Why regular dentist visits are vital for your health and wellbeing

You should consider your dentist as much a part of your health and fitness team as a good balanced diet, regular exercise, and MOTs with your doctor. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we have a firm focus on preventative dentistry, which means stopping problems before they start, or treating them promptly if they do arise.

gum-diseaseHow often you need to attend general check-ups with your dentist will depend on a number of factors, including the current condition of your oral health and whether there are conditions such as gum disease that need managing. Whilst standard advice is to have a check-up every six months, you should attend our Harley Street clinic as often as your dentist advises.

If you are a new patient to Harley Street Dental Clinic, your dentist will carry out a ten-step assessment of your current oral situation. This will involve:

1) Taking your full dental and medical history. Your dentist needs to be aware of any conditions you have or medications you are taking, because it may affect treatment choices.

2) A thorough clinical examination.

3) Taking x-rays as necessary.

4) Discuss oral health concerns since you last saw a dentist.

5) Talk about how diet and lifestyle affects oral health.

6) Assess your current home care routine, recommending any improvements.

7) If any treatment is needed, this will be explained in full.

8) Provide a full treatment plan.

9) Take the time to answer your questions.

10) If no treatment is needed, tell you when you next should visit the dentist.

Harley Street Dental Clinic appreciates many of our patients have busy lives, so we are open from 8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am-6pm Saturday, enabling you to fit appointments around your lifestyle.

Conditions such as gum disease have been linked to everything from rheumatoid arthritis to heart disease, whilst tooth loss can limit your diet and make it hard to get good nutrition. Therefore, visiting your dentist regularly is a vital part of your general health routine.

To book a check-up at our Harley Street clinic, contact us on 020 3773 2780.