Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

Dental hygiene is essential for your overall wellbeing. Taking a preventative approach to your oral health, means regular check-ups, x-rays, scale and clean, and fluoride application, amongst others such as fissure seal, mouthguard and occlusal splint. Dentist will examine your gums, teeth and jaw, and the general health of your oral cavity. Using advanced technology, we offer preventative dental care programmes to keep your teeth healthy.

 

Dental Check-Up & Clean

Your dentist will do a general dental check (examination) to see if there’s any stains, plaque or tartar on your teeth and provide thorough teeth and gum cleaning (Scale and Clean), once all the surfaces are smooth, they are polished to remove stains from the teeth and provide you with a fluoride rinse or gel (Fluoride treatment). Also, will show you how to floss correctly, the proper brushing technique and how to get the best from your cleaning routine. Depending on the state of your teeth, you may also be advised on steps to avoid dental erosion. Further, the dentist also checks the tongue, throat, face and neck, looking for any signs of trouble or swelling as well as detecting any signs that might indicate oral cancer.

 

X-rays

Depending on your oral exam, dental history and/or any risk for developing cavities or to have a more detailed picture of your teeth, a dental X-ray may be required. An X-ray can give the dentist a good view of your teeth and underneath bone, any decay between teeth as well as identifying any impacted teeth, abscesses, or cysts on the roots of your teeth.

 

Fissure Sealants

The chewing surface of a molar contains natural pits and grooves/fissures where dental decay occurs most often. The bristles of a toothbrush are too large to reach into some of these areas.

A Pit and Fissure sealant is a tooth-coloured plastic material that is professionally applied or filled to the deep grooves or fissures of the rear teeth (molars) where tooth decay most often starts. Such sealants assist in preventing the build-up of plaque on the enamel surface of teeth and also help in the prevention of tooth decay.

A good time to apply sealants is soon after permanent teeth are fully erupted (after 13 years of age). Your Dentist will advise you whether this will be beneficial to you.

 

Mouth Guards

A mouth guard is most often used to prevent injury in contact sports, as a prevention or to stop the further damage to teeth from grinding or clenching. Depending on application, it may also be called a night-guard or occlusal splint.

Custom-fit sports mouth guards protect your teeth during sports without hindering your speech or breathing. It helps dissipate the force from a blow to the face and avoid the risk of serious injury. We recommend the usage of customised mouth guards since children and adults spring into a more active lifestyle. The store-bought mouth guards fit snuggly and does not provide you the required teeth, jaw and gum protection.

 

Contact us today for assistance. We look forward to helping you maintain good dental health, and overcoming any dental fears you may have.