Preventative dentistry a key to good oral health

December 21, 2017

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure – and that’s definitely the case when it comes to achieving optimum oral health.

While correct oral hygiene at home is vital, it should go hand in hand with visits to your dentist every six months for quality preventative dentistry care in Geelong. And, as the New Year approaches, now’s the time to arrange a check-up.

Just like taking your car to the mechanic for a scheduled service, regular dental check-ups allow your dentist to make sure any small problems don’t become large ones that can impact negatively on your health and wallet.

Without good dental hygiene to keep your teeth clean and healthy, you run the risk of developing tooth decay, halitosis and diseased gums.

When it comes to preventative dentistry Geelong people can rely on Dentistry of Excellence’s experienced team to provide comprehensive care in a friendly environment. We will work with you to tailor an oral hygiene plan that’s a perfect fit to keep your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible.

So what does preventative dentistry in Geelong involve? Well, there’s your role at home and our role at the clinic.

We recommend people wield their toothbrushes and floss at least twice a day at home to remove plaque from teeth. This will help reduce the risk of halitosis, also known as bad breath, as well as tooth decay and periodontal and gum disease. A dentist can also offer great advice about correct techniques when it comes to successful brushing and flossing.

Regular dental visits every six months give your dentist a chance to check the health of your teeth and gums and carry out quality preventative dentistry work. Dental examinations include cleaning and scaling teeth to strip away any plaque and checking for signs of gum disease and other problems.

Gum disease, if left untreated, can cause serious damage to your oral health including loss of teeth. Dentists, through regular check-ups, can keep an eye out for any signs of a problem and put a treatment plan into place immediately. Getting your dentist to professionally clean your teeth every quarter is an appropriate step when confronted with gum disease in its early stages.

Your dentist may also recommend fissure seals as a prevention strategy against tooth decay. Fissure seals are a practical and effective way to protect grooves in a tooth’s chewing surface – especially molars – from developing holes. It is a common treatment approach for children.

The partnership between a patient and dentist is a double line of defence when it comes to protecting your teeth and gums from a range of oral health problems. Attending a dental examination is also a perfect platform for people to ask for professional advice and information about oral health and dentistry options.

If you have any questions about dental care including preventative dentistry in Geelong, please don’t hesitate to contact Dentistry of Excellence’s clinic for assistance or to book an appointment.