Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for one's teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing, flossing and annual dental cleanings. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth and gums are healthy and strong.
- Dental Examinations
- Fissure Seals
Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care. During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and identify gum inflammation or bone loss. The dentist or hygienist will evaluate your risk of developing tooth decay and other oral health problems. A dental exam will also include dental X-rays or other diagnostic procedures. During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will discuss your oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. A dental exam also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about oral health. Other topics for discussion during a dental exam might include:
- Any medications you're taking
- Use of tobacco products
- Consequences of tooth loss
- Benefits of crowns, fixed bridges or dental implants
- Use of dentures
- Cosmetic procedures
Preventive care dentistry is the core of having a lifetime of good dental health. Even though most Australian adults think they have good teeth and dental hygiene, in fact they may suffer from serious gum diseases. Gum disease is the leading cause of losing teeth, not tooth decay. Most tooth decay and periodontal disease are preventable through proper brushing and flossing between the teeth at home and regular cleaning and care at the dentist’s office. Prophylaxis, or professional cleaning of the teeth, is usually done by a dentist or dental hygienist. Cleaning tools called scalers, either manual or ultrasonic, are used to remove tartar and other material. Ideally, you should visit your dentist every 6 months to check your oral hygiene. The cleaning services offered by Bytes of Northcote are affordable and help you in maintaining an attractive and healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
A dental sealant (or fissure seal) is a preventative treatment that seals the patterns on the tops of your back teeth to help protect them. Special dental paint is used to paint the chewing (occlusal) surface of your tooth. This flows into all the nooks and crannies to seal them, making the tooth easier to keep clean and less likely to decay.