Looking after your teeth from an early age is important for good oral health. Visiting the dentist in Nottingham on a regular basis for a full examination of your teeth and gums will help make sure that your teeth are clean and that your gums are strong and healthy. Visiting your dentist regularly makes sure that any dental issues can be detected early on to prevent further complications in the future. Your dentist may refer you to the hygienist who will examine your teeth further and check for the build-up of plaque and tartar which are the two main causes of dental problems.
Plaque and tartar
Plaque is the sticky substance which is always forming on the surface of your teeth and this can be removed by effective brushing, flossing and using a good mouthwash on a regular basis. Unfortunately if your teeth are crooked or misaligned, or you have a poor dental hygiene routine, then plaque can build up in those hard to reach areas and result in the formation of tartar. Tartar is hardened plaque and cannot be removed by ordinary brushing or flossing but requires dental treatment. It forms mainly above and below the gum line and leads to many serious dental conditions. If left untreated then not only does tartar result in the formation of more plaque, but it causes problems such as receding gums and gum disease.
Gum disease and periodontal disease
There are varying degrees of gum disease and it is important that this is treated immediately by your dentist. It begins with gingivitis, which is an infection of the gum and if treated early on then this is reversible. If left untreated then gingivitis is highly progressive and results in periodontal disease. This is an infection of the surrounding structures and if left untreated then periodontal disease can result in tooth loss very rapidly. If you notice bleeding gums when brushing your teeth or bad breath then these are the most common signs that your gums may be infected. Contact your dental practice immediately, because the longer you wait the more complicated this will become and it will eventually affect the whole of your mouth.
Visit your dentist on a regular basis
Regular visits with your dentist can prevent such issues and visiting the hygienist also helps keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy. Scheduled appointments with the hygienist ensure that tartar is unable to build up on your teeth and comprehensive examination of your mouth helps detect any issues very early on.
If you have been reluctant to visit your dentist in the past then do not let this put you off any longer. The majority of adults in the UK have some form of reluctance to visit the dentist, however by taking that first step you will find that there are so many measures in place to make sure that your experience is as comfortable as possible. There are many different ways in which you can address your oral health and whether you require restorative treatment for issues that may have caused damage to your teeth, or you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile, speak to your dentist today to find out more.