Prevention is very important in dentistry. It may be self-evident that it is better to avoid dental problems than to have to deal with them again and again. If dental problems can be recognized at an early stage, the treatments can remain relatively simple.
Your teeth and gum health are intricately related your overall health , so a healthy mouth is the foundation for a healthy You.
In our young patients the dentist will assess the child’s facial and dental development and detect any aspects that can contribute to orthodontic problems like tongue tie or mouth breathing . The diet and oral hygiene will be discussed together with the parents.
It is pertinent that patients work closely together with the dental team and adhere to a good home care oral hygiene routine and complement this with regular 6 monthly dental check-ups. Especially if a patient has received extensive restorative dentistry in the past by our dental team , the bi annual checkups are part of the conditions of the center’s guarantee of the restorative dental work.
Our dental team may recommend a course of treatment to get your mouth into good condition, and then work out a ‘maintenance plan’ to help you keep it that way.
In our practice, the following preventive measures are standard procedures. Of course, other additional measures can be taken outside these procedures.
Half-yearly preventive check
Periodic preventive checks are necessary to identify early dental problems. These can be very diverse. Common problems are dental caries, dental wear, and gum problems. In addition to identifying dental problems, our dentist will also give you feedback if you have insufficient control of your plaque and give advice about dental caries risk factors in your diet.
X-rays are indispensable sources of information in dentistry when making a correct diagnosis. The dentist will use X-rays for the detection of caries , periodontal breakdown, root canal problems and positioning of wisdom teeth. Our centre advocates X-rays to be taken every two years however, for patients with a high caries risk annual X-rays may be needed.
Education in efficient brushing and flossing as well as a maintenance scale and polish are part of the bi annual check up and involves: