Preventative Dentistry: How to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

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Here at Fiveways Dental Practice in Liverpool, we like to follow the motto that prevention is the best cure. Many people fear the dentist, maybe from past painful experiences of major dental work, when in fact routine check ups are painless.

Which would you rather have, one painful visit to the dentist every few years, or regular bi-annual painless visits to the dentist? We know what we’d rather have, and that’s the regular painless check ups which will prevent painful tooth decay in the future.

Your fear of the dentist could have long term negative effects and can lead to irreversible conditions such as loss of teeth. Follow our guide to preventative dentistry and avoid those nasty, painful visits to the dentist.

Healthy Gums

The most important way of keeping your teeth healthy and intact is by looking after your gums, after all they are the supportive cushion that holds your teeth together. Keeping your gums healthy will certainly prevent long term dental problems and the dreaded tooth loss. Regular dental hygiene and check ups at your dentist will prevent any problems with gums, but if they are showing signs that you have gum problems such as redness, swelling or bleeding you must visit your dentist immediately to prevent the problem from worsening. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and your gums are causing you discomfort, you could have gingivitis.

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Gingivitis is gum disease but luckily can be treated if caught early. Our dental specialists will deep clean your teeth and advise you on the best methods to regaining healthy gums. If gingivitis is left untreated it can lead to periodontist, an infection of the gums which can result in tooth loss. This clearly demonstrates the importance of preventative dentistry.

Tooth Sensitivity

We’ve all felt it at some point, that sharp shooting pain when drinking or eating something too hot, too cold, or too sugary. There are a number of issues that could be causing this sensitivity, but all of these problems can be caught before the problem worsens.

One of the causes of tooth sensitivity is dental erosion which is the loss of enamel protecting the sensitive dentine. Once this is exposed you will feel discomfort and pain. With regular checkups we can identify and treat the cause of your sensitivity which will be a relief to your life as you will be able to eat and drink normally.

Dental Hygiene is Key to Prevention

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Your dental hygienist will advise you on the best brushing techniques and the best pastes to use. However, although regular brushing is good for teeth there may be areas that you miss and regular visits to your hygienist will remove any plaque buildup with specialist equipment and a technique known as scaling and polishing. Our team here at Fiveways Dental will tailor your dental treatment towards your specific circumstances.

Dental Practice in Liverpool For Preventative Treatment

Fiveways Dental is a leading dental practice in Liverpool. We’re not just about resolving problems when they occur, we like to build up a relationship with our patients and keep your teeth in healthy condition.

We love to see you regularly, so make sure you book in your regular checkups with our friendly and professional team. Don’t hesitate to call us today on 0151 722 5843, and remember prevention is better than cure!