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The Importance of Detecting Dental Diseases Early

smile health dentist teethThere are numerous oral diseases that affect both the mouth and the body. Some of these conditions are not easy to notice until it is too late. The importance of making regular visits to the dentist cannot be over-emphasised since regular screening catches problems early.

The following are problems that people may have and why it is important to catch them early.

Gum Disease

Gum disease causes the inflammation of the gums as the body tries to fight off the infection. Gum disease will take a toll on your immune system and also cause gum bleeding, gum recession and even tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked with heart disease and other chronic diseases.

Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, is easily reversible whereas the advanced forms of the disease are extremely difficult to treat or reverse completely. Therefore, early treatment for patients means more successful the outcomes.


Bruxism is just another name for teeth grinding. Teeth grinding will cause damage to your teeth through chipping, fractures and wearing down. Bruxism places immense pressure on your teeth.

Bruxism will happen most of the time during sleep and people are unaware of the problem. Where treatment is not sought early enough, bruxism has been linked to a host of other problems such as enamel damage, gum inflammation, teeth sensitivity, and even loss of teeth.

If you notice symptoms such as sore facial muscles, jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, and chipped teeth, visit your dentist for a diagnosis and commencement of treatment.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer refers to cancers of the throat, mouth, and tongue which can affect anybody. However, people who smoke are at the greatest risk of oral cancer.

Your dentist should carry out oral cancer screening on a yearly basis. A dentist has a trained eye to pick out abnormal signs in the mouth that may signal presence or onset of oral cancer. Early detection of oral cancer carries an 83 percent survival rate.

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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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