Unless you are harbouring a serious phobia that is stopping you getting along to your dentist, then there is no excuse for missing a dental check-up and you would be very stupid to do so. The mouth is very complex and even though you might think that you have got your oral hygiene down to a fine art, your mouth is constantly vulnerable to attacks from bacteria and plaque that can spread like wildfire and lead to disease in the gums and decay in the teeth. By having a bi-annual check-up, it is enough time to stop anything major going wrong- unless you have really let yourself go over the 6 months. The priority for your dentist is to first check out the condition of your teeth and gums give you an x-ray, a little scrub up and then send you on your way. If something minor does show up, then it can be rectified on the spot. More serious problems can be loaned out to specialists. But a dental check-up should not all be one way traffic from your dentist as this is the time for you to have your say. Advance Dental Clinic serves in the Epping area and can give you all the information and advice you need about check-ups. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.