The best cure for disease is preventing it from occur ing in the first place. Tooth decay and gum disease are largely preventable diseases and preventative dentistry aims to keep your mouth healthy. The main cause of tooth decay and gum disease is the continual accumulation of plaque.
Why is prevention important? Any dental treatment you have will fail if you are unable to adequately brush your teeth or care for your mouth and we will show you how to do this.
Examples of preventative treatments include oral hygiene and dietary advice, toothbrushing and flossing Instruction, application of fluoride varnish, and the placement of fissure sealants which help seal the teeth and prevent tooth decay.
It helps you to keep your teeth, and means you need to have less dental treatment. The two main causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance people have of keeping their teeth for life.
When the dentist, hygienist and patient work together, this can help to prevent the need for treatment and avoid the traditional pattern of fillings and extractions. After your dental examination we may recommend a course of treatment to get your mouth into good condition, and then work out a plan to help you keep it that way.
What will happen during my appointment?
We will give you advice on the best ways to brush and clean your teeth. When you eat or drink something sugary, the bacteria in the plaque turn the sugar into acid, which may cause tooth decay. Plaque can also cause gum inflammation (swelling and soreness) if it is not regularly and thoroughly removed. The hard tartar (or ‘calculus’) which builds up on the teeth also starts off as plaque.
We can also advise which oral care products are the best ones for you to use.
The hygienist will probably talk to you about your diet, and any habits such as smoking and drinking.