Myths and misconceptions about dental check-ups

Common misconceptions about dental check-ups

Although we live in an era of unprecedented access to information, there are some misconceptions about dental check-ups that we hear all the time. So, here are 7 myths about dental check-ups that we want to clear up for good!

Myth #1: You should only go to the dentist if you’re in pain

Many dental issues can go unnoticed because they don’t cause any discomfort until the damage is done. Sometimes, cavities don’t cause pain until they have penetrated the enamel and are beginning to expose the dentine or sensitive pulp of the tooth.

At this point, your dentist may have no choice but to give you a filling or even a root canal. Whereas if we can catch the early warning signs of tooth decay, we can suggest changes to your diet and oral hygiene routine and avoid treatment altogether.

Myth #2: Brushing and flossing alone will keep your teeth healthy

Most dentists recommend brushing for two minutes at least twice a day and flossing every day. However, even if you are consistently hitting these requirements, there’s no guarantee that you’re consistently getting to those hard-to-reach areas where bacteria can thrive.

Regular dental check-ups can offer peace of mind that your dental hygiene routine is on point and spot potential problems before they develop into something more serious.

Myth #3: You’ll know if you have an issue

Not all dental problems cause pain and not all are easy to spot. It can be tricky to see what’s happening at the back of your mouth or behind your teeth in the bathroom mirror. Plaque or tartar can quickly build up in these areas and lead to tooth decay.

A private dental check-up involves a careful examination of the health of each tooth and may include X-rays which can reveal issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Myth #4: Dental check-ups can be painful

Good news: you’re unlikely to feel any pain during your check-up, unless you have an underlying cause such as tooth decay or gum disease. In this case, you may already be experiencing regular pain from everyday activities like eating and drinking and, if left untreated, this pain is likely to get worse.

Dental anxiety is very common (and not helped by the media’s portrayal of dentists!), but most patients experience a pain-free check-up. Our general dentist Dr Neva Patel is a pro at helping our patients feel at ease. If you’re feeling nervous, let her know and she’ll ensure your check-up is as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Myth #5: Young children don’t need a check-up

The enamel of baby teeth is softer and thinner compared to adult teeth, so it’s vital that young children attend regular dental check-ups. The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry have spearheaded the ‘Dental Check by One’ campaign to encourage all parents to schedule their baby’s first check-up before their first birthday.

This early introduction to the dentist is a great way to help children feel comfortable and confident, building healthy habits for later in life.

Myth #6: Dental check-ups are only concerned about your teeth

A comprehensive dental examination doesn’t focus solely on your teeth. Your check-up will look at indicators for oral cancers, signs of inflammation or infection and the general health of your mouth, teeth, gums and tongue.

Tell-tale signs in the mouth can reveal so much about the health of your entire body. Our team takes a holistic approach to oral health and will give you invaluable advice on your diet, brushing regime and how to keep your whole mouth healthy.

Myth #7: Dental care is expensive

Private dental care may seem expensive on the surface, but those who spend little and often to keep on top of their oral health are spared larger, unexpected costs for more invasive interventions.

Preventative treatments are both cheaper in the long-run and kinder to teeth. At Ewell Orthodontics, new patient examinations are available with Dr Neva Patel for just £30, including two X-rays, allowing everybody access to affordable, first-class dental healthcare.

If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, please reach out to us and speak with one of our friendly team and we will be delighted to welcome you to our practice.

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