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Preventive Care

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Preventive dental care continues to be one of the most essential components of overall health and well-being. The process beings at home with positive enforcement of correct oral habits such as regular tooth brushing, flossing and proper nutrition. Keeping the smile free of decay, plaque and oral bacteria will ensure retention of the dentition for a lifetime. Please see our reference information below and contact us for a personalised demo and free toothpaste and mouthrinse samples. You may also see our patient info section.

As we progress in age, several factors affect our smile and oral health: extra care may need to be taken to maintain our health and smile. Simple methods incorporated into our daily regimen can help us and those we care about remain caries-free and minimize the necessity for frequent dental visits and treatment.

Tooth brushing

In a perfect world, all patients would brush their teeth after every meal, snack, and drink. Owing to our fast-paced lifestyle, this ideal scenario may not always play out. Brushing at least twice a day is recommended to curb the spread of any bacterial deposits and the accumulation of plaque. A regular brushing regimen may also help prevent the formation of tartar and progression from gingivitis into the more serious periodontitis, which can, among other things, lead to premature tooth loss. Brushing Instructions

Good oral habits should begin at an early age and cultivated throughout one’s lifetime. Pre-brushing and post-brushing solutions assist in breaking up biofilm, which leads to the accumulation of plaque, a known precursor to dental decay and gum issues. Flossing technique may be implemented to reach the inter-proximal surfaces of teeth, thereby reducing cavity formation between teeth.

Flossing

Daily flossing is one of the most effective methods of bacteria removal. Simple to perform, this technique is often dismissed by patients who believe that brushing alone is sufficient to maintain good oral health. Tight contacts between the teeth need special attention as food and other debris is frequently embedded in those areas, and cannot be removed by regular tooth brushing alone. Bad breath and formation of decay are among the consequences of neglecting these inter-proximal regions.

Other hard to reach areas include posterior regions, and therefore require special attention. Should deterioration of old restorations and fillings be present, your dentist may recommend replacement of these to prevent dislodging of these restorations while flossing. Flossing Instructions

Nutrition

The presence of excessive or potentially harmful oral bacteria may be the result of poor nutritional habits such as snacking on sugary treats. Every patient is regularly counseled on the importance of a healthy diet consisting of raw vegetables, fruit, and legumes. Optimal nutritional choices create a positive flora in the mouth and prevent the spread of various diseases to other organs of the body. Nutritional counseling sessions are optional, and supported by our dental hygienist who performs regularly scheduled cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatment to enforce the strength of the enamel and the entire tooth structure.

Mouthguards

For patients who exhibit signs of clenching or grinding, special appliances have been designed to avoid premature tooth wear and sensitivity issues. In addition, many mouthguards are fabricated for patients who are active in sports and may, accordingly, be at greater risk of mouth and jaw injury. Mouthguards protect the entire oral region and lessen the possibility of tooth loss, gum injuries and reduction of tooth structure leading to impaired speech patterns and altered smile lines.

Brushing instructions

Brushing: Step 1
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

Brushing: Step 2

Brush gently in a circular motion.

Brushing: Step 3

Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

Brushing: Step 4

Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Flossing instructions

Flossing: Step 1

Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger. As the floss gets used, the other finger takes it up.

Flossing: Step 2

Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

Flossing: Step 3

Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

Flossing: Step 4

Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth. For detailed information about any preventive procedures, and to schedule your reservation, contact us today.