It’s an old saying, but true, prevention is better than cure!
That’s why we practise preventive dentistry at Lindfield Family Dental. Preventive Dentistry is a term that describes dentistry that aims to prevent the damaging effects of tooth decay and gum disease generally caused by bacteria in the mouth. These problems can be dramatically reduced, if not completely prevented, through proper dental hygiene practised on a regular basis.
What comprises good dental hygiene?
It includes brushing twice a day, flossing, eating a balanced diet, limiting between-meal snacks, and seeing your dentist twice a year for examination and cleaning. Additional preventive methods include the application of dental sealants and exposure to fluoride in the form of fluoridated drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwash, or fluoride treatments directly applied by your dentist.
Good dental hygiene also includes regular check-ups so that we can check that your mouth is maintained in a stable healthy condition. These checkups can reveal the very start of tooth decay or gum disease, long before conventional drilling and filling is required. Our response to these early findings is to identify the problem and help our patients move back onto the path of dental health. Often simple adjustments to the diet and cleaning technique can tip the balance in favour of continuing oral health.