July 2021

DO I REALLY NEED A DENTAL CHECK-UP?

We have all had the saying that prevention is better than cure; yet very few of us actuallyput that saying in practice.One of the ways of preventing oral diseases is by having a regular dental check-up. This isdone routinely every after 6 months or as recommended by your dentist.So, what happens during a check-up?• At the dental check-up your dental professional will check for cavities (holes in yourteeth).• X-rays might be taken to detect cavities between your teeth or anything else missed.• The dentist will also check for plaque and calculus on your teeth. Plaque is a clear,sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can harden and become calculus. Youcannot remove tartar with brushing and flossing. If plaque and calculus build up onyour teeth, they can cause oral diseases especially gum disease.• The dentist will also examine your gums for any bleeding, recession, change in colouror formation of gum pockets.• The dentist might recommend a professional cleaning (scaling) to remove the plaqueand calculus.The check-up might also include a careful examination of your tongue, throat, face, head,and neck.But I don’t feel any pain!!• Most people won’t go to the dentist until they feel pain. This is wrong as painnormally indicates something deeper or worse.• It is better to deal with something before it progresses otherwise you might needlonger procedures or even lose your tooth.• Dental check-ups are generally cheaper & shorter than other dental proceduresWhat you should do between each dental visit• Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque isalways forming on your teeth, but you can manage it by brushing and flossingregularly.• Remember to brush and floss regularly to avoid any oral health issues.Remember: “ABSENCE OF SYMPTOMS IS NOT ABSENCE OF DISEASE.”Contact your dentist for that check-up and have a healthy mouth.God bless you.Dr Kaayabula Emmanuel Louis, BDS (MUK)Pan Dental Surgery

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How painful is root canal treatment?

A patient will experience little to no pain because the dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the tooth and gums. This keeps you comfortable during the procedure. A root canal procedure sounds scary, but it is typically not a whole lot more different than having a deep filling with today’s technology. A patient will experience little to no pain because the dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the tooth and gums. This keeps you comfortable during the procedure. The procedure, usually called ‘okuta emisuwa’ in Luganda is a dental procedure performed to save a badly decayed tooth which gives serious discomfort to someone in form of sharp pain. The pain usually lasts long and worsens at night that  even pain killers might not help at a certain point. This kind of discomfort is because of damage to the dental pulp by infective (bad) bacteria. A tooth consists of:• Enamel – the hard outer coating. • Dentine – a softer material that supports the enamel and forms most of the tooth.  • Cementum – a hard material that coats the root’s surface. • Dental pulp – the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth that is made up of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels that help the tooth grow.Root canal treatment is a procedure which involves the removal of the soft tissue or dental pulp. This is done to a tooth when pain occurs upon biting or chewing, swelling of the gum near the affected tooth, when one has pus oozing from the affected tooth or when the tooth turns darker in colourHave a dentist review your teeth for a better and excellent mouth. 

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