The Prevention of Dental Problems
Maintaining Good Oral Health for our patients in The City of London and Westminster
Not many people enjoy having dental procedures, yet, year after year millions of patients in the UK have fillings or extractions performed at their local dental practice. Whilst some of these procedures are unavoidable and the result of accidents or other illnesses, the reality is that many of them have to be performed due to the patient’s failure to observe a good oral hygiene routine.
The first step in keeping your teeth in good shape is to examine your diet and eating habits. Whilst no one wants to be a killjoy and spoil a person’s fun, the reality is that a diet that is heavy in sugar is likely to be one that is the cause of a lot of dental work.
Whilst most of us will want a ‘treat’ every now and then, sugary foods and drinks should not be consumed on a regular basis for our own general health as well as for our teeth. We have all seen children drinking cans of pop on the way to school. It is hard to think of anything so devastating for their teeth as this almost inevitably means that the sugar will be attached to their teeth all the way through the day, right up until bedtime.
If you do insist on eating sweets or drinking sugary drinks, try to do so shortly before you are due to clean your teeth. This will minimise the potential damage it may cause.
Brushing Your Teeth
The most obvious way to avoid dental problems is to establish a good routine of brushing your teeth. Recommendations about the best technique change on a regular basis, so it is advisable to ask your dentist about the best technique to use.
Whilst some argue that an electric toothbrush is more effective than a manual one, the fact is that as long as you brush correctly and ensure that you replace your toothbrush, or head of an electric toothbrush, regularly, you will be going a long way to rid yourself of the debris on and around your teeth which will cause decay if allowed to remain.
Flossing is something that we, as a nation, don’t seem to be very good at. There is little doubt that many people find it quite difficult to do and therefore often avoid it. There are however, a number of alternatives that are now available which make the task a little easier. Your dentist or hygienist may also advise you on how to floss effectively and make the process much easier. Flossing is an important aspect of any oral health regime as it removes debris and prevents the build up of plaque in difficult to reach areas which, if neglected, may well lead to gum disease and the devastating effect that that can have on a person’s teeth.
Oral cancer is a growing problem in the UK but one that is usually successfully treated if spotted early on. Because of this, it is important to keep regular appointments with your Central London dentist to ensure that any possible signs of this are detected early. This applies especially for those who smoke.
You should not necessarily be concerned though if your dentist recommends a visit to your doctor to have something checked out. remember, we are not cancer experts but are in a great position to be able to spot potential signs early on. Many of these are likely to prove to be something else such as a slight scarring, however, it is best to err on the side of caution and if there are signs of cancer, then your dentist will have played a large part in your cure by spotting it early on.