Preventative Dentistry

“A vital aspect of our work at Chinchilla Dental is the prevention of oral diseases.”

During your Examination:

During the process of your examination we diagnose what caused any problems found, and we aim to prevent ongoing issues where possible with our preventative dentistry.

Our Hygienist will provide professional scaling and cleaning, assess your risk factors and 

customise an oral hygiene programme including any products and useful tips to reduce 

your risks if possible.

Factors that increase your risk of dental problems include:

  • Irregular or non-attendance for dental examinations.
  • Smoking.
  • Not brushing twice per day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Avoiding products containing fluoride.
  • Dry mouth (see below).
  • Not cleaning between the teeth. (flossing, inter-proximal brushes)
  • Excessive sugar consumption especially sugary and acidic liquids like soft drink and
  • juice frequently throughout the day.
  • Excessive sugar free soft drink consumption. (despite the absence of sugar, high acidity levels encourage decay and erosion)
  • Frequent snacking and grazing.
  • Gastric issues. (such as reflux, morning sickness, frequent vomiting),
  • Consumption of chewable vitamin supplements.
  • Increasing age and loss of manual dexterity (conditions such as Parkinson’s, arthritis, MS and neurodegenerative diseases and increasing age)
  • Side-effects of some medications.
  • Poor general health.

Dry Mouth:

Dry mouth can lead to many dental problems. Saliva plays a critical role in our mouth and low or non-existent saliva can lead to increased risk of decay, bad breath and discomfort with denture wear.

If necessary we can also test your saliva in terms of the quality and quantity and the acidity level.

Dry mouth may be caused by the following:

  • Drinking large amounts of caffeine. (coffee, energy drinks, tea)
  • Not drinking enough water.
  • Heavy exercise/training especially over a long period of time.
  • A wide range of medications.
  • The ageing process.
  • Radiation treatment to the head and neck which affects salivary glands causing permanent damage.
  • Mouth-breathing.
  • Smoking.

Tips to reduce your risk of dental problems:

  • Increasing your water intake. (preferably fluoridated tap water)
  • Reducing your alcohol, soft drink, juice and caffeine intake.
  • Reducing snacking/grazing habits.
  • Brushing morning (after breakfast) and night (before bed) with fluoride toothpaste(sometimes with higher concentration Colgate Neutrafluor 5000 toothpaste)
  • Consider purchasing an electric toothbrush – we find people using them have more effective consistent plaque removal especially in hard to reach areas. We like the Oral B Braun rechargeable brushes.
  • Not rinsing out with water after brushing. (allows the fluoride to stay around the teeth)
  • Don’t eat or drink immediately after brushing.
  • Cleaning between your teeth.
  • Brushing your tongue daily.
  • Using Tooth Mousse cream.
  • Using antibacterial mouth rinse.
  • Chewing sugar free gum after meals for 5-10 minutes only.

Dental Erosion:

Dental Erosion is where there is loss of tooth structure caused by acids.

These acids may come from your own body such as reflux, vomiting, heartburn or morning sickness. Erosion may also be caused by frequent intake of acidic foods and drinks such as lemons, juice, wine, soft drink (including sugar free) and even chewable vitamin tablets.

Erosion of the tooth structure will be more severe if you have a dry mouth. Your dentist will be able to detect early signs of erosion at your examination and give you suggestions for reducing your risks.

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