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Preventative Dentistry

It is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy and this helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.

There are several forms of preventative dentistry, including daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings; each of which is necessary in order to maintain good oral health.

Why Is Prevention So Important?

With regular preventative care, potential problems can be detected early and treated in a minimally invasive manner.

Basically, Preventive Dentistry is about caring for your teeth and gums everyday so that you may be spared the agony of having dental complications and painful episodes that require expensive dental treatments later.

With good oral hygiene, you can reduce your risk of getting cavities, gum diseases and other dental problems. This can reduce your risk of secondary problems caused by poor oral health. Some health problems that may be linked to poor oral health are:

  • diabetes

  • heart disease

  • cancer

Premature birth and low birth weight may also be linked to poor oral health. You should continue to practice good preventive oral care if you’re pregnant. This includes visiting Launceston Dentaltown for routine check-ups every 6 months and also during your pregnancy.

What does preventative dental care involve?

When visiting Dentaltown Launceston, we provide preventative care for your oral health in 2 stages.

1. Comprehensive Check-up

The dentist at Launceston Dentaltown will have a comprehensive check of your mouth and look for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other dental diseases. We also check for any issues associated with your bite or temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

The comprehensive check includes digital radiography to give us a more in-depth look at your mouth and we also conduct an oral cancer screening

2. Cleaning your teeth

It's important that any dental plaque and stains are removed from your teeth to reduce the risk of gum disease or cavities occurring in the future. The deposits can be removed by brushing twice daily and flossing every day. The deposits can be removed at the dentist 6 monthly. After removing these deposits, the fluoride placed will help strengthen your teeth by protecting them against bacteria and further decay.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Generally, we recommend that you visit your dentist every six months. This interval is usually enough to catch most oral health problems before they have a chance to progress.

If you're at higher risk of getting an oral health problem, we may recommend that you visit Launceston Dentaltown every three monthly to care better for your oral health.

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