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In February 2014 The Academy of Birmingham General and Cosmetic Dentistry was taken over by new management. The practice’s new principal dentist, Dr Csaba Joo has over 15 years experience in dentistry and specialises in the general and cosmetic field.

We have a wide range of high quality general and cosmetic dental treatments and a brilliant experienced team to put you at ease every step of the way.

Many people find it very difficult to fit dental appointments in to their busy lives. As we understand how difficult it can be we offer general and cosmetic treatment Monday – Saturday. If you have a dental emergency, problem or pain we will offer you an appointment on the same day. If the practice is closed – you can call our emergency line where one of our dental care professionals will be more than happy to advise you the best course of action to take until you can book in to see one of our dentists.

We currently offer free consultations for orthodontics (braces) with one of our two very experienced orthodontists. For more information on the types of braces we do please see our web pages- www.abcdentistry.co.ukwww.birminghambraces.co.uk

Why are dental exams important?

As many of us have busy lives we can find ourselves slipping in to a routine of only going to see the dentist when we have a pain or a niggle or when we have some type of concern. Well this leads to the question – What is wrong with this type of behaviour? Why should I have to go regularly when there is nothing bothering me? (How regular – is dependent on the advice from your dentist) What is involved at a dental exam, my teeth? I think they look and feel fine.

The aim of this blog is for you to be able to answer the overall question yourself and to understand the importance of routine checkups.

Ok so the point of you having a dental examination is: carry out a full examination of with your teeth, gums and surrounding tissues

Your dentist will carry out a full examination of all surfaces of your teeth checking for any potential/current or hidden problems. If there are any potential problems your dentist will give you the best possible advice of how to avoid these problems. If there is treatment needed the full costing and any risks involves will be explained to you.

REMEMBER: A stitch in time saves nine!

Your gum health will also be examined this important as poor gum health will eventually lead to loss of bone structure resulting in the loss of your tooth/teeth.

Poor gum health may also result in conditions such as halitosis (bad breath), bleeding and sore inflamed gums. If you do have poor gum health your dentist will advise you of how you can best look after them in order to nurse them back to health.

Gum health is also of upmost importance as it has been linked to heart disease/ heart attacks, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis.

The surrounding tissues- this includes the floor of your mouth, your cheeks, lips, palate, tongue and throat.

Why is this important?

Well as you may or may not be aware oral cancer affects everybody, currently there are almost 6,500 new case of mouth cancer diagnosed each year in the UK. Although it is more common in certain groups of people mouth cancer is becoming more common outside those groups too.

Now out of these 6,500 over 1,900 in the UK die from oral cancer. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if they were caught early enough. In order for these illnesses to be caught it is so important to stress that a qualified trained Doctor/Dentist must carry out and examination as there are many forms of oral cancer that only a trained professional will be able to recognise this.

At these appointments when the dentist has looked at your teeth- your dentist will know if there is a particular problem that is being caused by your diet- If necessary dietary advice will be given. At the end of your appointment your dentist will let you know how often your routine appointments should be booked for either every 3/6 or 12 months.

So on the whole the good news is- maintaining your oral health by looking after your gums/teeth and mouth can prevent and treat gum disease, improve your overall health and help reduce your risk of health problems such as heart disease.