Prevention not only includes brushing twice a day and flossing but also maintaining a healthy diet.
However, at-home care is only a part of your preventive measures.
Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also essential in preventing tooth decay and other diseases.
No matter how particular you are about brushing and flossing your teeth, cavities can still develop, and they don’t always cause pain or sensitivity.
The most effective way to prevent oral diseases involves you and our team working together for a healthy, stunning smile.
Routine Teeth Cleanings
Regular teeth cleanings by your Moorabbin dentist are a vital part of fighting off gum inflammation and other periodontal diseases.
If you don’t thoroughly remove all the bacteria in your mouth, it will accumulate, stimulating gum inflammation. If ignored, this inflammation can develop into gum disease.
Gum disease causes the gums surrounding your teeth to loosen and degenerate – which will eventually mobilise tooth loss.
Fluoride is a recent and effective advancement in maintaining dental and oral health.
Studies show that fluoride, in moderation, helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent future decay.
It is important to note that fluoride should be taken in moderation.
Overexposure to fluoride can result in fluorosis: thin white lines, streaks, or spots on the tooth enamel that usually start to darken later.
The risk of fluorosis is most prominent in infants and children whose teeth have not yet fully developed and erupted from the gumline.
This is why extra care must be taken to monitor how much fluoride a child ingests. Many, if not most, public water sources contain fluoride.
Oral Cancer Exam
Early detection and treatment of oral cancer remarkably increase the chance for successful treatment.
Oral cancer often doesn’t manifest with the usual signs of cancer, so without a professional screening from your Moorabbin dentist, it can go undetected until it’s in an advanced stage.
The grooves and pits that form the chewing surfaces of the teeth are complicated to clean. As the bacteria react with food, acid develops and breaks down the tooth enamel, causing cavities.
Tooth sealants protect these sensitive areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing food particles and bacteria from settling in these areas.
Sealant material is a resin applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars, and other areas prone to cavities.
With proper care, sealants will last for several years but they need to be checked during regular appointments.
Mouthguards: Tooth-wear guards
We are pleased to offer our patients custom-made mouthguards to prevent teeth grinding and wear. The first step in making these mouthguards is to take an impression of your teeth.
We then send that impression to a laboratory where they fabricate the mouthguards using professional-grade materials.
The perfect fit of these custom-made nightguards ensures that not only will your nightguards fit comfortably, they will also offer the most protection.
Preventative Care at Captivate Dental
Prevention is always better than cure. Preventive methods are much better ways to deal with or avert dental problems than discovering solutions to cure a problem once it has developed.
At Captivate Dental, we are committed to provide you with effective preventative services that will help you maintain the optimum state of your mouth.
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