Preventive dentistry, as the name indicates, deals with procedures that aim to prevent various oral health problems, thus maintaining a healthy oral environment. Good oral hygiene is pivotal for good overall health, and this is based on the simple fact that your mouth is the port of entry for your body's nutrition.
During your visit, our caring and committed dentists will first visually examine each one of your teeth and gums and then if need be, take images and/or radiographs to diagnose problems. Based on the information obtained, we provide you with various treatment options to choose from that are suitable to your individual needs. Before commencing any procedure, we take your consent and ensure that you are satisfied with the treatment details provided.
WHY ARE REGULAR CHECK UPS IMPORTANT?
Having routine dental check ups and cleans will ensure you do not have any dental problems or treat them early if you have some with less invasive and less time consuming procedures. It will also be inexpensive on a long run to visit your dentist regularly instead of putting things off till they become very painful, ending up losing the tooth and thinking about replacements or choosing expensive treatment options to save it.
As recommended by Australian dental association, Prakhya Dental emphasizes routine six monthly dental check ups and cleans to minimize your risks of any unforeseen dental or overall health problems. We advise all our patients to come regularly so we can provide the highest quality of care at the earliest and prevent further dental problems. Doing so increases your chances to keep all your teeth for life, provided all the pre-existing and underlying problems are eliminated first.
DENTAL PLAQUE AND ITS ROLE
Dental plaque, which is food debris with bacteria, is the main reason for tooth decay and gum problems. Bacteria in the plaque releases acid that erodes the enamel (outer layer of a tooth) and the periodontium (gum & bone that surrounds the tooth) leading to tooth decay and attachment loss respectively.
If the decay is not detected earlier and treated appropriately, it can enter the dentin (second layer of the tooth) and finally harm the pulp (core of the tooth, consisting of nerves & blood vessels). This results in toothache and ultimately leads to development of a dental or periodontal abscess basing on the extent of the infection.
Various researches have shown that people with bad oral hygiene have higher risks of unexpected health consequences also like uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, respiratory infections, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy complications and even cancer, compared to those with good oral hygiene.
After a professional clean, we apply fluoride gel on your teeth which helps in forming a hard layer which is resistant to bacterial action and hence helps in preventing tooth decay. We also provide customized oral hygiene instructions and recommend extra brushing aids, if necessary, to improve your quality of oral care.
Radiographs are also needed on a routine basis to eliminate any hidden problems which could possibly be unnoticed by the dentist too with their normal vision. It is recommended to have radiographic examination of your teeth and supporting structures, once every two years. At our Kempsey practice, we also have an in-house full mouth 2D and 3D x-ray machine. At a limited radiographic exposure, this gives a broader picture of all your teeth and surrounding structures for more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.