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How often should you visit the dentist?

Do you visit the dentist as often as you need to? The majority of people in the UK now attend at least one dental check-up a year, whilst most people believe that the optimum number of visits is two per year.

oral-healthHowever, every patient’s needs are different. Some need to come more frequently, whilst others don’t have to be seen so often. You should always ask your dentist’s advice and follow what they tell you.

Southend Dental Care offers a full spectrum of general and preventative dental services, and welcomes new patients of all ages for consultations. We accept both NHS and private clients, and you will be provided with the highest standards of care at all times, whatever your requirements.

The importance of general dental check-ups

Many oral health conditions, such as gum disease and tooth decay, have few early warning signs for you to spot at home. By the time tooth decay leads to pain, or gum disease to bleeding when you brush your teeth, the conditions could already be well established.

At Southend Dental Care your dentist will use early detection techniques to spot any indicators of tooth decay and gum disease even before you have noticed anything yourself. This will include using x-rays to look inside your tooth, beneath any existing crowns or fillings, and underneath the gum line.

When conditions are spotted early they are usually far simpler and quicker to treat. Tooth decay and gum disease can both lead to tooth loss if left untreated, so it is always essential to intervene as early as possible.

At our Southend clinic we also perform mouth cancer checks as standard. Oral cancers still claim more than 2,000 lives in the UK every year, and the saddest thing is that many of these cases could have been prevented, or fully cured if caught early.

Again, oral cancer often has few symptoms that are noticeable by the sufferer, but a dentist is in a prime position to spot the early warning signs. Should your dentist find anything of concern, they will refer you urgently to a hospital specialist for further investigation.

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