Did you know that when it comes to tooth decay, children are the worst affected?
In fact, a preferred diet of fizzy drinks and a penchant for sweet foods has meant that over 30,000 children in the UK were admitted to hospital last year to undergo teeth extractions. To the non-dentist, tooth decay isn’t always easy to spot, and what’s more, it isn’t always painful. This is why visits to our dental surgery in Manchester for periodic decay detection are vital.
How decay detection works
Decay detection is by far the most important means of preventing tooth decay. Treatment is quick and painless and can make a massive difference to a person’s oral health. Detection can be something as simple as chewing a disclosing tablet to expose areas of built-up plaque or by using sophisticated X-rays and magnification tools which have the ability to highlight tiny spots of decay. If any problem areas show up, they can then be treated before any real damage takes hold.
Why is decay such a problem?
In children, tooth decay can be particularly problematic as a lack of knowledge from some parents and/or caregivers coupled with a child’s sweet tooth can put them at high risk. Many parents, for example, understand that giving their child a nighttime bottle of fizzy drink is wrong, but ultimately, they might not know that other drinks, such as fruit juice and even milk, can have the same effects. When sugars found in fruit juice and milk linger on the teeth, natural germs in the mouth (otherwise known as plaque) react with those natural sugars and turn them into acid. Over time, the acid eats away at the tooth, causing tiny holes or cavities. If left untreated, the cavities can become uncomfortable and even painful and may eventually prevent the child from consuming many of the healthy foods that they need to develop properly.
It’s not just children that suffer from tooth decay. Early tooth decay treatment in adults is also key. Without treatment, it can lead to severe infection and, eventually, tooth loss. Unfortunately, when it comes to tooth loss, adults don’t get a second chance, so prevention is extremely important for patients with a full set of adult teeth, just as it is for children.
How our dental surgery in Manchester can help
Cheadle Hulme Dental and Cosmetics are totally committed to promoting good oral health in children and in adults, and decay detection is a big part of our ethos. With regular treatments, we can help you and your children to fight the good fight against decay. Treatments are comfortable and varied and are designed to quickly spot the early signs of tooth decay. Children and adults alike can, therefore, rest assured knowing that we’ve got their well-being and dental health at heart.
If you would like to make an appointment regarding decay detection or early tooth decay treatment, then contact our dental surgery in Manchester today. To make a booking, either visit our website at www.cheadlehulmedental.com or contact us at 0161 486 0743 today.
Taking your smile in a positive direction
When it comes to a friendly, caring, and professional dentist in Cheadle Hulme, you won’t find better than Cheadle Hulme Dental and Cosmetics. Why not book an appointment by contacting us directly at 0161 486 0743? We look forward to welcoming you.