Regular check-ups with your dental surgery are the key to maintaining a healthy and clean smile. Most people require dental check-ups every 6 – 12 months but you might require them more regularly if you have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes. According to Dental Health, 39% of adults in the UK don’t regularly visit the dentist. As well as maintaining your oral health, regular dental examinations can also help reduce the risk of other health problems such as heart disease and stroke, respiratory problems, mouth cancer and dementia. This is usually to do with gum disease as the plaque and bacteria can access your bloodstream easily, increasing your chances of developing the aforementioned issues.
It is important that you discuss any problems with your dentist as soon as they arise as issues detected earlier are likely to be solved with less invasive treatments. Here at Sync Dental Centres, we understand that you know your body better than any professional and if you feel that something is wrong, please contact us as soon as possible. Don’t wait until your next appointment as waiting a few weeks or months could mean the difference between a small non-invasive treatment and a complex one.
Sometimes things happen and we know that not all appointments can be kept. If you know you aren’t able to commit to your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your slot to someone else. We also recommend that you re-book your appointment at the same time or as soon as you are able to avoid too much time passing between check-ups.
Please try to arrive a few minutes early or precisely on time to your dental check-up at Sync. This prevents a backlog of patients, too many people congregating in the waiting area but also allows us to update your records if necessary.
Once in the surgery, the dentist will ask you a series of questions about your medical history and lifestyle. It is vital that you are honest and open with this as it allows us to gain an accurate portrayal of your oral health and how we can help you maintain or improve it. Whilst you’re being examined, you might hear words and terms that you’re not familiar with and won’t know what they mean. But don’t worry, the dentist will explain everything to you afterwards, including any treatments you need or might benefit from in the future.
You will not require x-rays at every check-up, but they are an important part of a new patient examination and will be undertaken periodically to track the development and health of your teeth and gums beneath the surface.
If you are due a regular check-up or want to register with a friendly and professional practice, give the team a call on 01932 856541 or contact us.