Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is certainly the case when it comes to dentistry! We provide various preventive measures that help avoid the beginning or progression of dental problems.
Regular checkups and cleans
It is highly recommended to have regular checkups and cleans at the dentist. When detected early, minor issues can easily be treated before they become major problems. Regular cleans at the dentist will eliminate the amount of plaque and tartar build up and prevent gingivitis and gum disease.
Oral hygiene instructions
Understanding the proper brushing and flossing techniques is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. The right tools, together with the correct techniques, will enable you to carry out your daily oral hygiene efficiently and effectively without causing damage to your gums and teeth.
The right kind of food and eating habits will not only benefit your overall wellbeing, but it will also lower your risk of developing dental cavities.
Sealing the deep fissures on your children’s first molars will continuously prevent these molars from decay until they are old enough to brush correctly and take care of their own teeth.
The discovery of fluoride usage is probably the biggest breakthrough of the 20th century in dentistry. In NSW we have fluoride in our tap water to help reduce the risk of dental decay for the population at large. In our practice, we have various fluoridated products that help teeth absorb minerals, reduce sensitivity and the risk of decay.
When playing contact sport, wearing a mouth guard will protect you from teeth or jaw fracture, lip or facial laceration, concussion and even brain haemorrhage.
Night guard (occlusal splint)
Splints or night guards are used to treat and prevent the irreversible damage caused by teeth grinding (bruxism). Splints can prevent the excessive wear of tooth surfaces, reduce muscle pain, alleviate headaches, decrease tooth sensitivity, prevent permanent joint damage, and lessen clenching behaviour.