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Visiting a Cosmetic Dentist to Protect the Health of Your Teeth and Your Mouth

Visiting a cosmetic dentist can improve your smile and your overall appearance, but such a dentist can also help to protect the health of your teeth and your mouth. There are certain cosmetic procedures you might consider that can make you look better, but which can also reduce your risk of oral infections, gum disease, cavities, and other oral health concerns.

Note how and why a cosmetic dentist can actually protect the health of your teeth and mouth:

1. Bleaching

Having a cosmetic dentist bleach your teeth does not actually protect your oral health, but choosing to have this done by a professional versus using products you find on supermarket shelves can be a protection. Whitening products that you buy at the pharmacy may contain silica, which is very abrasive and which can wear away at tooth enamel.

They may also contain alcohol, which can dry your mouth. Saliva helps to wash away food particles and bacteria in the mouth, so when you have chronic dry mouth, you might be prone to cavities from these food particles and bacteria. Having a cosmetic dentist bleach your teeth rather than using these products can therefore be much safer for your overall oral hygiene.

2. Implants

Dental implants are false teeth that screw into the gum line for a permanent replacement. These can protect teeth next to the open area of the gums from shifting into that space and in turn, coming loose. An implant can also be easier to care for than a bridge, which is a set of dentures with just one or a few teeth. You brush and floss the implant when you take care of the rest of your teeth.

A bridge needs to be removed to be thoroughly cleaned and if you overlook this job every day, it can be easy for bacteria and germs to build up in the area of the bridge, leading to cavities and potentially gum disease.

3. Caps

When teeth are chipped or broken, this can mean exposing the dentin or soft tissue underneath the tooth's surface. When this part of the tooth is damaged, you may need a root canal. A broken tooth can also have an open pocket in which more germs and bacteria rest, leading to a cavity. Putting a cap over a broken or chipped tooth can protect its surface so that you have less risk of added damage.

Contact a company like Prime Dental Pty Ltd. if you have other questions or need more help.