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Preventative Care

Good preventative dentistry and oral health can help prevent cavities and gum disease. As well as good oral hygiene at home, which our dental hygienist can advise you on, there are other preventative care options available.

Oral Care Fundamentals

It’s important to go for regular cleanings and check-ups, and to brush twice a day and floss every day to help prevent dental and other medical conditions

Brushing

Regular brushing is an important aspect of preventative care

You should brush your teeth twice a day for 3 – 4 minutes. Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. Use a tooth brush that is recommended by your dental hygienist with a tooth paste that contains adequate levels of fluoride for your dental situation. Change your tooth brush every three months as it will become worn out and less effective.

Diet

Good diet is an important aspect of preventative care

Cut down on sugar attacks throughout the day:- the recommended allowance is no more than 3 times a day breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cut out fizzy drinks and sweets, choose sugar free options e.g fruit, cheese, water and milk. Chew sugar free gum after meals.

Download Our Healthy Diet Advice Leaflet

Other Preventive Care Options
Fissure Sealants

These are plastic white coatings specifically used to prevent decay in the pits and fissures of molar and premolar teeth. Children who are prone to decay due to poor oral hygiene, poor sugar control or had decay in their baby teeth are recommended to have sealants. They work by covering the biting surfaces of the teeth and therefore deflecting plaque and debris from the tooth.

Fissure sealant
Fluoride Supplements

Fluoride supplements are especially recommended for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment and children susceptible to high tooth decay.
Fluoride is also beneficial to adults.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in tiny quantities in water. If the level is greater than 1 part per million (1ppm ) it is a good benefit to our dental health.
In most parts of the country (90%), the fluoride level is lower than 1ppm.
Some areas artificially add fluoride to their water (fluoridation). Unfortunately, this is not the case with our water supply. This is why we recommend fluoride supplements.

Fluoride is available in two forms, systemic and topical.

Systemic affects the tooth during formation and covers the whole tooth surface.
Topical affects the tooth above the gum margin by reducing the acid production from sugar by plaque.

What can fluoride do for me?

Fluoride alters the structure of tooth enamel crystals, making them more resistant to acid attacks. This means it strengthens the enamel and helps reduce tooth decay by up to 45%.

It reduces the formation of plaque acids.
It prevents mineral loss caused by plaque acids. It promotes re-mineralisation of early decay.

There are many types of fluoride supplements:

Drops & Tablets

These give a systemic and topical effect. The disadvantage is that it is a long term commitment, is easy to forget to take and children may overdose causing fluorosis.

It is only available on prescription.

Mouthwashes

Use 1-2 times daily separately from tooth brushing to give an extra topical coating.

Not suitable for children under 6 as is easy to swallow.

mouthwash is an important aspect of preventative care
Toothpaste

This is available in three concentrations: 400-600ppm, 1000ppm, and 1500ppm.

Only a pea-sized amount to be used. Every time you brush your teeth they get a topical coating of fluoride.

Fluoride Mousse or Gel

TFA – Topical fluoride application. Available with the hygienist in the form of a mousse or gel applied directly to the teeth in a tray.

Given at 2-6 monthly intervals and is available in various flavours.

flouride mouuse
Fluoride Varnishes

This is applied directly to the tooth / teeth in surgery.

Fluoride supplements are especially recommended for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment and children susceptible to high tooth decay.
Fluoride is also beneficial to adults.

flouride varnish

Don’t forget – regular dental check ups and tooth cleaning will help maintain healthy teeth and gums!

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