Think you don’t need to go to a dentist? You’re wrong.

More often than not, we hear people say ‘my teeth are fine, I don’t need to see a dentist’, but this is wrong. Health professionals advise us to see a dentist at least once a year, preferably twice, not only to make sure our teeth are ok on the outside, but also to check we don’t have any underlying oral diseases.

Many people avoid visiting the dentist because of fear, whilst others see it as a waste of money. However, visiting a dentist regularly is important and will keep your teeth in the best possible health. Just because you brush your teeth twice a day and floss after every meal, it doesn’t mean your teeth are automatically healthy as a result. During dentist appointments, dental hygienists have the tools and experience to give your teeth a much deeper lever of cleaning, ridding you of any rotting or food debris left in the tiny crevices between your teeth. The cleaning equipment used is also specifically designed to rid you of tartar and plaque that everyday brushing simply can’t fight.

Another equally important reason for regularly attending the dentist is that when teeth/mouth problems are not detected, they can quickly spiral out of control, making it much more complicated to treat them. Many dental problems don’t manifest themselves until it’s too late, so visiting the dentist twice a year will give a trained professional two opportunities to detect these problems and treat them accordingly.

Additionally, just because visiting the dentist twice a year is what is recommended, you can of course book yourself into dental appointments more frequently than this. For instance, if you’re someone who is prone to having problems with your teeth, or you are someone who has had an oral disease in the past, such as gum disease, then it’d be a good idea to visit your dentist more often than this.

It’s also advisable to visit the dentist more often if you’re pregnant, as this is a time in your life when your body goes through many changes. It’s also during pregnancy that women’s teeth and gums are more likely to bleed, so by seeing the dentist, this can be checked for abnormality.

Visiting your dentist twice a year will only cost you around £30 for two check-ups. If you go less than this, you could end up being out of pocket, especially if you have rotting in your teeth, or a disease in your gums.

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