Preventive Dentistry is key to caring for your teeth and avoiding potential dental problems, such as cavities and gum disease also known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Instead of waiting to see a dentist until you feel pain, it is far better to catch problems before they progress to the point of pain and infection. Delaying treatment can lead to possible nerve damage, tooth loss and other general health complications.
We all benefit from preventive dental treatment; in particular children, because it allows their newly developing teeth to come through strong and healthy. Dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments will also prevent decay in your children’s teeth. As adults, healthy teeth and gums are just as important, and the good news is that with regular dental care, you should be able to keep your teeth for life!
To maintain optimal dental health, we recommend regular six-monthly dental visits, which includes a professional tooth clean (scale & clean) and thorough examination of your teeth and gums to check for any problems.
We recommend regular six-monthly check-ups for adults and children. Parents should start bringing their children along from the age of two, or ideally six months after their baby teeth appear. However, if you are a smoker or suffer from periodontal disease, you may require more frequent visits to maintain your dental health.
Scaling is removing the hardened plaque (tartar or calculus) that forms on your teeth and cannot be removed by simply brushing and flossing. Cleaning involves removing the soft, sticky bacteria infested film known as plaque which builds up on your teeth.
Debridement is the removal of large amounts of plaque and tartar from your teeth by using hand instruments and/or an ultrasonic device, which uses water and high-frequency vibrations.
Fluoride treatment is the delivery of fluoride to the teeth, to make them more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It repairs rather than prevents damage to the teeth, causing the mineral fluorapatite to be incorporated into the damaged tooth enamel.
A custom-fitted mouthguard is made by taking an impression and creating a model of your teeth. This allows the dentist to accurately assess your mouth and provide the best fit, size, coverage and thickness in a mouthguard made especially for you. A correctly fitted mouthguard will be comfortable, will not easily dislodge and will allow you to breathe easily. Large range of colours available.