Don’t knock what you’ve got: Dr Geoff Ross on preventative dentistry

It’s always a good idea to try and maintain the things you have, including your teeth – that’s what preventative dentistry is all about. Teeth are a lot like cars, they require frequent servicing, cleaning and care, and if something is wrong with your teeth you should see your teeth mechanic straight away! Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent the beginning or progression of common dental problems. As you could probably guess, dental health starts with hygiene. In 2006, a study was done on Australian oral hygiene, and it was found that a whopping 45% of Australians questioned do not brush their teeth at least two times a day. This staggering statistic is all the more scarier as it’s the simplest practice to prevent dental problems, and if people aren’t doing that then they probably aren’t taking other preventive dentistry measures such as seeing their dentist every six months.

Preventative Dentistry: Why do you have to brush your teeth?

Brushing your teeth is the easiest way to prevent cavities, decay and gum disease. When you brush your teeth you are getting rid of plaque (bacteria) and all of the sticky secretions which they create. These secretions are acidic and can decay the teeth over time, leaving them vulnerable to infection, not to mention a lot of pain and discomfort. Flossing goes hand in hand with brushing your teeth and is a vital, yet often forgotten preventive measure to prevent decay and gum disease. Gum disease, otherwise known as periodontitis can be a painful and extremely damaging disease which affects the teeth, bone and of course gums. It is caused by a build-up of plaque and flossing ensures that all the harder to reach plaque build-up is removed leaving a squeaky clean mouth.

See Dr Geoff Ross to ensure your teeth are looking healthy and great

As we mentioned before it’s also a wonderful idea to come to see your dentist at least twice a year – or every six months. Dr Geoff Ross can ensure that your teeth are developing correctly, or that there have been no detrimental changes which could potentially lead to further complications. There are also a number of substances which, if avoided, can improve your oral hygiene and have your teeth lasting into old age. Substances to avoid include:

  • Soft Drinks
  • Sugary foods (plaque loves sugar! If you’re going to eat sugar brush your teeth within 20 minutes to avoid plaque build-up)
  • Cigarettes (Smoking has been linked as a major cause of gum disease and avoiding it can also improve your cardiovascular and whole body health)

Another common cause of tooth problems is carelessness when playing sport. That’s why it’s always important to make sure you wear a mouthguard in sports where there is any risk of dental injury. Sports with common teeth injuries include soccer, rugby, hockey and cricket and even though it may look silly wearing a mouthguard, soon you will forget it’s there and you’ll be able to enjoy the game without risking injury to your teeth or your wallet!

While you can do all you can to prevent most dental issues there are some rare occurrences which cannot be avoided, such as wisdom teeth. In these instances, as well as your twice-annual check-up, we recommend you come and see us at Wattle Park Dental in Melbourne.

To find out more about our dental clinic, our staff, our treatments, or to make an appointment, please call our friendly receptionist today on 9890 7777, or email us. We will endeavour to respond to your email as soon as possible.

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