There’s nothing like your own teeth, as anyone who has lost a tooth or two can confirm. For most people, natural teeth chew better, stay still better and often look better than replacement teeth. Once you get into the realms of having to replace lost teeth, eating, talking and maintenance can become a whole new ball game and sometimes one that is not much fun to play.
All this is why at Forest Dental in Loughton, we want you to hang onto your own teeth for as long as it makes sense to do so. Forest Dental believes in practising gentle, preventive dentistry – a way of doing dentistry that focuses on helping you keep your own teeth in great condition for as long as possible.
Dr Sab Rana believes in long-term care, not short-term fixes. Her approach is gentle and minimally invasive. If you are scared of the dentist, Dr Sab Rana can help you overcome your fears, without having to constantly resort to sedation in order to get through treatments.
But what is preventive dentistry exactly? It’s a collection of treatments aimed at preventing problems. Preventive dentistry starts with regular check-ups. If you come for check-ups twice a year, or more if Dr Rana recommends it, then you have a good chance of never letting problems such as tooth decay and gum disease get beyond their initial stages. Six-monthly check-ups are also important if your teeth are starting to suffer from wear and tear, or if you suffer from jaw clenching or night-time tooth grinding. We can catch and deal with problems, such as cracks or chips, soon after they develop rather than some time later when the problem has worsened.
Another vital component of preventive dentistry is a regular scale and polish to remove any hard-to-reach areas of plaque that have hardened into tartar. Plaque and tartar give off acids that lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
If you are older, you will also need to have regular screenings for oral cancer. Caught early, oral cancers are easily treated.
To find out more about Forest Dental’s preventive treatments, do ask next time you come in.