We know that life can get in the way of you and your dental appointments. We completely understand, but we’d still like to reiterate that you should try and see us as often as you need. This is why we recommend making time for one single appointment and then maintaining a nice chain of follow-ups afterwards. For example, book your next dentist appointment when you check-out of your first, and create a habit of expecting your next appointment rather than forgetting. We know for busy lifestyles and families this can be difficult, but please don’t take it as far as this recent research shows…
Over 2 million Brits haven’t seen a dentist in over 10 years. We know, we can’t believe it either! The National Dental Survey, conducted by Bupa Dental Care, revealed the shocking statistics this year that demonstrate how many people sweep their dental health under the carpet.
It’s important to always visit the dentist when you need, and this is far before 10 years has passed. If you haven’t visited the dentist in a year, let alone a decade, then think how much might’ve changed within your mouth. Your teeth will naturally move and sway, especially through some unknown trauma or force like grinding, and even your jaw and bite could be affected. Your diet, lifestyle, and even the ageing process take their toll on your dental health, but without a dentist to show you your areas of concern you could be none the wiser.
The very same survey found that more than a third of Brits admit they ignore dental pain or mask it with the help of pain killers. By disregarding this pain, you jeopardise your dental health. Ignoring this pain shows you are ignoring a worrying problem like decay, infection, and gum disease. Even muscle cramp from clenching and grinding is a sign that your bite needs to be realigned but ignoring it will only make the problem worse. These conditions, when left untreated, lead to excruciating pain and even tooth loss. Replacing the missing tooth is always an option, but would it not be so much easier to maintain your dental health with regular appointments, and lead a happy and toothy life?
The shocking statistics don’t end at skipped dental visits, too. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed, at 22%, skip brushing their teeth when they’re in a rush. When we skip brushing our teeth, we let food debris remain on the surface of our teeth which attracts bacteria. These bacteria produce toxins that not only cause bad breath but also eat away at our protective enamel. This will lead to cavities, bringing forth pain and decay, and should it become a regular occurrence tooth loss will become inevitable.
Lots of people don’t give a thought to their dental health or their teeth until a problem becomes absolutely impossible to ignore. By this point, however, it’s often too late. We champion preventative dental care because we want to ensure your natural teeth are kept as healthy as possible before additional measures are considered. This also means that if we spot any areas for concern we can manage their development and ensure they don’t grow into something a little more worrying. By skipping visiting your dentist for years at a time, you’re missing countless opportunities to avoid tooth loss, staining, and gum disease.
Come and pay a visit to our Derby dental practice to ensure the continuation of your dental health. We know it’s not the most glamorous way to spend an hour, but we make every visit worth your while with our expert advice and friendly service. Call Raynesway Dental and speak to a member of staff on __ or enquire online today.