The Importance of Preventive Dental Care in Mona Vale

by | May 27, 2022 | Resources

While we hopefully now approach the end of the pandemic, it is the perfect time to have your teeth checked and restore proper oral health care. Preventive dental care services help thwart damage, decay, and disease to the teeth and gums. In recent months, we’ve seen many first-time patients at our dental clinic. 

Is it your first time? No matter the condition right now, it’s never too late to make a difference in your oral health. At your check-up and clean preventative dentistry appointment, our dentists will first talk to you about your medical and dental history. They will then carefully assess the health of your teeth and your entire mouth, including the gums and bone supporting your teeth.

They will discuss their findings with you and create a personalized treatment plan for you. This will be followed by cleaning and polishing your teeth, as well as applying fluoride to help strengthen the teeth if needed.

Dentists Offer Advice on the Best Oral Hygiene Practices

A visit to the dentist and a couple of x-rays will reveal all your weak spots. Be precise with your medical and dental history and current habits. Our dentists guide patients toward the best oral hygiene practices for them. Join forces and create an oral hygiene routine that works for your needs with one of our experts.

Diagnose Problems Early

Involving a dental health professional makes sense. With proper diagnostics, you can ensure any problems are treated early before any damage has time to worsen. 

One dental issue you may want to act proactively on is an impacted wisdom tooth. There are many reasons why extracting your wisdom teeth may be recommended. While the circumstances differ for every patient, early removal may prevent future problems, such as infection or decay. 

A Visit Could Identify a Potential Life-Threatening Disease/Complication

You might not know that you have a tooth infection as some dental infections build slowly over time inside the tooth and then bone. But, a sudden progression of infection can lead to pain and swelling. If that infection spreads to the tissues it can be perilous if left untreated. In severe cases, the spreading infection can compromise your airway and needs to be treated immediately often in a hospital setting. Your dentist can diagnose a severely infected tooth in the mouth on an x-ray. Routine dental x rays will be done during a checkup to help diagnose problem teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can also put you at increased risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis, dementia, premature birth during pregnancy and a handful of other conditions. There are also many systemic diseases that have presentations in the mouth which your dentist may also pick up on leading to referral to a GP for further care.  

You Save Money

Regular check-ups and cleans with x-rays will help identify any serious oral health concerns. Early treatment can prevent further damage. Therefore, the cost of resolving any issues can be lower when you are proactive and seek out preventive dental care services. 

You can visit us for a Checkup and Clean to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Keeping your teeth as clean as possible will minimise your risk of getting tooth decay or gum disease and also help manage any problems you may already have.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Dental preventive care services and patient education from an oral healthcare professional will make a difference for you. Take the time to heed the advice of those who know best and utilise the resources you need. Whether it’s x-rays, custom-fit night guards, or some suggestions on the best toothbrush and toothpaste for you — our office is here to help. 

Schedule a visit to our clinic to get insight into the current state of your dental health. Early detection and preventive dental care services are one call away. It’s never too late to make a difference in the health of your teeth and gums. Call us to book now!