Dentists are experts in oral healthcare, and they're often best placed to advise you on how to care for your teeth and gums at home, as well as how your lifestyle can affect your oral health.
Dentists are also often able to spot problems such as gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. If caught early, these kinds of problems can be successfully addressed.
Visiting your dental team is not just good for your mouth. There have been many studies over the last few years showing close links between oral and general health.
For example, in some cases, gum disease is thought to be related to medical conditions such as cardiovascular problems, lung disease, diabetes and even bowel cancer. Emerging research suggests that there may be links between oral health and Alzheimer's disease too. With developments such as these, visits to the dentist are an essential part of taking care of not only your dental hygiene, but also your general wellbeing.
How often you need to see a dentist will depend entirely on the condition of your teeth and gums. After an initial assessment, your dentist will be able to tell you how often they recommend you visit.
Your dental team can help you understand and advise you on your oral hygiene, and use the latest techniques to monitor your oral health. With modern preventive techniques, even very early signs of tooth decay can be treated without resorting to conventional fillings.
Dental practices are now, more than ever, friendly places to visit, with welcoming members of staff and comfortable environments. Your dental team will take the time to discuss your oral health with you and put you at ease in their care. With so many reasons to go to the dentist, it must be time to book your next appointment!