Prevention is team work involving both the patient and the dentist, aiming to preserve your natural teeth and prevent the occurrence or progression of oral illness. The process starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet, followed by regular visits to the dentist for check-ups, cleaning, x-rays, and sealant and Fluor applications to keep the teeth protected.
Regular visits to the dentist constitute a financially solid practice as they prevent the development of problems that require more expensive solutions, as well as being indispensable for checking the state of prior treatments and to keep your oral health up to date. Prevention is the key to maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile.
Professional cleaning is carried out by the dentist or dental hygienist, including:
- Tartar removal: Tartar (calculus) is formed from when bacterial film stays on the tooth for some time and becomes calcified and firmly cemented to it. Tartar is formed above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special instruments.
- Bacterial plaque removal: Bacterial plaque is a nearly invisible pasty film that is formed over the teeth. In fact it is a living and growing bacterial colony combined with bits of food and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that irritate and inflame the gums. The inflammation causes the onset of periodontal disease.
Why is it important to make regular visits to the dentist?
You should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a routine check-up. Prevention is the best way to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. As part of the routine check-up, the dentist will also clean your teeth and check for cavities, periodontal disease and other health problems that can be seen in the mouth. The check-up includes:
- Review of medical history
- Check for oral cancer
- Check for periodontal disease
- Check for cavities
- Check of prior restorations
- Check of mandible articulation and bite
- Review of oral hygiene routine and recommendations
- Review of eating habits
As you can see, a good oral exam involves more than checking for new cavities. We are committed to offering you the best possible service and to this end you need to ensure you attend routine check-ups and cleaning.