Muirhead and Associates Dental Practice – Shipley – Directions

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What does a dental check up include?

What happens during a dental check-up?

A dental check-up is a regular appointment with your dentist to assess the condition of your teeth and mouth. During a dental check-up, the dentist will exam your teeth and gums for signs of decay, cavities, gum disease, and other issues. They may also take x-rays to look for any underlying problems that are not visible to the naked eye. The dentist may clean your teeth and remove any plaque build-up or tartar, or refer you to see the dental hygienist. 

Dental treatments

Dental treatments are procedures performed by dentists to maintain the health and function of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Regular check-ups are essential for identifying any issues, so that they can be treated early on. 

How often should I have a dental check-up?

When it comes to dental check-ups, the general recommendation is that you should visit your dentist and have a check-up at least once every six months. However, depending on your individual situation, you might need to visit more often.

If you have any existing dental problems, such as gum disease or cavities, then it is recommended that you go for more frequent check-ups. Your dentist may also recommend more frequent visits if they identify any risk factors like poor oral hygiene or an increased tooth decay. 

Fear of the dentist

Fear of the dentist, or ‘dentophobia’, is a very common phobia. It can range from mild apprehension to an intense fear that prevents sufferers from seeking regular dental care. Symptoms of dentophobia include feeling anxious, having an elevated heart rate and sweating when faced with a dental appointment.

The first appointment will be for you to get used to that environment and meet the dentist and dental nurse. At this appointment you can express your worries/anxiety you feel about dental treatment, so that they can make sure you are comfortable with anything that needs to be done at future appointments. 

Missed appointments

Missed appointments are a common occurrence in dental practices. Unfortunately, when people miss their dental check-up appointments, they put their oral and overall health at risk. Regular check-ups and cleanings are essential to detect any issues with the mouth and teeth before they become serious, painful, or expensive problems. Without regular check-ups and cleanings, there is an increased risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues that can have a negative effect on one’s overall health. Also if an appointment is missed there may be a charge, or if there is multiple then the practice may not see you again. 

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