Category: General Dentistry

Importance of Attending Regular Check-ups

Why do I need a dental check-up?

A dental check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you to keep your mouth healthy.

There are many problems that can occur with your gums and teeth and your dentist will try to help improve the issues you have and they will advise you on the best techniques to keep your oral hygiene standards high.

Leaving any problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future so you should go to your dentist as soon as a problem occurs so you can prevent them problem getting worse.

How often should I visit the dentist for a check-up?

Right after your dental check-up, your dentist will suggest a date for your next check-up depending on how good your oral health is. The time between your most recent check-up and your next dental check-up could be as short as 3 months and as long as 1 year.

You may also be advised to visit the Hygienist who will look after your gum health. At a hygienist appointment your teeth will be cleaned below the gum line, which is where plaque and tartar can build up and lead to gum disease if left untreated.

What should I do between every dental check-up?

You should try your best to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental check-ups. Plaque is always forming on your teeth but you can help reducing the amount of plaque by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day every day and especially before you go to bed at night.

So, is it important to go more regularly to the dentist, even from a young age?

In our opinion, the answer is yes, you should try to go to the dentist more regularly even from a young age as prevention is better than cure when it comes to issues with your teeth and gums.

When you are young, you tend to get fewer problems so you may not feel the need to go as often. However, if you don’t go for a check-up for many years and a problem occurs and you don’t rectify the issue quickly, you may end up with bigger health issues.

It is better to spend a small amount of time going to a dental check-up regularly, making sure your oral health is okay rather than spending a lot of time and money to try and fix the problems that were missed by not attending regular appointments. We suggest visiting a dentist twice a year.

Dental care for pregnant patients – what you need to know

Pregnancy can be an exciting yet anxious time, with many things to think about. Whilst choosing a name, painting the nursery, and working out a birth plan may all be at the forefront of your mind, it can be easy to forget about visiting the dentist. However, taking care of your oral health during pregnancy is vitally important – for you and for baby, too.

Ladbroke Grove Dental Care provides free NHS dental treatment for pregnant patients. It’s important to monitor your dental health along with other changes in your body during pregnancy, and to contact your dentist promptly if you experience anything strange.

pregnant-womenThere are certain conditions that pregnant women are more prone to developing. One of the most common is gingivitis, or gum disease. Pregnancy gingivitis is characterised by swollen, reddened gums that may bleed when you brush your teeth or bite into crunchy foods such as apples.

Gum disease is common in pregnant patients because of hormonal changes in the body. Levels of the hormone progesterone can be up to ten times higher than normal when you are pregnant, and this affects how your body reacts to toxins – including dental plaque.

By visiting your dentist you can have all traces of plaque removed, and can gain valuable advice on how to manage the condition.

If you suffer from severe morning sickness, which is very common in the first trimester of pregnancy and is often one of the ways people learn that a new arrival is on the way, your teeth can suffer from enamel erosion. Again, this requires prompt intervention from a dentist, because otherwise tooth sensitivity can become a problem.

Another common dental complaint among pregnant women is pregnancy granuloma. In this condition, red nodules appear spontaneously on the gums, most frequently in the upper jaw. Whilst these nodules are harmless, they can be frightening if you haven’t experienced them before, and can sometimes cause discomfort or pain.

They usually drop off soon after baby arrives, although if they are causing you pain your dentist may painlessly remove them.

By visiting your dentist during pregnancy, you can gain reassurance and any necessary treatment, so that you can get back to focus on the new addition to the family.