It is extremely important for the care of your teeth and your family’s teeth to
make an appointment to have a dental examination. The two major causes of tooth
loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these two
problems with the help of general dentistry experts, the more chance people have
of keeping their teeth for life.
Working together prevents the need for treatment of fillings and extractions. A
course of dentistry treatment may be recommended to get your mouth into good
condition, and a maintenance plan will be worked out to help you keep it that
way. People who do not have teeth can also benefit from regular visits to the
dentist because of conditions such as mouth cancer.
Your Dental Examination
An assessment of your teeth, gums and soft tissues (for oral cancer screen) is
carried out by general dentistry specialist.
A treatment plan is then formulated for your specific needs.
The main aim is to help you get your mouth healthy and prevent any dental
We will then thoroughly ‘scale and polish’ your teeth.
Then show you the best methods of brushing and flossing to remove the
bacterial ‘plaque’ which forms constantly on your teeth and gums. Plaque
will also cause gum inflammation if it is not regularly and thoroughly
removed. The hard tartar (calculus) which builds up on the teeth also starts
off as plaque.
You will be informed about which oral care products are the best ones
for you to use.
There may be a need to discuss diet and any habits such as smoking and
drinking with you.
Our general dentistry experts will make sure that all your fillings are
in good shape.
What can you do at Home?
It is very important that you keep up a good routine to keep your teeth and gums
healthy at home.
Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride
Floss or use interdental brushes between your teeth – brushing alone
only cleans up to about 60 percent of the surface of your teeth
Use a mouthwash – this can help keep your breath fresh. It can also help
to dislodge any food debris.
Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
Chew sugar-free gum. This helps stimulate saliva and prevents your mouth
from drying out and can help to prevent dental decay and erosion.
Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.