What is Preventative Care?
The majority of dentists today will agree that prevention is better than cure. In fact, preventative dentistry is now widely recognised and promoted within the industry.
You really can make a difference to the long-term health of your teeth and gums by adopting a sensible approach now. Just a few small changes could make a significant difference to the condition of your mouth in the future.
It’s really important to attend regular check-ups with the dentist and hygienist once or twice a year. These appointments will allow us to deal with any issues before they progress further which could lead to more costly and lengthy treatments being required.
Cavities can be spotted before they become too deep and painful, the development of gum disease can be prevented and early signs of mouth cancer can be investigated early for the best chances of treatment.
How to Keep
Good Dental Hygiene
To find any:
- Cavities and decay in the teeth
- Any problems or changes in the gums
- Changes in other parts of the mouth that could indicate cancer
Visit the hygienist one or twice a year for:
- Scale and polish to remove any tarter build up.
- Checks for gum disease.
- Avoid too many sugary items such as sweet and chocolates
- Reduce your intake of acidic foods such as wine, citrus fruits and fizzy drinks.
- Be careful with hard and particularly chewy foods
- Make brushing a regular part of your child’s day and encourage regular brushing twice a day.
- Supervise until they are old enough to brush alone.
- Be careful with sugary drinks and sweets.
- Encourage the consumption of foods high in calcium such as milk, cheese and yoghurt.
- Register your child with a dentist from birth.
- Attend regular yearly/Bi annual check-ups from around 6 months.
- Speak to your Dentist or health visitor for further advice.