Let’s be honest; few people are enthused when they receive a text message from their dental team reminding them that they are now due for a dental checkup.


But, rather than beginning to think of ways to get out of it, when it comes to booking a dental checkup, there are more reasons why you should attend it than you may think.

At Deakin Dental, our dentist Canberra is a believer in prevention; therefore, we are always happy to see our patients every 3 to 6 months as needed to keep their oral health in good condition and prevent problems.

So, leading on from this, our dentist Canberra will now talk to you about the importance of dental checkups, so enjoy!

Prevents decay

When our dentist Canberra places that small, circular mirror in your mouth and starts listing numbers, it is worth noting that we are checking the condition of your teeth and are looking for signs of decay.

If we spot decay, usually in the form of a cavity, we will offer either a composite filling or, in more advanced cases we will look into amalgam or glass ionomer fillings for the back teeth. Great!

Prevents gum disease

Gum disease may not seem as serious as tooth decay but in actuality, it is more likely to be responsible for tooth loss in your adult years than an extraction. And when our team pokes your gums with that metal pick, we are ensuring that your gums are firm and are not too spongy. If your gums are spongy, we may need to begin treating you for gum disease with mouthwash and a scale and polish.

In advanced cases of gum disease, we may need to splint loose teeth and look to extract teeth.

Prevents cardiovascular issues

If you have excess amounts of plaque in your mouth, it is unlikely to stay solely in your mouth.

Plaque leads to gum disease, which as mentioned earlier, causes the gums to be porous and in turn, allows the plaque to pass through the gums into the bloodstream.

Once the plaque is in your bloodstream, it can cause issues with your heart, heighten the risk of you developing strokes or cancer and even lead to heart attacks.

So, if you suspect that you have gum disease, please contact our team urgently for a checkup.

Oral cancer

It is part of a standard dental checkup, but we will also explore your mouth for signs of oral cancer.

Oral cancer is, unfortunately, on the rise in the UK and it is also one of the easiest cancers to detect and treat. If you have a history of smoking, drinking excessively, or even have oral cancer in your family, you must attend your checkups with our team.

Cosmetics and orthodontics

And finally, what better place to discuss cosmetic options or orthodontics than at your biannual checkup with us?

Once you have been given the green light relating to your general dental health, you can begin to look at other options to improve your smiles, such as veneers, whitening, or even clear aligners. The sky’s the limit!


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.