Dentists. Lots of people fear them, many other people love them, and a new wave of students will be entering university shortly aspiring to be them. Whatever your opinion of the dentist, one thing remains universal: it’s vitally important that you visit them on a regular basis, for your oral and general health.
The need for a dentist begins as a baby, when your first milk teeth start to poke through your gums. It has been widely proven that bringing a child to the dentist helps to prevent dental phobia in later life, by ensuring that all of their experiences are positive and free from stress.
Preventative dentistry is key for children (as it is for patients of all ages). The use of fissure sealants and fluoride varnish helps to protect and strengthen the teeth, and most children quickly learn to see their dentist as a friend whom they look forward to visiting regularly to show how well they’ve been doing with brushing their teeth.
Building a relationship of trust with your dentist is vital, and at Aura Dental in St John’s Wood all the dentists are experienced in working with children, helping to make their dental check-ups both fun and educational.
As we move through various stages of life our priorities and interests may change, but our need for a good dentist stays the same. The teenage years are often the time when orthodontic treatment begins, and it is important for teenagers to learn how to clean around their braces effectively, as well as how their diet can affect their oral health.
Increasing numbers of adults are showing an interest in cosmetic dentistry to boost both their smile and their confidence, whilst the majority also now attend regular dental check-ups to keep conditions such as gum disease at bay.
Some groups of adults – those who are pregnant or who have lowered immune systems, for example – require special care from their dentists to combat the increased risk of infection caused by plaque.
Old age was once synonymous with tooth loss, but more people than ever before of pensionable age are keeping their natural teeth. Even if you wear a full denture, however, you still need to visit your dentist for health checks.