The great thing about having a practice you can rely on, like a Coorparoo family dental, is that they can be there from the moment you get your very first tooth to your last. Having to chop and change dental practices throughout your life can be frustrating and sometimes complicated, and your new dentist is unlikely to know either you or your dental history, which can also lead to further frustrations. Instead of being one of these people who flit from practice to practice, desperate to find something that suits them, become one of the ones who considers their dentist a friend. Your dentist should understand how you feel about your smile, not only knowing about all of the insecurities and worries that you have but offering advice and treatment recommendations wherever possible to help you keep smiling throughout your entire life.
When should you start visiting your dentist?
When you should start going to the dentist, or rather when you should first take your child to a dentist, is as widely debated as the answer to the question of how often should someone be visiting their dentist. There is no strict right answer, and one dental practitioner may offer a different answer to another one, so it is important that you always do what is right for you or your child. Some people believe that children should be taken for their first dental check-up when they are twelve months old, however some children’s teeth come through before their first birthday and can be seen for a check-up as soon as their first tooth is coming through. It is usually advised that you take your child for a check-up around every six months, but this can differ from child to child and in some cases, they may need to be seen more or less frequently than this.
Ageing smiles can be a thing of the past
As well as making sure that your children’s teeth are healthy it is important that both you and any elderly relatives that you have are also satisfied with your smiles. As people age it is common to suffer from tooth loss, either from decay or gum disease or simply because you have been involved in an accident and lost one or several of your teeth. This can lead to all sorts of other problems alongside leaving an unwanted gap in your smile, such as making biting and chewing incredibly difficult as well as speaking in some circumstances. Getting your teeth replaced is easier nowadays then it ever has been, and with dental implants you are able to have false teeth permanently fitted into your mouth that both look and feel like original teeth. With this treatment you can replace as many teeth as you need, whether it is one or all of them. Your new teeth will be supported by tiny titanium screws that have been placed into your jaw, but you will not necessarily need one screw per new tooth, as one screw can support multiple new teeth. They give back a person’s ability to chew confidently and are extremely durable, lasting longer than ten years in some cases where they have been properly taken care of.
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