Don’t Miss Out On Your Regular Check Ups
Don’t Miss Out On Your Regular Check Ups. We know most people are trying to juggle busy lifestyles and it can be tempting to neglect regular dental check-ups unless you think something is wrong. If this sounds like a familiar scenario them we’d urge you not to ignore any reminders for dental check-ups as this could prove to be much more costly in the longer term and you may end up requiring multiple visits to our dental practice to put things right.
How Often Should I See a Dentist?
Most people will need to see a dentist in Basildon every six months but this can vary and is something we will discuss with you during your initial appointment at our practice. For example, some people with certain medical conditions may require more frequent check-ups or we might just suggest more frequent hygiene appointments.
Why Are Regular Dental Check-ups so Important?
Dental check-ups are such an easy way for us to detect any small problems with your teeth and gums, hopefully at a stage before they begin to cause you any problems or pain. At this stage any issues are much easier and cheaper to treat and you will require shorter appointments to put things right.
Certain conditions such as gum disease are far more easily treated when caught at an early stage. In comparison gum disease can become chronic if allowed to progress without treatment. This means ongoing treatment is required to help control it as it cannot be completely cured. Additionally, keeping your teeth and gums healthy and free from disease will help protect your general health as there is a close link between the two.
We also offer regular screenings for oral cancer during your check-ups. An oral cancer screening is quick and non-invasive and our dentist in Basildon has been specially trained to assess the inside of your mouth for any symptoms or signs that something might be wrong.
Possible symptoms include changes to the texture or colour of your oral tissues, as well as any unexplained lumps or bumps or sore patches that aren’t healing up very easily. Oral cancer, just like any cancer, will respond much more easily to treatment when caught at an early stage. Unfortunately oral cancer is often diagnosed very late in the day which is why regular screenings are so important.
Why Not Book a Hygiene Appointment at the Same Time as Your Check-up?
Nowadays you don’t need to see a dentist to book a hygiene appointment, but it can be a great idea to book both at the same time as hopefully it will only take an hour or so for you to get all the treatment you need for another six months. Regular hygiene appointments are vital for good gum health and can be a nice way to brighten up your smile.
You will also find our hygienist is great at patient education so please just ask if you have any questions about brushing and flossing at home. We know flossing is often a real problem but we can show you some alternative techniques and tools to try.
Don’t Miss Out On Your Regular Check Ups. Why not give us a call today on 01268 726789 to find out more.