Preventative Dentistry

Preventative dentistry services in Bunbury, Eaton, Australind & surrounding areas

At FADC Dental Group, we believe preventative dentistry is the key to good oral health and we offer a number of services in this area. By looking after your teeth and gums from the outset, you should avoid any major problems in the future and thereby save money on more costly treatment.

Our preventative dentistry services include:

Scaling teeth

Prophy cleaning and flossing

Providing interproximal brushes

Taking X-rays

Periodontal assessments

Offering dietary advice

Treating medically compromised patients

Dental issues resulting from smoking

Pregnancy

Scaling teeth

Our dentists use an ultrasonic scaler to effectively remove calculus from the teeth and bacteria from under the gum line, thus reducing the risk of decay and periodontal disease. Gentle ultrasonic vibrations are emitted from the small tip of the wand-like scaler onto the teeth which, along with water, removes the tartar.

As a result, there’s less need for hand scaling, which is another way of fighting against periodontal disease. The process is comfortable and much more effective at removing plaque and tarter.

Prophy Clean and Floss

Prophy involves adding a small amount of polishing paste to a rubber cup and gently polishing your teeth to leave them smooth and clean, so bacteria are unable to stick to them. It also makes it easier to keep your teeth clean during your regular cleaning regime at home.

As brushing alone won’t remove plaque and particles of food, flossing is also an important part of any oral cleaning regime and should be done at least once a day. At Forrest Ave Dental Group, we can show you how to brush and floss correctly to maintain your dental health.

Interproximal Brushes

These little brushes are used to clean in between the teeth, stimulating blood flow to the area and helping to heal gums damaged and irritated by food and bacteria. The interproximal brush is mandatory for fresh breath and freedom from dental disease.

Dietary advice

Your oral health is affected by what you eat, so it’s important to be aware of your intake of foods that are high in fat and sugar, which play a major role in the development of tooth decay. When you eat or drink, especially products with sugar or starch, it produces plaque acid, which attacks teeth for around 20-30 minutes after eating. So, it’s not so much the amount of sugar and starch you eat, but the frequency.

To limit your teeth's exposure to acid, it’s best not to snack between meals, or to limit snacking, eating healthy food such as nuts, raw vegetables, cheese and fresh fruit. Fluoridated water and unsweetened tea are also recommended, as well as chewing sugar-free gum, which will stimulate saliva production after eating and help neutralise acid more quickly.

Medically compromised patients

Patients with pre-existing medical conditions are more prone to oral health problems, including people with diabetes. Diabetics are often more susceptible to infections, so are more likely to have periodontal disease than non-diabetics.

Meanwhile, recent research shows that patients with periodontal disease increase their risk of having heart disease, with an increased risk also of stroke and having pre-term low-weight babies. Smokers also have an increased risk of contracting gingivitis, which leads to periodontal disease, while 50% of pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis. If periodontal disease develops, this will affect the health of your baby.

Periodontal disease is a very treatable and reversible condition, however, if you have periodontal disease during pregnancy, we may recommend a common non-surgical procedure known as scaling and root planing.

X-Rays

X-rays are invaluable in helping our dental team diagnose oral conditions and to get a clear picture of the structure of your mouth. They can show up areas of decay which a visual examination wouldn’t reveal, as well as identify any bone loss, cracks, infection or abnormalities such as cysts, cancer and more.

For children, radiographs are also used to watch for decay and to monitor tooth growth and development.

Periodontal assessment

This is carried out to check for periodontal or gum disease, which results if bacteria gets below the gum line and causes an infection. It can affect the supporting bone and cause eventual loss of teeth if left untreated. Our screening will check for periodontal disease using a periodontal probe, which will indicate whether there’s any breakdown in the attachment of the gums to the teeth. It will also reveal any early development of pockets between the teeth and gums. The depth of the pockets is measured in millimetres with the periodontal probe.

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