Yesterday, I was so proud of my patient, Gerrard from Hackett, whose care of his teeth has improved substantially compared to when he first visited us three years ago, due to regular dental checkups and support from our clinicians. When he visited the first time, his teeth were sensitive, and his gum would bleed when he brushed his teeth. But now, this is no longer the case.
First of all, how frequently should we have a dental check-up? Whilst everyone’s needs are different, generally speaking, a checkup should be done every six months. In some cases, where a patient has periodontal disease, they might need to have their clean and check up more frequently.
Now, why should we have a regular dental checkup? Prevention is the most effective form of dental wellbeing. It is important for us to pick up a problem with your teeth or gums at an early stage as then we can treat or advise so that the problem doesn’t get any bigger. Very often, people do not know that they have a dental problem until it is too large. At a regular dental checkup, we give your teeth a thorough clean, we help decrease the bacterial load in your mouth, and support you by teaching you methods for ideal home care of your teeth.
Oral bacteria not only causes gum disease and caries (dental decay), but oral bacteria has been found in other body diseases such as strokes and heart attacks. Diabetes also has an intimate relationship with bacterial load in the mouth.
So a healthy mouth can lead to an increased immune system for your whole body. We can identify habits that may be compromising your teeth such as erosion, from corrosive foods and drinks or gastric reflux, plus wear on the enamel of your teeth from parafunctional activities such as grinding.
We look thoroughly at all the oral tissues and can pick up changes in the soft tissue that may need further specialised examination to exclude serious health issues such as oral cancer.
Regular dental checkups allow us to get to know what is normal for you so we can pick up the abnormal swiftly.
So if it has been a while since you had your regular checkup and clean, we would love to look after you. Simply give us a call, complete the form on our website, or direct message us on social media, and our friendly team will be in touch to organise your appointment. We look forward to getting started on your plan to great dental wellbeing.
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