Established 1999 in the heart of Samford at the Samford Central Shopping Centre
Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, from basic means such as daily brushing and flossing, to dietry advice and mouthguards.
We only have one set of teeth, so it is so important we look after them the best we possibly can.
Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental problems, most commonly, dental cavities, gingivitis, periodontal (gum) diseases and bad breath.
Plaque is a sticky, clear film of bacteria that is found around the teeth and gum areas. If not removed through daily brushing and flossing it can cause the inflammation of your gums, which is known as gingivitis. When left untreated, gingivitis can proceed to gum disease and in extreme cases degenerative bone loss, which may require long-term treatment to rectify.
As part of our commitment to your care and health, we offer a reminder service to ensure that you don’t miss your next examination. We recommend our patient's see us twice a year (every 6 months) for their routine checkup and cleans.
If your diet does not contain the correct nutrients it requires, your body’s ability to fight off infection is compromised. Poor nutrition levels can worsen the condition of your gums, therefore allowing serious concerns such as periodontal disease to thrive. Foods high in sugar and starch also play a major role in the development of tooth decay. When you eat or drink, plaque acid is produced which can attack the teeth.
Interestingly, it is not the amount of sugar and starch you eat, it is the frequency. For instance, if you continually snack and sip sweetened drinks throughout the day, you will expose your teeth and gums to decay causing acid for prolonged periods.
If you feel like a snack, you should try tooth friendly foods including nuts, raw vegetables such as carrot and celery sticks, cheese, fresh fruit and unsweetened tea. Chewing sugar-free gum will stimulate saliva production after eating and help neutralise acid more rapidly.
Smoking is a harmful and destructive habit that is known to reduce saliva flow, effect circulation and encourage the development of oral cancers.
Smokers are six times more likely to have serious gum (periodontal) disease that can involve not just the pink gum but also the supporting bone and the membrane that holds the teeth in place. In advanced gum disease, teeth can become loose and eventually need to be extracted.
Most important to understand is that smoking can hide the signs of gum disease for years and the condition can be very advanced before a smoker notices any damage. Slight infections around the edges of the gums are common and easily treated, but smoking allows the condition to progress more deeply and seriously.
Flossing and careful brushing tends to slow down the deterioration, but smokers often have reduced sensation in their mouths and it is difficult to detect and remove all the plaque at the gum margins. The most significant preventive measure to stop these harmful effects is to simply stop smoking. When you stop smoking, the risk of developing oral cancer reduces significantly.
As smoking is an addiction, quitting is very difficult and there will be temporary withdrawal symptoms that occur after your last cigarette. Help and assistance is available through ‘Quitline’ and other government bodies.
Fissure sealants are hard protective coatings that are applied in order to cover and protect the deep grooves (fissures) in our teeth and prevent dental decay. These fissures are most commonly located at the chewing surfaces on back teeth (molars and premolars).
The bacteria in plaque live in these grooves and make acid which causes tooth decay. Dental sealants assist in preventing the build up of plaque acids on the enamel surface of teeth and they are of value in the prevention of tooth decay.
The procedure for sealants is very simple, as you can see below:
This procedure is often performed on young children.
Tooth repair cream is a water-based, sugar-free cream used to re-mineralise and strengthen teeth through the combination of fluoride, phosphate and calcium. It is applied to your teeth for many reasons:
✔ If you have sensitive teeth
✔ If you are whitening your teeth (to prolong the effects)
✔ If you have a dry mouth
✔ If you have braces on your teeth
✔ If you have weak or white spots on your teeth
✔ If your teeth suffer from tooth wear or erosion
✔ If you have decay present in your mouth
You can apply tooth repair cream last thing at night after your normal brushing and flossing routine. Wipe a small amount of the cream from your finger onto your teeth; do not eat or drink anything after doing this as for the cream to work, it needs to remain on the surface of your teeth.
One of the most important pieces of sports equipment you can own is a mouthguard. A mouthguard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums during sporting activity.
A correctly fitted mouthguard will not just protect your teeth but also your gums which is just as important. It will also cushion your mouth during a collision, and help prevent you from being knocked unconscious or suffering from a concussion.
Mouthguards are considered essential for both adults and children who participate in contact sports or activities where there is a significant risk of injury. A well-fitted, custom-made mouthguard will offer excellent protection and allow you to breathe and speak clearly.
We offer a varity of colours here at the clinic to suit anyone's sporting team colours!