Preventative Dentistry at Kedron Dental Centre
What is preventative dentistry?
Preventative dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. Preventative dentistry includes regular dental check-ups, a well-balanced diet and a good dental routine at home to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions.
Preventative care involves:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Using a soft toothbrush with rounded bristles
- Following a well-balanced diet
- Low intake in sugar
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
- Floss at least once daily
- Visiting the dentist every six months for a thorough examination and clean
Why is preventative dental care so important?
If patients only visit when they have a toothache, bleeding gums or symptoms of an oral health condition, it can sometimes already be too late to prevent permanent damage or a simple cure.
Most oral health problems can be preventable this is why it is so important for patients to see their dentist for regular check-up and cleans as the dentist can catch early stages of decay or infection spreading.
What does preventative dental care include?
1. Examination of the mouth
At each of your dental check-ups the dentist will do a thorough examination inside your mouth. During this examination the dentist will look into detail for:
- any signs of dental cavities (tooth decay)
- periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Check whether there are any issues with your bite or your temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
- Oral cancer – Dentist checks for unusual lumps
If needed Digital X-rays can also be taken to evaluate your oral health as well as detect early signs of decay or infection.
2. Dental Cleaning
Cleaning is an important part of Preventative care as it removes plaque build-up and calculus that a toothbrush just can’t do. It’s important that any dental plaque and stains are removed from your teeth to reduce the risk of problems occurring such as decay and gum disease.
How often should I be coming to the dentist?
Depending on the individual, we recommend you visit your dentist 6 or 12 months to have your routine dental check-up.