10 Benefits of Going to the Dentist Regularly

Going to the dentist may not feel like the most fun day out, and it’s something a lot of people would rather avoid. However, it’s very important that you don’t, as skipping your appointments can lead to much more serious problems in the long run. 

Going to the dentist should be part of our routine, and is not something to be avoided or put off. Below, we list our top 10 benefits of going to the dentist regularly. 

10 Benefits of Going to the Dentist

1. Maintains Oral Hygiene

Your dentist will give your teeth a thorough clean, and ensure your oral hygiene is being well-maintained. They will inspect your mouth and usually give it a scale and polish to reach all those parts your toothbrush may have missed.

2. Prevents Disease

By attending regular appointments, dentists can assess your teeth and gums and identify if there are any problems. Spotting signs early will help avoid future issues that could be a lot more complicated and painful if left untreated.  

3. Oral Screening

Oral cancer screenings are examinations performed by your dentist in order to look for signs of cancer, or precancerous conditions. If detected early, oral cancer can be very treatable, so it’s important to attend your regular check-ups. 

4. Receive Key Advice

At Aurora Dental, our dentists and hygienists will provide friendly and professional advice on the best way to look after your teeth and gums. We can also advise on any treatment that might be beneficial to you, and provide tips on cleaning techniques.

5. Can Reduce Dentophobia

Fear of the dentist (also known as dentophobia) is a very real thing. Many things can contribute to dentophobia, whether it’s previous negative experiences or a feeling of helplessness whilst sitting in the dentist’s chair.  It’s important that dentists build up trust with their patients, so attending regular appointments are crucial in doing this. Once trust is built, patients can begin to try and overcome their dentophobia.

6. Saves Time and Money 

By attending routine dental examinations, you’re more likely to catch problems sooner, which can save you time and money in the long run. People may have issues such as underlying decay that they aren’t aware of until the point that it becomes painful. By the time you feel it, it normally means you’ll have to have a large filling or other invasive treatment. If decay and other issues are detected early, the treatment and cost will be much more minimal.

7. Achieves a Brighter, Whiter Smile

Some stains can be pretty stubborn, from things such as smoking, or certain food and drink like coffee. Although daily brushing does help with this, some stains can only be removed using specific pastes that are only available to your dentist. This will help you achieve whiter teeth, and allow you to feel more confident. 

8. Looks at Overall Health

Other issues can also be related to your oral health, which you may not even realise. Gum disease has been linked to diabetes and heart disease, so it’s important you are getting your gums checked. You might also experience other issues like headaches from grinding teeth. Your dentist can advise on the best course of action to take if this is the case.

9. Treats Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath can be caused by a condition called halitosis. Halitosis may occur after repeated poor dental hygiene habits, making it another good reason to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist can pinpoint what might be causing it, and treat it accordingly.  

10. Promotes Importance to the Whole Family

It’s important that children are aware of the importance of visiting the dentist, and what better way to instil this than going regularly yourself? This will set a good example for children and promotes the importance of oral hygiene for the whole family.

How Often Should I Have a Dental Check Up?

Once your check-up is complete, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. Depending on circumstances, you could be asked to come back in as little as three months’ time, or as long as two years. Generally, people with good oral health will usually need to attend once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will need check-ups more often.

What Will My Dental Check Up Involve?

Here at Aurora Dental, our friendly staff will ensure you feel calm and welcome upon your visit. Our team of experts are here to answer any questions you might have and will discuss all the available treatment options. 

During your general check-up appointment, your dentist will usually:

  • Examine your mouth, gums and teeth
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you may have experienced with your oral health since your last visit
  • Give you advice on teeth-cleaning habits
  • Book an appointment for an appropriate time in the future 

Treatments Available at Aurora Dental

Now you have read about the 10 benefits of going to the dentist. Alongside our general check-ups, we also offer a range of cosmetic treatments, including dental implants, teeth whitening and composite bonding. Book an appointment today at Aurora Dental Clinic and find your nearest clinic. We provide our services across Wiltshire in Chippenham, Corsham, Swindon and Devizes.