The benefits you can get from preventative dentistry
Taking care of your teeth now, can mean less problems later on. With preventative dentistry you can save yourself time, money and toothaches! Preventative dentistry is all about practising good oral care and hygiene to stop dental problems from occurring in the first place. Issues like tooth decay, gum disease and other oral infections can be prevented with routine dental care.
Routine dental care means:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing once a day
- Visiting your dentist for check-ups and professional cleaning
- Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle
Even if you have fantastic at-home oral care habits, you should still see your dentist every six to nine months or as recommended. Your dentist can assess your teeth and gums for any potential problems and provide them with a thorough clean.
Why prevention is better than intervention
It’s always better to prevent something from happening rather than dealing with the consequences. Your oral health is no different. You can avoid complex dental treatments simply by looking after your teeth and gums.
It’s important to note that our oral health can affect areas of our body beyond the mouth. So, if you can achieve and maintain a healthy smile, your overall health and wellbeing can improve too.
Preventative dental care services we offer
At Dental on York, we offer a range of comprehensive preventative dentistry services. We want all of our patients to have healthy, happy smiles. Providing education on oral health care is one of our goals. We believe everyone deserves to feel confident about the health and appearance of their smile. With every preventative dentistry service, we’ll provide you with some at-home care tips to consider. Our preventative services include:
- Dental check-up and examination
- Professional polish and scale
- Custom-made mouthguards
- Preventative dentistry for kids
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FAQs about preventative dentistry
We get lots of questions regarding preventative dentistry, so we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked ones to help you. If you’d like to know more then please give us a call. We’re always happy to answer questions about our services over the phone.
What does a dental check-up involve?
When you come to Dental on York for a check-up, you can be sure you’ll receive the best care. Our check-ups involve a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and other soft tissues in your mouth. We can provide on the spot X-rays, if necessary, for a further look at the health of your teeth. Our friendly dentists are able to spot any potential problems and provide advice and treatment options.
Once the check-up is completed our dentist or dental hygienist performs a thorough cleaning. This includes a scale and polish with state-of-the-art dental equipment to remove plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth. You’ll leave with a shiny bright smile!
When would you recommend custom-made mouthguards?
There are a couple of reasons your dentist may recommend a custom-made mouthguard. If you play a contact sport with a high risk of injury our dentists may recommend a mouthguard for protection. The other reason is for people who grind and clench their jaw, particularly at night-time. Wearing a mouthguard can prevent the dental issues that arrive from grinding and clenching.
Our mouthguards are custom-made from a special material. Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth using a special mould. This is then sent off to our high-end dental lab to be made. Once it is ready, you’ll come back to have it fitted. We check the fit and make sure it isn’t compromising your bite, then you can take it home.
Why is preventative dentistry important for kids?
Regular dental visits for children can help create a lifetime of healthy dental habits. It’s important for your child to develop these habits from a young age so that they can become second nature. We recommend you bring your child in for their first dental visit by the age of two.
Our dentists examine your little one’s teeth and answer any questions you may have. Tooth decay is common in children, our dentists can spot the early signs of decay and suggest strategies to reduce the risk. Our friendly children’s dentists are committed to ensuring your child has a positive dental experience.