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regular dental check-ups

Why are Regular Dental Checkups Important for Oral Health

Regular dental check-ups are a key part of staying in the very best of oral health. At Wimpole Street Dentist, we encourage you to attend regular check-ups with us at least twice a year. Appointments are typically broken down into two parts: the initial check-up and the subsequent cleaning procedure. So why exactly are regular dental check-ups just so important? At your appointment your dentist will carry out a range of activities to ensure you have healthy teeth and gums, including:


  • Carefully examining your teeth, gums and mouth
  • Asking if you have any concerns about your oral health
  • Removing plaque and tartar to promote healthy teeth and gums
  • Polishing your teeth (if necessary)
  • Giving advice on health, diet and correct teeth-cleaning habits


Your dentist may find that you need to have further treatment carried out, such as, fillings, teeth whitening or dental implants. A separate appointment will be booked for you to complete this treatment outside of the check-up.

The check-up


Your dentist will begin your appointment by checking for cavities, as well as looking for any plaque or tartar that may be lurking on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria that builds up over the surface of your teeth. It’s the main cause of gum disease and cavities, and can harden into tartar if it’s not thoroughly brushed away everyday. Your dentist will remove any tartar present, as tartar can’t be eradicated with simple brushing and flossing at home.


Secondly, your dentist will check your gums. The spaces in between your teeth and gums will be measured with a special tool. Shallow spaces? Your gums are healthy. If the spaces run deep, however, you may have gum disease.


During the appointment your dentist will also screen for oral cancer. Your tongue, throat, face, head and neck will be checked for any potential signs of swelling.

The cleaning


After the check-up, you may benefit from the cleaning procedure - also known as scaling. Tartar on your teeth can’t be easily removed by yourself at home, so your dentist is required to use special tools to get rid of it. After the scaling has been completed, your teeth may also need to be polished. A gritty paste is commonly used for polishing, as it effectively removes surface stains on your teeth. Lastly, your dentist will carefully floss your in between teeth to make sure there’s no bacteria or food particles stuck there.

Importance of regular dental visits


Visiting your dentist regularly has immense benefits in store for your oral and overall health. Some of which include:


  • Prevents periodontal diseases: The accumulation of plaque on the tooth surface is a major reason behind gum (periodontal) infection. Cleaning helps prevent gum inflammation and irritation.
  • Maintains overall health: Your oral and overall health is correlated in various aspects. Having healthy teeth and gums will help you reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiac diseases and cancer.
  • Improves your smile: Clean and shiny teeth improve your smile and appearance, which can help promote a more confident self-image. You can overcome the problem of discoloured teeth with regular cleaning.
  • Prevents bad breath: Poor oral hygiene and gum diseases leads to bad breath, regular check-ups work on these problems minimising the issue of halitosis (bad breath).
  • Saves your tooth: Ignored your oral health results in serious teeth and gum problems that can even lead to tooth loss. Regular dental examinations saves you form losing a tooth.

The importance of good dental care


Practicing good oral care at home is just as important as attending regular dental check-ups. Take correct care of your gums and teeth by:


  • Brushing at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing at least once a day to remove debris in between the teeth
  • Rinsing with mouthwash to remove bacteria and freshen breath
  • Eating a healthy diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in refined sugars
  • Drinking plenty of water to keep your mouth moist and prevent bad breath


Have healthy teeth and gums by visiting our dentist at Wimpole Dental and we are also offering Invisalign treatment to provide you with straighter smile.

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London, W1G 8GF

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