with dry mouth
  • Older individuals
  • People who are highly prone to decay and cavities
  • Individuals with certain medical conditions

Dental Checkup FAQs

How soon should I schedule my child’s first dental visit?

We typically recommend scheduling a dental appointment for your child around twelve months of age or as soon as their first tooth erupts. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions about scheduling an appointment for your little one.

What are the risks of avoiding dental checkups?

The risks of skipping dental checkups include:

  • Dental emergencies
  • Tooth loss
  • Severe gum disease
  • Higher risk of cavities
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth discolouration
  • Complications and expensive treatments that could have been avoided

I have dental anxiety that prevents me from attending regular check ups - what should I do?

At Genesis Dental, we strive to offer a dental experience that is straightforward, calming, and easy-going. We know many individuals struggle with dental anxiety and we are committed to helping you feel at ease when attending appointments. Please reach out to us if you struggle with dental visits and we’d be happy to answer any questions and schedule a no-pressure consult to discuss treatment options that would help put you at ease and shift your thinking surrounding dental appointments.