Preventive Dentistry maintains good dental health through good nutrition, daily tooth brushing and flossing and routine dental check ups every 6 months to remove plaque and tartar. During your visit, our hygienist or dentist will check for tooth decay, broken or leaky restorations, gum disease, oral cancer, toothache and other dental problems such as night grinding and clenching or bad breath. Part of preventive dentistry also involves the early detection of dental diseases through taking dental x rays. We only take x rays when necessary. We use lead apron routinely to protect the neck and body of patients. As our clinic only use digital x rays, the radiation is minimal. The amount of radiation from 1 small dental x ray is equivalent to approximately 1-2 hour flight time in air.
Tooth Brushing and flossing
In addition to the 6 monthly scaling and polishing by the Oral Hygienist or dentist, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily can help prevent gum disease. The first sign of gum disease is bleeding from brushing and flossing. Healthy gums DO NOT bleed.
Gum disease is caused by prolonged accumulation of bacteria under the gums, resulting in inflammation of the gums and underlying bone. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding and swelling of gums, shrinking of gumline resulting in “longer looking teeth”, teeth shifting position, loose teeth and bad breath. Gum disease may or may not be painful. It is most common in adults and is responsible for majority of tooth loss.
Gum recession resulting from gum disease or incorrect vigorous toothbrushing will cause tooth sensitivity. This can be treated by painting a few coats of desensitizing agents and home use of anti-sensitive toothpaste.
Fluoride treatment is another form of preventive dentistry. Fluoride gels and mouthwash help to harden the surfaces of teeth which are prone to tooth decay. The hardened surfaces make it more difficult for bacteria acid to penetrate. We offer fluoride treatment to patients who are susceptible to tooth decay.
Icon is the latest addition to the tools used in Preventive dentistry. Icon uses a clear resin infiltration technique which can stop the progress of an early tooth decay before it needs to be treated with a drill and filling. This breakthrough treatment preserves healthy tooth structure, prolongs the life expectancy of a natural teeth and is completed in just one visit, painlessly! Icon also helps to remove unsightly white spot lesions, especially those which appear after removal of braces.