Our teeth have quite a job to do. They are expected to work for us for over 70 or 80 years in most cases. It’s not just your teeth either. It’s also your jawbone and gums. We are very much adjusted to servicing our cars, ovens and heating systems, yet for some reason we don’t invest the same time and money in our oral health. When you look at it from this perspective, it’s madness to not receive at least a yearly check-up with your dentist in Erskineville. Instead, we tend to only respond to emergency pain, when prevention is too late and you may be facing far more costly treatments than a yearly scale and polish.
So why do patients avoid the dentist and how do we, at the Healthy Smile Centre encourage your participation?
Dental phobia and patient care
Dental phobia is a very real phenomenon and we are fully aware of the impact this can have on your confidence to receive treatment. If you do suffer from mild anxiety, phobia or a sensitive gag reflex, which you can’t control, come and talk to us. We won’t coerce or force you to do anything you don’t want to. However, we know by providing you with clear information, a listening ear and a treatment plan that includes sedation and relaxation, you could start to receive the care your dental health desperately needs.
Lack of knowledge
Many people do not understand the full implications of not seeing a dentist in Erskineville. Our mouth is full of bacteria, which when combined with small food particles stuck on and around our teeth, results in a sticky substance called plaque. This then hardens into tartar, trapping bacteria into the tiny spaces between teeth. Over time, left untreated this can then cause gum disease and tooth decay, which can lead to tooth loss and jawbone damage if not treated by your dentist. Yet a simple scale and polish, ideally once every 6 months, can maintain lifelong oral health.
At the Healthy Smile Centre, we encourage engagement, questions and participation. We like to build a service history with you from your first tooth through to the long-term care of your adult teeth.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.