Going To The Dentist – What Every Patient Needs To Know

Dental health matters, it does not matter if the patient is a child or an adult, dental health is important to all. Children need to pick up great oral care habits as starting off the right way is key in maintaining a healthy smile and prevent problems. Millions of patients do not actually see a dentist for regular check ups or a minimum of once a year, even though frequent dental exams and good oral hygiene habits can prevent the majority of dental issues, decay and disease.

Some people are worried about going to the dentist, either through worry, a past negative experience, worry about pain, costs or another issue or some people are simply too busy and do not get round to booking and attending regular appointments. Patients must make dental care a priority.

Regular dental appointments are vital as they can help to predict dental problems before their appearance. When problems are spotted earlier, the treatment will be simpler and at a lower cost than more comprehensive treatment later on. Regular checkups can also prevent a lot of problems from developing at all. Ensuring you attend for regular check ups is also important for your general health and keeping healthy.

If you have not been to the dentist recently, you may have a symptom that makes you wonder if you should book an appointment. If you experience any of the following then you may need to attend: are your teeth sensitive or painful when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and drinks? are your gums inflamed or bleeding either generally or when brushing and flossing? if you are unhappy about the appearance of your smile or teeth, if you have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. Also if you are pregnant you should attend extra appointments, if you have pain or swelling or find it hard to chew or swallow, if you have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay or have a condition such as diabetes, if your mouth is over dry, or if you are a smoker, if your jaw is painful or pops or if you bite feels sore or uneven

If you do not experience any of the above descriptions, you should still attend for regular check ups and cleanings at your dental practice. If you do not have a dentist currently you should locate one and register. It is important to know that a practice may de-register patients who have not attended for a long period of time. Continuity of care is important.

At your appointment your dentist will ask about your dental health, your care routine and answer any questions you may have. Custom instruments will be used for examination and cleaning of your teeth and your records updated. Some dentists advise for appointments to be made every 12 months and some recommend every 6 months. Your dentist will advise on check up and cleanings for your optimal dental health. Your dentist is here to help and serve you, your smile is your asset and can give you a host of benefits and confidence with the right care and attention.

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