Prevention is always better than a cure and if you live in East Perth, then a dentist who cares about you is just around the corner at Access Dental Care! No matter what treatment you need, our qualified team can help. At Access Dental Care, we offer such an extensive number of treatments that most dentists in Perth simply cannot compete. Gone are the days where you have to meet multiple specialists at different locations for your treatment because, at Access Dental Care, they are all under one roof.
What is preventative dentistry?
Preventative dentistry is the practice of maintaining the health of your teeth in order to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and more. Preventative dentistry can come in many forms, beginning with the daily brushing and flossing of teeth along with regular dental visits and cleanings.
Your oral hygiene routine is extremely important when it comes to preventative dentistry. To properly take care of your teeth, you should be doing the following:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath
- Replace your toothbrush three to four times a year or as the bristles begin to fray
- Floss daily to reach into the tight spaces
- If you have braces, then the use of floss threaders is recommended so that you can reach between the metal brackets
- Visit your dentist at least once a year to check for any tooth or gum problems
- Try to get one dental cleaning per year
- Eat a balanced diet by limiting sugar intake and ensuring that it is varied enough to provide all of the vitamins needed for a healthy smile
What does preventative dentistry do?
The main goal of preventative dentistry is to avoid dental problems at a later stage. Proper dental care will help you to avoid or at least lessen the effects of cavities, gingivitis, enamel loss and periodontitis. Taking care of your teeth means more than just brushing and flossing. To reap the benefits of complete care, it’s important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular check-up and professional cleaning. The first step in this process is to find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable and then schedule an appointment.
Who benefits from preventative dentistry?
Preventative dentistry is beneficial for everyone though children in particular who are developing their adult teeth benefit the most as it allows these teeth to come in strong and healthy. Dental sealants together with topical fluoride treatments can help to prevent tooth decay in children and as an aging adult, preventative dentistry can help you to keep your own teeth. The benefits of preventative dentistry are numerous, and patients of all ages appreciate the value of keeping away gum disease, sensitivity, cavities and other common conditions. The possibility of the early signs of cavities and gum disease being reversible means that patients can look forward to a lifetime of healthy smiles.
What are the benefits of preventative dentistry?
Oral health is actually connected to the health of the body as a whole because of the mouth’s ability to act as a breathing ground for harmful bacteria. Good oral hygiene can not only reduce cavities, gingivitis and other dental problems but can also reduce the risk of secondary problems that are caused by poor oral health. Some of the health problems that can be linked to poor oral health include:
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory disease
How else is preventative dentistry beneficial?
In addition to lowering the risk of health issues, preventative dentistry can also help to save you money. Even those on dental insurance will eventually start experiencing the costs associated with poor oral hygiene. Although preventative dentistry will not entirely eliminate the need for fillings, dental implants or root canal, it can help to greatly reduce the need for these costly treatments.
If you would like to find out more about preventative dentistry or more about what other dental services we offer here at Access Dental Care in Perth, then please feel free to give us a ring on (08) 9485 0600