Many of us may let our 6 monthly dental check-up lapse because we forget, or feel that we simply do not have the time. We often think ‘if my teeth are not bothering me, then I do not need to worry’. However, a dental examination is much more than just checking for any fillings required, as those examinations could actually save your life.
Here are 8 reasons why we at White Dental are actively encouraging you to have your check-ups:
1. Screen for Oral Cancer
You will have heard about cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts, however cancer can also occur in the mouth. The disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat, and anyone can be affected whether they have their own teeth or not. Unfortunately more than 1800 people in the UK lose their life to mouth cancer every year, with most cases of mouth cancer being linked to tobacco and alcohol. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught early enough, so it is extremely important to keep your regular check-ups with our dentist to assess the areas that you cannot view yourself.
Our dentists will thoroughly check the tissues in your mouth to look for any changes or suspicious spots, and recommend a course of action if anything is present.
NOVEMBER IS ORAL CANCER MONTH and so at White Dental we encourage you to come in for your regular check-up as early detection could save your life.
See www.mouthcancer.org for details about Oral Cancer Month.
2. To Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused when plaque on the teeth is allowed to build up. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria, and although some of the bacteria in plaque is harmless, some of it can seriously affect the health of your gums. If you do not remove the plaque from your teeth by brushing them at least twice a day, it builds up and aggravates your gums. This can then lead to redness with bleeding, swelling and soreness.
Many adults in the UK will experience gum disease to some extent, and most will endure it at least once in their lives. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth this can be a sign of gum disease, and you may also suffer from bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is known as Gingivitis.
If Gingivitis is not treated, a condition called Periodontitis can develop which affects the tissues that support your teeth and hold them in place. If Periodontitis is not treated, the bone in your jaw may become damaged and cause small spaces to open up between the gum and teeth. Your teeth can then become loose and may even eventually fall out.
Gum disease can also increase your chances of developing a serious illness such as heart disease or cause you to have a stroke. However when caught early, gum disease can actually be reversed.
3. Assessment Of Previous Dental Work
If you have previously had fillings, crowns, bridgework, or dentures, our dentists will examine them thoroughly to ensure that they are still holding strong. Loose or ill-fitting dental appliances can cause problems when chewing food and this can eventually cause them to fall out. It can be an extremely stressful and painful experience when a filling or crown becomes dislodged, and so having them checked is highly recommended.
Old, worn, or damaged fillings may need to be redone in order to prevent discomfort, and more importantly, to stop more serious problems from developing in the future. By having your regular dental check-up you can ensure that everything is working as it should, and you can also avoid having to pay for costly future retreatments if something goes wrong.
4. To Prevent Bad Breath
Bad breath is a common problem that can affect anyone at any age, and about one in four people are thought to have bad breath (known as halitosis) on a regular basis. This can be very upsetting for the sufferer, and of course for the people around them. When food becomes trapped in the teeth, the bacteria that breaks down the food releases a toxin that has an unpleasant smell.
However, bad breath can normally be easily prevented by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine that involves brushing your teeth and tongue thoroughly at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and rising the mouth with mouth wash. Smoking and an unhealthy diet can also be contributing factors to bad breath. If someone is suffering from chronic bad breath, it can however be a sign of something more serious and so you should visit a dental professional.
5. Head and Neck Examination
This evaluation involves a visual inspection of the skin and the structures of the head and neck, and in particular the lymph nodes, salivary glands, thyroid gland, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). We will check for any issues with structure or function, any obvious lesions, as well as any abnormalities in colour or texture, and changes in tissue consistency.
We will also check your ‘bite’ as issues here may be a sign of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), which is a problem affecting the ‘chewing’ muscles and the joints between the lower jaw and the base of the skull. Grinding your teeth at night, or having ill-fitting dentures or crowns can result in headaches, earache, and the tightening of the jaw, and so a head and neck examination will highlight any issues and then we can find a suitable solution.
6. Cosmetic Concerns
It is never too late to have perfectly straight and white smile, and many people feel conscious about having crooked or stained teeth. We have many treatments from invisible braces and teeth whitening systems to give you that perfect grin so that you can smile with confidence. If you feel like you hide your teeth, or that too much coffee and red wine has stained them, then our team at White Dental can suggest a wide range of cosmetic procedures to brighten up your teeth and improve their overall appearance.
7. Consultation And Advice
Our team at White Dental are experts in their field and so we would be more than happy to advise you should you have any questions about your teeth, or those of your family members. Whatever your concerns are, whether it is about the latest recommendations concerning fluoride for children, or which toothpaste is best for you, we would be delighted to offer you personalised advice for your needs.
8. Building A Relationship Of Trust With The Team At White Dental
At White Dental we pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our clients, and we are dedicated to offering you the best service possible. We also understand that many people dislike and even fear their visits to the dentist, and so we are here to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
We are proud of our reputation for friendliness, and most of our new patients come from referrals from existing patients. This is because we listen to you and put your concerns first, before suggesting and explaining any course of treatment. To help with nerves, we run a friendly and relaxed clinic, where people often pop in for a chat.
If you have any questions or concerns about your current or future treatment, please give us a call, and we will find a solution that works for you.