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What Is Considered Preventative Dental Care?

With dentistry now becoming such a broad industry, it can be difficult to keep up with the available preventative dentistry treatments for your teeth. Fear no longer, because we have you covered.

The term ‘preventative’ means to prevent your oral health from being in danger from dangerous oral disease. It is a modern term used to keep your mouth healthy and clean. This means keeping your money in your pocket and preventing you from paying for expensive oral health treatments.

The dentist plays a key role in this, but as a patient, so do you. One of the key roles you have to play as a patient is to perform a strong oral routine at home and regularly visit the local dentist for a check-up and clean.

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A strong oral routine typically consists of the following elements:

  • Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day
  • Eating a balanced diet comprising of calcium and phospate to keep enamel strong
  • Regularly wash your mouth clean from food debris residing on teeth
  • Avoid consuming alcohol
  • Avoid smoking tobacco products
  • Reduce sugar and acidic content in your meals
  • Use mouthwash for fresh breath and to kill bacteria

Perform these basic steps as part of a strong oral routine will keep your teeth clean and strong. Although, visiting the dentist regularly is also very important. There may be preventative treatments that the dentist needs to perform to reduce chances of oral diseases from occurring.

Below breaks down what treatments are considered preventative dentistry.

Check Up And Clean

Check Up And Clean is a simple procedure where the dentist performs a pre-examination of your mouth and head before performing a scale and polish treatment to keep your teeth clean. The pre-examination comprises of the dentist searching for signs of oral cancer, and determines the state of your oral health. The dentist is best placed to determine whether you need further restorative treatment, or whether your teeth are in good condition. Alongside this, you’ll enjoy some of these key benefits:

  • Receive truthful dental advice from a knowledgable dentist
  • Restore confidence in your smile
  • Keeps plaque levels low
  • Prevents oral cancer

Oral Hygiene Consultation

It is more than likely your dentist will quiz you on your oral hygiene. More specifically, how well are you looking after your teeth at home? The dentist expects you to be truthful and honest about this. The only reason for this is so they can offer advice on how to better look after your teeth when away from the dentist. The dentist will also be able to tell you which habits you should be performing and which ones you shouldn’t.

Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays are important because they’re used to identify what is going on under the tooth surface. Also, your oral health just doesn’t comprise of your teeth, but it also comprises of your jaw and gums as well. For example, x-rays help the dentist to determine if there are any concerns with bone health, and whether bone grafting treatment is required to strengthen the bone so that your teeth don’t fall out.


Preventative Dentistry Benefits

Your oral health will benefit if you visit the dentist for preventative dentistry treatment for these reasons:

  • Lowering the risk of dental cavities and tooth decay
  • Helps you maintain a strong oral routine to keep harmful bacteria and plaque at bay
  • Minimizing treatment costs by catching dental problems early
  • A full examination of the mouth, head and neck
  • Maintains the shine in your smile

Are you visiting the dentist regularly? If you’re seeking a check up and clean and the dentist, check in for an appointment at Quakers Hill today. We are ready to welcome you and look forward to making your oral health a priority.

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