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Prevention is better than Treatment

At Thorough Dental Care, we believe that prevention is the key to good general and oral health. Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy mouth for life. Our preventative care includes:

 

Oral Hygiene

  • Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste every morning and night. Make sure that you include your gums when brushing by positioning the brush on the gumline. Angle the brush at a 45 degree towards gum to allow the bristles to gently clean under gums.

  • Brush in small jiggling motions on 1-2 teeth at a time. Brush in a particular order to insure cleaning of every tooth surface. Scrub the biting surface at the last.

  • Electric toothbrush is highly recommended as it is easier to use.

  • Flossing or interdental brush daily is important to remove plaque in between your teeth as the toothbrush cannot get in between.

Fluoride

Fluoride will help protect your teeth from acid attack and decay. Most tap water in Australia is fluoridated however bottled water may not. Use fluoridated toothpastes twice daily and if you are at high risk of decay we may recommend specially prescribed fluoride treatment.

 

Diet and Eating Habits

Your diet plays a crucial role in keeping your mouth and body healthy. The most important thing for your mouth is the type of food, the amount of sweet or acidic food and the frequency of food you eat. By limiting snacks during the day, you are limiting the number of times acid is produced in your mouth and hence the chances of decay in your teeth.

Other important facts include:

  • Limit fruit juices and soft drinks - milk and water is a better alternative.

  • Avoid sipping sweetened drinks over a long period of time.

  • Chewing sugar free gum after a meal can help lower your risk of dental decay.

  • If you drink alcohol, try to do so with your meals as wines, beers and spirits can be highly acidic.  Drinking acidic beverages during meal times reduce the potential for acid to compromise the teeth in comparison to without meals.

  • If you are taking prescribed medications, it may cause dry mouth. Talk to us about your medication and symptoms of dry mouth.

  • Drink plenty of water in between and during meals

Mouth Guards

Injuries to the mouth and face have become more common with more people playing sports. Mouthguards are flexible, plastic appliances worn over the teeth to protect them and can help prevent injuries to the mouth, lips, cheeks and the tongue. By helping to prevent the lower jaw being forced upward into the upper jaw, a mouthguard can sometimes help prevent other serious injuries such as concussions, jaw fractures and neck injuries. Even sports considered low contact, such as netball, can result in injuries to the face and teeth.

If you or your child plays sport, wear a mouthguard. The most effected mouthguards are those made by a dentist.

Fissure Sealants

Fissures are natural grooves on the biting surfaces of teeth. If the fissures are very deep and narrow, toothbrush bristles cannot fit inside to clean out food particles. Trapped food attracts bacteria, which multiply within the fissure and make sticky plaque, plaque acids eat into the tooth enamel and initiate decay. A deep fissure is five times more likely to develop decay than other tooth surfaces. Fissure sealants are plastic coating that seal off the fissures and protect the teeth from decay. Treatment is painless and non-invasive, we recommend fissure sealants to those who has high risk of caries.

 

Regular Dental Visits

At thorough Dental Care, we take the time to thoroughly understand you and what you want for your teeth, and comprehensively evaluate and provide short and long term plans that will best insure preservation, pleasure and peace of mind.

Your check up visits does not just involve a check of the teeth, we also check your gums and screen for oral cancer. Check-ups enable us to monitor conditions over time and diagnose conditions at an early stage and we also place fluoride on your teeth after your clean to prevent decay. Generally, we recommend that you have your teeth and gums checked and cleaned every six months.