There aren’t many people that look forward to dental appointments – we’re not offended, we completely understand why! It’s hardly the most comfortable thing to have someone poking around your gum line, and that’s why our dental experts will pull out all the stops to ensure that our patients feel as relaxed as possible.
Professionals recommend that people of all ages (including children) book a trip to their local dentist at least twice a year for a regular check-up. Although these standard services could be considered a necessity, there might be times when a patient spots a problem in their mouth; perhaps decay, a small lump, or even consistent bad breath.
Oral concerns can occur for a variety of reasons. Achy teeth can be a sign of gum disease and the presence of gingivitis can actually indicate a severe bacterial build-up. The truth is that the human mouth is an advanced organ that is capable of detecting the slightest changes in pH balance. When these changes occur, they will commonly make themselves known by causing a reaction within the mouth.
The Risks of Putting an Appointment Off
Although teeth, gums and saliva will usually work in harmony with one another; there can be external factors that might put them at risk. In these events, even the most frequently brushed row of teeth can start to suffer. With such a range of issues that can arise, it can be vital to have a medical expert evaluate the condition of your mouth.
This is what check-ups are aimed at; the review and analysis of the health of teeth and gums. One of the main reasons that experts recommend at least two visits a year, is because of how important it is to spot any concerns before they are able to fully develop. There are many oral conditions that can take months to show signs or get worse – but there are also some that can crop up and take an almost immediate toll.
If acidity is able to build-up within the gum line it can act to break enamel down, as well as damage the tissue within the gums themselves. Acidity is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and loss, and it can occur through smoking, a poor diet, or a genetic disposition. Acid is an external concern however; there are other issues that can take place internally, such as bacterial infections.
Some treatments may involve medication, whilst others may require surgery, but this will all depend on the severity of the issue and how long it has been able to develop within the patient’s mouth. This is why so many experts recommend two visits a year – simply to help to identify any longer-term issues that may arise.