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Healthy Teeth: Prevention is Better Than Cure

When it comes to keeping your teeth and gums in the very best condition, then visiting your dentist on a regular basis is probably the most sensible thing you can do.

Not only will they recommend exactly the right treatment to get the smile you want, but they’ll also be able to spot any problems long before they become serious.

The role of a dentist has changed drastically in recent years. In the past, a dental clinic was somewhere which most people usually visited when they were suffering pain caused by either tooth decay or damage sustained in an accident. More recently, the average up to the minute clinic has offered a wide range of treatments which, when taken together or in isolation, are capable of completely transforming the appearance of a patients smile. Almost any dentist in London will be able to offer treatments like dental implants, which replace the root and crown of a tooth which has become irreparably damaged, and replace them in a manner which is natural looking and permanent.

In many ways, however, the ever expanding range of treatments available can sometimes obscure the more basic and still extremely useful role played by a dentist in preventing damage to your teeth and gums before it occurs. It’s a cliche to say that prevention is better than cure, but, as with a lot of cliches it has a degree of truth attached to it. If you attend your dental clinic on a regular basis, then they’ll be able to spot problems at the earliest possible opportunity. Over and above this, however, a dentist will be able to advise you on the best steps to take to stop your teeth becoming damaged, stained or unhealthy in the first place.

The first to take when it comes to preventing dental ill health is to carefully monitor the diet you indulge in. There are obvious things to avoid, such as drinks or confectionery which are high in sugar, but a dentist will also tell you to be careful when eating foods such as citric fruit or apples which are high in the acids which attack enamel, and they will also be able to provide positive advice, which is to say a list of the foods which can actually boost your teeth and gums.

Once your diet has been set up so as to encourage dental well-being, the next step is to clean your teeth both regularly and in the correct manner. The question of when is the best time to clean your teeth is usually answered with the suggestion of doing so last thing at night and first thing in the morning. These are both sensible times, but might be augmented by cleaning after particularly damaging food or drink, although it should be remembered that cleaning immediately following a meal high in acid will merely draw the acid deeper into the teeth. In cases such as this, the best course of action is to rinse immediately following the meal and then clean half an hour or so later.

Besides telling you when to clean, your dentist will advise as to how to clean, demonstrating the best brushing method and pointing out that a deep clean should take at least two minutes and involve flossing as well.

Above all else, however, the prevention of damage to your teeth is best effected by a process of observation. Inspect your teeth and gums daily, so you learn what they look like and thus spot any irregularities. The sooner you spot a problem on your teeth and gums and alert your dentist, the better.

Keeping your teeth in the best possible condition is a question of vigilance and care, both on your part and your dentists. Working together, you should be able to ensure that teeth straightening treatment required will be kept to the absolute minimum.

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