For all dental conditions that could threaten their oral health, we want to help our patients stop these symptoms in their tracks before they worsen. It's called preventative dentistry, and we offer a variety of treatments to help stop conditions like tooth decay or gum disease from taking over your smile. If you're encountering tooth decay or gum disease for the first time, read along to see what can be done to prevent it.
Tooth decay and gum disease are two of the most common conditions that afflict patients in Launceston and around the world. Tooth decay and gum disease are essentially caused by the same thing: the acidic waste of bacteria feeding on leftover sugars in your mouth after a meal. The waste congeals to form plaque, a brown sticky substance that sticks to the tooth.
If this plaque accumulates on the surface of the tooth, it can result in tooth decay: dark pits or cracks that erode away at the enamel around your tooth.
If this accumulates near the bottom of your tooth, it could infect the gums, causing them to become red, irritated, or even bleed. As it worsens, the gums could change color or become sensitive, indicating the deeper damage underneath.
For those afflicted with these conditions at the early stages, it's possible to halt and prevent them from worsening. When tooth decay is discovered on the surface of a tooth, the best course of action is to stop the gap with a tooth-coloured filling. These fillings are durable, blend in with your tooth and prevent tooth decay from spreading tooth-to-tooth.
If the tooth decay goes deeper into the layers of the tooth, then a root canal may be recommended instead. The purpose of a root canal is to shave away the diseased portions of the tooth and fill the space like a much larger filling. However, it typically descends into the inner layers of the tooth near the sensitive pulp.
Scaling is a technique that is done during routine cleanings, and clears plaque from the edges of teeth to help improve gum conditions. If gum disease is running rampant in your smile, more extensive treatment may be needed. Ask Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr Hong about what treatments you can qualify for to heal your gums.
The last thing you want to do is leave your oral health to fend for itself. Patients who neglect dental check-ups, forget to brush or floss or don't watch what they eat can expect to find a troublesome smile. If tooth decay or gum disease worsen over time, they have the potential to loosen teeth, cause teeth to fall out or even spread bacteria to other parts of the body. While treatments are available to replace lost teeth, it's preferable to keep your original, naturally strong teeth.
Are you seeing early signs of oral health risks and want to stop them before they get worse? Look to preventative dentistry from Pickup Bagshaw Dental to help improve your oral health and prevent decay and disease from spreading into your smile. Contact us for a consultation, and we'll be happy to set up a check-up appointment with Dr Pickup, Dr Bagshaw or Dr Hong.
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