Prevention and Minimal Intervention

Prevention and Minimal Intervention

Prevention rather than cure!

Preventive dentistry is the modern way of helping you keep your mouth healthy. It means you need to have less dental treatment, and helps you to keep your own teeth. The two main causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better you prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance you will have of keeping your teeth for life.

The most important part of preventive dentistry is to thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day with a good fluoride toothpaste, cleaning in between the teeth at the same time and to limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks.

 

Regular dental health checks and hygienist care allow dentists and hygienists to identify problems at an early stage. By doing this we can offer advice which can halt the progress of decay and gum disease before it needs active treatment.

 

When you first come to the practice we will check your mouth, and talk to you about any treatment you may need. The main aim is to help you get your mouth really healthy. Decay and gum disease are much less likely to continue to be a problem in a healthy mouth.

Our highly skilled hygienists will thoroughly remove all plaque and tartar (hard deposits) from your teeth. Removing all the tartar will enable you to carry out the home care that our hygienists will recommend.

 

We know that when the practice and our patients work together, we can help to prevent the need for treatment. When treatment is needed we believe in minimal intervention (MI Dentistry). MI dentistry is a philosophy designed around the principle aim of preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible.

 

You will be shown the best ways to brush, and how to clean in between your teeth using interdental brushes or floss, and you will be advised on which oral care products are the best ones for you to use. Your dentist will also make sure that all your fillings are in good condition and that there are no rough edges to make cleaning difficult.

 

Prevention rather than cure!