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Our dentist at Repton Dental can help maintain the health of your smile and prevent tooth loss and gum deterioration. We strive to help you keep your own natural teeth and tooth extraction will only ever be a last resort in the maintenance of your oral health.
It is important to maintain good oral health; this means looking after your mouth – there is more to this than your teeth. A comprehensive oral health check is a major component of your first dental appointment with us. This comprises a discussion, an oral examination which may include taking x-rays, and the drawing up of a treatment plan should treatment be necessary.
Every time we see you for a Dental Health Check we check 12 aspects of your dental health:
- Your awareness of your dental health
- Any concerns you may have had since we last saw you
- Any specific risks to your oral health e.g smoking, stress etc.
- How do you feel about the appearance of your smile?
- Your progress (how your health is compared to the last time we saw you
- The health of your teeth
- The health and stability fillings, crowns etc. that you may have
- The health of the inside of your mouth i.e an oral cancer check
- The health of your jaw joint
- Your general health including medications you take (there are many conditions and over 200 medicines that affect the mouth so we need to know about these.)
- The health of your lymph nodes and salivary glands
- The health of bone levels and the areas inside, under and between teeth
Gum disease occurs when bacteria is left to enter and infect the gum tissue, usually due to improper oral hygiene. Smoking, poor diet and drinking can also exacerbate gum disease, so it is of vital importance to look out for the signs of gum disease if you fall into any of these categories.
- Bleeding gums: bleeding gums can occur when switching to a new toothbrush or when you first implement flossing into your oral health routine. However, if bleeding occurs more than once a week and the amount of blood increases each time you brush, you may have the start of gum disease and you should go to your dentist immediately for treatment.
- Bad breath: gum disease often starts without any feeling of pain, which makes it a hard problem to detect. However, if you have continual bad breath this could be a definite sign of gum disease.
- Loose teeth and gum pockets: when gum disease is in its early stage it is known as gingivitis, but if left untreated it then becomes periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is more difficult to treat, with the usual symptoms including loose, wobbly teeth and pockets of skin opening up around the teeth. If periodontal disease is allowed to progress tooth loss and gum deterioration is often the final stage.
Treatment for gum disease
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above it is in your best interests to visit the dentist right away. Once at your dentist treatment can begin to prevent the spread of the disease and bring it under control:
- Deep Cleaning: our dentist will thoroughly clean every part of your mouth and teeth, removing all bacteria and plaque build-up and returning your mouth to good oral health.
- Periodontal Cleaning: if the problem has developed into periodontal disease a more intensive cleaning will be necessary. This will remove any hardened tartar and plaque from your gum line to stop the spread of the infection.
Once under control you will be given a tailored oral health regime to follow, which should ensure that the problem doesn’t return.
Tooth decay is most often caused by a combination of sugary food and neglected oral hygiene. After eating a sugary snack or drinking a can of soda you may feel a slight gritty feeling across your teeth. This occurs when bacteria feeds on the sugar on your teeth and forms a film of plaque. This plaque, if left unchecked, eats away first at the enamel of your teeth, then the dentin and finally the dental pulp inside. Once this has occurred the tooth will become infected, which is often incredibly painful.
- Holes in the teeth: this is the most common indication of tooth decay and occurs when the bacteria eats away at the enamel of your tooth.
- Toothache: Once the decay has passed the enamel and entered the tooth, pulp pain is usually the norm and will become hard to ignore.
- Broken teeth: This occurs when the decay has been left untreated and the tooth has been literally eaten away by the bacteria.
- Fillings: if your decay is in the very early stages, when only the outer enamel and some dentin is damaged, your dentist can clean the area and then seal it up with a dental filling.
- Root canal treatment: if the decay has progressed into the dental pulp your dentist may have to perform root canal treatment, which involves removing all the infected pulp from inside your tooth and putting a protective crown over the top of your tooth.
- Broken teeth: Finally if your tooth has reached the broken stage it will most likely have to be removed to prevent the spread of infection to your other teeth. However, once it has been removed there are a number of options to replace your tooth, including dentures, bridges and dental implants.
Cases of oral cancer have greatly increased in the last few years, with causes including drinking and smoking. Oral or mouth cancer is incredibly curable if caught in the early stages, with over 90% of victims cured if treated early. However, this rate drops to 50% if left untreated so it is of vital importance to visit the dentist if you have the following symptoms:
- Bleeding from your mouth.
- Pain or difficulty when swallowing.
- White and red patches on the lips or in the mouth.
- Blisters or ulcers that reappear and do not heal.
- Persistent earaches.
- Change in tooth/jaw alignment.
If you experience any of these symptoms visit the practice today. We can perform an examination, make a diagnosis and if necessary start your treatment.
We are here to protect the health of your mouth and teeth so if any problems arise please call us as soon as possible and we can help you return to good oral health.