Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.
Professional dental cleanings aren’t just for keeping your smile bright; they can have a significant impact on your general health. Insufficient oral hygiene has been linked to several serious illnesses. Associated medical and dental issues include bone loss, cardiovascular disease, strokes, cancers, and many other problems. Brushing and flossing at home are essential, but to ensure teeth are healthy and thoroughly clean, you should schedule regular check-ups and professional cleaning appointments.
We all know that prevention is better than cure and the best way to prevent gum and tooth problems and diagnose early disease is by attending for regular check ups and cleans. Given that dental problems mostly only become more significant and expensive to fix, not only will this save you money in the long run and avoid pain, but the chances are that you won’t be caught with a painful problem on a week end!
Of course we all want to do whatever we can to prevent dental problems for our children and fissure sealants offer an inexpensive method of preventing decay in the fissure pattern (grooves) on the tops of the back teeth.
Newly erupted teeth are highly susceptible to pit and fissure decay and extra attention when brushing is required in order to effectively control plaque around them.
Deep grooves allow the plaque to evade the toothbrush bristles and the accumulating plaque and food debris can rapidly begin the decay process. Early pit and fissure decay can be very difficult to diagnose and can quickly progress into a significant cavity requiring a filling.
Not all back teeth have plaque retaining grooves so ask your dentist at your next check-up if this treatment pertains to you or your child. It makes sense to seal those deep grooves wherever possible.
Custom fitted mouthguards are potentially the greatest preventive service on offer by modern dentistry to the individual involved in contact sport. Dental trauma can vary in its severity and is usually the beginning of significant lifelong dental treatment and expense.
Mouthguards act by absorbing an impact and dispersing the force across a greater area. They protect the soft and hard tissues of the mouth and the jaw joint. A custom fitting mouthguard made by the dental professional is most effective in achieving this level of protection.
It is important to note that due to the constantly changing shape of the dentition in child and adolescent sportspeople a mouthguard is only really useful for one season.
Teeth are mineralised structures and dental decay occurs when teeth lose their mineral content through the process of demineralistion within an acidic oral environment. Remineralisation involves the application of calcium and fluoride preparations to the affected tooth surface in order to reverse the decay process and reduce sensitivity.
Remineralisation therapies can range from simply using a fluoridated toothpaste to applying special crèmes to the teeth with the aid of customised trays.
People in need of this can be the elderly taking a number of medications which cause dry mouth.