It’s a familiar story: we’ve just taken the last bite of our last of our Easter egg, and then suddenly… we have toothache. Then we remember that we haven’t been to see our dentist in over two years, and now it’s time to go and see what the damage is!
NHS Digital conducted a study which showed that approximately half of UK adults haven’t been to their dentist in the last two years. A quarter of adults will only visit the dentist when they have a problem - which is a problem! Irregular visits to our dentist for dental check-ups means that 31% of adults have tooth decay, 66% have visible plaque and 29% of people suffering with pain. Bleeding gums, if left untreated, can help create cavities ad inflamed gums. Tooth pain is most commonly caused by cavities forming - regular check-ups means that your dentist can identify a potential cavity forming, and give early treatment. With a little planning and care, a lot of these issues can be avoided.
Your dentist doesn’t just check the health of your teeth and gums, some other aspects are: * Examination of your tongue, lips, cheeks, skin, glands and jaw alignment. * Lifestyle factors.
* A check for signs of oral cancer.
* A re-evaluation of any historical work, to ensure it continues to achieve its purpose.
* X-rays are taken to check the health of the areas inside, under and between the teeth and the health of your jaw bone. (Complying with the regulation of taking x-rays ‘only when needed’) Adults and children should visit the dentist regularly, ideally every 6 months, for a Dental Check Up. If your dentist has identified an issue or a condition, they may recommend more regular visits. If you would like to book a Dental Check Up with Claire Hughes Dental, please visit the link in our bio.