Dentists look after your teeth, right? That is correct, but did you know that your dentist also plays a vital role in protecting your general health and wellbeing? Oral health complaints can cause numerous other problems, and the best way to avoid them is to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly, and to develop an effective home hygiene routine.
The two primary causes of tooth loss are dental decay and gum disease. Both of these conditions are entirely preventable, so long as you embark on team work with your dentist and hygienist to keep your mouth in prime condition.
Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a full range of general dental services, with a firm focus on preventative dentistry. This means ideally preventing problems before they start, or treating any issues promptly when they do occur, so that any damage is minimal.
Many people question how often they should visit the dentist. General advice is to attend a general dental check-up at least every six months, but because every patient’s needs will be different, some people may need to come for a check-up more frequently, whilst others may only need to attend once a year. You should always listen to what your dentist says and follow their advice.
What happens at a general dental check-up
At a general check-up, your dentist will thoroughly check the condition of your teeth, gums, and surrounding structures. This includes using x-rays when necessary to check inside the teeth for early signs of decay, including under any existing restorations such as fillings or crowns.
Checks for mouth cancer symptoms also form part of a general dental check-up. Oral cancers can occur anywhere in the mouth and still have a high ration of deaths to cases diagnosed, with late diagnosis playing a significant contributory factor to these statistics. The early signs of oral cancer can be hard to spot yourself, but your dentist is in prime position to spot such signs, and will refer any suspect cases to a hospital consultant for further investigation.
Your dentist will also furnish you with tips to improve your home dental hygiene routine, including ways to prevent issues such as plaque.