Why is it important to keep your dental appointment?
Your regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. Not every oral health problem is visible or results in pain or discomfort. You may see any changes or have any symptoms such as pain or bleeding gums – but this does not mean that you have a healthy mouth, teeth and gums.
Your dentist will assess your teeth and gum health, your diet and lifestyle choices and your previous dental history and then recommend how often you should have a dental check up – this can range from every 6 months to every 2 years.
During a check up your dentist will examine your teeth, your gums as well as the other tissues of your mouth. The dentist will ask you questions about your diet (to establish how much sugar you eat and whether you have acidic food and drink such as fruit juices or cola). The dentist will talk to you about your dental home care and will offer advice on the best care at home.
If you need dental treatment it is important to have that treatment done. A small cavity now may turn into a large cavity or even a root filling if left and untreated gum disease can result in teeth being lost.
During pregnancy your gums are more likely to become inflamed. Most pregnant women have some bleeding of their gums, especially while brushing or flossing. The mouth produces more saliva during pregnancy because of the hormonal changes and increased blood flow throughout the body can cause swelling, sensitivity and tenderness of the gums.
If you are pregnant and you have not seen a dentist for a while, make an appointment.
A common misconception is that people who wear full dentures do not need to see the dentist. This is FALSE. It is important for everyone to see a dentist. Patients with full dentures should have their gums and mouth examined regularly. Wearing dentures can cause irritations such as thrush and early detection and treatment will help a speedy, controlled treatment plan and recovery.
We all have busy lives, and it’s easy to forget appointments. This practice saw 200 hours of missed appointments in 2012. That’s 25 days! How many patients could we have helped in that time? How many new patients who are struggling to find NHS care could we have invited to join the practice?
If you can’t make your appointment then please cancel it so we can offer it to someone else.
Because of the demand for appointments, and the time wasted on missed appointments this practice operates a system whereby fail to attends are recorded and a patient who fails to attend multiple appointments will no longer be seen.
So remember – dental checkups are important, especially if you’re pregnant and if you book an appointment and something comes up, that’s ok we understand – just let us know and we will book you a different appointment and offer your old slot to someone else.