Prevention, professional cleaning, oral examination and X-rays explained

Prevention rather than treatment is the primary focus of the team at Leederville Dental.

Why is preventative dental treatment important?

The thorough dental examination allows early detection of problems and consequently less invasive and costly treatment.
Our Dental Therapist Sheron works with you to ensure your oral health is of the highest standard. The dental cleaning involves removing plaque, bacteria, tartar and debris which may be affecting your teeth and gums. We clean your teeth on a professional level to assist the healing of your teeth and gums.

The frequency of a professional cleaning depends on your unique situation, but in normal circumstances at least twice per year to identify any areas of concern and help stop an oral health condition in its tracks.

What can I do to minimise plaque build-up?

Your daily dental routine is the major factor which contributes to the health of your teeth. Maintaining strong and healthy teeth and gums is part of an overall regime to ensure your well-being and to avoid unnecessary dental problems in the future. Follow our 3 tips to prevent tooth decay and minimise plaque build-up.

1. Have a healthy diet

Reducing foods and drinks that contain sugar is very important to make sure the bacteria present in our mouths do not produce acids that damage our teeth.
What to avoid

• Sugary drinks, such as soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, cordial and fruit drinks
• Candy, particularly the type that stays in your mouth for a long time like lollipops
Tooth-friendly foods and drinks
• Fresh fruits and vegetables
• Unsweetened dairy products such as cheese and milk contain calcium that is very good for preventing tooth decay
• Water is the best drink
• Sugar-free chewing gum is also helpful to produce saliva

2. Brush your teeth regularly with a fluoride toothpaste

The bacteria that cause tooth decay become worse if they are allowed to grow on your teeth for a while. That is why it is important to regularly brush your teeth twice a day to stop the bacteria getting out of control. Make sure you use a fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride makes a big difference by strengthening and repairing our teeth, and make sure you are reaching all the surfaces of your teeth when brushing.

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Cleaning between your teeth is also important. Flossing for small gaps or interdental brushes for big gaps, are good for cleaning between your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach.

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3. Visit your dentist regularly

Tooth decay is preventable. Visiting our dental practice for a check-up regularly makes sure tooth decay is detected early, which can reduce the amount of treatment you need.
Quite often you may be unaware you have tooth decay, and it may only be visible to a dentist or on a dental x-ray.

Oral examination

Our comprehensive oral examination includes examining the health of every tooth and your mouth, assessment of jaw mobility, gum health and intraoral soft tissues as well as an oral cancer screen.
A full tooth record is conducted, noting the condition of each individual tooth. This determines much of the varied amount of dental work that may be needed to ensure oral health and wellbeing.

Investigating Dental X-rays

X-rays may be taken according to the patient’s needs to reveal any abnormalities in teeth and the supporting oral structure, otherwise invisible to the naked eye.
Leederville Dental is fully equipped with the latest X-rays technology. In house, we can provide OPG, intraoral periapical X-rays or right and left bitewings.

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