Or are you putting off booking your next dental checkup?
Well, it’s time to get organised.
Did you know, that having regular dental examinations are detrimental to a healthy mouth? They are the perfect opportunity for your dentist to spot any problems before they develop into something more serious.
This guide tells you everything you need to know about dental examinations and why you should book yours today.
What happens during a dental check-up
Many people put off dental examinations because they don’t know what to expect.
During a routine checkup:
- your teeth, gums and mouth will be examined
- you will be asked if you have any problems you’d like to bring up
- your dentist will enquire about your diet, smoking and alcohol use, as well as teeth cleaning habits
After your appointment, you will be told when you should book your next one. This depends on your oral health and if any problems are spotted.
The benefits of regular dental check-ups
Checkups are often ignored by patients, as they’re seen as unimportant, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Dental exams ensure the teeth and gums are at optimum health and is the perfect time for patients to bring up any concerns they have or ask questions about maintaining a healthy mouth.
Your dentist will also be able to identify early signs of tooth decay and gum disease, meaning preventative treatments can be organised as soon as possible, reducing the likelihood of missing teeth as a result of poor oral health.
Dental problems are much harder to treat than they are to prevent. So, with regular check-ups, we can help you maintain a healthy mouth.
How often should I visit the dentist?
As a rule of thumb, adults should visit the dentist every 6 months.
However, this is patient-dependent.
Those with a healthy lifestyle and no problems will be contacted when they are required to come in for a routine check-up.
However, if you have issues that need to be addressed, or are undergoing treatment, you will be invited back more regularly so your dentist can keep an eye on you.
Do I need a check-up?
If you can’t remember the last time you had a dental examination, it probably means you’re due one.
Or, if you’ve got a few months until you’re booked in, but are experiencing some pain or noticeable changes to your teeth and gums, all you need to do is book in with your dentist.
They can bring your appointment forward and take a look to see what the problem is.
Find a dentist near you
The Practice at Mortlake has availability for dental checkups with their dentists in Putney and dentists in Hammersmith.
They also regularly deal with more nervous patients and those with dental anxiety. Putting calming techniques into practice, they aim to create a relaxed environment for patients the minute they walk through the door.