Preventative dentistry

Preventative dentistry is all about working to prevent the onset of dental problems and therefore avoid requiring treatment further down the track. It’s an important aspect for both patients and dentists to consider, and research has proven that preventive dentistry can work wonders. In the long run, caring for your teeth on a daily basis will save you from encountering serious dental problems or diseases, as well as save you time and money in the long run.

How to Adopt a Preventative Dentistry Plan

A range of measures can be taken as part of a preventative dentistry plan. As well as brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing once a day, ensure you return to your dentist for a dental check up every six months. This allows the dentist to perform a comprehensive exam of your gums and teeth, and entire mouth structure.

How Can Your Dentist Help You?

As well as discussing oral hygiene with you – including how to properly brush your teeth –your dentist can perform a professional clean at your next appointment. This involves carefully scaling and polishing your teeth, and often applying fluoride gel that works to make teeth stronger by re-mineralising the enamel surface of the teeth. It can also reverse early decay lesions to avoid a dental filling later.

Another measure your dentist may take includes the use of x-rays to detect cavities and jaw problems. Fissure sealants can also be applied in preventative dentistry to seal off the deep grooves in the back teeth, which can easily hold plaque and be difficult to reach with a toothbrush. This procedure is quick and painless.


The information contained on this website and websites linked to this website (Information) does not constitute or comprise comprehensive medical or dental advice. You should seek dental advice directly from your dentist before acting or relying on the Information.

First published: 06 November 2014

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