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Preventing cavities and tooth decay with your dentist

It is important that regular visits to your dentist Sydney CBD are part of your self-care routine. By visiting the Dentist every six months you can make sure that your teeth and gums are clean and healthy and that they are free of any decay or disease. Cavities and tooth decay are a prevalent problem here in Australia. The Australian research centre for population oral health found that a quarter of children and a third of adults aged 15 years and over had untreated tooth decay. This can be resolved and further complications can be avoided by visiting the dentist on a regular basis.

If you visit your dentist regularly you will undergo a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to help detect any signs of cavities developing from the onset. In its early stages cavities or tooth decay may appear as small white spots on the teeth but over time it leads to the loss mineral from the tooth resulting in a cavity or a hole. If left untreated this can reach the centre of the tooth and result in toothache by which time the issue has progressed significantly and requires more complicated treatment. Many dental issues are asymptomatic to begin with and you may not realise that they are developing or causing damage until the damage becomes irreversible and spreads to other places in your mouth or results in the need for a tooth extraction or even tooth loss. Speak to your dentist today to prevent such complications.

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The importance of regular visits to the dentist

Although dental health is improving here in Australia it is still nowhere near as good as other developed countries. Your dentist has the full range of restorative dental treatments and preventative dental treatments available so it is important that you book an appointment today and undergo a comprehensive assessment of your mouth alongside a scale and polish to remove excess plaque or tartar from your teeth. It is important to undergo a scale and polish every six months with your regular assessments to help make sure that you do not have excess plaque and tartar on your teeth as these are the main causes of the majority of dental problems including cavities or tooth decay. Bacteria thrive in plaque and tartar. They use the sugars from the food that you eat as energy to survive on. This in turn creates acid in your mouth which is responsible for causing mineral loss resulting in cavities and tooth decay. By making sure you maintain a good oral hygiene routine including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing after meals you can reduce if not remove all the bacteria, sugar and acid from your teeth. Using a good mouthwash after brushing and flossing helps to remove any remaining bacteria and also by avoiding sugary snacks and drinks you can help protect your teeth further. Visit your dentist on a regular basis and prevent the development of plaque and tartar in your mouth and help reduce the chance of issues such as cavities and tooth decay and other complications which can affect your oral health.


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