Preventive Dentistry

Having good dental health is very important to an individual’s general health, it means they can drink, eat and speak without any pain or discomfort. To achieve good dental health where your gums, teeth and mouth is healthy. Preventive dentistry plays a huge part in maintaining and practicing caring for your own teeth. This means you can prevent having decays, gum disease, enamel wear, dentures and extractions. There are many forms of preventive dentistry and they all aim to provide a good dental health to provide a healthy general wellbeing for the individual.

Daily brushing and flossing is one of the most important forms of preventive dentistry. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day can reduce the amount of tartar and plaque buildup. This form of preventive dentistry can help avoid the chance for decay and cavities to occur. It is advised to change your toothbrush every 3 months or when your bristles start to fray. Also remember to brush your tongue to remove any germs and bacteria. Daily flossing is also as important to clean all the tight spots between your teeth. It could be difficult to floss properly, especially if you have braces. At Hornsby Dental our dentist and oral health therapist is able to demonstrate to patients easy and correct techniques on flossing. Making sure the patient is getting the full benefit of this tool and in preventive dentistry.

With daily brushing and flossing, a patient’s regular routine check up and clean is beneficial to their dental health. It is recommended to visit a dentist or an oral health therapist every 6 months so they can examine and remove all your stain and plaque. This part of preventive dentistry can help detect any teeth and gums issues before it becomes high risk. The clinician will be able to monitor and take x-ray records to avoid any major dental work. If you have private health insurance, at Hornsby Dental if you see our oral health therapist for scale and clean. The patient can have up to two no gap dental cleans per year. Please contact our friendly front desk office to book or if you require more information.

Continuous preventive dentistry practice should be maintained even during pregnancy. The link to premature birth and low weight birth may also be a factor of poor oral hygiene. It is also important to keep visiting Hornsby Dental for your 6 monthly routine check up and clean to make sure your dental health is not compromised and healthy.

There are secondary health problems that also link to poor dental health. Such health problems are diabetes, heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and osteoporosis disease. Hence it is very important to start preventive dentistry early, to reduce these health risks. Even adopting a healthy balanced diet is part of preventive dentistry. By limiting your sugar intake, eating a variety of food groups with different vitamins and drinking plenty of water can give your body and teeth the nutrients to protect itself.

At Hornsby Dental, we strongly believe that prevention is always better than intervention. For you to avoid any potentially severe dental problems we advocate that you regularly come in for a maintenance check up and cleaning. Much like a fine piano or a prized car, your smile needs a clinician to look after it on a routine basis. At each routine check up visit we will carefully examine your teeth and gums, and remove the tartar and superficial stains. This way we keep can your teeth safe from harm of all bacteria that causes gum diseases, decays, and even painful infections. We can also remove tobacco and tea/coffee staining which may prevented you from smiling at your best. We normally finish off your treatment with a nice gentle polish with our remineralising polishing paste. We strongly recommend that new dental x-rays are taken every 1-2 years to ensure that you do not have any undetected dental problems that are not visible to our naked eyes.

It is an inexpensive practice that helps you to keep you smiling with confidence for longer. After an examination we can give you advices on oral hygiene routines and diet that may prevent potential dental problems.