How often do you visit your dentist? At PS Dental Care in Soho we are keen to stress the importance of regular check-ups to keep your smile in prime condition. We are also eager to point out the benefits regular visits to your dentist and hygienist can bring to your general health.
Most people believe that you should visit your dentist twice a year, and as a nation we are fairly good at maintaining this routine. A recent survey conducted by the Oral Health Foundation as part of National Smile Month 2016 found that 50% of us visit our dentist for a check-up every six months, whilst 21% say they visit annually. Only 2% of the population have never visited the dentist.
However, some people actually need to attend check-ups more frequently than every six months, whilst others don’t need to come in so often. You should always follow your dentist’s advice and come in as often as they recommend.
PS Dental Care in Soho welcomes new patients of all ages for general dental check-ups. When you come in for a new patient consultation at our Soho clinic, we will take a detailed medical and dental history, as well as conducting a thorough clinical examination.
A dentist is often able to spot early warning signs of conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay even before you have noticed anything amiss yourself. By using x-rays to check inside the teeth and underneath any existing restorations (such as fillings or crowns) your clinician can accurately diagnose any problems at a very early stage, making them easier to treat.
Both dental decay and gum disease can lead to tooth loss, whilst gum disease has also been linked to a range of other general health concerns, including heart and lung disease and diabetes. Our Soho dental team will be able to treat gum disease and decay easily if we spot them early.
Mouth cancer checks are also performed as a standard part of your dental check-up at our Soho clinic. If anything suspicious is spotted, we will refer you to a hospital consultant for further investigation.