Preventive Dentistry

With regular visits to our friendly practice, Quality Dental can ensure your oral health is kept at its best. Preventive dentistry is about being proactive with your oral health to prevent plaque build up and associated dental health problems occurring in the first instance. Quality Dental recommends regular check-up visits combined with a simple and effective teeth cleaning regime at home. In less than five minutes each morning and evening you can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease at home.

Over time plaque build up occurs on your teeth as well as accumulating below the gum-line. Bacteria then forms in the plaque, which can lead to other dental problems such gum disease and tooth loss. Each tooth has multiple surfaces as well as areas between the teeth and under the gum-line that must be cleaned and treated on a regular basis in order to ensure proper dental hygiene is maintained. While you can do your bit and make sure that you brush and floss your teeth each day, there are nooks and cranies in your mouth that are difficult to reach and require cleaning by a dentist.

Preventive dental treatments we offer at Quality Dental:
Scaling and polishing

This removes the hardened layer of plaque that causes gum irritation and is often the main cause of gum disease. Removal of plaque can reduce the yellow appearance of teeth along the gum-line and also improves mouth taste and bad breath. To keep your teeth in optimal health, scaling and polishing of teeth is done on a needs basis, which is usually every six months.

Fissure sealants

This involves ‘sealing’ the fissures or deep grooves in adult teeth with a liquid coating. The clear coating hardens after a few minutes and stops food and plaque from becoming embedded in these grooves and causing tooth decay. This procedure is usually recommend for young patients with deep fissures.

Radiographs (X-rays)

While the dentist can assess your oral health by examining your teeth, it is also necessary to view the surfaces between the teeth and monitor bone levels and tooth eruption.

Quality Dental provides you with the latest in oral disease prevention techniques and our regular recall system offers you a friendly reminder by the method you nominate when it’s time for your next visit.

Oral Hygiene Instructions for Brushing and Flossing

You should clean your teeth and gums every day with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush. Dental floss should be used between the teeth to assist in the removal of plaque. While it is tempting to avoid cleaning your gums when they are bleeding or inflamed, brushing will help improve the situation.

Our role as professional dental healthcare providers is to assist you in achieving optimal oral health and maintaining your natural teeth for life.

Brushing
Place the head of your brush beside your teeth, with the brush tip at a 45 degree angle against your gum. Move the brush back and forth in short, semi-circle strokes.
Brush the chewing surfaces of each tooth, top and bottom, using short back and forth strokes.
You must also clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth by tilting the brush vertically and make several gentle up and down strokes with the front part of the brush. You should not forget your tongue, brushing it will help keep your breath fresh and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.
Flossing
Wind roughly 20cm of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Hold each end of the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, leaving about 2cm to 3cm of length in between. You should use your thumbs to direct the floss between your upper teeth. Keeping the 2cm to 3cm length of floss firmly between fingers, use index fingers to direct the floss between the lower teeth.
Gently guide the floss between the teeth by using a zigzag motion. It is important to remember not to snap the floss between your teeth but using a smooth and flowing motion around each side of the tooth.
Slide the floss up and down against your tooth surface and under the gum. This may feel awkward but it is important to get underneath the tooth to clean those areas.