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Preventing cavities and tooth decay with our general dentist for Whanganui, New Zealand

It is very important that you visit our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand on a regular basis to make sure that your teeth are clean and strong and that your gums are healthy and free of disease. A good dental hygiene routine and regular visits to the Dentist on Glasgow can promote good dental health, a beautiful smile and healthy teeth and gums for life. If you avoid the dentist, then you are more likely to be affected by cavities and tooth decay which are already prevalent in Australia and New Zealand. By visiting our general dentist Whanganui, New Zealand on a regular basis, any signs of decay will be detected very early on and can be treated successfully before they cause further complications.

Why do we get to cavities?


Dental decay is a bacterial disease of the teeth that leads to the formation of cavities. Cavities are tiny holes in the teeth which if left untreated can become very painful. If you visit our general dentist for Whanganui, New Zealand then we will be able to identify any sign of cavities very early on. They sometimes appear as chalky white spots on the teeth.


Cavities occur when bacteria on the surface of the teeth produce acids which create tiny holes in the enamel. The acid leaks through the holes and pulls minerals out of the tooth causing these white spots. If the white spots are contained in the enamel then they are known as enamel caries and when they penetrate into the second layer of the tooth known as the dentine underneath the enamel then you will require a filling to save the tooth. The threat of dental decay and caries of the enamel can be reversed with good dental hygiene at home. However, if it has affected your dentine and you avoid the dentist then the cavity will progress into the nerve chamber causing an abscess in the tooth resulting in throbbing toothache. The tooth will either need a root canal treatment or you will have to undergo an extraction. Both of these procedures are invasive and can be avoided by visiting our general dentist regularly and maintaining good dental hygiene at all times.


Maintaining good dental hygiene


Making sure that you brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes every morning and 2 minutes before bedtime with a fluoridated toothpaste will help replenish minerals that are lost during acid attacks during the day. It will also help remove bacteria left on the teeth. Flossing after brushing is a great way to push fluoride between the teeth and also help repair the enamel between the teeth. A fluoride mouthwash is also a great way to get fluoride all over your teeth and help remove any remaining bacteria and keep cavities in check. It is essential that you instil a good dental hygiene routine into your children's lives too, so that you can enjoy good dental health as a family.


Visit our dentist on a regular basis and maintain good dental hygiene at home for a beautiful smile and healthy teeth for life.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

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