What to expect when you visit the dentist

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Visiting the dentist at least twice a year is really important in preventing future health problems. A dental check-up allows your doctor to assess your oral health, see if you have any existing dental problems and help you maintain a healthy mouth for longer.

Dealing with dental issues at an early stage or preventing them altogether is possible if you visit your preventative dentist, such as those at Harley Street Dental Clinic in Harley Street, regularly. Some patients may have to visit more often, while others may need to come into the practice less frequently. Your dentist will advise you on how often you need dental check-ups based on your oral health risk.

Your dental check-up

While not many people will openly admit to enjoying a visit to the dentist, regular check-ups are important to maintaining good dental hygiene. Even the most thorough brushers and flossers will not be able to keep their mouth plaque-free. Furthermore, only a dentist can accurately identify the early signs of gum disease.

When you see your dentist for a check-up, they will first ask you about your general health and enquire whether you have been experiencing any problems with your teeth since your last visit. Your dentist will examine thoroughly your teeth, gums and jaw as well as your neck and take X-rays if necessary.

Any issues that arise will be discussed in detail, and your dentist will be able to give you advice on healthy eating habits and how to look after your teeth for optimal oral health. If you need any further treatment (i.e. fillings, root canal treatment), you will be provided with a full treatment plan detailing duration and cost.

Benefits of regular dental check-ups

Regular dental check-ups offer much more than an opportunity to showcase your beautiful smile. Treating tooth decay early can save your teeth in the long term. At the same time, regular dental appointments help prevent gum disease and help you in managing any oral health issues you may be experiencing. Regular dental care can also contribute to great overall health. A study conducted by the University of California at Berkley showed that women who get regular dental care reduce the risk of heart disease by a third.