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08 / 04 / 2014

The importance of regular check-ups should never be underestimated. As well as being an essential step towards good oral health, check-ups also help to lower the risk of potentially serious general health conditions.

What happens during a check-up?

Many patients suffer from anxiety when they go to the dentist, but check-ups are really nothing to worry about. They take just a few minutes and they are completely painless. During your check-up, your dentist will examine your mouth and have a good look at your gums, tongue and teeth. Your dentist will check for signs of gum disease and tooth decay and they will record any changes that have occurred since your last appointment; they will also look out for any potential signs of oral cancer, such as slow-healing ulcers or abnormal swellings.

Your dentist may also take the opportunity to ask you about oral hygiene, diet and lifestyle choices and they will be happy to answer any questions you have. If you have a clean bill of oral health, you won’t need to arrange another check-up for 6 months. If you need further treatment, we will find an appointment time to suit you.

How often do I need to have a check-up?

You should aim to see your dentist every 6-9 months; however, if you have dental health problems or you have symptoms, such as bleeding gums or tooth pain, you should see your dentist at this point, rather than waiting for your next routine check.

How is oral health linked to general health?

Numerous studies have established a link between oral health and general, with gum disease connected to an increased risk of heart disease and strokes. It is believed that harmful bacteria from the mouth can travel to other parts of the body, which increases the risk of an inflammatory response.

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