What is preventive dentistry
If you are looking to maintain your teeth, and prevent the need for more serious work later, preventive dentistry is the ideal solution for you. This branch of dentistry is dedicated to helping you prevent cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and other problems.
Preventive dentistry aims to help patients maintain optimal oral health
A professional clean during your 6-monthly check-up aims to prevent the build up of plaque and tartar to minimise damage to your teeth. The check-up itself helps to ensure there are no problems with the health of your teeth, gums and jaws.
Having a tooth-coloured filling to replace decay prevents the decay eating through your tooth and infecting the roots of your tooth. Infected tooth pulp and tooth roots cause swelling, pain and in some cases abscess form and you can lose a tooth.
Root canal therapy is the preventive treatment you have if an infected tooth is left untreated for too long. Root canal therapy saves a tooth by cleaning out the infected parts of the tooth, cleaning out the roots and replacing the infected material with a special substance. To protect the now weakened tooth, a dental crown is placed over the tooth.
The preventive measures you can take at home
At home, you can brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day as well as drink plenty of water. Drinking water is beneficial not only for your health but also to help rinse food debris out of your mouth. Other things you can do is to chew sugar-free gum between meals.
If you would like to know more about preventive dentistry and how it can help you, contact us today.