With advancements in knowledge and technology, dentistry has become a
sophisticated and integral part of medicine. These days, there are many types of dental treatment available to improve oral health and in turn improve quality of life. These range from restorative treatment to preserve or replace damaged teeth, to cosmetic treatment to improve our smile. It also ranges from gum treatment to preserve our dentition, to full mouth reconstructions for improvements in function.
Why see a Dentist?
To maintain good oral health, it requires the combination of meticulous oral hygiene control at home and a high standard of regular professional care.
Regular dental visits can:
(i) Enable regular screening and preventive measures to be carried out to prevent and treat the occurrence of dental and oral disease.
(ii) Enable early detection of active dental diseases so that effective remedial treatment can be provided. This avoids the need for more complicated treatment which can be time consuming and costly.
Anxious about dental visits?
It is well known that a lot of people are anxious about dental visits, largely due to the fear of pain and the unknown. However, there are many reasons why patients should have a positive attitude towards dentistry:
(i) Advancements in techniques and equipment enable modern day dentistry to be carried out painlessly.
(ii) Being caring professionals, the majority of dentists nowadays go through excellent training to ensure high standards of treatment can be provided smoothly and efficiently.
(iii) Stringent cross infection control measures adopted by modern practices eliminate the risks of cross infection.
Four good habits for a healthy mouth
- Build up the habit of visiting the dentist periodically (usually once every six to twelve months)
- Follow the advice and instructions given by the dentist.
- Be meticulous about dental care at home.
- Eat healthily íV try to stay away from sweet food or drinks.