Prevention is the best course of action
How you take care of your teeth will determine the longevity of your smile
When it comes to your teeth, it is imperative to maintain your oral hygiene in order to prevent the need for more serious dental complications in the future. There are a number of ways that you can take care of your teeth to ensure their health and longevity so that you can keep your natural smile for a lifetime.
At New England Dental, in Armidale NSW, we are always here to assist in the maintenance of your oral health. We offer a number of different preventive dental treatments that are quick and comfortable.
Even though you may be very diligent in brushing and flossing your teeth at home, often tartar and plaque will build up in places that are too difficult to reach without the help of your dentist. Having your teeth cleaned by a dentist is a simple and painless process and plays a big role in helping to maintain the health of your teeth. The process involves your dentist working away at the build-up of plaque on the teeth by carefully using particular instruments, followed by polishing the teeth to leave you with a nice clean feeling, and lastly your dentist may apply some fluoride to the teeth to help strengthen them. Your dentist will also inform you of any areas that are in need of more attention so as to avoid the build-up of plaque in the future.
Oral Cancer Screening
Screening for Oral Cancer is a simple process. Often the process will involve your dentist looking over the inside of your mouth to check for sores in the mouth or patches that are red or white in colour. Your dentist will also examine the tissue in your mouth to check for any abnormalities. While many people will form sores in their mouth for one particular reason or another, most of these will be noncancerous. An oral exam cannot explicitly determine which sores may be cancerous, but it can help to detect abnormal sores early so that you can undergo more accurate testing. This usually involves removing a small amount of the abnormal cells in order for them to undergo a biopsy.
A dental X-ray may be used for many different reasons, mainly to provide your dentist with a proper view of the tooth and the surrounding structures that may not be visible to the naked eye. Through an X-ray your dentist will be able to determine bone levels that support the teeth, signs of infection and existing cavities.
Although your dentist can help you keep your teeth in optimum health, it is important that you take measures to maintain the health of your teeth at home, this determines how often you will need to come and see us! The best way to do this is to brush your teeth twice a day, every day, and make sure to floss at least once a day.
If you feel like your teeth are in need of a clean, don’t hesitate to call us to arrange a consultation at our Armidale dental practice.
For more information on the preventative treatments we offer, take a look at our Preventative Care page.