What is Preventive Denstistry?
Preventive Dentistry covers all facets of dental care that work to prevent dental disease.
Cleaning your teeth effectively is the best way to prevent cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, periodontitis, and many other dental disorders. It also helps to prevent bad breath (halitosis). Oral hygiene is necessary for everyone to maintain the health of their teeth and mouth. Healthy teeth have minimal or no plaque deposits, and therefore have fewer cavities because of decay. Healthy gums are pink and firm, and do not bleed when you brush or floss.
Regular tooth cleaning by a dentist is important to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult for you to reach on your own at home. Professional cleaning includes scaling and polishing. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. At Robelle Dental Centre, we recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months, and a routine examination at least every year for adults. For children and teenagers whose lives are continually changing, 6 month examinations are preferred.
For some dental conditions, we may recommend more frequent cleaning and examination to ensure your optimum oral health. We can contact you via letter, telephone, email or even SMS to remind you of your check up.
Of course, to keep your mouth at its best, our professional services require regular and effective brushing and flossing at home.
Each year hundreds of preventable injuries occur because the sporting participant was not wearing a mouthguard. Not only does this cause pain and suffering to the individual concerned, but treatment can be expensive and continue on for many years.
We recommend the fitting of a custom mouthguard for all contact sports, and believe parents and sporting bodies should follow an ‘No Mouthguard – No Play’ rule. After taking impressions of your mouth, plaster casts are made and the mouthguard material moulded to the exact shape of your teeth.
Mouthguards are available in a wide range of colours to meet team, school or individual needs. If well cared for, a mouthguard will last the entire season, perhaps even two or three.
Some people develop naturally deep pits and fissures (grooves) in the back teeth (molars and premolars). This makes cleaning very difficult and these teeth are prone to becoming decayed.
After the at risk tooth has been cleaned, the fissure sealants resin is flowed into the fissues of the tooth and then set. This prevents bacteria from colonising the area to produce plaque acid and tooth decay. The aim of this treatment, is to prevent tooth decay in the first place.