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Why Do I Need To Go To The Dentist If I Am Not In Any Pain?

Dental checks are recommended every six months, but many people wonder why they need to have these check-ups twice a year, often thinking that they get in the way of their daily routine. Well, let us explain exactly why we insist on a check-up every six months!

A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any problems and helps you to keep your mouth healthy. Leaving complications untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so catching the issue early is always best.

 

Preventing Or Detecting Oral Cancer

Our dentists are trained to recognise the symptoms and to diagnose the early stages of potential oral cancer, often symptoms that you wouldn’t notice yourself. Some of these symptoms could be as simple as;

  • A white or red patch within the mouth,
  • Unexpectedly losing weight,
  • A sore or ulcer that does not heel as it should or is bleeding.

Going to your checkup would mean that treatment can be applied early and therefore the chances of a full recovery are improved.

 

Common Dental Issues – Plaque, Tartar & Cavities

Small areas of the mouth are often missed despite frequent brushing and flossing. Going to the dentist regularly and having your teeth cleaned professionally when advised by the dentist prevents the build-up of plaque that can cause erosion the teeth or creates small holes in them. Cavities often give little warning before creating toothache, but a dentist will catch the early signs and prevent them from forming.

 

Preventing Gum Disease From Taking Hold

Tartar build-ups in the mouth can cause infections where the gums meet the teeth, causing the gum to pull away from the tooth itself. This is often referred to as Gingivitis and/or Paradontitis and is a very uncomfortable disease of the gum. By going to regular dental check-ups your dentist can spot the signs early and prevent the progression of the gum disease further, as well as giving you advice on how to prevent and stop this.

The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums,
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing,
  • Loose or separating teeth,
  • Sores in the mouth,
  • Persistent bad breath,
  • Change in the way teeth fit together when biting down.

Some ways you can prevent gum disease are:

  • Brushing for two minutes, twice a day,
  • Flossing daily,
  • Eating healthily,
  • Avoiding smoking,
  • Regular dental checkups.

 

Check On Those Bad Habits

We all have them, but they can cause damage to our oral health. Things such as; smoking, jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and chewing hard items like ice can cause damage. This dental damage can include:

  • Discoloration and weakening of the teeth,
  • Chipping or eroding the enamel,
  • Inhibiting blood circulation,
  • Raise the acidity levels in the mouth which attacks the enamel.

Your dentist will monitor the extent of this damage and in some cases, such as grinding, will give you items like a retainer to prevent further damage from being caused.

 

Issues That Manifest Under The Surface & That Can Be Spotted By X-Rays

Dental x-rays can show a dentist if there are any issues that are not visible to the naked eye like;

  • Impacted teeth – often seen with wisdom teeth – this is when a tooth has been blocked from breaking through the gum,
  • Jaw damage,
  • Bone decay,
  • Any hidden swelling, cysts or tumours,
  • Cavities between teeth.

An x-ray can help our dentists to diagnose any issues and treat anything that could cause an issue if left untreated.

 

It’s Not Just Your Mouth You Need To Check

Swollen lymph nodes are not always noticeable and are easy for a dentist to spot. This is important as they do need to be checked, as they are often the sign of an infection and tumours.

If you are considering skipping a dental checkup because of cost or any other factor like time or dental anxiety, make sure to consider all the risks discussed above. You may end up paying more in the long run, so why not make sure you are attending regular dental appointments to keep your mouth healthy and dental costs down?

If you would like some advice or would like to book an appointment, please contact Shifnal Dental Care on 01952 460119 or fill out our enquiry form. Our treatment coordinator Katherine would be happy to speak to with you.

 

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June 05 2020 Update – Reopening Soon!

We are excited to be preparing for our return to the practice as soon as possible after the 8th June.  We know it is important to keep our patients as informed as possible and we wanted to let you know there will be some slight changes in your visits during the next few months.

Shifnal Dental Care has always adhered to the rigorous cross infection procedures set out by the governing bodies and all of our team members are highly trained in all aspects of cross infection control.  However, there are some additional Covid-19 procedures to follow and one of these is the social distancing rules that we have all become used to over the last couple of months.

You will receive information  before your appointment, this may be via email or via the post or a telephone conversation this will include some details you will need to complete before attending.  This will help us to continue to keep our patients and teams safe.

Things to know about your next appointment:

  • Before leaving home please remember to brush your teeth, use the toilet and wash your hands for 20 seconds before leaving.
  • Please bring the minimal number of belongings with you.
  • Please phone us once you have arrived in the carpark.
  • Please wait in your car or by the door and we will call you in as soon as possible.
  • Please attend unaccompanied unless you require a carer or parent.
  • On entry into the practice – we will have a welcome point and a member of our team will take your temperature, ask you to sanitise your hands.
  • In the surgery , we will be wearing full PPE- please do not be worried it is still us!
  • Before you leave the surgery we will ask you to sanitise your hands.
  • When you leave the surgery we will begin the disinfection and sterilisation process of the surgery.
  • Payments and future bookings will be organised at reception keeping within the social distancing rules.
  • On leaving the premises we will ask you to sanitise your hands and we will look forward to seeing you again!

We hope you understand that this is for everyone’s safety and we would appreciate your patience and cooperation as we negotiate these difficult times.