At our practice, we believe that prevention is better than cure and we know that long-term dental management feels a whole lot better than emergency repairs! At our dental practice, we specialise in preventive dentistry.
Today, people can expect to keep their teeth for life, have a beautiful smile, eat normally and prevent problems like a toothache. The days have passed when tooth loss and dentures were an expected part of life. Dentistry has evolved.
We make sure we find out a lot about you and your teeth as it helps us do our work better. This approach provides the best for our patients – not just a quick fix but lifelong improved dental outcomes.
Regular check-ups and cleans are one of the best preventive dentistry techniques, we will be able to monitor your teeth and gums and make sure they are being maintained and cared for to the best of your and our ability.
Our dentists recommend periodic X-rays, every few years to check that everything under your gums is in good condition too.
How to prevent tooth decay
At our practice, we want to help you prevent tooth decay before it starts. Here’s how:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, after breakfast and before going to bed. A good brushing technique does not require force.
- Don’t forget to clean your tongue- 90% of oral bacteria are actually found on the tongue surface.
- Use fluoride toothpaste, don’t rinse with water after brushing.
- Use floss or inter-dental brushes daily to reach places tooth brush bristles cannot. Bacteria between the teeth can cause decay if left undisturbed.
- See your dentist for regular check-ups so that any early problems can be prevented or treated early.
- Don’t snack before bedtime. Food left on the teeth overnight is more likely to cause problems.
- Avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar, especially carbonated soft drink, sweet cereal, desserts, and sticky foods.
How do I prevent gum disease?
As with preventing tooth decay, you need regular check-ups. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and avoiding sugary foods and drinks can help to reduce the build-up of plaque, therefore will lower your risk of gum disease.
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