Prevention is better than cure at the dentist in Buckinghamshire

a woman with her dentist

Modern dentistry is all about prevention. Time was, back in the mid 20th century, it was the fashion to have all the teeth removed and wear dentures. No one expected to keep their teeth for life.

Things are very different these days. Thanks to three generations of affordable dentistry through the NHS, better understanding of nutrition for healthy teeth and modern dental technology, it really is possible have a full set of teeth for life. The dentist in Buckinghamshire, such as those at Garden View Dental Care, puts a huge amount of focus on helping patients to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

The best way to do this to start young. It is recommended now to take children in for their first dental appointment before all their adult teeth have come through, and some dentists see children as young as three. This is to get them used to the sights and sounds of the dentist, rather than to give treatment. If they go along with a parent or sibling, they get to see that the dentist isn’t a scary place. As nearly half of all UK adults have a mild to extreme fear of the dentist, which can prevent them for going in for check-ups, it’s vital for children to see there is nothing to fear from a dentist in Buckinghamshire.

The next best way to avoid tooth loss is to have regular check-ups. Most patients will need six-monthly appointments. Some at risk groups may need to go in more often. These include patients with diabetes, heart disease and smokers. Pregnant women may also need more regular trips to the dentist in Buckinghamshire, as the hormone changes that come with pregnancy can trigger gum disease.

The reason check-ups are so important is because only a dentist can see the early signs of tooth decay and gum disease and then treat them before they get out of hand. If an issue has got to the noticeable stage, it’s more likely to need extensive and expensive remedial work. And only dental tools can remove the build-up of plaque and tartar that causes disease and decay. Even the most diligent brushing and flossing won’t do this.