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The importance of visiting the dentist at all stages of life

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DentistA dentist plays a vital role in protecting your oral and general health at all stages of life. Whilst your dental health priorities may change at different stages of your life, the need for a dentist will never diminish. Building a relationship of trust with your dental professional is very important, and in many cases people find a good dentist and stay with them for many years.

General advice is to bring your baby to visit the dentist from about the age of 12 months. By this time, most children have started to develop their first few teeth, and by bringing them in for a check-up at an early stage, you can help them to familiarise themselves with a practice environment, to view the dentist as a friendly face, and can even help to prevent dental phobia in later life.

Prevention is always better (and cheaper) than cure, so a children’s dentist will offer both fluoride varnish and fissure sealant to help strengthen and protect your little one’s teeth. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, as well as early decay detection that minimises stress and discomfort for your child, early orthodontic assessments are also offered, again with the aim of making any treatment prompt, minimally invasive, and less complicated.

The teenage years often involve orthodontic treatments, with many young people qualifying for free metal braces on the NHS. It’s important to help your teen to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment, whilst if they are a keen sports or musical instrument player, appropriate precautions or adaptations of technique may be required during treatment. An orthodontist or dentist can help to advise teenagers affected appropriately.

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As an adult, it is standardly advised to visit the dentist every six months for a check-up. Again, early detection techniques can be used to minimise the chances of complications from gum disease and tooth decay, whilst some groups such as pregnant women require special oral healthcare.

More and more older people are keeping their natural teeth for life. Whether you still have all or most of your natural teeth, or you wear dentures, you still need to visit your dentist regularly to ensure your mouth is healthy and your teeth functional.