The majority of dental problems are preventable. Here are some basic tips to help and reasons why we advised regular dental visits:
Bacteria live in our mouths, eat sugar in our food, and ferment it into acid. Teeth dissolve in acid.
-Brush at least twice per day
-Brush for 2 minutes especially at night time
-Watch the amount of sugars in your food
-Watch how often food is consumed – snacking is high risk
-Avoid acids – especially soft drinks
Decay can damage a tooth beyond repair by a simple filling within 2 years in a high risk individual. The sooner it is repaired the better.
Get your teeth checked every 6 months.
Calculus or tartar is a hard calcified build up on your teeth that grows like the scale in your kettle or water pipes at home. Bacteria grow throughout this scale and cause infection in your gums and jaw bone. As we age this damage causes bad breath and ugly black triangles between the teeth. Eventually we become ‘long in the tooth’ and the teeth become loose and fall out. The infection is also linked to low birth weight babies for pregnant women, and heart disease. This is still the most common reason for people to lose their teeth. There is no cure but the disease can be controlled by removing the scale on a regular basis.
Get you teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months
Chewing on teeth and fillings over many years can cause cracks in either the tooth or filling. This can allow bacteria inside the tooth and cause infection or pain. If a tooth is heavily filled or overloaded your dentist may discuss stringer alternatives than fillings such as a crown. We use tiny camera’s in the mouth to show you if any teeth are at risk of problems.
Your dentist is trained to check all the soft tissues in your mouth just like you need regular skin checks, breast checks, prostate checks etc. Cancer in the mouth needs early detection as it can be very rapid and aggressive.
Studies support that people with teeth are healthier and live longer than those without. Regular care means better chewing, a more nutritious diet and reduced heart disease issues