Many oral health problems can go unnoticed for years. By the time you realize there is a problem, costly intervention may be necessary. Getting regular checkups can help identify problems before they go too far. Regular checkups are especially important for those at a higher risk for oral health problems; this includes children, elderly people, people with diabetes and pregnant women.
At your checkup your dentist will check your gums and teeth for signs of oral disease. If problems are found, you can work with your dentist to develop a treatment strategy. Your dentist can also evaluate your oral hygiene routine to ensure that you are doing everything correctly. Having a good oral hygiene routine is the best defense against oral disease, so this simple check can help stave off costly dental treatments.
Your dental checkups are covered under NHS Dental Band 1.