WHY IS PREVENTION IMPORTANT?
Oral Health & Preventative Dentistry
At Instant Cosmetic & Dental Surgery, we believe dental prevention is better than treatment.
Practising proper oral hygiene and booking in regular visits with your dentist is the best way to avoid common dental conditions such as cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and enamel wear. Not only is preventative dental care essential for your oral health, it’s also vital for your overall health and wellbeing.
Our experienced dental practitioners will guide you and your family through several forms of preventative dentistry – such as how to properly brush your teeth and the best techniques to maintain optimal oral health. In accompaniment with regular professional cleanings and check-ups, you’ll be able to catch dental problems before they arise and enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
What is the goal of preventative dentistry?
Preventative dental care is the practice of regularly cleaning, examining and taking care of your teeth and gums to ensure they remain strong, white and clean. At its core, the goal of preventative dentistry is to keep dental ailments such as tooth sensitivity, gum disease and cavities at bay and to reverse the early signs of these conditions before they can develop.
Dental diseases are almost all preventable. Our top priority as your dentist is to help you keep your natural teeth in their best condition for as long as possible. By actively practising dental prevention, you can stop plaque from building, teeth stains from forming and reduce the risk of common dental problems. Preventative dentistry also reduces the risk of health problems linked to poor oral health such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.
Why is good oral health important?
We know that taking excellent care of your teeth and gums can help prevent ailments such as bad breath and tooth decay along with helping keep your teeth as you get older. If you neglect your teeth by not regularly brushing and flossing, plaque (a sticky film that contains millions of bacteria) can begin to build along your gumline, which creates an environment for more bacteria to grow between your gums and teeth. This type of infection is called gingivitis, which left untreated can lead to a more serious gum infection called periodontitis. A long-term gum infection can also result in the eventual loss of teeth. By practising good oral hygiene every day, you are making an investment in your overall health.
Prevention At Home
To keep your teeth healthy at home, it’s important to brush your teeth daily after meals with a dentist-approved toothbrush and toothpaste. Daily flossing is also recommended, along with eating a balanced diet, limiting your sugar intake and drinking plenty of water.
For most patients, we recommend visiting the dentist every six months for a check-up. Our preventative dental care involves examining your mouth in detail to look for signs of dental cavities or disease along with a professional clean to remove any plaque or stains. Book yourself in for a dental check-up today.