Attending A Dental Check-Up
What Should You Expect From A Dental Check-Up?
It is important that you attend dental check-ups to monitor you dental hygiene and ensure that your mouth is healthy. If you leave your teeth or gum problems untreated then it will be more difficult to treat them in the future. Preventive treatment is always the best practice to follow to ensure that you won’t have to deal with complicated dental problems later in life.
During your dental check-up, your dentist will carry out a number of checks including:
- Thoroughly examine your teeth, mouth and gums.
- Ask about your general health, family health and any issues you’ve had since your last check-up.
- Discuss any treatment you may require, the options available to you and when you should next visit for a check-up.
- Give advice on your smoking, alcohol and diet.
- Give advice on how to care for your teeth – correct flossing practice, etc.
How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?
Many people are under the impression that they must visit their dentist every six months. However, this time frame is not applicable for everyone. Dependent on your dental hygiene, you may need to visit your dentist more than once every six months, whilst some may only need to visit every 12-24 months. Your dentist will be able to advise you on how often you should attend an appointment.
Scared of the Dentist?
Dental phobia is said to affect between 13 and 24% of the world’s population. Dental phobia can affect people in different ways, from a slight phobia felt whilst waiting for your check-up in the waiting room to full anxiety and panic attacks. You may feel embarrassed about your dental phobia, only choosing to visit a dentist when you feel you absolutely have to, or you may not visit a dentist at all.
Dental phobia is not something to be embarrassed about and your dentist should understand your problem and find ways to help you. Some dental practices will play music or a film to distract you and some may have the expertise and facilities to use more practical techniques such as sedation or hypnosis. Dentists will generally allow you to allow someone to accompany you into your check-up and doing so can help to relax you.
If you suffer with dental phobia or anxiety the Berkeley Clinic can help you. We have won 'Best Treatment of Nervous Patients' at the Private Dentistry and Dentistry Scotland Awards in both 2013 and 2014. Dr Mike Gow uses a range of custom techniques to tailor his treatment for each of his patients. For more information contact us today.