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Dental health... explained

by The Simplyhealth Team

Your questions all about the dentist and your dental health, answered by our clinical team here at Simplyhealth.

 

Scroll down to find out:

  • What do we mean by 'dental'?
  • What does a dentist do?
  • What does a hygenist do?
  • Do I need to go to the dentist?
  • How much does a visit to the dentist cost?
  • What happens during a dental appointment?
  • How often should I have a check-up?
What do we mean by 'dental'?
 

The term dental relates to everything to do with your teeth and mouth. Dental treatment addresses the health and maintenance of your teeth, gums, and overall oral health.

What does a dentist do?
 

Dentists are experts in reviewing and advising you on your oral health. They are highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of problems and in the prevention of disease that affects your teeth and mouth.

 

It takes around five year’s training to become a dentist at a British dental school, followed by one year’s Foundation Training at an approved dental practice. Once qualified, dentists regularly take part in compulsory training and professional development to keep up-to-date with new dental techniques, regulations and research. They can also gain further qualifications and training for more advanced knowledge or become a specialist in a certain area of dentistry.

 

Every dental health professional must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).

What does a hygienist do?
 

Dental hygienists examine patients for signs of oral diseases, such as gingivitis, and provide preventive care. They also educate and motivate their patients in the care of their oral health.

 

It takes around three years to earn a degree in dental hygiene.  Once qualified, they need to continue developing their skills and keep their knowledge up to date. Undertaking continuing professional development (CPD) is an essential part of maintaining their registration with the General Dental Council and they have to spend at least 75 hours over a five-year period engaging in CPD activities relevant to your practice.

Detailed answers to your dentistry questions
 
Do I need to go to the dentist?
 
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The answer to that question, for us, is always yes.

 

We've listed out the benefits of having a routine check-up, being proactive can save a lot of trouble in the long-term.

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How much does a visit to the dentist cost?
 
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It all depends on the treatment you need and the type of dentist you visit.

 

We break down the costs that you could expect to see on your dental receipts.

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What happens during a dental appointment?
 

Typically, during your appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums and soft tissues. They will also check your neck and jaw area and take any radiographs (x-rays) if necessary.

 

They will discuss your general health, any changes in your medical history, lifestyle or problems since your last appointment. They can advise on your diet, smoking and alcohol use, as well as your brushing and flossing routines.

 

Your dentist will advise on how frequently you should come back and will recommend you to see a hygienist if it is deemed necessary.

How often should I have a check-up?
 

Every two years? No, wait, every six months? The truth is, it's different for everyone. Many assume you should visit the dentist for a check-up roughly every six months. But in reality, how often you need to visit the dentist varies from person to person.

 

We all know someone who hasn’t seen the dentist in years and ‘got away with it', then, on the other hand, we know a person who’s always needing dental work done.

 

It's all based on individual recommendation. After each visit, your dentist will let you know when you should come for your next check-up. They’ll base this on an analysis of your oral health and future risk of problems. On average, the time between dental check-ups can range from three to 24 months This may change over time as your oral health improves or declines with age.


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