How to deal with tooth loss

No matter how well we all look after our teeth, there may come a point where it is not possible to save a tooth. No one wants to be left with a gap which can affect your confidence and self-esteem so in this month’s blog we look at the potential options to fill a space left by an extracted tooth.

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Why you shouldn’t put off your routine dental appointment

Here at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre, we understand that a visit to the dentist is no-one’s favourite outing. It is, therefore, easy to see how for so many people a routine appointment at the dentist can get placed on the backburner.

However, putting off a trip to the dentist can have a dramatic effect on your oral health. Even those who take excellent care of their teeth put themselves at risk of serious oral conditions without a regular dental examination.

Here at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre, we have put together our reasons why you should not postpone your routine dental examination.

  • Gum disease

Gum disease can affect anyone and is currently the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK. Gum disease can occur even in those who take good care of their teeth. Just because you brush and clean interdentally daily does not mean that you are using a proper and effective technique. Gum disease stems from areas missed with regular oral hygiene and once gum disease is present it is impossible to reverse the effect. However, with an effective oral hygiene routine and regular hygienist appointments it is possible to halt the spread of the disease to the point where you should be able to keep your natural teeth for life.

  • Cavities develop long before they become painful

Tooth decay occurs long before you feel any pain, so waiting until you are in pain before scheduling a dental appointment is a bad idea. By waiting too long you are far more likely to need extensive treatment such as root canal treatment, a crown or in worst case scenario the tooth may need to be extracted. The dentist will be able to detect problems as much as five years before they become painful, it is much easier to treat and reducing the need for time consuming and costly dental procedures.

  • Regular cleaning helps to reduce the build-up of stains

By attending for regular hygienist, it is possible to remove tartar and plaque build-up that it would not be possible to remove at home. The hygienist is also able to remove stains ensuring that your teeth remain bright and white.

  • Skipped dental appointments just mean more later

When you regular postpone dental examinations, you may think that you are saving yourself time and money, but in the end, you are just putting off the inevitable. Waiting until you experience a problem, means that you will require more extensive dental treatment in the long run, which is likely to require far more time away from work and leisure than a dental examination.

Call today on 01622 682029 to book your consultation at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre and ensure your teeth stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Spring clean your smile

With the first bulbs appearing and the feeling of spring in the air, now is the perfect time to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

This same principle can be applied to your oral health, over time it is easy for bad habits to creep in. So here at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre, we have come up with our 5-point plan to get the spring back in your smile.

  1. 1. Oral Hygiene

In order to keep your teeth looking their best, it is important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and use interdental cleaning aids to clean between teeth daily. If you just brush, you will miss over 40% off your teeth. You should aim to brush for at least two minutes to ensure the most effective clean and spit, don’t rinse as this will allow the fluoride to continue working protecting your teeth for longer. It is also important to ensure that you do not brush too hard as this can cause damage to the teeth and lead to toothbrush abrasion.

  1. 2. Diet

Eating too much of the wrong kinds of foods is not only bad for your body, it is also bad for your oral health. Why not use the spring to focus on a diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh produce and limit sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes? As the weather gets warmer, consider how often you are consuming fizzy drinks. To help your teeth, use a straw with your fizzy drink as this will reduce the amount of acidic liquid that comes into contact with your teeth, reducing the risk of acid erosion.

  1. 3. Quit smoking

Smoking can have a detrimental effect on your teeth and gums, causing staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in the most serious cases oral cancer. Why not use this year’s No Smoking Day on the 13th March to take the leap and quit for good?

  1. 4. Book an appointment with the hygienist

The hygienist is focused on preventative dentistry, ensuring that you can keep your natural teeth as healthy as possible for as long as possible. They will professionally clean your teeth, removing plaque and calculus which if left can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. The hygienist is also able to advise you on the best possible oral hygiene routine to follow at home in between appointments. All of this can help to reduce your chance of developing gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK. This will ensure that no matter what the time of year, your teeth will always be smile ready.

  1. 5. Budget for your dental treatment

Dental care should not be viewed as a luxury. To ensure you are always covered, why not consider joining our Membership Plan. This will enable you to spread the cost of your dental treatment into manageable monthly amounts and ensures that you make your oral health a top priority.

Looking for further help and advice on getting your smile spring ready? The team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre are ready and waiting to help you start your journey to a brighter smile. Do not hesitate, call today on 01622 682029 and book an appointment.


Invisalign Maidstone

Looking for Invisalign Maidstone? All you need to know about your Invisalign treatment.

Rather than traditional braces, Invisalign’s removable aligners are made of SmartTrack material meaning that they should be practically invisible when they are in place. With Invisalign achieving the smile you always dreamed of doesn’t have to be a big deal. In fact, it barely has to impact your day to day life at all.

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