What is considered to be a regular appointment?
To begin with, when talking about regular visits to the Dentist Fulham, this does not mean every couple of weeks for a general check-up. The regular check-ups can range anything from 6 to 12 months apart so do not worry about fitting another important appointment into your daily life. These general dental checkups are therefore not to be a burden but something easily fitted around your daily life once or twice a year.
Please be aware that this is only for the general checkups, if receiving treatment or undergoing a procedure the checkups will be more frequent and discussed with you during your appointment.
Why these checkups are of great importance.
Preventive dental care is the way forward within modern dentistry. This is where the regular checkups come into play. Daily oral hygiene routines at home rely on an effective and efficient process but unfortunately, with society leading busier daily lives the deep clean can often be put aside and a quick brush twice a day put in its place. Whilst brushing the teeth is of course of extreme importance, it, unfortunately, is not good enough on its own as both manual and electric toothbrushes are unable to get between the teeth where food debris gets caught leading to tooth decay and gum disease if left untreated.
By visiting the dental practice once or twice a year, the dental team can discover where the downfalls are within the patient’s oral hygiene routine and address any issues that may start appearing. By imparting their knowledge onto the patient and advising them accordingly on the best cleaning methods, the need for treatments and procedures further down the line is reduced and in some cases eliminated altogether. Preventing more intensive treatments is the goal for everyone so working together at home and within the dental practice is important.
How do these appointments help with bad breath and plaque build-up?
Whilst patients may consider their own oral hygiene routine to be extremely efficient, there are always areas that can be approved. If suffering from bad breath for instance, which is more common than people realise, then it is most likely down to the patient’s lifestyle and hygiene routine. It may be that the patient only brushes their teeth and does not floss or use interdental brushes. Whilst mouthwash is often promoted as conquering 99% of plaque it is not enough to just use this after brushing. Interdental brushes and flossing enables the patient to get in between the teeth where a plaque tends to build up. This in turn can cause an odour to the breath if left untreated. During the checkup, a clean of these areas will always be carried out and in some cases, a referral to the hygienist will be made to ensure that the existing plaque is reduced and eliminated.
Please note, all dental treatments and procedures carry potential risks and it is therefore important to discuss any mentioned in this article in further detail with your local dental team.