What is general dentistry?

Many people struggle with the notion of having to see their dentist every six months. Can oral health decline in such a short space of time? The answer may shock you. Prevention is better than cure in our line of work, which is why we promote general dentistry in Glasgow to prevent small and irreversible dental issues from becoming larger ones, which could then decrease your quality of life.

general-dentistry-glasgowWho are we?

We are Dental FX, an established dental practice in Glasgow. We welcome all manner of patients and dental problems, from routine check-ups to more complicated procedures, such as root canals.

Why is general dentistry in Glasgow important?

Despite information being accessible to most, dental health often takes the backburner. Poor dental health might not be as fatal as other medical issues but neglecting your teeth and gums can have devastating consequences in the future.

Today more than ever, there is a keen focus on preventative dentistry. Preventative dentistry starts with you prioritising your dental hygiene. By taking adequate care of your teeth, you are already improving upon the condition of your oral health. Brush twice a day, floss frequently and make the time to see your general dentist bi-annually.

What are common issues dentists see?

Everyday problems we see are, more often than not, preventable. As dentists, we try to instil the importance of flossing and brushing, not just to attain clean pearly whites but to protect the mouth from dental cavities and periodontal issues, like gum disease. The above-mentioned conditions are widespread, affecting children and adults alike – and the worst part is that they can be avoided with routine cleaning. If left untreated, these issues lead to pain, tooth loss, a changed appearance, and a loss of self-esteem.

When should general dentistry in Glasgow start with children?

Your children should be seeing our general dental practitioner when their first tooth erupts. Early exposure is important for two reasons; the first is that children develop a healthy and positive attitude about these dentist visits and second, by prioritising dental health from a young age, children are less likely to experience complicated issues as adults.

How you can spot tooth decay and gum disease?

Before you learn to identify these above conditions, you should know why they occur.

Plaque is a filmy substance that clings to your teeth and gums. The germs contained in plaque use the sugars found in food, to create an acid that attacks your tooth’s enamel and aggravates your gums. Using fluoridated toothpaste helps to remove most of the plaque in your mouth.

It is difficult to self-diagnose cavities because the early symptoms are easily missed. However, small signs include your tooth becoming dull or developing small brown spots.

Gingivitis is gum disease in its early stages, typically characterised by red and swollen gums that bleed easily, and persistently bad breath. If left untreated, the disease can infect the bone – which is why people who are suffering from advanced periodontal disease experience severe tooth loss.

If you are looking for a dentist to improve your oral health, come to our clinic for a consultation with our friendly, experienced and highly skilled practitioners.