Importance of regular checkups from our dentist in West Byfleet
Thinking of skipping your next dental checkup?
At Byfleet Dental Boutique, our dentist in West Byfleet knows that prevention is better than cure and will always be on hand to provide preventive dental care as and when needed with compassion.
Here, our dentist in West Byfleet answers 5 questions about the importance of regular dental checkups, so enjoy!
Why are dental checkups important?
You may be one of the many dental patients that believe you should only see our dentist in West Byfleet when you have a toothache or other dental problem.
But in dentistry, prevention is better than cure, and our team at Byfleet Dental Boutique will always use checkups to restore and prevent any issues with your teeth and gums.
Checkups are a way for us to keep your teeth functioning and look for other issues, such as cavities, signs of gum disease and even oral cancer. By avoiding checkups, you run the risk of requiring more invasive treatments, such as extractions and may be putting your physical health at risk too.
So, always attend checkups!
What will be checked for at a dental checkup?
As mentioned earlier, our team will always be on the lookout for signs of decay, gum disease and excessive levels of plaque.
However, we will also check for signs of oral cancer, which can include recurring ulcers, lumps and patches of red textured skin on your gum line or inner cheeks.
Moreover, we will ask questions about your general health and diet and offer advice about areas such as smoking cigarettes or even which toothpaste you might benefit from. It's kind of like an MOT for your mouth!
How do you handle anxious patients?
Our team at Byfleet Dental Boutique will always aim to provide a compassionate and caring approach to any of our patients, and we can offer anxious patients extra help when they are with us.
We can provide you with a pre-clinical meeting to help you familiarise yourself with our dental team before any treatment takes place, whilst also allowing you to discuss your concerns with our team. Based on this, we will work on a plan to make you feel as comfortable as possible, which could include listening to music, the use of nitrous oxide or even sedation whilst we examine your teeth.
How can I keep my teeth healthy at home?
There are a few ways in which you can keep your teeth healthy.
For starters, always brush twice a day, floss or use interdental brushes and be sure to avoid sugar when possible.
Use a toothpaste that is high in fluoride, and, as we have mentioned, be sure to attend your biannual checkups with our team. If you suspect you have a dental issue that cannot wait until your next checkup, contact our emergency line.
When might I need an emergency appointment?
If you are suffering from dental discomfort, swelling, bleeding, a lost filling or crown or recently cracked or chipped teeth, you should make an appointment to see our emergency dental team.
If you are unsure whether you have a dental emergency, contact our reception staff who will be happy to triage your dental requirements.