What is Oral Health Maintenance?
Oral health maintenance mainly relates to the daily care and periodic professional treatment of your teeth and gums.
Your teeth and gums are given a tough job to do! They are used for eating, talking and for smiling.
General dentistry is a very important aspect of your oral health. In order to maintain your oral health, The Lytham Dental Clinic can provide you with all general dentistry so that your teeth and gums are in the best shape possible. From check-ups to tooth extractions, or fillings to cleanings, you can be assured that we are here to help.
Comprehensive evaluations with our 10,000 smile service are the best way to prevent more serious dental and oral health problems. By having The Lytham Dental Clinic check on the health of your teeth routinely, we can help prevent cavities, gum disease, toothache and other serious dental problems. Most of our patients have hygiene appointments. In addition, we routinely check for signs of mouth cancer (see below), a very serious condition that if caught at early-stage is very treatable; at mid-stage presentation it can be very disfiguring and if only discovered at late-stage can be fatal.
As a patient of The Lytham Dental Clinic, our first priority at a hygiene appointment is to give you clear and simple instructions, specifically tailored to you, on what you can do at home to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. However, even with the best routine at home, most people need some professional help from time to time as hard tartar and plaque attaches itself to the teeth and to the gums and cannot be removed by ordinary brushing. To treat you successfully, we use powerful but painless and efficient sonic scalers to remove the plaque and tartar and hand scalers to remove any fine debris. We also use rotating polishers and dental air polishers to give your teeth that added sparkle.
Q. Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?
A. Yes. Besides cleaning your mouth, flossing or some form of daily interdental cleaning can add years to your life by eliminating the bacteria that’s around our teeth. The bacteria cause infection, which can seep into your blood stream and cause heart disease. So, besides the health of our mouth, it’s the overall health consideration that makes a daily interdental cleaning habit so important. Stay on top of your overall health by cleaning interdentally regularly.
Q. What is Oral Cancer?
A. Oral cancer is a cancer that can develop in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, the gums, the palate (roof of the mouth), under the tongue, the skin lining the mouth or the lips. If detected early, there can be a good chance of treatment being very successful. However, if left undetected for some time, treatment may result in extensive surgery which can be devastating.
Although oral cancer is uncommon in the UK, it seems to be getting more common. There are around 4,700 cases that are diagnosed each year. It is twice as common in men as it is in women and is rare in people aged under 40. Many cases are diagnosed by dentists rather than doctors. For more information, please see the Mouth Cancer website by clicking here.