Preventive dental examinations need to be carried out regularly because they are the only way to identify the early signs of a problem. The results of many scientific studies show that a large amount of bacteria are produced in the mouth every day, and although many of them are harmless, a lot of the others behave aggressively towards both the teeth and the gums. Bacteria then form a part of the plaque that forms on the surface of the teeth and causes gum disease. Unless the plaque is removed early and regularly, it goes on to become tartar, which damages the gum, the tooth and the bone. Insufficient care may even cause digestive problems, these often lead to bowel disease and so on.
We also call on pregnant women not to avoid dental examinations. It is especially this category of women that tends to be more prone to problems with gums. The first symptom of such diseases is gum swelling and bleeding (especially when cleaning teeth and flossing). Imflammation usually occurs around the tooth but after the birth may or may not disappear. That is why pregnant women ought to use softer brushes and clean their teeth twice a day at the minimum. The toothpaste should contain fluoride, which strengthens the teeth and lowers the risk of a disease.
In the course of pregnancy, patients are advised to increase their daily dose of calcium because it not only protects the bones but at the same time is beneficial to the proper development of the baby. Good sources of calcium include cheese, milk or yoghurt.
Children’s preventive care
Children as well as adults should come regularly to dental examinations – the recommended frequency is every six months – and in that way prevent possible cavities and other problems. Milk teeth may be temporary, but they also perform several important functions. For instance, if a milk tooth has to be removed prematurely, the gap that is intended for the permanent tooth might decrease and not leave enough space for it to grow in a regular way. If, on the other hand, a cavity develops on a milk tooth and is not treated, the infection moves over to the bed where the permanent tooth is ready and can affect its development.
Parents ought to supervise their children’s hygiene – especially pre-schoolers need help to ensure proper cleaning of their teeth.