As soon as children start having their baby teeth. Ideally the first visit should be before your child needs any dental treatment. Regular check ups help to create positive experiences at the dentist and reduce dental phobia.
Gum disease is linked to a host of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. People with gum disease were twice as likely to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to have a stroke than other healthy people.
Yes! Roughly 40% of your tooth surface is in between your teeth, regular use of dental floss or inter dental brushes to clean in between your teeth are recommended. This is the area where food and plaque are easily trapped, but your toothbrush cannot reach.
Most soft drinks, sport drinks and energy drinks on the market are nearly as corrosive as battery acid! Excessive consumption of soft drinks can easily cause dental erosion and “melt” your teeth.
At My Dental Care @ West End, we offer Happy Gas. Happy Gas (Nitrous Oxide) is a modern technique of sedation, which makes dental treatment a more pleasant experience. It is suitable for nearly all patients, young and old, healthy or not so healthy and particularly for those with mild to moderate anxiety or worries.
Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore in the mouth or throat that does not heal; a lump and a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.
It is a group of oral conditions all involving the inflammation of the gums and tooth-supporting structures. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria that stick to both the teeth and gum line, causing an infection. As a result, the body produces substances to fight off the infection. However, these substances along with the toxins produced by the bacteria, can cause damage to the jaw bone and ligament surrounding the teeth. The gums begin to pull away from the teeth, allowing for pockets to form between your gums and teeth, which provide a breeding ground for even more bacteria. If not treated timeously, the teeth may become loose and eventually fall out. Those most at risk are older people, diabetics, and smokers.
- Inflamed, red gums
- Sensitive gums tender to the touch
- Development of spaces between the teeth allowing for the formation of periodontal pockets
- Foul breath
- Foul taste in the mouth
- Teeth that are loose and don’t fit together upon biting
Treatment depends on the classification of Periodontitis as being either mild, moderate or severe.
This requires a type of cleaning called scaling and root planning, which works to remove the build up of plaque and tartar from your teeth, as well as make it difficult for bacteria to grow in the roots of your teeth.
Surgery may be required to reshape your gums or regrow the destroyed bone.
This requires surgery, and sometimes antibiotics. Teeth may also be extracted if they cannot be saved.