Oral health takes commitment and a dentist Wimbledon who understands that their patients need gentle and consistent guidance as they are adapting to the ever-changing needs of their smile as they age and their lifestyles change.
By seeking a professional who looks holistically at their patient’s oral health care and encompasses the many different factors that are present in a person’s life that could have an impact on their oral health, then preventive care can really be at its best.
Because simply brushing and flossing daily, although is a good baseline for good oral hygiene, there is a lot more to ensure that an individual’s smile is cared for correctly. Each person will need a bespoke set of instructions to follow if they are expected to keep their teeth and gums in tip-top condition.
As an individual ages, their needs change
Children’s dentistry focuses strongly on preventive care because education is a necessary stage in ensuring that all people know how to look after their teeth in between routine checkups.
A professional can also apply a fissure sealant to teeth as a way to prevent decay in young adult teeth because this is a common instance and is so detrimental to the integrity of teeth as these people grow older.
During puberty and when there are other huge hormonal changes in a person’s body, such as during pregnancy, teeth can be negatively impacted. So some additional preventive care does need to be considered during these stages in a person’s life.
Even at times of emotional stress because of a new job, relationship changes, when a diet changes, travel or meeting new people and trying new things, the needs of a smile changes and generally, people forget to adapt their oral hygiene and health responses when their life changes.
So what needs to happen to ensure a smile remains as healthy as it should?
This is why frequent dental visits are important and it is recommended that a person visit their local dental practice twice a year so that even the slightest changes can be identified, monitored and responded to.
By taking that time to speak with their patients and the beginning of an appointment, oral health care professionals can determine any lifestyle changes that might have a holistic impact on their patient’s teeth and therefore be made aware to make more educated decisions on the reactions they make to the changes they see.
After an examination, which could include x rays so that the whole picture can be seen, results are discussed and if any further treatment is needed, an explanation of this and the potentially different courses of action will be considered.
Preventive solutions will always be talked about and changes can be as minor as a change in toothpaste or toothbrush softness to ensure that the teeth and gums are supported appropriately or more major concepts might be discussed, such as trying to eliminate certain sugary foods and drinks, coffee or cigarettes in order to maintain the health of teeth.