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Oral health experts and hygiene experts advise us to have a dental check-up every six months and there are a number of reasons for this, the main one being to ensure teeth and gums are kept healthy and your overall oral hygiene is in good shape.

Other significant benefits of regular dental check-ups and hygiene checks include:

  • Identifying the state of your oral hygiene and identifying early oral health issues, that if left alone will begin to cause oral health problems, such as plaque, which if untreated can contribute to cavities and gum disease.
  • Spotting developing oral health problems early so dental treatment can begin as soon as possible. For example, more than 1,600 people die from oral cancer each year in the UK, but with regular check-ups, the cancer can be diagnosed early and stand a better chance of being cured.
  • Providing an opportunity to learn about oral health and how to look after your teeth and gums properly. Regular dental check-ups also give you the chance to ask your dentist or hygienist any questions or address any dental problems you have been experiencing. This is useful because brushing your teeth correctly can prevent oral health problems in the long term.

In addition to these reasons, if you go to the dental surgery on a regular basis you will get to know your dentist better so you will know what to expect, and this should help those who are anxious about dental appointments.