If you are like most dental patients, when you receive a text message or an email reminding you that it is time to attend your biannual check-up, you will begin looking for ways to delay the appointment!
And while for some people, a dental check-up is an irritant (and for others a rather more anxious experience), it is an important part of maintaining your health and general wellbeing, even if it doesn’t seem like it.
At Gwersyllt Dental Practice, our dentist in Wrexham is big on prevention and the best way to prevent dental issues is by attending biannual check-ups with our team, and by devising care plans as and when they are required. Following the easing of government guidelines relating to COVID-19, we are more eager than ever to see our patients who may have missed a couple of check-ups due to restrictions.
But why are check-ups so important? Here, our dentist in Wrexham provides 5 key reasons why you should not skip your biannual dental check-ups.
Tooth decay looks good on no one and it can be a little bit of a pain.
When you brush your teeth, you may believe that you do not have any cavities that need exploring, but when our dentist in Wrexham looks in your mouth with specialist tools, they may see issues relating to thin enamel or the formation of cavities which will need to be treated. Preventing decay extends to the application of fluoride sealants, the prescription of high fluoride toothpaste and of course, visits to our hygienists.
If you do have any signs of cavities or decay, we will aim to fill the tooth or teeth.
Prevent gum disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and so, when you come to see our team, we will assess you for this condition, albeit by poking your gums with a sharp metal pick!
If we detect symptoms of gum disease, we will book you in for a scale and polish with our hygienist and may also prescribe an antibacterial mouthwash or, in more extreme cases, medication.
Oral cancer assessment
If you are a smoker or have a history of oral cancer, then you must attend check-ups with our team so we can look for signs of this condition.
If we suspect that there is an issue or we spot something that we are not happy with, we will refer you to a specialist. If you find a lump when you are brushing your teeth, then do not hesitate to contact us.
In recent years many adults have been curious about undertaking orthodontic treatments and like most things, you need to have a good stable basis with your dental health to undertake a brace or aligner.
And what better time to ask about these services than when you are at a check-up and have been given the all-clear for decay, gum disease and any other dental problems.
Similarly, we can only provide cosmetic dental care such as whitening or veneers when you have a good foundation in your dental health and once again, this can easily be discussed with our team at a check-up.