Healthy teeth and gums are a necessary part of good general health and appearance. Poor oral and dental health has been linked to many medical problems. For example, people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases such as strokes; also pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to have a baby that is born too early or too small.
Tooth decay, discolourations, staining and most gum diseases can be avoided with regular check-ups. Most times regular check-ups are combined with special cleaning and fluoride remineralising treatments and preventive dental advice. People who keep their own teeth healthy are statistically more likely to live a longer and healthier life.
The most conservative, painless and inexpensive dental treatments require early detection. Dental problems tend to change for the worse the longer they are left untreated and may lead to unnecessary tooth loss, discomfort and expense.
The great majority of modern dental procedures are completely painless. Most toothache and pain are caused by anxious patients who have put off seeing a dentist earlier and have allowed their problems to become worse than they needed to be. Modern anaesthetics can numb even the most acute problems.
Questions you can ask at your next dentist appointment :
- Is my home brushing and flossing routine effective?
- Are my teeth good for my age?
- Is there anything I can do to improve my teeth and prevent new problems?