Pillars of Preventive Dental Care

Preventative dentistry aims to educe the risk of more serious dental conditions and diseases in the future.

When it comes to taking care of our health, looking after our teeth, gums and mouth often comes down the list of priorities for many Australians.

While skipping one or two preventive dental care appointments may not cause issues, ongoing neglect of your oral health can cause serious disease and costly procedures down the road.

Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly are the two main pillars of preventive dental care, and an essential part of your overall health and well-being.

regular brushing & flossing

Daily oral hygiene is crucial to the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. Brushing twice per day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing are effective at preventing plaque and tartar build-up in our teeth.

Gums, which can be hard to reach when brushing, can serve as a repository for plaque and tartar. If they’re not cleaned thoroughly, it could lead to a wide range of issues such as tooth decay, and gingivitis.

Bacteria in the mouth can seep its way into the bloodstream where it can do even more damage to our overall health and raise our chances of suffering a heart attack, stroke, and respiratory illnesses.

limit sugar intake

When we consume food and drinks containing sugar, the bacteria on our teeth converts the sugar into acid, which draws out minerals from our teeth and can lead to tooth decay.

To control your sugar consumption, read the nutritional facts label and ingredient on foods and beverages. Do your best to limit sugary sweets, soft drinks and processed food that’s high in added sugar.

prevention of oral injuries

Injury to the teeth and gums, which is often irreversible and difficult to repair, can be prevented by wearing a customised mouthguard when playing sports, or the implementation of appropriate health and safety requirements in the workplace.

Injuries to the head, face and mouth are more prevalent amongst infants and children. While it’s never possible to child-proof a home, we can adapt the play environment to reduce hazards.

avoid tobacco products

Smoking affects the whole body including the mouth. Regular smokers have a higher risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and developing oral cancer.

choose dentist approved teeth whitening

The popularity in teeth whitening is surging and research suggests that many people are now applying DIY whitening gels and strips to their teeth on an almost weekly basis, and for longer than recommended durations.

Teeth Whitening agents can be hazardous to the patient. Only registered dental practitioners should use agents with high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

book your next check-up at adelaide hills family dental

To help prevent potential dental problems visit your dentist every 6 months for a scale and clean. Your dentist will be able to check for any issues and address them accordingly.

During a check up and clean, your dentist or hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, including tough to reach areas. The removal of all plaque and tartar will reduce the risks of cavity formation and gum disease.
To book a check-up at Adelaide Hills Family Dental in Mt Barker, call Reception on (08) 8391 4100.