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Easy Ways to Have Healthy Teeth and Gums

When people come to see us for preventative dental care at South Benfleet Dental Care, we often find they are surprised at just how easy it is to have healthy teeth and gums. In fact it is very straightforward to look after your mouth and we thoroughly recommend it! By looking after your teeth and gums, you can enjoy all the many benefits of having a well maintained mouth. One thing that it’s important to understand is the role healthy gums have in supporting your teeth.

healthy teeth and gumsWithout healthy gums, your teeth will become loose. This is why gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in the world. It is also why we are so keen on preventative dentistry and is the reason you will receive a personalised preventative dental care plan when you visit your South Benfleet dentist.

Gum Disease and Its Effect on Your General Health

While healthy gums are essential for healthy teeth they are also vital for good general health. There is a close link between the health of your mouth and the health of your body, and gum disease has been associated with many systemic diseases including diabetes. The reason for this lies in the way gum disease destroys the gums, enabling the bacteria that cause this disease to get into your bloodstream where it is thought they have an inflammatory effect, worsening any diseases that you may already have and increasing your risk of developing unwanted health conditions.

Why Preventative Dentistry Is so Good

By visiting us every six months or as frequently as we recommend for regular check-ups and hygiene appointments, you will greatly reduce your chance of needing to see an emergency dentist in South Benfleet or of encountering any major dental problems that require costly treatment to put right. These check-ups are vital and allow us to closely monitor your dental health and any changes in between appointments. By doing this we can pick up on any signs that something has changed or isn’t quite right, before you start to feel any symptoms or pain. At this stage treatment is likely to be very straightforward, you will need to spend less time in our dental chair and it will be cheaper. In addition, it will help save your natural teeth, preserving them for as long as possible.

How Hygiene Treatments Help

Your hygiene treatments are another vital part of your preventative dental care plan. As well as giving you a lovely fresh, clean mouth, having your teeth professionally cleaned reduces your risk of developing gum disease. At the same time, it’s your chance to take advantage of the great dental education we can offer you here in our dental practice. You will find our South Benfleet dentist or our hygienist are willing to talk to you about ways to improve your dental care at home. It takes just a few minutes each day to maintain healthy teeth and gums, combined with a quick trip to our dental practice every six months that will only take an hour or so of your time.

If you are overdue for a check-up or would like to have a hygiene appointment, or if you simply want to find out more about preventative dentistry then give us a call on 01268 793485.

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