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6 monthly checkups are recommended in order to maintain good oral hygiene and detect and treat problems as they arise to prevent minor problems from becoming larger ones.
The quicker a problem is detected and treated, the more successful the treatment will be and the less likely the problem will require more invasive and more expensive treatment. An oral examination will also help detect other problems such as sleep disorders and bruxism (excessive clenching or grinding).
These days there are a range of options to help your teeth look great. There is little doubt that enhancing your smile can improve a person's self-confidence and the results of cosmetic dentistry can be remarkable with the right treatment.
Stained teeth, dark teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and even teeth that are missing altogether, can be repaired or replaced. If this is something you have been thinking about, the best thing to do is to arrange a cosmetic consultation to assess the most suitable treatment for you. Following the assessment, a treatment plan will be provided to you outlining the most suitable treatment for your needs.
PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE
Most people are becoming aware that smoking poses a problem to general health. It contributes to heart disease, stroke, and to a third of all cancer deaths, to name just a few conditions. In 1992 it was estimated that almost five thousand deaths in Victoria resulted from smoking.
What is less well known is the effect it has in the mouth.
The main damage is to the gums and mucosa, or lining of the mouth. Smokers develop more oral cancers than non-smokers (about five times more) and invariably suffer some degree of gum, or periodontal, disease.
Other than staining, smoking does not affect the teeth. However, it also has a profound effect on the saliva, promoting the formation of the thicker 'mucous' form of saliva at the expense of the thinner watery 'serous' saliva. There is a reduction in the acid-buffering capacity of their saliva.
This effect of nicotine explains why some heavy smokers get decay even if they are brushing well.