The importance of regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings

The importance of regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleanings

With many of us working from home, now is a great opportunity to catch up on our post lockdown dental examinations and cleanings.

Why do dentists recommend regular dental check-ups?

Dentistry has moved into a proactive, more preventative era with the emphasis on early diagnosis, education, dental hygiene coaching and dental wellbeing in general. To benefit from all the bespoke advances in dentistry available to us nowadays, patients are advised to visit their dentist and hygienist on a regular basis.

So what does a dentist examination entail?

The dentist needs to make a comprehensive evaluation of the mouth and associated dental structures including the jaws, jaw joints, muscles, salivary glands, the glands in the neck, the soft tissues of the mouth, the gums, the teeth and finally the bite. They assess how these structures work together contributing towards our dental health.

Dental x-rays are a vital diagnostic tool in helping evaluate the mouth in areas not possible to be seen during a visual inspection. They evaluate the bone between the teeth and the supporting structures as well as search for dental decay between teeth, under fillings or crowns.

Regular dental check-ups enable the dentist to identify possible problems in their early stages and often correct them using minimally invasive and conservative dentistry as opposed to waiting till they become painful, complex and costly dental treatments.

So what does a dental hygienist visit entail?

Good personal dental hygiene has never been so crucial. With “the gums being the gateway to the body”, optimal daily oral hygiene is essential to our dental and general wellbeing and health.

There is no substitute for good, healthy gums. With well-established and proven links between gum disease and other health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and, as most recent studies are now suggesting, links between gum disease and Covid-19 complications, the importance of good oral health cannot be overstated.

In addition to performing professional teeth cleaning, dental hygienists comprehensively evaluate the patients gum health status, assesses for gum disease and bleeding gums, check the plaque levels and check the depth of the pockets around the teeth.

Dental hygienists have always played an important role in the prevention of dental diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease. Nowadays, taking on a role of oral hygiene coaches, they educate and provide treatment based on tailor made cleaning programmes using the most up to date “airflow” and instrumentation techniques and home care devices. By keeping the burden of oral bacteria, inflammation and their implications on our general health as low as possible, they help patients take care of their dental and general wellbeing.

Marshgate Dental Practice in Richmond offers a variety of dental treatments from general, preventive to cosmetic dentistry including INVISALIGN clear braces. At Marshgate New Patient Consultations are FREE of charge (excl x-rays).