29 July 2020
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that most of us don't enjoy going to the dentist. With our everyday lives becoming even more hectic in the modern age, many of us can see our dental health decline. A UK report revealed that over a quarter of the population visit the dentist. It's vital that both adults and children see the dentist regularly to prevent long-term damage from occurring, especially with those suffering from specific medical conditions (such as dry mouth) recommended to visit more often.
Tooth pain is often caused by cavities forming. Once the cavity as reached a stage where it is causing pain, root canal or possible tooth loss will become increasingly likely. Regular check-ups with your dentist will ensure that the beginnings of a filling can be identified, treated and additional brushing routines created. Visiting the dentist regularly means that there is a dramatically decreased risk of oral health issues. However, not only that, frequent check-ups are a cost-effective way of caring for your teeth as opposed to undergoing major dental work.
Surprisingly, few people realise that bleeding gums are the leading source for tooth decay. Inflamed gums allow pockets to develop under the gum-line in which bacteria can eat away at teeth and bone, causing tooth loss. Early treatment and regular routine check-ups will ensure that your gum remains healthy and is properly maintained.
On average, a person's teeth only meet for a few minutes per day. This means that not too much stress is placed on the muscles or tooth structure, meaning healthy teeth can last a lifetime. However, excessive clenching and grinding of the teeth for a prolonged period of time can lead to the enamel rapidly wearing away on the teeth, making for a much shorter lifetime than normal. Once the enamel is worn off, the process begins to rapidly increase as the exposed dentine is 700% is softer than enamel. Fillings, crowns can also be broken due to excessive force and in the vast majority of cases, mean that stumps will appear where the teeth used to be. In some cases, this can be prevented by wearing an appropriate nightguard, meaning you wont wear away your teeth. Often, grinding and clinching of the jaw occurs during sleep, meaning most people don't even realise it is occurring.
To keep your teeth in tip-top condition, be sure to arrange your general check-up and hygiene appointment today!