Dental health check up at North West Dental in Christchurch

Dental Check-Up

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What are the effects of plaque?

 

Gum disease and tooth decay can occur if plaque bacteria are not removed daily by thorough brushing and flossing of the teeth and gums.

 

What is tooth decay?

 

Tooth decay is a problem which all ages can experience. Bacteria found in plaque produce acids that lead to tooth decay. Over time these acids can lead to the destruction of your tooth enamel, and cavities can form.

 

Once a cavity is formed, the decay must be removed from the tooth, and a filling will be used to close up the hole. Untreated cavities can lead to serious problems such as infection, toothache, and even tooth loss.

 

Help prevent decay by brushing, flossing, and having regular dental check-ups. Our experienced dentists can show you how to protect your teeth effectively. We can also provide you with preventive products that may significantly improve your oral hygiene.

 

What is gum disease (periodontal disease)?

 

Some bacteria that produce plaque on teeth can lead to gum disease. If this bacteria is left unmanaged, it may build up on the tooth surface and cause inflammation of the surrounding gum.

 

This inflammation of the gums is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis symptoms may include bad breath, an unpleasant taste, and inflamed gums that are susceptible to bleeding. If left untreated, the disease can develop and lead to the destruction of the tissues that support your teeth and can ultimately end in tooth loss.

 

Maintaining good oral health will help in preventing gingivitis. Brushing twice daily, flossing, and regular hygiene appointments will remove bacterial plaque and help your gums stay clean and healthy.

 

If you have any queries or want to book an appointment, please email us at reception@nwdental.co.nz or call us on 03 359 8300 to see one of our experienced team members.