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Why Dental Health Check Ups are so Important

Post by : admin | 4 January 2024

One of the major issues facing dentists, patients and patients wallets is that the majority of us don’t visit the dentist on a regular basis. According to research from NHS Digital (previously the Health and Social Care Information Centre) half of UK adults haven’t been to the dentist in the last two years. More than a quarter of adults only visit the dentist when they have a problem.

The infrequency and irregularity of dental check-ups is causing a huge number of problems for us. The facts say a lot here with 31% of adults having tooth decay, 66% of us having visible plaque and 29% of the population suffering from regular pain in the mouth or teeth.

How Often Should You Visit the Dentist

Both adults and children should visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend. For those with certain medical conditions, your dental team may want to see you more often.

It is also important to remember that certain types of medication may impact our oral health too, for instance, patients who have ‘dry mouth’ caused by medication may be more likely to get tooth decay and will need to visit their dental team more often.

Understanding the Need for Dental Check-Ups

Dental check-ups are not merely about keeping your teeth clean; they’re about maintaining overall oral health. These appointments allow dentists to assess the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth.

1. Early Detection of Oral Health Issues

One of the main reasons for regular dental check-ups is the early detection of oral health issues. Dentists can spot problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer before they become severe. Early detection often results in easier and more effective treatments.

2. Prevention of Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can lead to tooth loss and other health complications if left untreated. Regular check-ups help in identifying early signs of gum disease, allowing for prompt and effective treatment.

3. Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Dentists provide professional cleaning during check-ups, which removes plaque and tartar that regular brushing and flossing might miss. This helps in preventing cavities and tooth decay.

4. Identifying Hidden Dental Problems

X-rays are a part of regular dental check-ups. They can reveal hidden issues such as impacted teeth, jawbone damage, cysts, and more, which are not visible to the naked eye.

5. Advice on Proper Oral Hygiene Practices

Dentists provide invaluable advice on maintaining oral hygiene tailored to individual needs. They can suggest better brushing techniques, flossing methods, and other practices specific to your oral health.

6. Checking for Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a serious condition that can manifest in various ways. Regular check-ups include screening for oral cancer, significantly increasing the chances of early detection and successful treatment.

7. Addressing Bad Habits

Many bad habits can negatively affect oral health, such as smoking, clenching teeth, eating particularly hard or sticky sweets, and even brushing teeth too hard. Dentists can identify the damage caused by these habits and offer advice on how to change them.

8. Monitoring Overall Health

Oral health is often a reflection of your overall health. Conditions like diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances can manifest symptoms in the mouth, which dentists can detect during a check-up.

9. Saving Money in the Long Run

Regular check-ups can save money by avoiding costly dental procedures in the future. Preventative care is far more cost-effective than treating conditions that have been allowed to develop and worsen.

10. Maintaining a Healthy Smile

A healthy smile can boost confidence and affect how others perceive you. Regular check-ups help maintain a bright and healthy smile.


Regular dental health check-ups are a crucial aspect of maintaining overall health. They provide a preventative approach to dental care, addressing potential problems before they become serious. With the help of dental professionals, you can ensure that your oral health is in top condition, contributing to your general well-being and quality of life.

If you want to improve your smile please call us on 0208 399 4311 to book an appointment

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