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4 Rogers Street
Spring Hill, QLD, 4000

+61 7 3391 2504

Brisbane Dentist - excellence in general and aesthetic dentistry with Drs Amy Daley, Leila Haywood, UQ graduates with 20 years of experience in Spring Hill, Brisbane

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I don't think I need to go to the dentist because I don't have any pain?

I don't think I need to go to the dentist because I don't have any pain?

Just like your car requires maintenance, your teeth also require maintenance and preventive care. Furthermore, your mouth is part of a biological system, and teeth can sustain forces of biting that can measure over 90kg.  Your dentist can see cavities in the mouth and on preventive x-rays before they become so advanced that you end up in pain, and that can require expensive treatments in order to try to save them.  Oral cancer screens are also undertaken by the dentist. Most dental disease is preventable.

Bone disease of the jaws is not normally painful until it has reached an advanced stage and it affects 23% of the adult population. There is a large amount of scientific research that may indicate links of this type of bone disease, known as periodontal disease, to other systemic diseases, such as hardening of the heart arteries, stroke and Alzheimer's.  The bacteria found in diseases in the mouth are said, by scientific researchers, to be able to impact on the blood supply and affect other body systems.  

The bacteria that are found in a healthy mouth are vastly different to those that breed in an unhealthy mouth. There are 615 different types of bacteria that can live in the mouth.  

Consider this picture: the  mouth is a humid and wet environment, with 6 billion bacteria, where foods are introduced which are laden with sugars and carbohydrates, the perfect substrate for bacteria, and which can cause the teeth to soften and decay. Coffee and green tea can cause brown staining of teeth.  Wine, sport drinks and soft drinks are acidic and can cause softening of the tooth enamel. Plaque that is left undisturbed in the mouth calcifies around and under the gums to form calculus, a bit like barnacles on the bottom of a boat, and if not regularly professionally scaled away, are associated with gum disease. For some people the bacteria that are trapped deep under the gum leads to bone disease.  A healthy body definitely starts with a healthy mouth.