Ah, the dentist: Those superheroes that save us from pain and bad breath and give us that perfect smile. We all know we need the dentist. They provide a very important service that not only keeps our teeth happy but healthy too.
But what does a dentist actually do? Why are they so important? Here are some reasons why your Newcastle dentist is your best friend.
Cavities are holes in your teeth caused by bacteria that form when eating sugary or acidic foods. Cavities are dangerous because they destroy teeth. If left untreated, they eventually cause abscesses, which are painful infections that can only be treated with a root canal, surgery or tooth extraction.
Treat Gum Disease
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, means that bacteria have attacked your gums, causing them to bleed easily (even when brushing your teeth). Without regular tooth care and check-ups by the dentist, gum disease will eventually spread to your jawbone and cause (among other things) your teeth to fall out!
Check For Cancer
Smoking and alcohol come with their risks, and one of those risks is oral cancer. Oral cancer has many different causes, but alcohol and tobacco are the most common. Oral cancer, if not caught early, is deadly. This is why it is vital to see a dentist regularly.
A dentist is not only a doctor but a teacher too. During check-ups, your dentist will go over the best ways to take care of your teeth and mouth. They will also check for any future problems and help you prevent them from occurring. Dentists will advise you on brushing techniques, the best way to floss, and what mouth wash you should buy. If they see an infection or an abscess, they will give you medicine to treat it and do their best to ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible before you go home.
Sometimes we can get a little nervous about seeing the dentist, but regular visits really are the best thing for us. Our oral hygiene depends on them.