Ensuring that your teeth and gums are in good condition is not only important to oral health but also has an impact on your overall health too, with studies suggesting that poor oral health is linked to an increased risk of developing heart disease.

It is recommended that patients visit their dentist at least once every 12 months to undergo a check-up and ensure that their teeth and gums are healthy. As a leading dental practice, we provide a variety of treatments to patients which are designed to improve oral health and prevent tooth and gum decay.

1. Preventing Tooth Decay

Frequent check-ups will ensure that the signs of tooth decay are identified as soon as they become apparent. If the onset of tooth decay is caused by poor oral hygiene, we can assist you in developing a good dental care routine which will prevent any decay present from developing further and becoming a significant problem.

2. Identifying Gum Disease

Gum disease or gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque which contains bacteria. The presence of this bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums which can lead to common symptoms such as bleeding during brushing.

If gum disease is caught early, it can be treated through the removal of this plaque before the condition progresses onto more serious diseases such as periodontitis.

3. Identifying Hidden Problems

It isn’t always possible to identify oral problems through a visual examination. When attending your check-up, you will be offered an x-ray if appropriate which will provide an accurate image of your jaw bone.

Performing this x-ray will allow us to detect issues such as the presence of impacted wisdom teeth and bone cancer as well as cysts and tumours.

4. Diagnosing Severe Oral Diseases

Diseases such as oral cancer can be life threatening if allowed to spread without treatment. During your check-up, we will be able to screen for the presence of such diseases and refer you for appropriate treatment as required.

5. Professional Teeth Cleaning

Brushing your teeth twice a day is the first step to ensuring that your teeth and gums remain in good health. If your teeth brushing regime isn’t effective due to incorrect technique or you rarely floss at home, your teeth will benefit from a thorough cleaning each time you visit your dentist surgery.

This type of deep clean will ensure that your mouth is kept healthy and should be used to supplement your standard oral hygiene routine.

Riverside Dental Practice: Your Local Dentist

We are capable of providing our patients with a variety of dental treatments including regular check-ups in addition to crowns and fillings, the fitment of braces and various cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.
If you’re overdue a check-up, call us today on 01786 464 285 to book your appointment at our dentist surgery. You can also visit us in person at 32 Forth Crescent, Riverside, Stirling, FK8 1LG to discuss your options for treatment.