Do some people need to visit the dentist more often than others?
Most people visit the dentist once or twice a year as per their dentist’s advice, but there are a few sets of people who are at a higher risk of dental diseases such as tooth decay, dental plaque and gingivitis (gum inflammation) amongst others. These people may need to see their dentist as often as every three or four months. So who are they?
Smoking is a large contributing factor to gum disease, and smokers are twice as likely to develop the condition. This is because smoking weakens your immune system thus making it harder for your body to fight gum disease, which may turn into periodontitis (a serious gum infection which sometimes leads to tooth loss). Seeing a dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleaning is highly recommended for smokers.
The hormone changes that women experience while carrying a child can make their gums become tender, swollen and even begin to bleed. Gums bleed when we have a build up of plaque on our teeth, and pregnant women’s gums are more sensitive to plaque, making inflammation and bleeding all the more likely. This condition is commonly referred to as ‘pregnancy gingivitis’. One of the reasons that dental treatment is free for pregnant women is to encourage them to aim for regular appointments to keep an eye on their dental health.
The high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes feed the growth of bacteria on teeth. This can lead to diabetes sufferers also having to contend with tooth and gum problems that are greater in severity and frequency than those without the condition. The hallmark signs of gum disease like sore, swollen and red gums that bleed when brushed all indicate that a trip to the dentist is necessary. Aiming to keep blood glucose levels as low as possible, flossing and having teeth regularly checked and cleaned by your dentist is essential for those with diabetes to maintain the health of their mouth.
If you fall into one of these categories and are looking for a dentist in Liverpool Street, London, please don’t hesitate to contact us.