Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

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.

Examinations

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/Cleaning

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.

Periodontal Debridement

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

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.

Sports Mouthguard

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.

Nightguards

Night guards, also known as mouth guards, dental guards, nocturnal bite plates, or bite splints, are used to treat bruxism and sleep apnoea. Night guards act as a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard helps to reduce tension and gives cushioning support to the muscles in your jaw. This protects your enamel, prevents face and jaw pain and provides relief from snoring.

Snoring Appliances

Snoring appliances are dental devices that are used to control or prevent snoring and provide relief from sleep apnoea. Snoring appliances are made of flexible plastic and look similar to sports mouth guards. They work to minimise airway resistance and improve air flow through the upper airway. They can be worn by any person, are easy to use and effective in controlling snoring and related symptoms.