Preventing tooth decay and gum disease by visiting your private dentist in Nottingham

February 15, 2022


If you are new to the area and are looking for a dental practice to join or you have avoided the dentist for a while and are experiencing some dental issues then speak to us at Hilton Dental Clinic today. We are a private dentist in Nottingham and we have been established in the area since 1965. We are passionate about delivering quality dental care for all the family and we want to invite you and your family to join us with our private dentist in Nottingham today. It is important that you visit your dentist at least once every six months as this helps ensure that your teeth and gums are clean and healthy, and that they are free of any problems or disease. At your appointment we will carry out a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums. This helps us detect tooth decay and gum disease which are the most common dental issues found amongst children and adults here in the UK.

Tooth decay

Tooth decay is mainly caused by the build-up of bacteria in the mouth, poor oral hygiene and a diet full of sugary foods and drinks. We all have plaque on the surfaces of our teeth which is a sticky substance, made up of bacteria, saliva and food particles. When bacteria break down these food particles, acid forms on the surface of the teeth. Over time with poor oral hygiene or if you avoid visiting our private dentist in Nottingham on a regular basis, the acid attacks and damages the enamel of the teeth. In the early stages you may notice some toothache. If you visit our dentist immediately then this can be prevented from progressing further. If you do not visit our dentist on a regular basis then slowly you will notice cavities forming on the surface of the teeth. These are small holes which can affect the deeper layers of the tooth or teeth, eventually affecting the nerves and roots. This usually presents itself as further toothache and sensitivity. Eventually over time without medical attention from our dental surgery, tooth decay can result in tooth loss.

Gum disease

Similar to tooth decay, plaque is also the most common cause of gum disease. Other factors include smoking, underlying issues such as diabetes, and hormonal changes in pregnancy. Gum disease is asymptomatic to begin with and you may not realise that your gums are affected until it has spread to the soft tissue and bone, known as periodontitis. The main signs of gingivitis are red, swollen and bleeding gums, but by this time the inflammation has spread significantly. If you do not visit our dentist then gingivitis and periodontitis can result in tooth loss. To help prevent this it is important that you visit our dentist here at Hilton Dental Clinic on a regular basis, as we will be able to detect any signs of disease earlier on so that it can be treated quickly and successfully before it is able to have a negative impact on your teeth and gums.

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