Dentistry is quite a complex field that can be quite confusing to people who do not work and live in this industry. We have put together a short quiz with answers that can be used to help educate on certain areas in the dental field:
It is not commonly known that there has been research to show that gum disease has been proving to have a link with cardio (heart) disease and also diabetes. For example, men who are 55 and over, are seven more times likely have a heart attack than a male of the same age who hasn’t got gum disease. There are also studies showing that there is also a link between gum disease and babies who are born premature at a low weight. The most recent studies are also identifying links between gum disease with Dementia and Alzheimers.
A research project that followed 5,500 people for a period of 18 years showed that the people who brushed their teeth less than 1 times a day, had a 65% chance of developing Dementia, than people who were brushing 2-3 times a day – which is a significant risk increase!
a. True – Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease and other serious conditions such as oral cancer & tooth loss.
b. False – Brushing your teeth on its own will not be enough to prevent the chances of gum disease from developing, but it can help to significantly reduce the chances. People who don’t brush there teeth, are very likely to develop gum disease as the plaque and bacteria builds up over time. It is recommended that as well as your regular dental check ups, you also visit the dental hygienist who will use professional dental tools to tackle the hard to clean places, to effectively tackle the build up of plaque and bacteria.
All of the above points are vital parts of regular dental healthcare, allowing you to protect your natural teeth for as long as possible. Educating the patient on best techniques and care for their teeth is an important service, as it is more important to prevent problems before they occur, than fire fight as they happen. To register with our practice, please do not hesitate to call us today and book your appointment.