If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while and are feeling somewhat guilty, you’re not alone! According to the 2017/18 statistical report by the Ministry of Health NZ, only 46.8% of adults aged 15+ have visited the dentist in the past 12 months. That’s less than half of the population!
In New Zealand, we have an attitude of ‘why fix it when it’s not broken?’ ingrained in our culture, and the numbers prove that. Unfortunately, when it comes to our teeth, this attitude can lead to major issues which may be completely preventable. Plaque build-up, decay, cavities, gum disease…all problems which could be prevented through regular dental appointments.
Regular dental check-ups help to keep your teeth in the best possible condition, and good oral health means good overall health. Issues in your mouth can increase the risk of a multitude of other health issues including strokes, heart attacks and diabetes.
Exactly how often you should visit your dentist depends on your personal level of risk for oral health issues. In some cases, the dentist may recommend dental check-ups every six months, while for others every 12-24 months may be sufficient.
Whether you haven’t been to the dentist for financial or psychological reasons, just remember, you are not the only one. Chances are, you want or need a dentist or dental hygienist to check-up on your teeth but haven’t prioritised it. Our well-trained experts will take care of you and your teeth to make sure you are on the right track with your oral health. And the longer you delay going to the dentist, the more potential there is for minor issues to grow into major ones – translating into more extensive and involved treatment at greater expense.
McIntosh Dental offers a wide variety of payment plans to help you and your loved ones have the smiles and great oral health that you deserve. These include our standard payment plans, our Smilesaver scheme, Share a Smile cards and Southern Cross Easy Claim.
So if you haven’t been to the dentist recently, don’t put your dental check-up off any longer. We see first-hand how this can lead to bigger health issues, costs and inconvenience in the long-run.
Contact our friendly team at McIntosh Dental today to schedule your dental consultation.