A healthy dental care regimen includes twice daily brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride; once daily use of dental floss to clean the areas between the teeth that a toothbrush does not reach; and at least twice yearly visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning.
But dental visits are not only for cleaning or tooth extraction, as some people may think. Your dentist may provide other services that may benefit your oral health and your well-being in general.
Here are some services your local dentist in Shrewsbury may offer.
Dental implants here in Shrewsbury are perhaps the most natural-looking replacement options for lost teeth. Instead of replacing only the tooth, as dentures do, implants also address the need to replace the tooth root to keep the jawbone healthy.
They are sturdier and more secure than other replacement options and do not need any special care other than what you would devote to your natural teeth.
Invisalign is a brand name of treatment for straightening teeth. Instead of traditional braces, you can use Invisalign particularly for minor cases of teeth misalignment. The treatment involves wearing clear plastic aligners customised for you.
You can remove them when brushing your teeth or when you eat. Your dentist will replace the aligners with new ones after a set period (usually two weeks) through the course of the treatment.
Teeth can suffer discolouration for different reasons, including drinking coffee, wine or tea, eating certain acidic or strong-coloured foods or neglecting dental care. Disease, medications, physical trauma, brushing abrasion, ageing and genes may also play a role.
While you may be able to buy whitening strips or gels, or even whitening toothpaste, most dentists agree that professional whitening is still the most effective. Your dentist will apply a gel on your teeth and expose it for a set time to a special light that activates the whitening.
It is a comfortable treatment, during which you may watch the telly or listen to music.
Most dentists offer a lot more services besides these. Call your dentist and ask about the services that may benefit you.