Why dental checkups are more important than ever before
There are plenty of obvious reasons why people make an appointment to visit us, and most of them are to deal with a particular problem such as toothache, tooth sensitivity or biting issues. However, this shouldn’t be the case.
First and foremost, we want to prevent any damage occurring within your mouth rather than deal with it.
Regular checkups give us the chance to evaluate the ongoing health of your mouth, identify any preventable issues, and provide advice on your dental routine to help. This is key, as whilst dental and oral problems take time to develop, they become increasingly difficult to treat and can extend beyond your mouth, if left unchecked.
Let’s take a look at gum disease for example, a very common condition which almost every adult will experience to some extent during their life. In fact, if you’ve ever had blood in your spit after brushing your teeth, there’s a good chance you’ve had gum disease already.
Gum disease is an oral condition which is caused by bacteria that builds up in your plaque and causes an infection to the tissues that support your teeth.
If you were to visit us for hygiene on experiencing blood in your spit and/or inflammation in your gums,we would give your teeth a thorough clean, advise you on your brushing routine and send you on your merry way.
However, if gum disease is allowed to develop, the consequences can be severe.
Untreated gum disease can spread from the mouth and through the bloodstream, causing damage to surrounding blood vessels in the heart and brain over long periods of time. This can cause a variety of health problems, including:
heart disease and heart attacks
diabetes and its control
The problem with gum disease is that it may not cause any serious pain in the mouth, which leads most people to ignore it. However, this approach may leave you at an increased risk of all kinds of other health complications if left untreated.
This is just one example of an easy-fix dental issue that can be addressed in its earliest stages when you visit us for regular checkups & hygiene..
Now more than ever, whilst other parts of our lives must be put on hold, we should take the opportunity to evaluate our health. You may have started running, or you may be taking more care with the food you eat. Your dental health needs to be considered as a key element within that re-evaluation.