A surprising number of people don’t visit their dentist on a regular basis. It’s recommended that you go to your dentist at least twice every year for a checkup and a potential hygienist session to keep your teeth bright and clean. Unfortunately, a lot of people are put off by the idea of visiting the dentist regularly and may find themselves neglecting to visit at all. In fact, there are quite a few people in the country that haven’t been to the dentist for several years and will only go once they experience some kind of tooth-related pain.
However, it’s never too late to fix your teeth and taking the first step by booking your appointment is the key to kickstarting that transformation. So here’s a bit of information on what you should expect at your appointment.
Even if you brush and floss every day, there are still going to be problems
Even if you brush and floss every day, it’s likely that there are going to be some issues with your teeth that you need to overcome. For instance, your wisdom tooth might be preventing you from brushing certain areas of your teeth, meaning there has been a buildup of bacteria or plaque which can cause issues.
It’s always best to visit a dentist even if you think that your teeth visibly look fine.
You probably can’t take advantage of NHS prices
The NHS works a little differently when it comes to dentistry. Unlike regular healthcare in the country, you can’t just say that you want your services on the NHS as most dental offices have a waiting list. If you want to take advantage of NHS prices, then you’ll need to stay with the same dentist for some time, apply for the waiting list, then hopefully you can be added to their list of NHS patients once a spot opens up.
However, you might be able to find a dentist that is currently open for new NHS patients. If you can’t, then you should expect to pay a lot of money for regular checkups and essential procedures such as fillings. In some cases, a dental clinic may expect you to undergo a series of treatments to solve your dental issues before they decide to put you on their NHS patient list.
Dental offices are much more relaxed nowadays
If fear is one of the reasons why you’ve not been to a dental office for some time then you may be happy to hear that the processes are completely different now. Dental offices look and feel more relaxed, and dentists are trained to help their patients feel more relaxed and welcome as soon as they enter their office.
You’d be surprised at how laid-back your entire appointment can be. Processes have also changed a bit so you’re a lot less likely to feel pain or discomfort during your appointments. If you do feel uncomfortable, there are plenty of alternative treatment options to help ensure that you can get the dental care you need without experiencing any serious pain.