The importance of regular dentist visits explained

Do you visit the dentist regularly enough? At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge we welcome new patients of all ages for general dental check-ups and preventative dental care. From young children whose first teeth are starting to appear to older people who wear full dentures, you are never too young or old to benefit from quality dental care.
healthy-gumsThe general advice may be to visit your dentist for a check-up every six months, but some people need to come in more frequently. We may ask to see you more often at our Weybridge clinic if:

  • You have a lowered immune system (for example, through a medical condition or after chemotherapy), which can increase your chances of dental infection.
  • You have a genetic predisposition to easily developing plaque or tooth cavities.
  • You are pregnant – pregnancy hormones can affect your dental health, for example through pregnancy gingivitis or enamel erosion caused by morning sickness.
  • You have a condition such as gum disease that needs regular treatment and/or monitoring.

It is best to follow the advice of your dentist and come in for a check-up at our Weybridge clinic as often as they tell you to.
At our Weybridge dental clinic, we use early detection techniques to spot symptoms of tooth decay and gum disease before you have noticed anything’s amiss. X-rays are used to check the state of the inside of your teeth, to make sure they are really as healthy as they look, as well as to check the condition of existing restorations such as fillings or crowns.
Tooth decay and gum disease both lead to tooth loss, which can have serious implications for your diet. Gum disease has also been linked to a wide range of general health conditions, so is best avoided or spotted early.
Your Weybridge dentist will check for early warning signs of mouth cancer as part of your standard dental check-up. This form of cancer has a high ratio of deaths to cases diagnosed, because it is often spotted at a late stage. Should your dentist spot anything untoward they will refer you immediately to a hospital consultant. Early detection vastly increases your chances of a full recovery.