We’ve come a long way since 3500 BC when the first toothbrush was created by fraying the end of a twig! And toothpaste was made of all sorts of weird and wonderful things like honey, ground shells, mice or lizard liver!
Yet, even then there was a realisation that keeping your teeth and gums clean was an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Keeping dentally fit isn’t that expensive or that difficult. And just seeing a dentist on a regular basis can make all the difference to the health of your teeth and gums. Most parts of our bodies can repair themselves (with time and treatment) – your teeth cannot! Once a tooth is damaged or even had restorative work carried out, they will always remain weak. Tooth decay and gum disease are two of the most common conditions. It’s estimated that 50% of adults have periodontitis (gum disease)* and that more than one fifth of those affected have the severe form of the disease.
The good news is that your dental team can provide the support needed to prevent or control this disease. Peterborough Dentist offers Denplan Essentials, which is a dental payment plan that covers the cost of all your preventive dental needs such as check-ups and hygiene visits plus a 10% off all restorative dental treatment. They have always been convinced that payment plan patients are less likely to cancel their appointments and therefore less likely to need expensive and complex treatment later on. They’re not the only ones who believe that! 98% agree that the better they look after their oral health, the better chance they have of avoiding costly and invasive dental treatment in the future.**
And there are other reasons for taking good care of your oral health. It’s now widely recognised that there are links between our oral and overall health. Tooth decay and gum disease are linked in some way to whole-body conditions such as diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. These are not easily cured and home care for teeth and gums, diet and lifestyle all play a major role in keeping these conditions under control. Your dentist and/or hygienist can show you the most effective way of keeping your teeth clean. They can also advise you on what food and drinks are best avoided and those that can help keep your teeth in good condition. Given that taking the preventive path to dentistry is by far the best approach we aim to encourage regular attendance and to provide our patients with the best means possible to see us as and when we recommend.
* Opinions on this figure can vary ** YouGov PLC Survey (5,823 adults/Feb 2015
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