DIY Dentistry

During the first lockdown in March 2020, it was not clear which industries could remain open and dentists were sadly prevented from treating patients, even for emergencies. This led to 25% off all UK households attempting some form of DIY dentistry to address gum pain and tooth decay – some even trying extractions at home!
Some people have learned to live with issues such as chipped or worn teeth but be warned that even minor chips or discoloration of teeth could mask deeper damage. Others may have become used to the gap left by their now missing teeth, something which can lead to more dental damage in the future (see more here).
What constitutes a “dental emergency” is entirely subjective, you do not need to be suffering from severe pain to substantiate seeing a dentist. Whether for pain relief or peace of mind, if you have any concern, speaking to your dentist or hygienist is never a bad thing.

Out of Alignment

Missing dental appointments affects younger patients too.
For children, dental appointments are vital at every age to ensure teeth are developing as expected and that there are no emerging issues of decay, crowding or misaligned teeth.
As with most dental concerns, it is often easier and more effective to treat issues at the onset and an earlier age rather than later. By teenage years, teeth and bone are more fully formed and certain corrective options might no longer be possible without introducing other treatments.
Misalignment of teeth can also lead to speech impediments, headaches and jaw ache and even gastrointestinal problems caused by inefficient chewing of food.
View children’s orthodontic treatments here.

Increased Likelihood of Emergency Appointments

A failure to attend regular check-ups increases the likelihood any patient will eventually require emergency dental treatment, for instance if they begin to suffer severe tooth pain linked to a cavity or abscess.

Emerging Bad Habits

Regular dental and hygiene appointments also help instill good oral hygiene habits that are tailored to the individual. These tips and techniques help you to look after not only your own oral health in the best way possible when at home, but also to help your children and loved ones do the same. Children who attend routine dental appointments with their parents are less likely to be anxious when seeing dentists and look after their own oral health for years to come.
It’s easy to let oral health slip when pressures from lockdown, working from home, and home-schooling weigh on our shoulders. This is when bad habits start to form that are tricky to change.
We offer group appointments for families wishing to visit the dentist or hygienist together in a safe and clean environment so that you can get your good habits back on track!

Do you have a specific question?

If you have any concerns over your oral health, please get in touch with us today.