While most people recognise the importance of brushing, flossing and eating sugary foods in moderation, when it comes to dental health, it is just as important to visit the dentist regularly so that your mouth can be checked by a trained, expert professional. Dentists place a great deal of emphasis on preventive dentistry which is the ethos that it is better to deal with a dental complaint before it has become serious. In order to allow your dentist to achieve preventive dentistry methods, it is advisable to go and see him or her on a regular basis.
When you go to the dentist for a check up, they will be looking out for signs of potential problems in the making. Your West London dentist will examine all of your teeth for signs of excess plaque and also to monitor them to see if cavities are forming. Cavities occur when the enamel is worn away by plaque or teeth grinding, leaving the nerves inside the teeth exposed to potential damage. If plaque has built up to such a degree that it has hardened into tartar, your dentist will be able to remove it using a technique known as scaling and polishing.
Your dentist will also examine your gums for signs of inflammation that can mean gum disease or gingivitis, in the most basic form. Dentists are now trained too to look out for oral cancer and sleep apnea. Many dental surgeries increasingly offer a service whereby you are sent a reminder to tell you that it has been six months since your last check up. This reminder can come in the form of mail, e-mail or a text message to your phone.