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Why do I keep getting dental problems?

Hi, it's Adrian Kat from Advanced Dental Artistry. We're seeing a lot of patients that come into the practice with very complex problems. They've got a lot of breakdown in their mouth or they're losing teeth through no fault of their own. We know that there are some diseases in the mouth that are definitely preventable, for example, decay can be prevented by really good brushing and cleaning, but there are four common themes with these patients.

One is, as a child, they may have not been exposed to good oral hygiene or good care, or maybe their parents couldn't afford to take them to the dentist. They may have had some very bad experiences in the dentist and because they started from a bad place, gradually their teeth are actually just breaking down over time. The second problem is, of course, fear. We know that patients can develop fear as a child through very bad dental experiences or because the mouth is such a sensitive area of the body, they could develop the fear of actually visiting the dentist and therefore avoid it at all costs.

The third thing, of course, is genetics. And we know a lot of diseases in the body have a very, very close link to our genes. And one of them is, of course, gum disease. We're seeing that if parents or siblings have lost teeth, we can see gum disease, and patients lose teeth even though they're visiting the dentist or getting regular cleans done. It's very similar to, say, hair loss. People that lose hair, it's not that they're not taking care of their hair. They're still shampooing and taking care of their hair, yet they're still actually losing hair, just like people lose teeth because of their genes.

And the last thing, of course, is the medically compromised. We know there's a very, very close link between the health of the body and the health of the mouth, and therefore, patients that are medically compromised see a lot more breakdown in the mouth and they also see a lot more tooth loss because of this. And this is very similar to patients that are on a lot of medications, maybe that have gone through chemotherapy.

So one of the things that a patient said to me recently is, "It is what it is." And when patients actually come to see us, the most important thing is moving forward. We don't want to look at the past and we can't change the past. So if you're considering getting dental treatment done, please visit our website. Look at some of our cases, look at our YouTube videos, and you can give us a ring at 1800 SMILING.

Childhood History

Many patients who have poor oral health as adults turn out to have had a history of dental problems since childhood. How children’s teeth are looked after will make a big difference to how their teeth develop and to their complete oral health.

Your childhood years are your formative years and this is where you form lifelong habits and an understanding of the importance of dental health. If this has been lacking since the beginning, it can be difficult to change your habits without professional help.

Other childhood incidents that can leave a long-term mark on a patient’s oral health include experiencing a negative dental visit. This can leave a child traumatised for years and result in them avoiding the dentist for decades to come. And by avoiding the dentist for a long time, the patient’s oral health is highly likely adversely affected.

At Advanced Dental Artistry, we are proud to help patients who have had long-term problems with their oral health and with visiting the dentist. If you have experienced dental problems throughout your whole life, be assured that we can help you overcome this.

Fear of Dentist

At Advanced Dental Artistry, we understand the severity of dental anxiety for some patients and the impact this fear can have on your overall oral health. We have helped a lot of patients overcome their fear of the dentist which can often be caused by a number of different factors.

Not only do patients feel anxious because they expect to feel a lot of pain when visiting the dentist; it’s also very common for patients to fear a loss of control. Placing your trust and mouth in the hands of your dentists can understandably lead to a feeling of restraint and helplessness. Another reason for a fear of the dentist is the vicious cycle of feeling embarrassed of not having visited the dentist for a long time and worrying about the state of their oral health – and this then only leads to further avoidance of the dentist!

Fortunately, our dentists are specially trained in handling anxious patients and a variety of solutions are available to reduce pain and alleviate fear in the dentist’s chair. We have seen many formerly anxious and scared patients who now feel relief at the ease of visiting us.

Genetic Dental Disease

If you’re assiduous when it comes to your oral health yet still prone to cavities or dental problems, it could be linked to your genes. Like many other aspects of our health, there is a genetic component to your teeth – from the way they look to their overall health.

For example, some people have a genetic predisposition to softer tooth enamel, making it easier for the enamel to get eroded and cavities to form. Saliva plays another integral role in your oral health. It remineralises your tooth enamel, rinses food debris away from your teeth, and breaks down food for digestion. However, the condition of your saliva is governed by your genes, and bad saliva genes can negatively impact your dental health.

Your mouth is home to a wide range of bacteria communities. Depending on your genetics, your mouth could contain more of healthy or unhealthy bacteria, creating a particular environment for certain dental issues.

So remember; brushing, flossing, a healthy diet, and regular dental visits are all part of the path to a healthy mouth.

Medically Compromised

As a result of advances in medical science, doctors can save more lives and most of us live longer. However, many of these medical advancements are sometimes accompanied by side effects. Certain medical conditions and their accompanying drug treatment can have a profound effect on the oral health.

Patients who suffer from chronic diseases are prone to also become sufferers of dental problems and health issues. Sometimes this is because of the chronic disease itself (e.g. an autoimmune disease which alters different factors in your body or mouth) and sometimes it’s due to the treatment of the disease. Systematic drug treatments increase the risk of a compromised oral environment, with the most obvious being drug-induced gingival overgrowth.

As a medically compromised patient, it’s essential you have an open and honest relationship with a dentist who understands your overall health. Together, you and your dentist can then manage your oral health and nip any problems in the bud. This leads to a healthier mouth and a healthier you.

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Full Mouth Reconstruction with Implants Retained Bridge

Leanne before and after dental implants

Leanne had a lot of infected and broken down upper teeth, this was to such a degree where a number of teeth could not be saved. Leanne found some tasks such as chewing rather difficult and she had stopped smiling many years ago. Having dedicated her life to caring for her elderly mother, Leanne had become very self-conscious, upset and was nervous when she first visited the practice. Following treatment, the change in Leanne’s face was incredible.
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