Looking after your teeth is incredibly important but sometimes problems can arise without you even knowing. Regular dental appointments can help prevent problems from developing or becoming worse.
Ideally you should visit the dentist at least twice a year, however if you are at prone to dental problems or at high risk you may be recommended to visit every few months. This applies to the following:
- People with ongoing dental issues
- People who are experiencing high stress
Cavities and Decay, better call go to the dentist
One of the most important reasons for visiting the dentists every 6 months is that they will identify any decay or cavities. Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth is eroded by the bacteria in plaque that forms on your teeth. Decay can lead to a hole in the enamel called a cavity, and without treatment it can cause infection and even tooth loss.
Seeing your dentist gives you a better chance at treating any issues earlier, or preventing them altogether. Cavities typically take months to develop so preventing it from getting worse will stop any further damage to your oral health. If you’re at risk of developing a cavity or getting tooth decay, you will need to visit the dentist more regularly.
Build ups of plaque and tartar can erode the tissue of the gum causing gum disease. If left untreated, it can cause significant damage to the gums and even spread to the bone structure.
Your dentist will be able to recognize the symptoms of gum disease before it is fully developed, meaning you can treat the problem before it becomes a major issue. Neglecting your oral health when you are at risk of gum disease can cause you great pain in the future.
You’ll be advised on oral hygiene methods to prevent gum disease such as using mouthwash and flossing, as well as offered any additional treatments.
Prevent plaque build-up
Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms when foods or liquids containing sugars and starches are left on the tooth surface. Build-ups of plaque can result in tartar which discolours the tooth, giving a stained appearance. Over time, this can lead to tooth decay if left untreated, as the acids wear away at the tooth enamel.
To prevent this, the dentist can will often give you a dental cleaning which will help remove any build-ups of plaque and bacteria. They will also advise on the best practices to keep plaque away.
Identify harmful dental habits
Over time you might develop habits that can be harmful to your dental health. This can even happen without you noticing it. If you grind or clench your teeth, you might be more susceptible to damaging your teeth or surrounding gums. Neglecting to brush your teeth properly can cause plaque build-ups and tooth decay.
Seeing your dentist regularly ensures that you recognize the habits and prevent them from becoming major issues. Your dentist will give dental hygiene advice or offer treatment for major problems.
Other health issues and ongoing conditions
If you’ve had extensive dental surgery, your dentist will be able to assess your recovery and spot any potential issues. Procedures such as dental implants and tooth extractions can have complications so it’s important to recognize any symptoms before they escalate.
As well as checking for all the regular dental issues, the dentist will also check for any other health issues. Your dentist will check for any signs of oral cancer, as well as normalities in the neck, head, or lymph nodes. This can help you identify any potentially life-threatening illnesses before they have a chance to fully develop.
For further information please do hesitate to contact us on 02034342934 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our treatment co-ordinators will go through all of all treatments and prices with you before you even attend the practice.
All of our dentists are registered with the GDC, while our treatment is all approved under BDA, GDC and UK standard guidelines. To find out more about any of the services we provide, and why we should be your first choice if you’re looking for a dentist to carry out dental implants, give us a call on 020 34 34 29 34.