Taking care of your body and mind has never felt more important. In a time where we’re constantly bombarded with facts and figures and the way we live our lives change more times than we’ve had hot dinners, it’s important not to forget the basics – health, hygiene and mindfulness.
Looking after your oral health is just as important as the rest of your health. Brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day are the foundations on which your oral health is built, however having regular routine dental check-ups is vital. Here’s why…
1. Preventing a dental emergency
We can spot potential problems early on and nip them in the bud before they become huge issues. Often this is before patients have even noticed anything different or felt any pain. If dental problems occur and left to advance to irreversible states, dental emergencies are far more likely.
2. Checking for decay
Almost one in three adults have tooth decay in the UK. Finding decay early means the chances of you losing a tooth is significantly reduced. Severe decay can also even lead to bacterial infections, which can enter the bloodstream and cause issues in other parts of your body.
3. Screening for mouth cancer
Sadly, mouth cancer cases are rising every year. However, the chances of survival and a full recovery are high if it is detected at an early stage. As well as being mouth-aware, visiting us for regular check-ups is vital, as we examine the mouth thoroughly for early signs of mouth cancer.
4. Removing plaque and tartar
Even the most avid of daily brushers and flossers will find small areas in the mouth harder to clean and will still miss spots. When plaque builds up it it solidifies into tartar, which is extremely difficult to remove without professional help.
5. Identifying gum disease
With regular appointments, we can spot the early signs of gum disease and help keep it at bay. Catching this at an early stage allows for treatment to keep the issue from getting worse. This can cut down on how much pain or discomfort you feel from swelling, bleeding, or soreness in the mouth.
6. Improving overall health
Dental health spans beyond your mouth. Poor dental health links to a number of other health problems such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease.
Routine dental care is so much more than keeping your teeth clean. It keeps your mouth and overall body healthier. Plus, it boosts your confidence too!