Preventative dentistry is the easiest way to protect your mouth against tooth decay, gum disease and other, more serious issues, such as mouth cancer. Preventative dentistry reduces the level of dental treatment a patient requires and helps to ensure a healthy mouth and healthy teeth.
The two core principles of preventative dental care should co-exist simultaneously for the highest results. The first principle is establishing an oral hygiene routine at home. This means regularly cleaning your teeth and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This should then be combined with routine oral health check-ups with your dentist and regular dental hygiene treatments.
By working closely with our patients, we aim to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and the unfortunate cycle of fillings and extractions. We can also give advice to help prevent tooth wear from erosion or grinding and tailor advice to reduce the risk of oral cancer. There are also secondary benefits of preventive dentistry outside of the mouth. Poor oral health has been linked with diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, premature birth and various other medical conditions.
Visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly will enable your dentist to either stop or prevent any dental issues before they develop further by:
Preventative dentistry practices you can carry out at home include:
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