For many people it is an unpleasant duty: to go to the dentist. But you should not underestimate the regular visits to the dentist.
Early recognized diseases of the teeth and gums can be treated very well nowadays medical. Unrecognized and untreated diseases in the oral cavity can be life-threatening! Detected disorders of the oral mucosa should be referred for further clarification to a maxillofacial surgeon.
Healthy adults should visit the dentist at least once a year. Patients with pre-existing gum and periodontal disease require more frequent checks, often in combination with a professional tooth cleaning (PZR), from the dentist. Patients with underlying conditions such as diabetics and smokers should also be checked at least twice a year.
For children over the age of 6, stricter rules apply and should be checked by the dentist twice a year. Here, too, of course, the rule applies that in the case of existing complaints, the inspection dates have to be scheduled in a more timely manner.
In the routine checks, the dentist inspects the oral mucosa for suspicious changes. There are the restorative work, such. As dental fillings, root canal fillings and prosthetic restorations (implants) checked for their functionality. Radiological images can be used to visualize the defects that are invisible to the eye of the beholder. Insufficient supplies in the oral cavity are a popular target for bacteria.