Many people turn to dentists once they notice pain or changes in their teeth and gums; sometimes we can catch the problem in time but other times, leaving a visit to us too late means ongoing treatments and pain that could have been prevented. Essentially, you should be planning an appointment with your dentist every six months.
Below, you’ll find some of the more common reasons people make appointments here at Forster Dental Centre, as well as five of the most common dental treatments you’ll likely come across during your regular appointments.
- Regular “Deep” Clean of Teeth
While you can brush and floss your teeth at home to remove the plaque, you can’t remove the tartar build-up. During a cleaning, our dentists will remove the tartar using a technique called scaling, and will then polish your teeth to help remove any stains on the surface of your teeth. Finally, they may floss between your teeth to ensure all areas are clean.
In between your dental appointments (and to help the “deep” clean process) you should brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and use a mouth wash to help get rid of any plaque bacteria.
- Preventing a Tooth Cavity
We often don’t realise that many dental problems can be fixed with simple, regular general dentistry appointments. During your check-up appointment, the dental team at Forster Dental Centre will check for any current or potential problems including cavities. Our dentists may recommend regular dental treatments such as cleaning and fillings, as well as nutritional changes to ensure you don’t get any cavities.
If you have a tooth cavity, there are a number of dental treatments available depending on the severity of the cavity. Our dental team is highly trained in treating a tooth cavity and will always recommend the most suitable option for your situation; treatments can include fillings, crowns, root canals and extractions.
- Stopping the Loss of Teeth
Losing teeth can be hard at any age; tooth loss can be a side effect of many health problems, but in the dental world, gum disease is one of the biggest reasons for many patients losing teeth. Left too long, gum disease can take a toll on your mouth and gums, leaving you with problems that could take months or years to fix.
Many patients come in for regular general dentistry appointments to check their gums for issues such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Caught early, there is a good chance that our dental team can help to save your teeth.
- Brightening Your Smith
Apart from a regular clean, scale and polish, many people make general dentistry appointments for teeth whitening treatments. Everyone loves a bright, white smile and dental whitening can now be done easily and is affordable for many people.
There are a lot of things that can affect the colour of your teeth, from coffee and tea through to natural aging. A bright smile can certainly help to brighten your day, is attractive and helps to ensure your whole mouth looks and feels healthy.
- General Health
Dental issues can affect your entire body and health; from bacteria through to appearance, your general health and wellbeing can be affected by unhealthy teeth. Many of our patients make general dentistry appointments to ensure their mouth, gums and teeth are as healthy as possible and that there is no bacteria or infections hanging around.
You don’t need to wait until you have an issue before visiting our team here at Forster Dental Centre. Regular check-ups will ensure your overall health is not affected by your mouth and gums.
Seeing Your Dentist for Dental Treatments
Your dentist will be able to recommend the right dental treatment for your particular issue; for every person with a tooth cavity, there will be a different recommended treatment depending on how far along the cavity is. Some dental treatments are easy and straight-forward, while others are more complex. The dental team at Forster Dental Centre will run you through the recommended options and explain the benefits behind each option.
Regular general dentistry appointments are important for healthy teeth and gums; make your appointment with Dr Richard Oxenbould and our team today on (02) 6555 5554.