Preventive dentistry is an important part of protecting and maintaining your current and future dental health. Using in-depth examinations, and advanced diagnostic and corrective dental technologies, your dentist will work with you to develop treatment choices that leave you proud of your smile for years to come.
A good long-term oral health plan needs to include regular:
- Home care: Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, followed by a thorough flossing and a fluoride-fortified dental rinse, are all important to maintaining good dental health.
- Dental visits: Your dentist will quickly recognise and identify developing problems, such as caries and gum disease. Early detection can reverse a lot of dental problems and prevent the need for expensive restoration treatments.
- Fluoride treatments: Fluoride prevents tooth decay by stopping plaque and bacteria from destroying healthy enamel. It also stops bacteria from metabolising carbohydrates to create acid, which erodes enamel. Applied as a treatment, fluoride can help re-mineralise damaged tooth surfaces and restore them to good condition.
- X-rays: This early diagnostic tool lets your dentist closely examine each tooth and identify any problems or diseases at the onset. Tooth decay, gum infections, abscessed wisdom teeth, and bone deterioration can be recognised and treated before they create painful complications and need expensive treatments.
- Dental sealants: These thin plastic shields are applied to permanent molars when there is a high decay risk. Sealants protect the tooth against the tiny abrasions that can lead to decay.
- Fissure sealants: Applied in droplet form, fissure sealants close the tiny cracks that appear in back teeth, so that food and bacteria don’t set in and lead to decay.
Diet is also an important part of good oral hygiene. Sugar and certain carbohydrates can produce acid that leads to dental caries and enamel erosion. Your dentist can help you modify your diet so that it supports the re-mineralisation of your tooth enamel and prevents additional damage.
If you smoke, it’s important that you cut back or, even better, quit entirely. Smoking has damaging effects on oral health, namely plaque build-up, halitosis, tartar, staining, and reduced blood flow to the gums. Left unchecked and untreated, the damage may become so extensive that your gums recede and tooth loss may occur.