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The Importance Of Maintaining Your Regular Dentist
Posted 1 November 2019
We all know that visiting a dentist for regular check-ups is important, but did you know it’s just as important to see the same dentist every time?
Research has shown you’re likely to feel more at ease when seeing the same practitioner each visit. A dentist who is familiar with your medical history lifestyle and dentition can consider your preferences and offer dental care that is tailored specifically for you.
How does your dentist get to know you and your teeth?
Every dentist strives to offer the best care they can, including Health Partner’s dentist Alyson Loughlin.
“When a patient comes in, we check their medical history and often ask questions about their diet and lifestyle so we can consider these factors in the context of their dental health,” Alyson says.
Alyson says, “It’s really important to talk to the patient and get to know them too. They sometimes raise concerns about previous treatment for example, or a fear of needles which is really important to know. Patients also tell you what kind of dental care they want. It might be related to discomfort they are experiencing, or it could be concerns about the appearance of their teeth.”
A thorough evaluation of the teeth, gums and soft tissue in the mouth is also carried out in an examination appointment. This gives the dentist a good picture of the patient’s overall oral health.
What are the benefits of having a regular dentist?
Alyson says, “An ongoing relationship with one person does lessen anxiety and increases the trust in the relationship between the patient and the dentist.”
Alyson says “Seeing a regular dentist is good for both the dentist and the patient, as it helps the dentist understand the patient’s expectations and preferences. This is very important when discussing any dental treatment that may be required. A regular dentist will also be able to monitor the patient’s oral health over time, noticing changes and keeping an eye on any problem areas.”
“If you see someone just once you often try to cover a range of general things, but if you’re seeing someone on an ongoing basis, you’re able to provide more specific care that will likely result in better outcomes” says Alyson.
Why you should keep up to date with your dental check-ups?
Oral health is an important part of your general health and maintaining a healthy mouth really matters. Seeing the same dentist on an ongoing basis helps you achieve and maintain good oral health and it can also help you prepare for any future dental issues or needs.
Alyson says, “Having regular check-ups allows us to work with the patient, considering the various options and scheduling or planning any required treatment. The patient then knows where they’re going for the future and any consequences of not doing that treatment.”
What are the risks of not maintaining regular check-ups?
Alyson says, “There is a risk that the condition of your teeth, gums and soft tissues will deteriorate, and that oral disease may develop and progress. This could result in a range of problems such as tooth decay or cracking of the teeth through grinding, gum disease or sometimes more serious diseases develop such as of oral cancers. Regular check-ups help to lessen the risk of these things going undetected.”
How frequently should you visit your dentist?
Dental visits should be based on what you individually need. Many patients attend every 6 months however this is not always best. “It very much depends on your individual oral health needs; we have patients that come every 3 months, while some come 12 monthly or more. It’s certainly not a one size fits all approach” says Alyson.