We all know that prevention is better than cure. All dental disease is easily preventable and we are keen to encourage our clients to understand that. Cavities come about when sugar is available from the diet for the bacteria in the mouth to make an acid which will destroy the teeth by dissolving the minerals. Ensuring that the teeth are kept clean with regular brushing and flossing and regular professional cleaning, as well as reducing the amount and the frequency of sugar intake will help prevent decay.
How it Works?
Our main aim is to first access your over oral hygiene a health to see what treatment and work needs to be carried out. Once we have had a good assessment of your overall oral state we will then suggest what we feel will be the best course of action for you.
The best way to stop any future dental problems creeping up is to ensure that your mouth and teeth are fully healthy. Our dental teal will perform what we call a scale and polish. This involves removing any plague and tartar from your teeth which may cause long term damage.
We will also show you the correct way to brush and clean your teeth on a daily basis to remove bacterial plaque which can form on your teeth. Eating and drinking sugary foods which can cause the plaque to turn into an acid which can cause tooth decay. Plaque can also cause gum inflammation if it is not regularly removed which can lead to further problems down the line if not treated in time.
Our dental team will also talk to you about diet and habits you may have such as smoking and drinking and advise you on those going forward. We will also suggest on what oral care products would be suitable for your teeth and gums.
Our dental team will ensure all your fillings are in good condition and check if any of them need to be replaced in the near future.
Will I need treatment?
Your dentist will only recommend treatment if they feel you really need it and to prevent any potential problems down the line. The objective of preventive dentistry is to combat the problem before it arises. If your dentist notices that there is a crack or weakness in the tooth then they may suggest a new filling or crown to protect it. It’s always better, less painful and cheaper to fix a dental problem before it actually happens.
What Can I do at home?
It’s very important that you are keeping a good dental routine at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Ensure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Once when you first wake up and again at the end of your day before you go to bed. If you can brush your teeth at least once more throughout the day that’s even better.
Ensure you are also flossing as well as brushing. Brushing can only clean so much and flossing will help clean out those hard to reach areas that a tooth brush cannot reach.
Use mouthwash regularly. Many mouthwashes contain antibacterial ingredients that help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Only use mouthwash between the times you brush your teeth as this will keep them protected for longer.
Gum disease is easily prevented by reducing the amount pf plaque in the mouth which will ensure the gums are not being subjected to toxins released by bacteria in the plaque.
Book an appointment today for a check up to ensure your mouth is healthy and that you won’t run into problems in the future.