"Fourways Dentists for the Whole Family"
Longpoint Medical Centre has professional dentists that can provide ongoing, regular dental check-ups. Our dentists like to help with teeth and gum maintenance care for both you and your family. This is important for good oral hygiene. Regular visits to the dentist, like every 6 months or twice a year is used to screen for tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.
Did you know that dentists can see if you are grinding your teeth (bruxism). Grinding your teeth will have a detrimental effect on the structure of your teeth and jaw joint cartilage. This can cause jaw pain, a painful clicking jaw or stiff jaw. This over pressure on the jaw is medically called TMJ dysfunction or TMD. TMJ stands for temporal mandibular jaw. TMJ dysfunction can lead to other symptoms like headaches, neck muscle tension and pain in the inner or outer ear.
If you would like, one of dentists could on check and see of you are grinding your teeth and affecting your bite. Longpoint Dental Centre then could make you a custom fitted bite plate to help the grinding of your teeth at night.
Keeping your gums, another vital oral structure, healthy is important in avoiding the condition, gingivitis. We all know it is important to keep your smile healthy. So your dentist will be able to give you comment as to how healthy your teeth, TMJ and gums really are. This information will help you understand how well you are doing in maintaining a your healthy smile.
A build up of bacteria between your teeth is one of the leading reason for gum disease (gingivitis) and tooth erosion (dental caries). If your gums are allowed to recede the root of the tooth will be exposed, which will accelerate the rate of decay of the tooth. This is why flossing should be apart of your dental routine including correct tooth brushing.
Dental plaque is a build up of the bacteria to your teeth allowing the sticky, colourless film to cover the tooth called, plaque. The bacteria in the dental plaque thrive on sugars and can then produce acids which are decay causing. The acids then dissolve minerals on your tooths surface.
If you would like to come in for a dental check-up please see your local dentist or give us a call at the clinic on 011 465 9820.