Don’t Skip Your Routine Appointments
Routine examinations are key to preserving your natural teeth for as long as possible. Your teeth do so much for you each day, allowing you to enjoy the foods you love and crack a great smile – they deserve to be looked after – especially since they’re unable to repair themselves. Once reaching a certain point of damage, decay and neglect, extraction is sometimes the only option. Attending regular check-ups with us here in Lewisham will provide a good backstop to guard against complex dental problems in the future.
How often should I be visiting?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question and there are various factors that influence the answer. Some patients may require treatment that is more hygienist-centred if their gums are particularly susceptible to inflammation, whilst other patients may incur cavities on a regular basis and need to see a dentist more often than the hygienist. For someone who cares well for their teeth, a routine dental appointment once a year is recommended and a hygienist appointment once a year – preferably twice a year – will fortify the gums against inflammation as plaque and tartar is removed. Our Airflow Teeth Polishing system is extremely effective in removing tenacious staining that can’t be removed with brushing alone and is ideal for patients who aren’t a fan of traditional scraping tools.
Consistency is key
The secret to healthy, great-looking teeth, is consistency. Consistency with your brushing and flossing, of course, but also being consistent with your routine visits. Skipping the odd check-up has repercussions on your teeth and could mean complex (and perhaps costly) intervention at a later stage. There are various changes that happen in your mouth when you fail to visit the dentist regularly, which can be read about in further detail here.
Don’t let dental phobia be a barrier to routine appointments
Dental phobia can be a real challenge for many patients, and here at Smile Up Dental we’re committed to helping anxious patients overcome or manage their nerves, so they can come and visit us and feel safe and relaxed. Our team are compassionate and patient and we get so much out of seeing patients’ perspective and feelings towards the dentist change to be more positive. Our Lewisham practice is designed to be a warm and friendly space with a welcoming atmosphere, with a view to making you feel at home and actually want to come and see us!
If you would like to book an appointment with us, click to fill out our easy-to-use online booking form. Alternatively, please give us a call and our team will be happy to find an appointment slot to suit you. We’re easy to find and close to the Deptford DLR station and Greenwich and St Johns train stations as well as several bus services. If you’re looking for a Canary Wharf dentist, our practice is located 27 minutes away via DLR (direct) and 20 minutes away by car.