Like the doctor, the dentist is your friend from childhood to old age. Regular dental visits should start in early childhood, as soon as the first teeth start to appear, and should continue into old age. Even if you have lost your natural teeth, you still need to visit the dentist regularly, to ensure dentures or dental implants remain in good condition, and to make sure your gums and mouth in general stay healthy.
The importance of a general dental check-up should not be underestimated. Dental health problems can affect people of all ages, and children in the UK still have unacceptably high levels of tooth decay. This is totally avoidable, and a dentist will spot any early warning signs as well as encouraging your child to brush their teeth effectively, so they can proudly show off the results at their next check-up.
During the teenage years, orthodontic treatment is often carried out, and as young people start to organise their own meals more and eat out with friends, the dentist can help to ensure they know the potential effects a high-sugar diet or too many carbonated soft drinks can have on the teeth.
The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading welcomes new patients of all ages for general dental check-ups. Some groups are at greater risk of oral health conditions – pregnant women, for example, can experience pregnancy gingivitis and acid erosion caused by severe morning sickness, whilst people with low immune systems caused by immunosuppressive conditions or as a side-effect of chemotherapy or other drugs are at a higher risk of gum disease.
Adult teeth need to be checked on a regular basis, with standard advice being to come in at least every six months, although some people will need to visit more frequently, whilst others may need to come in less often.
Older people, including those who wear dentures, should still visit their dentist as often as advised. The condition and fit of dentures needs to be checked on a regular basis, whilst conditions such as oral thrush and gingivitis can occur if dental hygiene needs improving.