Our teeth should last a lifetime but it is easy to forget about them apart from a quick clean morning and night. Prevention is better than cure and having dental problems can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Effective care at home is essential for healthy teeth and gums but you also need to have regular appointments with your dentist. This means that they can spot difficulties early on and deal with them promptly, as well as providing advice on oral hygiene and cleaning procedures such as scaling and polishing. You may not know that your dentist also checks for problems including mouth cancer and can help with issues such as stopping smoking, bad breath or snoring.
What will my dentist do?
Your dentist will offer care to reflect your changing needs from childhood to adulthood. Smilemakers in Southampton encourage children to get used to going to the dentist as it establishes good habits in terms of looking after their teeth and attending regular appointments. Some children require braces to straighten their teeth or this may be something that adults who missed out on treatment earlier in life could benefit from. Adults are often concerned with the appearance of their teeth so may be interested in cosmetic work such as tooth whitening, crowns or veneers. If you have lost a tooth for any reason then dental implants, bridges or dentures could be useful. Your dentist will also help in an emergency with problems such as knocked out or damaged teeth, severe pain, bleeding, abscesses and extractions.
What if I am anxious?
For up to 13% of people in western countries, dental phobia is a very real problem. This can prevent some people from ever visiting their dentist or make it a very unpleasant experience for others. Fortunately, dentists now make much more of an effort to put nervous patients at their ease. The approach and environment are much more reassuring and techniques such are painless wand anaesthetics or conscious sedation are on hand to make having dental care more accessible.