Only 56.1% of adults in the UK visit the dentist the recommended once a year and 25% of children have tooth decay. Such statistics are concerning not only when it comes the health of your teeth but where you overall health is concerned, as issues such as dementia, heart disease and diabetes are increasingly linked to poor dental health. If you’ve been putting off visiting the dentist, here are some reasons to motivate you to make regular appointments.
When you have painful teeth and gums
Unless it is due to a recent injury, when you experience chronic gum and tooth pain and sensitivity, it is likely that you need a visit to the dentist’s chair. Toothache is strongly linked to impacted teeth, tooth decay and dental abscesses and is you are experiencing pain whilst eating and drinking, it could be that you have a cavity that needs some attention. Book yourself in for an appointment if you’re concerned and make sure you book in for regular check-ups to prevent problems from escalating to the point where extraction could be the only possible solution.
Build up of plaque and tartar
At one time or another, we will all experience some degree of plaque and tartar build-up over the enamel coating that protects our teeth. Plaque occurs as a result of bacteria (unremoved bits of food) collecting and being allowed to stay and multiply. Hygienist visits are essential in preventing such build up and a treatment known as a scale and polish (deep clean of your teeth using specialist equipment) can be performed to remove it – unfortunately it cannot be removed through brushing alone at home. You can read more about hygienist appointments at St Peter’s Lodge here.
Treat bleeding gums
A healthy mouth should not include bleeding gums or bleeding after brushing and flossing. If you are experiencing bleeding gums, you should contact us for a check-up as soon as possible, as you may be suffering from a moderate form of gum disease. If this is the case, a scale and polish (as outlined above) can be performed to remove the plaque that is causing the inflammation that might be triggering the bleeding.
If you would like more information about the range of treatments we offer here at our St Albans practice, please do not hesitate to contact us.