Preventive Dentistry

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease are the two biggest issues faced by patients. Despite them being relatively easy to manage through good oral hygiene, they are the most common causes of tooth loss.

Teeth are constantly exposed to a build-up of substances throughout the day. This build-up forms on teeth as plaque, a substance which not only harbours bacteria but also produces acid which can damage tooth structure. There is also a link between increased oral bacteria and other serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Even the best brushing and flossing routines cannot eliminate all traces of plaque. Left on your teeth, plaque becomes hard tartar, which cannot be brushed off. This then traps more plaque and the cycle repeats, causing gum disease and frequently bad breath. Combined with a good oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice a day, regular trips to the hygienist in between dental appointments are the best way of ensuring that your teeth stay healthy and strong.

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Just as you should visit your dentist twice a year, you should also aim to visit your hygienist every six months, unless directed otherwise.

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