• Meavy Way Dental Practice

Why are regular visits to your Dentist in Plymouth so important?

Preventive dental care.

As expected, dentists prefer to follow routine appointments that prevent the need for extensive treatments and / or procedures. This is called preventive dental care.


By encouraging our patients to visit the dental practice on a regular basis we are able to follow an all important preventive method. These appointments ensure that your dentist is able to keep an eye on any aspects of your at home oral hygiene process then advise and teach you where the improvements are needed. This can range from using an electric toothbrush to relieve pressure if pressing too hard to using interdental brushes to remove plaque build-up between the teeth.


Does this mean I need to visit the Dentist in Plymouth every month?


When discussing regular dental check-ups, in most cases, this means visiting your dental practice around every 6 to 12 months. This timing varies due to every single patient being treated as an individual. Whilst one patient may only need a yearly check-up, another patient may need more hands on care with their daily routines and therefore the appointments will most likely be around every 6 months.


Please be aware, for those undergoing treatments or who have had recent procedures carried out there will be follow up appointments required which are not the same as your dental check-ups so it is important to attend both.


Children’s dental care.


Preventive dental care begins from the moment your child has signs of their first teeth. Whilst at 6 months old your child may not yet have any teeth, attending the Dentist in Plymouth from this young age enables the dental team to begin working on a bond with your child. This may sound far too young to begin visits to the Dentist in Plymouth but the early stages are not only extremely important to check the gums and any teeth appearing but begins setting up a positive experience for your child which in turn reduces the risk of them growing up with fears around the visits.


These early appointments which will also be encouraged every 6 to 12 months will also help the dental team spot any signs of underbites or overbites along with other potential problems early on. This will then enable the team to put in a plan to work with the child’s teeth to ensure that a positive and effective approach is put in place from the outset to assist in adjusting the issue rather than waiting for extensive treatments through their teenage years.


Booking your appointment.


Whether a nervous patient, a new patient or a regular attendee to our dental practice please always inform our receptionist of any additional requirements you may need for your appointment with us. For nervous patients, this could be something like having certain music playing at the time of your visit. Whilst for some this may sound unnecessary, for others having these simple changes can help ensure that their dental visits run smoothly and therefore it is important to discuss any concerns upon booking your appointment.