Preventative Dentistry Sydney
Here at Hooper Tooth Conserving Dentistry in Rose Bay, Sydney, we focus our efforts on preventing damage to your teeth and smile so you can enjoy great oral health for a lifetime.
Understanding preventive dentistry
Preventive dentistry prevents people from developing dental problems. It is the practice of taking care of your teeth by keeping them clean and healthy. If you are brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, eating right and visiting the dentist twice a year, we can help you to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and other detrimental oral health concerns.
What preventive dentistry means to your dentist
Preventive dentistry is the key to quality and lasting oral health. As your dentists here at Hooper Dentistry we understand the importance of healthy and hygienic oral care for our patients because healthy gums and teeth promote wholesome smiles. By providing easy to understand education for our patients, we hope to help you feel confident as you develop a strong oral hygiene routine to help protect your teeth.
What preventive dentistry could mean to you
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, your oral health and the development of gum disease can contribute to more serious systemic problems such as strokes, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Brushing, flossing, check-ups and your diet are all contributors to clean, strong, and white teeth. This month’s article is all about providing some simple tips on cleaning and flossing techniques as well as a few dietary hints to help keep your smile healthy in between your dental visits.
How you can practice preventive dentistry at home
· Brushing your teeth
Ever wondered if you’re doing it right? Here’s a brushing demonstration from the Australian Dental Association:
It isn’t only about how and when you brush your teeth. It’s also about how long you have had your toothbrush for and what kind of toothpaste you have purchased. Use fluoridated toothpaste for adult teeth. Invest in a soft toothbrush so you won’t do damage the enamel on your teeth and replace it every 3 to 4 months, or when it shows signs of wear.
· Flossing your teeth
To floss your teeth we have a demonstration from the Colgate website:
|Use a fair amount of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with.||Gently follow the curves of your teeth.||Be sure to clean beneath the gum line and avoid snapping the floss on the gums.|
When you floss you may find a little blood on the floss at first. We recommend purchasing an antiseptic mouthwash until your gums are healthy enough to not react.
· Eating right
As we discussed in last month’s blog, there are healthy foods that can boost the beauty of your smile. For more information on which types of food can contribute to your oral health and where to find it in Sydney, click here for the blog.
· Vising the dentist every 6 months for a check-up
Taking care of your oral health at home is the best way to get into the habit of good oral hygiene. To get rid of the bits and pieces that may not be able to be removed by a toothbrush or floss, we recommend attending check-ups twice a year. A scale and clean can even help to whiten your teeth and can allow us to keep track of any cavities or decay.
So who really benefits from preventive dentistry?
The answer is everyone benefits from preventive dentistry. Adults benefit because it helps them to keep all their teeth healthy, and children in particular benefit because it allows their newly developing adult teeth to come in strong and healthy.
Preventative dentistry Sydney
Oral health is connected to health as a whole and by maintaining a clean mouth; you can help to improve your overall health. Here at Hooper Tooth Conserving Dentistry, we focus the majority of our efforts on conserving your natural teeth so replacement won’t be necessary in the future.