You may assume you should have a dental health check-up every six months, but some people may not need to go so often and others may need more frequent checks.
Why do I need a dental check-up?
A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so its best to deal with problems early, or if possible prevent them altogether.
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What happens during a dental check-up?
At each check up we will:
- Examine your teeth, gums and mouth
- Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
- Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
- Discuss a date for your next visit.
Your dentist will ask questions about your general oral health, your previous dental experiences and any current concerns or problems you may have. You will be asked about your views on any improvements you might like to make to your oral health and in the appearance of your smile. You will have plenty of opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.
What should you do between visits?
Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can get rid of it by brushing and flossing regularly, here are some tips for good oral care at home.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Use a mouth rinse to help gets rid of plaque bacteria. This will also help to freshen breath.
Oral health check-ups are just as important as annual physicals they not only keep your mouth healthy, but also are important for keeping your whole body in tip top shape.
For more information on regular dental visits, Call our friendly team at Friars Walk Dental Practice on 0158 2638 908 or visit http://friarswalkdentalpractice.com/