Don’t Forget to Visit the Dentist in W1

Woman smiling during her dental checkupIt can be very tempting to not bother going for a dental check-up every 6 months, especially when all the dentist ever says is, ‘Everything is fine. Come back again in 6 months.’ Check-ups take time out of busy schedules and cost money too. Maybe not excessive amounts of money, but £50 twice a year to hear that ‘everything is fine’ could seem like a waste of £1000 a decade.

It’s not money down the drain though, because not going for check-ups can so easily result in far more money being spent on expensive remedial treatments that would have cost so much less if they had been caught earlier by the dentist in W1. Most dentists, such as those at Harley Street Dental Clinic, will recommend bi-annual check-ups for most patients. Some, such as those who suffer from diabetes, or are pregnant or smoke tobacco, may need to have more frequent check-ups.

Check-ups

Even people who obey all the toothbrushing rules – brush twice a day for 2 minutes, floss carefully, use a mouthwash – are not going to know if they have developed a cavity or are in the early stages of gum disease, because both problems do not become painful until they are well advanced. It takes a dentist to spot the beginnings of these problems.

Hygienist

Both are caused by plaque and tartar, which can only be removed properly by a hygienist who has specific tools for scraping away hardened tartar and can see into nooks and crannies to make sure all the acid-producing bacteria are removed. Nearly every dentist in W1 will recommend that patients see a hygienist at least twice a year.

What goes on during a check-up

The dentist will be speaking in code to their assistant as they carefully examine the teeth for decay and the gums for gingivitis. They do this by gently prodding the teeth and gums with a metal probe, making sure they can see the teeth properly by using a mirror with an angled handle. They may also take x-rays to check under fillings for decay and under the gums for other problems.