Guide To Preventing and Curing The Most Common Dental Problems
Thanks to advances in dental technology and in the education of the general public where matters of dental care are concerned, the condition of most people’s teeth is much better than it was even a few short years ago.
That doesn’t mean people can forget about going to the dentist however, since regular check-ups and the wide range of treatment available are two of the things responsible for this improvement.
Even fairly recently, a visit to a dentist was usually something prompted by the pain of tooth decay, with patients hoping for a relief from pain and, in the best scenario, the tooth in question being saved.
Today, however, people are just as likely to see a dentist because they’re unhappy with their smile, and wish to find out about the technology behind things such as things such as teeth implants & tooth implants or the fitting of dental veneers in London . There are still certain problems which are more likely to come up, however, and below is a brief guide to avoiding and dealing with the most common:
Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is the process which takes place when sugars or starch react with plaque on your teeth to produce acid which eats into the enamel. The best way of preventing it is to eat a diet low in sugar and the kind of acids which attack teeth – i.e. that which is present in citrus fruits – and to institute a cleaning regime which means that plaque isn’t allowed to build up in the first place. This means cleaning and flossing your teeth twice a day and rinsing after meals high in sugar.
Gum Disease: Gum disease is an infectious illness which attacks the gums and surrounding tissue and at its worst it can result in the teeth actually falling out. In its early stages it is known as gingivitis, developing, later, to become the more serious periodontists. The chief cause of gum disease is poor dental hygiene, although people suffering from diabetes and women who are pregnant may be more prone to developing it. If your gums feel painful or bleed then you should visit your dentist and tell them. Gingivitis can be fixed by the right kind of cleaning at home, whilst the more advanced periodontists may require the dentist to perform a cleaning around the gums and prescribe medication.
Infected Tooth: If a tooth has developed a cavity or been damaged in an injury, then infection may be able to take root in the pulp inside, meaning the nerves will be affected. If this happens, the infection may end up spreading throughout the root. If you have an infected tooth then your dentist will probably refer you to an endodontist, a specialist who deals with root canal treatments. An endothermic will remove the infected root and fill the tooth, thus saving it.
Eroded Enamel: Enamel is the hard white covering on the surface of the teeth and several factors can result in it becoming worn and dis-coloured. The chief cause of such erosion is usually over consumption of fizzy, sugary drinks, although over aggressive brushing, particularly near the gum line, can have a similar effect. Although treatments can correct the problem, it can only be prevented by avoiding the drinks in question or changing your brushing method. A dentist, if asked, will demonstrate the brushing technique which will remove the optimum amount of plaque without damaging the enamel.
There are no dental problems which can’t now be treated by a modern, well equipped surgery, but the key fact to remember is that, with the right approach, most problems can be avoided in the first place.
At Perfect Smile we believe that your smile is one of your most valuable assets which is why our modern dental clinics are fitted with the latest and safest equipment, enabling us to provide you with the very best in service.
All our Clinics are designed with patient comfort and convenience in mind, from early and late evening appointment times available (including weekends) to the range of simple membership plans; from very highly qualified and experienced clinicians to state-of-the-art technology that reduces treatment times and the number of visits required.
We offer hassle free dentistry through easy access to any of our 13 London based Clinics and also offer a wide range of specialists within our group reducing the need to be referred to any other specialist dentist.
Our aim is to provide all our patients the best dental health and the most brilliant smile we can. After all, these are your teeth; we´re just here to help you make them look their best, and keep them that way.
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