Keeping Teeth Happy

Attending the dental clinic in W1 is incredibly important for maintaining the general health of teeth and gums. For those who fear the trip to the dentist, it is important to be reminded that dentists, such as those in Harley Street Dental clinic, are very well-trained, and completely non-judgemental, having seen inside many people’s mouths over the years.

Although people live busy lives in W1, dental clinic check-ups must be attended, the amount of check-ups recommend by the dentist can vary from every three months to once a year. On seeing the status of the patient’s oral hygiene, they can best advise when they need to be seeing their patient again.

The monsters in the mouth

The mouth is home to colonies of harmless bacteria. Unfortunately, they build up as plaque and give off acids that are not so harmless. If oral hygiene is not maintained by brushing the teeth twice a day for the recommended time and flossing daily, or the immune system is weak, the acids from bacterial plaque can cause dental decay and gum disease.

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. Plaque builds up along the gumline, causing the gums to become red and swollen and bleed easily. The dentists are more likely to spot early gingivitis, because there are hardly any painful symptoms to begin with. Thorough cleaning and healthy eating should eliminate gingivitis, but some factors may lead it to develop into periodontitis. A check-up at the dentist will allow the disease to be spotted in its early stages, and the dentist can explain how to the patient how to look after their teeth properly.

Plaque-forming bacteria can be kept at bay with a good oral health routine and regular visits to the hygienist for plaque removal at the dental clinic in W1. Whilst toothbrushing is necessary, it is impossible to get rid of every last trace of plaque, which hardens into tartar and then has to be removed with special instruments by the dental hygienist. The hygienist will also advise the patient of better ways to brush their teeth, if necessary.