We cannot emphasise the importance of regular dental checkups in the prevention of teeth and gum disease. Regular checkups allow us to monitor any changes to your dental condition and gum health. Along with a healthy diet we will advise on strategies to reduce any negative changes to your dental tissues, be it your teeth, gums or jaw joint. Everyone should have an examination and hygiene visit annually, although we recommend a hygiene visit every 6 months.
Our practice suggests that you schedule your 6/12 monthly dental checkup and clean when you finish your existing appointment with us, otherwise a recall can be set and sent out via either letter, SMS or email at a later date to remind you when you are due.
Our aim is to conserve tooth structure and maintain gum health and minimise pathological changes to your teeth and gums. Preservation and or the restoration of teeth and gums will lead to better health.
Dental radiographs (x-rays) should be taken at every 2 years to allow us to view areas that are not visible to the eye or dental explorer (probe) during a regular dental examination. Some changes that are caught early can be reversed with the application of fluoride or sealants. Dietary advice and oral hygiene instruction can also help in reversing negative changes to teeth and gums.
Undiagnosed Dental Decay
We do not want dental decay to be undiagnosed as this untreated decay may result in teeth requiring more extensive treatment or at worst extraction. If a tooth is lost, the adjacent and opposing teeth will move to try to close the space. This will create other spaces which will lead to food impacting in these areas and it may not take long for decay and or gum disease to result. You may end up losing several teeth. Dental bridgework or implants or a partial denture should be made to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
Healthy teeth and gums allow us to eat better and enjoy good food. Also various studies have shown a relationship between dental gum disease and heart disease. Good functioning teeth and gums can enhance the quality and length of your life.