General dental check-ups Greensborough
At G Dental our aim is to educate our patients as we believe this will help them to achieve optimal oral health for life.
Damage due to decay is not only a cause for self-consciousness amongst a large number of people – it also affects your overall health. Decay, if left untreated, may also lead to tooth loss, which brings a whole new list of health complications. In order to avoid any nasty surprises, we recommend visiting the clinic for regular check-ups every 6 months. Our check-ups include a thorough examination of the teeth and gums, as well as a clean and scale. You may also be provided with tips on how to improve your oral health.
Why should I book in for a check-up?
These check-ups allow us to promptly identify any detrimental changes and act accordingly. Ideally, this preventive action will mean no need for more drastic and invasive corrective procedures later. If you have neglected booking regular check-ups and your oral health has suffered, it’s never too late to reverse these effects. At G Dental, we offer a range of treatments from natural-look fillings to root canals. These restorative treatments will help you gain back your mouth’s original functionality, and you will be back at the “maintenance” stage of caring for your smile (regular check-ups). For example, a filling now could prevent a root canal or tooth extraction later.
If you have children you should try and book an appointment as soon as their first teeth erupt. Children follow by example, and if they notice their parents or caretakers avoiding dental visits they may follow suit later in life. If children learn early in life that dental visits aren’t a source of pain or fear, it may help with compliance which could prevent further complications.
What causes tooth decay?
A large number of factors can influence tooth decay. For example sugary or acidic foods, misaligned teeth, improper brushing or poor oral hygiene in general. Plaque is the enemy to your oral health, constantly forming on your teeth and gums. It is made up of acids and erodes away at your tooth enamel. If you consume foods with a large amount of sugars in them you are encouraging plaque build-up.
Consequently, if plaque is not removed regularly it may harden into tartar. Tartar gives plaque an easier surface to adhere to, and may be the cause of your teeth looking off-colour as it is porous and absorbs stains more easily. Tartar can only be removed by your dentist or oral hygienist during the scaling process.
How can I prevent tooth decay?
Tooth decay is easily prevented by following a good hygiene regime. If your family has a history of poor oral health due to genetics you should mention this to your dentist as they will be able to help you with a suitable and effective plan. Generally brushing twice a day combined with flossing and a mouthwash at least once a day will assist in maintaining good oral health and fresh breath. Regular dental check-ups will ensure your oral health regime is on track and that your teeth and gums are plaque and tartar free.
If you experience any pain or discomfort, or lose an adult tooth between your regular visits, please make an appointment as soon as possible. The earlier action is taken to rectify these situations, the safer and more effective a treatment will be.