One of the good things about Belgrade is that there are loads of superb dentists, operating with state of the art equipment and to the highest clinical standards, but they cost about 75% less than their Western European colleagues.
There is pretty much nothing hat modern dentistry cannot fix these days. Missing teeth can be replaced by implants or crowns, teeth that used to be extracted are now saved by root canal therapy, gum recession can be fixed by gum transplants and periodontal disease can be controlled by regular dental cleaning and bone transplants. All of it is pretty much painless (and in Serbia, inexpensive).
If you have been posted to Belgrade, stationed here on a project or are living here now, then give yourself the gift of total dental care.
Keeping your teeth for life is actually quite easy. Assuming you do not have a physical trauma (teeth knocked out) all you have to do is make sure you get routine professional care and practise daily self care, which means in essence, dental hygiene:
Professional care means regular dental check-up and seeking professional help as soon as dental symptoms arise.
Here is how to organise Professional care in Belgrade:
- Find yourself a local dentist and go and see them for a check up. If you have a clinical problem they will fix it for you, if you have a cosmetic one, they can usually fix that too. Here are some recommended dentists in Belgrade.
- Your dentist may recommend that you get a mouth x-ray. They will give you a prescription for that and you go to the drop in centre.It takes 15 minutes.
- If you have no problems, they may recommend just a cleaning and check-up in 6 months. If you do, they will schedule you for the procedure.
- Many dentists give you their mobile phones and e-mail addresses. You can call them out of hours if you have pain, or you can e-mail them questions about your health. My dentist saw me immediately when I had a tooth break after biting an olive stone, even tough I had no pain.
- Make sure you do not miss your appointment and go at least every 6 months.
The more important element of life long dental health is routine dental hygiene.
This is much easier than it may seem. Here is the formula, the holy trinity of lifelong dental health:
1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush.
2. Floss all your teeth properly at least once a day, preferably before bed.
3. OPTIONAL: Use a good mouth rinse (mouthwash) for 30 seconds, also before bed
That is it!
The whole deal takes under a minute and if it becomes a habit, you will have healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.
- It is super important to use a very high quality soft-bristled toothbrush. Many people damage their teeth and gums with over brushing or using a hard toothbrush that wears away enamel and gums.My dentist recommends (and uses) Curaprox toothbrushes. Look for model 3969 (Supersoft) or 5460 (Ultrasoft). They are available in most Belgrade pharmacies for about 350 dinars.
- Mouthwash is only to be used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, not as a replacement.
- Chewing gum is also never a replacement for brushing and flossing.
- Do not use cheap mouthwash. Bad mouthwash (mouth rinse) may actually hasten tooth decay if it contains too much alcohol or sugar.
- Do not brush your teeth for 1 hour after eating acidic food.
- It is best to brush and floss in the morning after breakfast. This way t=you do not ruin the taste of your food and you get the debris off your teeth for the start of the day,
Also see our discussion on dentists that broke out on the forums here.