We believe in preventative care and our energies are directed towards your total wellness, not just treating a dental problem. Promoting good oral health through preventative dentistry is at the heart of what we do. Because we know that unless good oral health is achieved and maintained, then any treatment we provide will eventually fail, as the underlying cause of dental disease has not been eliminated.
Good oral health can only be achieved by working together on a preventative dental program leading towards a healthier and happier smile.
The old adage of prevention is better than cure applies just as well to dentistry as any other field. We still don’t have materials, that has the exact same characteristic as the natural tooth structure and therefore it is important to try and maintain what nature has created.
Poor oral hygiene habits can result not only in dental decay but also gum disease.
Gum disease is not often detected unless you have a thorough examination regularly, because more often than not, it is without symptom until the end stage of the disease process. When this occurs, more often than not, the tooth is no longer salvageable and needs to be removed, as the supporting gum and bone have been destroyed by bacterial toxins and the bodies’ enzymes as it tries to ward off these infection.
Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and diabetes, with both being shown to be more aggressive in patients with these conditions. And vice versa, periodontal disease is more prevalent in patients with diabetes and heart disease. So it’s worthwhile to have a healthy mouth as it can also dramatically affect your general health.
Some of the symptoms and signs that may indicate periodontal disease include:
- Bad breath.
- Red, swollen, bleeding gum.
- Pain on chewing.
- Loose and/or sensitive teeth.
- Brush twice daily.
- Floss once daily.
- Have routine regular check up and professional cleaning with your dentist.
- Give up smoking as this makes gum disease worse.
- Eat a well balanced diet.
You can prevent gum disease by following these simple measures:
The other reason for good oral health and preventative maintenance is obviously the alleviation of the need for emergency treatment. We hope that you will never experience a dental emergency, but should a dental emergency occur, we will do our utmost to treat the immediate problem to make you comfortable. Emergency treatment is expensive and often uncomfortable, which with regular care can be avoided. This is why we encourage our clients to take the easier, more comfortable and more economical way with the undertaking of a program of preventative dental care.