The Health Centre Dental Practice

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Preventative Dentistry

Preventative dentistry

Research has proved beyond doubt that when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums, preventative dentistry is by far the best way of avoiding any potential problems. We encourage preventative techniques, tailored to each individuals needs. Helping you understand how to maintain the health of your mouth and keep it free of tooth decay and gum disease.

X-rays

These are taken approximately every 2 years and help the Dentist check for any hidden Caries, otherwise known as tooth decay, and bone levels of the jaw. We will only take extra X-rays if there is a clinical need for them, although the radiation dose is low, as with any situation there is a risk.

There are a few types of X-ray that are used, some show the crowns and surrounding bone and gums of the teeth, and some show the full tooth including its root. There are other larger X-rays that can be taken to include the whole jaw but these aren’t routine and a referral will be sent off on your behalf should it be required.

You will find that when an X-ray is taken the Dental team will leave the room; this is because although the radiation dose is very low, the amount of X-rays taken through out the day is high and this limits their exposure.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in many foods and all drinking water (this will vary from area to area). It strengthens tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay.

Children who have fluoride when their teeth are coming through , have been proven to have shallower grooves (otherwise known as pits and fissures), which makes it easier for plaque to be removed whilst brushing.

Most toothpastes now contain fluoride, and this is how most people get their fluoride. All children up to 3 years old should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000 parts per million (ppm). After 3 years old they should use a toothpaste that contains 1350 to 1500ppm. Children should be supervised brushing their teeth until approximately age 7 and a pea sized amount should be used.

Fissure Sealants

Fissure seals are a safe and pain-free way of protecting teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth (molar teeth). These are most commonly put on children’s teeth when their permanent teeth come through to aid in cleaning and helping to stop food getting caught in the tiny crevices.

It is a quick, straight forward procedure that only takes a few minutes per tooth. The tooth is cleaned, conditioned and dried, and the liquid sealant is then applied and is set with an intense blue light. The sealants last for many years but it is essential that you maintain regular check ups to maintain healthy teeth and gums.