Even if you think you have excellent oral health, it’s still important to visit the dentist on a regular basis. The standard advice is to attend a general dental check-up every six months, but in reality some people should come more often, whilst others may need to visit less frequently. Only your dentist can accurately advise you how often you need check-ups, and you must always listen to their advice.
The problem with conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease is that they can be asymptomatic in the early stages. There are often few noticeable signs at home, with symptoms not becoming apparent until the problem has become more serious – and more difficult to treat.
RP Advanced Dental Centre in Hampstead offers a full range of general and preventative dental services, and welcomes new patients of all ages for check-ups, whether they have recently moved to the area and are looking for a new dentist, or haven’t visited a practice in many years, perhaps because of dental anxiety.
Using early decay detection techniques including dental x-rays, a dentist is able to check that teeth really are as healthy on the inside as they appear on the outside. The condition of any existing restorations – fillings, bridges, crowns, even dentures – will also be carefully checked to make sure they are still in premium condition and haven’t suffered any damage, wear or tear.
Gum disease can cause serious dental and general health problems, but again by the time you notice anything at home it may already be fairly advanced. Blood on your toothbrush or in the sink after you brush your teeth is the most common indicator, along with persistent bad breath. These should always prompt a timely visit to your dentist.
Checking for early warning signs of mouth cancer is also part of a standard dental check-up. This condition has a high proportion of deaths to number of cases diagnosed, often due to it being spotted late.
Early intervention is key to maximising your chances of making a full recovery, as with any type of cancer. Should anything suspicious be seen, you will be referred to a hospital specialist for further investigation.