Preventative dentistry can help you be sure that your family’s oral health is in optimal condition. Preventative dental care services involve treatments and procedures that prevent the development of oral health diseases. Taking preventative care of your teeth helps you avoid gum disease, cavities, cosmetic damage and more.
Preventative dentistry combines education and treatment of anything related to prevention of dental problems. At The Glenroy Dental Group, we strongly believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
Our Preventative Care Services
Care and Maintenance
Our dental team will work to detect conditions and prevent any issues as soon as they appear. Finding dental problems early will save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run. During your routine check-up, your dentist will perform the following:
- Evaluate your at-home dental hygiene practices
- Check the structure and strength of your teeth
- Inspect the inside and outside of your mouth (lips, cheeks, tongue, and throat) for signs of oral cancer
- Assess the health of your gums
- Evaluate your jaw joints
Regular dental visits allow your dental team to detect and diagnose the early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other threatening dental problems. This means that such problems can be treated at a manageable stage. Your dentist at The Glenroy Dental Group recommends half-yearly cleanings and check-ups.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
We will serve as your guide while you work on maintaining a high standard of oral hygiene. By dedicating a few minutes to daily oral hygiene care, you can avoid the discomforts caused by dental pain as well as the possibility of expensive dental procedures later.
During your periodic examination, we will provide detailed instructions on how you can improve the health of your teeth and gums at home. This includes proper flossing and brushing techniques, types of dental problems and ways to prevent them and any first aid you can perform at home when you encounter a dental emergency.
This includes elimination of plaque and tartar build-up (calculus) that have accumulated on your teeth over time. Only a dentist can remove the hard build-up of plaque; thus it’s important to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings.
The aim of dental cleaning is to professionally clean your teeth using specialised instruments. The cleaning procedure leaves your tooth surfaces clean and smooth, making it difficult for bacteria to stick to them and cause plaque or tooth decay. You can easily keep your teeth clean if you perform a thorough dental hygiene regimen at home.
Fissure sealants are plastic coatings painted on the chewing surface of the back teeth (also called molars and premolars). Dental sealants prevent tooth decay by sealing the deep grooves of the teeth, which are highly susceptible to decay.
Ideally, fissure sealants are placed on molars right after they break through the gum line. Sealants are not only ideal for children but they can also be applied on adult’s teeth and provide the same amazing result. The application of dental sealants doesn’t involve drillings or anaesthesia, which makes it an easy, pain-free and non-invasive treatment.
Topical Fluoride Treatments
Topical fluoride treatment is another way to protect your teeth from decay. In this treatment fluoride is applied to your teeth to help prevent the development of decay by strengthening the tooth enamel by providing the minerals it needs. This process is called remineralisation.
Your dentist will clean your teeth and gums first. Afterwards, the fluoride treatment is applied to your teeth as a gel. The gel is made of highly concentrated fluoride. It is placed in a disposable mouth guard that you wear over your teeth and leave in place for about 2 minutes.
After the treatment, your dentist will provide aftercare tips. You will be advised to refrain from eating, drinking and rinsing for at least 30 minutes. This is to allow the minerals to integrate with your teeth.
Dental x-rays are generally taken every 2 to 3 years, depending on the patient’s specific needs. X-rays can diagnose problems that are not easily detected through check-ups, such as impacted teeth, damaged jawbones, abscesses, tumours or cysts, and decay that develops between the teeth.
Custom-mouthguards provided by your dentist offer better protection than store-purchased models. They last longer and are more durable. Your dentist will first assess your jaw and teeth. A skilled dental technician will fabricate a mouthguard designed to provide the best fit, size and thickness for your teeth. A custom designed mouthguard ensures that your breathing and speech will not be affected.
The Glenroy Dental Group, Your Trusted Preventative Care Dentist
At The Glenroy Dental Group, you are one step away from having the smile you always wanted.
Your trusted Glenroy dentist will keep you fully informed on all your treatment options, costs and durations.
Exam, Scale, & Clean with X-rays for only $120.
*For New Patients only
Contact The Glenroy Dental Group now at (03) 9306 6511 or make an appointment online.