We all hope to keep our natural teeth for as long as possible, brushing and flossing daily to keep our teeth and gums healthy. However, this doesn’t go far enough and many people in the UK still don’t visit the dentist and hygienist regularly, compromising their dental and wider health in the process. According to research, 27% of Brits only visit the dentist when they have a problem – a worrying statistic. Below, we explore why visiting the dentist and hygienist regularly, even when there’s nothing visibly wrong, is important.
Routine appointments allow us to cater to your exact needs
Every patient is different and requires individual treatment. Attending routine hygienist and dentist appointments will allow your dentist and hygienist to identify whether you need might need to attend more dentist appointments than hygienist appointments, or vice versa. Some patients have gums that are more susceptible to gum disease and therefore require more regular scale and polish cleanings, whilst others may have a history of cavities and need a close eye kept on their dental health. Coming to see us regularly will allow us to highlight any necessary issues that require us to re-plan how regularly you need to visit us.
Flag up problems early
Teeth are frustrating in the sense that in many cases, they don’t let our bodies know there is something wrong – even when a tooth is approaching the need for a root canal, you might only feel a small amount of sensitivity that you might feel you can ignore. Regular appointments flag up underlying problems early and reduce the likelihood of patients requiring more complex and costly treatment later down the line. Try to view regular dental and hygiene appointments as an investment into your long-term health.
If you would like to book yourself in for your routine dentist or hygienist appointment, please contact our friendly reception team today. We look forward to welcoming you at our Norwich dental practice.