Why go to the dentist?

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Dr. María Hernández Solís, General Dentist of the General Hospital of the Plaza de la Salud (HGPS).

The dentist or dentist is the doctor who has trained for the care of teeth. One of the main objectives of visits to the dentist is to detect in time any disease in the oral cavity from its initial phase.

During the visit to the Dentist, the health providers will ask the patient a series of questions to have knowledge of their medical history. There are several questions that will provide the dentist with the necessary information to be able to offer the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

It is of vital importance that the patient notifies any of their health information, will allow us to know what can be prescribed if necessary, and avoid any allergic reaction or interaction with another medication.
Hygiene has always been an indisputable ally of health. That is why it is important to maintain a routine of oral cleaning that ensures us to eliminate all possible residues. This will prevent gum problems, prevent tooth decay, halitosis, so having good hygiene will help maintain a good appearance of the denture.

Remove tartar, stains on our teeth and under the gums is the job of a dentist, who will manage to clean and sweep all three, especially the tartar that clings so much to the teeth, which can not be removed with brushing No mouthwashes. It is important to eliminate all types of gum residue in order to avoid any periodontal disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

What do these diseases consist of? Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, which occurs in the initial phase of periodontal disease. It is the easiest to treat. The main cause of gingivitis is plaque, that layer of fine, sticky and colorless bacteria that constantly sticks around the teeth and gums. If this plaque is not removed with brushing and flossing then toxins (poisonous substances) are produced that irritate the gingival tissue and thus produce gingivitis. In this disease the damage can be reversed at this early stage of periodontal disease, since the bone and tissues that support the tooth are not affected. The main symptoms of gingivitis are: redness, inflammation and hypersensitivity in the gums and bleeding. However, if gingivitis is not treated, it can turn into periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a bacterial infection that affects the specialized tissues, ligament and bone that surround and support the teeth, also known as the periodontium. It is the second and the most serious phase of periodontal disease, once it is contracted it is irreversible. The accumulation of plaque around and below the gum can cause the separation of the gum and the formation of small spaces or bags where more plaque can accumulate and start an infection. If left untreated, it can cause teeth to move and fall out or have to be removed by a specialist.

Indications of why to go to the Dentist

Regular dental visits are important because they can help identify health problems from their initial phase, which is the phase where it is likely to be easier and more affordable for any dental treatment. Among the symptoms that may indicate us going to the dentist are: presence of inflammation or bleeding in the gums, sensitivity to cold or heat in the teeth, fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, does not like the appearance of your smile or your teeth, have bad breath or bad taste in your mouth, have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck, have difficulty chewing or swallowing, have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorder, cracking or clenching your teeth , smoke or use tobacco products. There are many indications to pay a visit to your dentist, the most important thing is that you can find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable and confident.

Posted in: Hoy Digital newspaper. 

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