Preventive dentistry Cranbourne, Melbourne
At Beyond Dental, we believe prevention is far better than a cure. That’s why general preventive dentistry is so important.
Going beyond brushing and flossing
Simply brushing your teeth and flossing daily at home will certainly help to keep your teeth healthy, but unfortunately can never fully prevent dental decay, cavities, plaque build-up and gum disease. If left unchecked, these small issues can become a little like the proverbial snowball, eventually turning into a large problem which will take significant time and money to treat. Instead, by attending regular 6-montly dental check-ups, it is possible for your dentist to keep these small issues in check and stop them in their tracks before they get out of control.
Let’s take a look at some of the things the humble check-up can achieve.
Prevent gum disease
When you attend your check-up and clean, your dentist will remove the plaque and tartar which have built up on your teeth. This is of utmost importance as, if left, the harmful bacteria which live in plaque can go on to cause gum disease. There are two stages of gum disease; gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis comes first and causes inflammation and irritation of the gum tissue. In this early stage of gum disease, if this plaque is removed professionally by your dentist then it can be reversed. However, if the plaque is not removed and pockets of plaque and calculus begin to develop below the gumline, then your gum disease has progressed to periodontitis. At this stage, you have sustained irreversible damage to the bone and fibres holding your teeth in place.
Whilst it is possible to prevent periodontitis from causing further damage at this stage, it is not possible to reverse the damage. Beyond this is advanced periodontitis; this stage can see your teeth become loose and start to shift. The bone and fibres which support your teeth will have been largely destroyed, and you may even end up needing your teeth removed, leaving you needing dentures. It sounds awful, doesn’t it? A simple check-up and clean at your dentist every 6 months can ensure you never need to face this problem.
Gum disease symptoms
- Red, puffy, swollen or tender gums
- Gums which bleed when flossing or brushing
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
- Teeth which appear longer due to receding gums
- Bad breath constantly
- Pus between your gums and teeth
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please request an appointment as a matter of urgency.
Improve the appearance of your teeth
When plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, it can contribute to them appearing yellow. As this is removed during your cleaning, and your teeth will be published, your teeth are guaranteed to both look and feel considerably better afterwards. If you’d like to achieve even further aesthetic improvements, talk to us about our cosmetic dental treatments at your appointment.
Save you money
When small issues are found and fixed before they become big issues, it’s going to save you a lot of money in the long run. A filling is always going to be cheaper and far less painful than a root canal or a dental implant later on.
Furthermore, if you have private health insurance, you may even find that you are entitled to free check-up and cleanings. You’ll need to check with your provider for the exact details of the benefits attached to your cover.
What happens at my check-up and clean?
When you attend your check-up and clean, the first thing your dentist will do is conduct a physical examination. During this time, they’ll be looking to see if you have any signs of decay, gum disease, or oral cancer. During this time, you’ll hear them give their assistant notes to make about your teeth so things can be monitored. It’s possible you may also have an x-ray taken.
Next your dentist will begin to remove the built-up tartar and plaque from between your teeth and around your gumline. Once all of this is removed, your teeth will then be brushed with a high-powered electric brush, and a professional toothpaste. This will gently and safely “scrub” your teeth, providing a deep clean and removing anything which the scaler might have left behind. Your teeth will then be professionally flossed before you’ll be asked to rinse your mouth out to clear away any debris.
Finally, your dentist will apply a fluoride treatment to your teeth to help protect them from cavities over the coming months.
Preventive dentistry Cranbourne, Melbourne
When was the last time you visited the dentist for a check-up and cleaning? If you don’t know, it’s longer than six months, or you’re experiencing any dental pain or discomfort, we would urge you to contact us today to request your consultation and start your journey back to better oral health!