Preventive dentistry can help you to keep your teeth for life. Estetica dental clinic, Chertsey, is committed to the highest standards of quality; we keep one step ahead of the latest advances in the world of dentistry, using the latest materials, equipment and techniques.
Preventive dentistry is the modern way of helping you keep a healthy mouth. It helps you to keep your teeth, and means you need to have less dental treatment. The two main causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance people have of keeping their teeth for life.
When the dentist, hygienist and patient work together, this can help to prevent the need for treatment and avoid the traditional pattern of fillings and extractions. Your dental team may recommend a course of treatment to get your mouth into good condition, and then work out a 'maintenance plan' to help you keep it that way.
Can everybody benefit from preventive dentistry?
Yes. Preventive dentistry will benefit anyone with some of their own teeth. People who don't have any teeth can also benefit, because conditions such as mouth cancer and denture stomatitis can be spotted during regular visits to the dentist and then treated. It is excellent for children and young people, but it is never too late to start.
What can I do at home?
It is very important that you keep up a good routine at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We recommend that you:
- brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste - this will mean brushing in the way your dentist or hygienist will have shown you
- clean in between your teeth with 'interdental' brushes or floss - brushing alone only cleans up to about 60 percent of the surface of your teeth
- use a mouthwash - this can help to freshen your breath. Many mouthwashes contain antibacterial ingredients to help prevent gum disease, and fluoride to help prevent decay.