Katoomba Dental Centre

The Danger of Self-Diagnosis

March 17, 2020
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Posted By: Katoomba Dental Centre

Your dentist in Katoomba, NSW always wants you to be safe.

In the internet age, when information is literally at your fingertips, it’s easy to search for your symptoms online and attempt a diagnosis. In some cases, you scare yourself unnecessarily. Other times, you convince yourself that you have a medical or dental issue that can wait—when, in fact, it cannot.

When it comes to your health, it’s crucial to seek professional guidance and treatment. Medical and dental health problems can often mimic one another. You may self-treat and self-diagnose only to discover that you have allowed an infection to spread or decay to intensify unchecked.

You should also never skip a regular medical or dental check-up because you’ve convinced yourself that all is well.

You may think, 'I brush and floss daily. This cannot be a cavity.'

You may decide, 'I do not have a blister on my gum or pain, so this can’t be a root infection.'

We recommend allowing your dentist in Katoomba to make these determinations. We would never want you to lose a tooth or develop dental pain because of an inaccurate diagnosis.

The Importance of Regular Medical and Dental Exams

With regular dental exams, your dentist can spot potential issues before they turn into tooth-threatening problems. For example, a small cavity is less detrimental to your tooth than a cavity that has been allowed to fester. And it is always better to discover a root canal infection early before it causes you pain or compromises the strength of your tooth.

You should also make sure to have regular teeth cleans. This removes the debris and tartar that lead to oral health conditions like cavities, gum disease and infections.

To Schedule a Dental Exam and Teeth Clean, We Welcome Your Call

We look forward to seeing to all your dental health needs.

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In accordance with recent ADA recommendations, we are operating at Level 1 restrictions. We can continue seeing patients for all routine treatments, including checkups and cleans. We will continue to screen patients before seeing our dentists, and any patient that is suspected of having COVID-19 will not be able to be treated. This protocol will be in place until at least the 31st May 2020. If you have any questions, please call us.