Check Up

Maintaining your dental well being is vital and your oral health examination forms an essential part of a healthy living regime. Our primary aim at City Bridge is preventative dentistry.

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Your mouth deserves to receive professional care and it’s essential to visit the dentist regularly, especially as research links gum disease to arthritis, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and premature births. A staggering 19 in 20 of us suffer from gum disease at some point in our lives but with good dental care this can be easily be reduced.

Our primary aim at City Bridge Dental is to practice preventative dentistry. This means identifying and treating potential dental problems before they become painful, complex or costly to treat. Your thorough dental health examination includes:

  • Examination of your teeth for decay. Our dentists use high-magnification microscopes to catch tooth decay early and prevent further tooth destruction.
  • An assessment of your mouth for gum disease to help prevent early tooth loss.
  • An assessment of your teeth for wear. This is becoming a major problem with modern Western diets and stressful lifestyles. It is essential that early wear is identified to prevent future costly and complex treatment.
  • Oral cancer screening. Regular visits provide life-saving early detection of oral cancer, which kills one person every five hours in the UK and is diagnosed in more than 5,000 people each year.

Please don’t neglect your dental well being because problems that are caught early are much easier and cheaper to treat.

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay damages your teeth and leads to fillings or even extractions. Decay happens when sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque. This forms the acids that attack the teeth and destroy the enamel. After this happens many times, the tooth enamel may break down forming a hole or ‘cavity’ into the dentine. The tooth can then decay more quickly.

A tooth has an outer layer (enamel), a middle layer (dentin), and a center (pulp). Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth. The more layers that decay, the worse the damage. If bacteria reach the pulp, the tooth likely will die. After a decayed tooth dies, a pus-filled pocket (abscess) may form in the bone at the end of the root.

Treatment for tooth decay depends on how severe it is. Holes (cavities) caused by mild tooth decay are repaired with fillings. More severe tooth decay requires repair with a crown or root canal treatment. In extreme cases a tooth will need to be removed (extracted).

The best way to prevent tooth decay is to develop good oral health habits such as daily brushing and flossing.
Visiting your dentist is recommended at least once every six months. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, it’s important to have regular check-ups and professional cleaned. You should also see your dentist if you have pain in your teeth or mouth, bleeding, or swollen gums.