Active preventive dentistry is your safeguard to maximise the longevity of your teeth and gums. Apart from ensuring that your teeth, gums and other oral structures are healthy, and that any dental restorations are sound and adequately stable.
Preventive dentistry also encompasses many other factors. Ensuring that the oral environment is appropriately balanced is one of the key fundamentals and this can be assessed clinically and treated.
- Bacterial Biofilm Testing
- Dietary analysis and advice
- Medical History analysis
- Use of appropriate fluoride treatments, remineralising creams and other mouth rinses
We also provide resin sealants to seal out decay from at risk teeth.
An important area of Preventive Dentistry lies in our interest in Sports Dentistry. As one of our services we offer professional custom-made pressure laminated mouthguards on-site. We fabricate these for the NZ Warriors, the All Blacks, and any of our patients of any age group or ability.
One of the keys to ongoing preventive maintenance is regular visits to see the dental hygienist
What is a Dental Hygienist?
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A Dental Hygienist is a specially trained health professional who works together with your Dentist to detect, treat and prevent periodontal disease and to assist in maintaining oral health.
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Why does the Dentist refer the patient to the Dental Hygienist?
The increasing number of adults retaining their teeth has led to research showing that gum health is the key to keeping your teeth. To be able to control gum disease (there is no cure) it is essential to have excellent home care of your mouth and regular treatments from the hygienist.
What are the warning signs?
- Discoloured, dirty teeth
- Gums red and puffy
- Bleeding gums
- Bad taste
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Spaces beginning to appear between the teeth
- Receding gums
Our Hygienists Provide:
- Preventive treatment to maintain a healthy mouth and teeth for life
- Removal of plaque
- Removal of calculus (tartar) or hardened plaque from the tooth surface above and below the gum by scaling and root planing
- Removal of stain from the teeth eg; tea, coffee, tobacco and mouth rinses etc
- Guidance in dietary habits, which can avoid tooth decay and gum problems
- Correct home care techniques as in tooth brushing and flossing and information on the latest equipment available for home use.
- Regular maintenance visits to the dentist & hygienist
- Tooth Whitening impressions
- Mouth Guard impressions
- Oral health education, including advice during pregnancy and assisting with the care of your children’s teeth
It is estimated that 80% of people over the age of 15 have some form of gum disease, left untreated mild gum disease can lead to deep seated infection this is unhealthy for your teeth and gums but can also lead to more serious, even life-threatening health conditions. We recommend visiting our lovely team of hygienists at least every 6-12 months for a deep clean and polish to keep those teeth white and your gums healthy.
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