We are on a mission to ensure all our patients are aware of the benefits of regular check-ups and we strive to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health. Despite recommendations from dentists all over the country to have a check-up every 6 months, surveys show that a large proportion of people skip regular appointments.
Missing dental appointments is dangerous for a number of reasons. Firstly, your oral health is bound to suffer as a result of skipping routine check-ups. When you have a dental check, your dentist is able to look for warning signs of dental diseases and any problems can then be treated at an early stage. If you don’t see your dentist, it’s not possible for them to identify these symptoms and the likelihood is that the condition will get worse, you will suffer unnecessary pain and you may even develop problems such as gum disease, tooth loss and dental abscesses. During our routine sessions, our dentists also look out for changes in the development or position of the teeth and abnormalities in the soft tissue, which may be indicative of potentially serious conditions, including oral cancer.
In recent years there has been an overwhelming amount of research to support the link between oral and general health and it is now possible to say that taking good care of your teeth and gums has a very positive influence on your overall health. Researchers have discovered that gum disease can increase the risk of a host of systemic illnesses and potentially life-threatening conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.
Many people admit that they don’t see a dentist as often as they should due to dental anxiety or dental phobia. We understand that going to the dentist is often a scary prospect, but we have a very experienced and friendly team on hand to comfort and reassure you and we offer techniques, including sedation, to help you feel more relaxed. Skipping appointments is likely to increase anxiety, as well as the risk of oral health problems. If you’re a nervous patient, we are here to help, so call us and arrange an appointment today.