Preventive Dentistry Gold Coast QLD
At Varsity Smiles, we encourage our patients to practice preventive dentistry
While some people avoid visiting the dentist due to issues of perceived cost and trauma, the potential cost and discomfort that can result from avoiding simple preventive dentistry measures are far greater.
Modern studies also tell us that there is a strong correlation between oral health and overall health and well being. So partaking in preventive dental measures can be of great benefit to your overall health.
Some preventive services we provide at Varsity Smiles include:
Other common preventive measures we recommend include:
Fluoride treatment to prevent tooth decay
Extra fluoride supplements can be used to enrich mineral levels to help dental function. Fluoride treatment can be especially beneficial to children as it aids the growth process.
Developing a good oral hygiene routine
Oral hygiene practice needs to take place predominantly at home. There’s no point attending your dental check-up and then forgetting to look after your teeth when at home. Your dental at home plan, should, at the very basic level include brushing your teeth morning and night and flossing daily.
Understand and alleviate bad breath
Halitosis or bad breath is caused by the bacteria that live in our mouth. Things like drinking alcohol, smoking and digestive disorders encourage the growth of bad bacteria, leaving you with bad breath.
Treat gum disease in its early stages
Periodontal gum disease can dramatically affect your oral health. 30% of all people over the age of 50 experience advanced forms of gum disease. Factors that contribute to this disease include diabetes, obesity, smoking and stress. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, it’s important to seek immediate professional attention.
Avoid dry mouth syndrome
Dry mouth syndrome results when there is not enough saliva present in the mouth. Symptoms may include ulcers, bad breath, issues with swallowing and chewing, sticky saliva and a dry tongue. It’s vitally important to catch dry mouth syndrome in its early stages as it dramatically increases the chances of tooth decay. Some of the tips we recommend to help you avoid dry mouth syndrome include:
- Reducing consumption of cigarettes, caffeine and alcohol
- Chew food to stimulate saliva flow
- Breathing through your nose
To Note: Any dental procedure carries risks which also may depend on your general health. This will be discussed with you prior to any dental intervention.
Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner such as your dentist or your doctor.