You brush regularly, so why would you need to see an Oral Health Therapist? Well, maybe no matter how much you brush, you still have dragon breath. Or when you smile in a mirror, all you see is yellow grinning back. You might have the occasional bleeding gum, or even a cancer that you don’t even know is there.
Here are a few things an Oral Health Specialist can do for you.
A whiter, brighter smile
If you don’t like that discoloured grin, and brushing just isn’t getting rid of it, then an appointment with an Oral Health Specialist may be the answer. There are several reasons why your teeth get stained – coffee, red wine, tobacco – and several methods for restoring your sparkling white smile. An Oral Health Specialist knows all about how to whiten your teeth, and can advise you on how to keep them that way.
How about that dragon breath?
You might worry about bad breath – even if you don’t have it – and the best way to stop worrying is to do something about it. Bad breath – halitosis – is usually caused by a dental problem, and an Oral Health Specialist t can identify which one.
You could have bacteria under your gum line, impossible to remove with brushing or flossing. Or you might have an infection in a tooth that is causing an odour. The Oral Health Specialist can take care of the problem whatever it is, and ward off more serious consequences as well.
When your gums bleed
Inflamed gums tend to bleed, so if you find you are spitting blood after brushing, it’s important to get it checked out. You may just be using a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard, or it could be a sign of something worse. The Oral Health Therapist will know, and can not only reverse the problem with a thorough clean, but also give you ways to manage at home so it doesn’t happen again.
If your teeth feel loose, your gums are sore, and your beloved won’t kiss you because your breath stinks – you can be fairly sure you’ve got gum disease. It’s the main cause of losing your teeth, and without strong teeth, you don’t eat as well and your health suffers.
Don’t wait – get to an Oral Health Specialist right away. The sooner your gum disease is recognised and treated, the less likely you are to lose teeth or suffer worse problems. The Oral Health Specialist will also help you establish an oral hygiene regime at home. And you can also go for a check-up when your teeth feel fine, just to be sure.
Oral cancer – early detection
Every time you go to an Oral Health Specialist for a check-up or clean, you’ll be screened for oral cancer. The Oral Health Specialist knows what to look for, even if you didn’t know there was a problem. Caught early, oral cancers are highly treatable, and you’ll be advised about the possible causes of cancer – including smoking, alcohol and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). That way, you know what to avoid to keep your mouth cancer-free.
Guarding against other diseases
Poor dental hygiene is linked to some serious diseases – including heart disease and diabetes. That’s because when you have an infection in your mouth, teeth or gums, your whole body feels the effects of it. The longer you let the poison of infection travel through your body, the more likely it is that you’ll develop serious complications.
A visit to an Oral Health Specialist can help you to avoid these problems, by improving your oral hygiene and warding off tooth and gum problems.
When brushing just isn’t enough
No matter how much you brush or floss, you won’t be able to reach those hard-to-reach places. An Oral Health Specialist has the training and all the right tools to reach them and clean them, so your good oral hygiene is enhanced by professional care, and your teeth last as long as you do.
Talk to a friendly Oral Health Specialist today, so you don’t have to lie awake worrying about any of these things.