It might be something that you have heard over and over again, but regular dentist visits are really important. Dental appointments aren’t something that should be made just because you have a dental problem that needs addressing, prevention is always key. There are a number of reasons why it’s important to maintain regular visits to your local dental practice, these include:
When you are at your next check-up without you knowing your dentist will do an examination for signs of mouth cancer, as well as head and neck cancer. They do this by checking for any lumps on your head or neck, they also check for any red or white patches in the mouth. Usually these checks will find nothing unusual, but they could potentially save your life.
When it comes to your oral health, dental hygienists and therapists can often be overlooked but they can be extremely valuable for both the services they can offer and the advice they can give. Dental hygienists are mainly concerned with ‘preventive’ dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth usually called a ‘scale and polish’ by removing plaque and tartar, both of which encourage tooth decay and gum disease.
Over recent years teeth whitening has grown in popularity, yet there are plenty of myths out there that can lead to confusion about what is safe, as well as issues of legality. Your dentist is in the best position to give you advice about your options when it comes to tooth whitening.
Dentists can catch things early and prevent them from happening, with just a mirror you can see how your teeth are looking but underneath your gum a lot can be going on without you even realising it. Potential problems they can spot include the onset of gum disease and dental decay. When it comes to your oral health it is important you are proactive and see your dentist regularly so that they can catch any issues early, before they become a problem.
There really isn’t anyone better placed to help you keep on top of your oral health than your dentist, so they should be your first port of call when it comes to concerns about your teeth and mouth.