Preventative Dentistry

Preventative Dentistry

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Small instruments such as a mirror and a probe will be utilized to conduct an oral exam of your mouth, teeth and gums. The dentist will talk to you about caring for your teeth and gums, and answer any questions you might have about your mouth.

Any oral health issues such as decay, gum disease and other conditions will be diagnosed. X-rays may need to be taken if a suspected dental problem is difficult to see. If a problem is detected, treatment options and estimated cost will be explained and discussed with you before the treatment is performed.

Scaling and cleaning and oral health advice

While tooth brushing and flossing at home can help remove built up debris on the teeth, only professional cleaning can thoroughly remove hard calculus (tartar). Ultrasonic scalers are often used to clean above and below the gum line. After your teeth have been cleaned, an abrasive paste will be used to remove residual plaque and stains on the tooth surface. This helps treat and prevent gum disease. Oral hygiene instructions will then be given on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Gum disease

Gum disease describes inflammation of the soft tissue and abnormal loss of supporting tissues that surround the teeth and holds them in place. Gum disease is caused by bacteria which produce toxins. Bacteria form “plaque” that accumulates on the teeth, especially along the gum line.

Early symptoms of gum disease can include painless gum bleeding. As the disease progresses further, gum pockets can be formed as the teeth lose their supporting bone. Bacteria in these pockets can cause pain, swelling and gum infection. Advanced gum disease can cause loss of otherwise healthy teeth.

Good dental hygiene is one of the most important factors in preventing gum disease. You may need to be referred to a periodontist who is a specialist in treating gum disease. Treatment involves careful, deep cleaning of the teeth to remove the cause of the problem. This can be done with local anaesthetic.