Everyone has dental issues every once in a while. The most important thing is knowing how to tell when you have a problem and addressing it before it turns into something worse. Which is actually where a lot of people go wrong, since they hold on until they can’t stand the pain anymore, and by that time, the damage is much worse than what it had been in the beginning. Of course, Aussies are no exception to the rule, so let’s take a look at what the most common dental procedures in Australia.
Is it the love for sweets or the forgetting to brush your teeth? Tooth cavities are the most common dental problem in Australia, much like in the rest of the world, and they appear in a very simple way: when we eat food, it breaks down around our teeth. If the food isn’t properly removed by brushing and flossing, it can start to damage your teeth. Sugar is especially harmful because it turns into acid in your mouth and starts attacking your teeth very quickly. When the tooth starts to decay and that decay gets to the nerve is when the pain kicks in – and by this time, the tooth is already pretty badly damaged. Your dentist will take out the infected and decayed part of the tooth and fill the hole up so that no more food can get in. The best way to prevent this is to brush your teeth and floss regularly, as well as avoid any sugary foods that can stick to your teeth. For example, a very damaging thing we consume is soda, because it literally contains nothing good for us, but it can do serious damage to our teeth, so if you can’t quit soda, at least use a straw to avoid contact with your teeth.
Not everyone has perfectly straight teeth. Your teeth and jaw can get misaligned and crooked, and that is where braces come into play. This isn’t just a question of aesthetics, as misaligned teeth can cause trouble eating, breathing and speaking. More adults than ever are getting braces in Australia, and everyone is chasing after that perfect smile that they weren’t naturally gifted with. Of course, braces work best while you are a child, as your bones are still forming and it’s easier to mold everything back into place, but they can work for adults too. However, teens and adults often have a problem with the look of braces and are embarrassed to wear them. If you need braces but you’re afraid of wearing them, look up a specialist in orthodontics in Chatswood who can fit you with Invisalign, a type of braces that are completely invisible and can be taken out whenever required.
Accidents happen, we trip, fall, get hit or simply eat something that wasn’t supposed to be in our food and our teeth sometimes lose the battle. But a chipped tooth isn’t the end of the line, and you don’t have to walk around with half of a tooth. If this happens, it’s important to get to your dentist as soon as possible, because a sharp tooth can cut your lip or inner cheek. Your dentist will create a replica that is attached to what is left of your tooth to fit comfortably in your mouth, or in case you lose your tooth entirely, the replica is attached to the two adjacent teeth. If your teeth lose quality due to old age, your dentist might suggest replacing them all (or most of them) with artificial ones, creating a full set of dentures so that you can have all the power of your teeth back.
It might be a scary mental image: a dentist pulling out a tooth, but it is actually a quite common procedure. With modern technology and anesthesia, you probably won’t feel a thing while it’s happening, and you will be given painkillers that will last you through the following days. If you are scared of going to the dentist with a toothache because you think they’ll want to pull out your tooth, remember that this is a last-resort treatment, used only if the tooth is so far beyond repair that there is nothing that can be done for it. Which is another reason why you should visit your dentist sooner, rather than later?
Remember that good oral hygiene and habits, along with regularly visiting your dentist are key for a beautiful, healthy smile. The best thing you can do is stick to one dentist that you know and trust because the better they know your teeth and your lifestyle, the better advice they will be able to give you and the better they will know to treat your teeth. If you have children, make sure you not only teach them what the bad habits are but get them used to meet their dentist when there are no issues with their teeth, so that they won’t be as scared to go when there is an actual need.