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Affinity Health, a leading provider of high-quality healthcare, says the best way to deal with oral health concerns is through prevention.


“A regular dental check-up aids in the prevention of a variety of oral health issues, including but not limited to periodontal disease, tooth decay, and tooth stains,” says Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Health.


“Tooth decay occurs when the teeth’s outermost layer (known as the dental enamel) begins to erode. This occurs as a result of an acidic reaction caused by a combination of bacteria and particles from food, drinks, etc. A dental exam detects early signs of tooth decay and can help prevent it by strengthening weakened enamel.”

Why do I need a dental examination?

Untreated oral hygiene issues may become more challenging to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with them early or, if possible, prevent them entirely.

Here are the five most important benefits of regular dental check-ups:

1. Identify oral health issues

During a dental check-up, your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of cavities, gum disease, infection, oral cancer, and other dental health issues. Your dentist may also take X-rays to detect problems that are not visible to the naked eye.

Cavities between teeth, impacted teeth, jaw injury, bone decay, and other issues may be present.

4. Learn how to maintain better oral health

When you go in for your regular dental check-up, your dentist will educate you on ways to better care for your oral health. The dentist will examine your mouth for any oral damage caused by bad habits such as smoking or vaping, teeth grinding (bruxism), brushing too hard, and your diet. Your dentist can then advise you on modifying your lifestyle choices to improve your oral health.

2. Have your teeth professionally cleaned

At your semi-annual dental check-up, your teeth will be professionally cleaned to remove plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing cannot remove. Plaque and tartar on your teeth can lead to tooth decay, gum inflammation, and other dental issues.

A teeth cleaning is also less expensive than fillings, crowns, and other restorative procedures. So make sure to do these regularly!

3. Discuss cosmetic procedures with your dentist

Your regular dental visit is an excellent time to discuss cosmetic procedures such as Invisalign and professional teeth whitening with your dentist. Because these procedures are not appropriate for everyone, your dentist can make recommendations based on your specific needs and goals.

5. Make long-term financial savings

Your dentist can assist you in identifying and correcting problems before they require more costly dental work and more complicated procedures in the future. Furthermore, some dental insurance plans cover a certain amount of cleanings/check-ups per year, so you won’t have to pay anything out of pocket.


Save on premium dental care through Affinity Health‘s negotiated rates and terms of service with an extensive network of dentists.

How often should I have a dental examination?

It’s commonly said that you should see a dentist twice a year. This is a good rule of thumb to follow when in doubt.

After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. Your next check-up could be in three months or two years (or up to one year if you’re under the age of 18).

“Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. People with good oral health will probably only need to come in once every 12 to 24 months, whereas those with more problems will need to come in more frequently,” adds Hewlett.

What about dental procedures?

Other appointments may be required for dental treatments such as fillings, tooth extractions, or emergency care. Call your dentist to schedule an appointment if you have problems with your teeth in between check-ups.

About Affinity Health

Affinity Health is South Africa’s leading health insurance provider, offering you a range of options at affordable rates, including access to the widest national provider network. We understand the importance of medical insurance that meets your needs, budget, and lifestyle. Our range of healthcare products are designed to protect you and your family when it matters the most. We strive to give our clients peace of mind and the highest standard of service at all times. For more information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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