National Smile Month: the Importance of Regular Dental Visits

We’re right smack in the middle of National Smile Month. This is an important campaign to encourage adults and children alike to take simple steps to take care of their teeth.

One of these simple steps is to make sure you are visiting the dentist regularly. It’s recommended that adults visit the dentist once a year and children every six months. If you’re experiencing certain dental issues, your dentist may ask you to visit more regularly. 

But what if you don’t think anything is wrong?

Regular dental appointments are important even if you don’t think you’re having any problems with your teeth. During each visit your dentist will do a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. This isn’t painful or uncomfortable, and it allows your dentist to get a full picture of what’s going on in your mouth.

By doing this, your dentist will be able to pick up any concerns early. This means you’ll have the chance to address things like plaque beforeit turns into something more serious like tooth decay.

We often only experience symptoms such as toothache or sensitivity during the later stages of a dental problem. Your dentist will be able to help you catch concerns early and prevent these symptoms occurring at all. 

When was the last time you visited the dentist?

There are a lot of reasons for people to avoid visiting the dentist. Sometimes it’s a practical issue of not being able to find a suitable time, or perhaps not even being registered with a dentist. Sometimes it’s more of an emotional reason: dental phobias and nervous patients are not uncommon.

Whatever the issue for you, we’re here to help. We have 23 practices across the UK and offer both private and NHS care. Many of our practices are open beyond the usual 9-5, which is ideal if you need an evening or weekend appointment. 

All our practices believe in the importance of patient care. Our staff will do everything they can to put you at ease during your appointment and make the experience as enjoyable as possible. 

Would you like to make an appointment with us? Our Bury Knowle, Headington practice is open until 8pm four nights a week. You can find other opening hours and locations here