Preventive Dentist Brisbane | Maintain Your Dental Health
At BOH Dental, we often say that prevention is better than cure, and this idea is the foundation on which preventive dentistry is built.
“Each of our daily routines involves preventive dental strategies, like brushing and flossing. These strategies help manage and prevent dental decay and form the cornerstone to a healthy smile. A check-up with a dental professional every 6 months ensures that your routine is still effective, and your oral health is maintained,” says Dr David Tuffley.
Your dentist can assess the health of our entire mouth, not just the bits that we notice in the mirror. A mixture of traditional techniques, such as direct assessment, and modern technology like CBCT X-Rays, can pick up many of the early warning signs that indicate potential dental problems.
Preventive dentistry aims to prevent, diagnose, and manage a range of dental issues, such as –
- Receding Gums
- Dental Decay
- Plaque & Calculus Build-up
- Periodontal Disease (Periodontitis)
- Oral Cancer
- Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
Dental check-ups are the cornerstone of preventive dentistry, and allow your dentist to check the health of your entire mouth – including your teeth, gums and tongue.
We recommend 6 months between check-ups for most of our patients, but you may require more frequent visits if you have an existing dental condition, such as Periodontitis.
Have you noticed bleeding, sore or red gums? Gum disease, also known as Periodontitis, affects up to 20% of the adult Australian population.
Many factors, such as age and diet, can impact your chance of developing periodontal disease and we can help tailor a dental hygiene plan that specifically suits your needs.
At BOH Dental, we love to teach patients about their dental health. Whether it is children looking after their baby teeth and their first dental visits, through to specific dental advice for complex dental cases, such as dental implants.
Our dental team are able to teach you about all the latest dental technology, treatments and techniques for maintaining your smile.
A dental hygienist helps you maintain your oral health, provides dental cleaning, and offers individually-tailored dental treatment plans that improve your oral health and hygiene.
Your hygienist also helps educate your family on the correct ways to brush their teeth and ensure that everyone’s brushing habits are effective.
Dental X-Rays & 3D Imaging
Diagnostic technologies, such as dental X-rays & 3D imaging, are all part of gathering the right information for you and your dentist to paint a complete picture of your dental health.
At BOH Dental, our CBCT X-ray allows your dentist to model your smile in 3D, and catch many problems before they are noticeable to the naked eye.
Children’s dentistry requires a caring and comforting touch, and we try to develop these connections with our young patients to help set them up for a life of good dental health.
We have our very own kid’s room, in-studio videos and music, and encourage any additions that may comfort your child – such as a favourite toy or blanket.
It is normal to see your dentist once every 6 months, but this period of time will change depending on your individual dental health and the advice that your dentist gives you.
“Age, dental routine, diet and hereditary health are some of the factors that will impact the time between dental visits. While six months in between appointments is a good rule of thumb, everyone is different and this should be discussed with your dentist,” says Dr David Tuffley.
For example, those who show early signs of gum disease will find it valuable to see their dentist at shorter intervals than 6 months. This will ensure that any calculus can be professionally cleaned, and the development and progression of your gum disease can be regularly assessed.
Many dental issues, such as decay, or gum disease, may occur in places that are hard to see with the naked eye, such as below the gum line, or under a filling.
For these reasons, a dental radiograph (X-ray) is taken every 12 to 24 months, and this ensures that your oral health can be thoroughly assessed by your dentist.
“When someone presents themselves with a toothache, we will often take a dental X-ray to ensure that we can diagnose where the pain is coming from. This is incredibly important, as a large proportion of the tooth lies under the gumline, and an X-ray allows us to get a clearer picture of the source of the pain,” says Dr David Tuffley.
Yes, and these dental cleans are often performed by your dentist at your normal dental check-ups. However, if your teeth require a deeper clean, then your dentist may recommend that a separate appointment is made with a dental hygienist.
“The efficacy of your daily dental routine is continually assessed by your dentist and dental hygienist. Changes to your teeth, diet or health can have impacts on your dental health, and we can help you adjust your dental routine to suit your changing life,” says Dr David Tuffley.
Specifically, spots like between the teeth or under the gum line can be very hard to reach. A dental clean helps you keep these areas free of plaque, and is a core part of Preventive dentistry, which aims to assess, prevent and treat dental decay.
Regardless of how well you maintain your dental hygiene, at some point, a dental clean will be required to remove built-up plaque. This build-up is referred to as tartar, scale or calculus, which cannot be removed with a toothbrush, and inadequate or irregular cleaning can contribute to the development of dental decay and gum disease.
“Calculus is a mineral deposit that is made up of calcified plaque, and even with routine brushing and flossing, it will accumulate on your teeth. Ideally, everyone should have a professional scale and clean at least once a year to remove this,” says Dr David Tuffley
“Some people may require this treatment more regularly, particularly if calculus builds up rapidly or they are trying to treat gum disease. In these cases, we may recommend more frequent cleaning.”
Your dentist can provide you and your family with patient education so everyone understands the steps that need to be made to improve their oral health.
For young children, we take them for a ‘ride in the chair’ so they can learn about the dentist while introducing parents to different ideas that can make brushing time easier. As children grow, we begin to instruct them on the best techniques for cleaning and check that in between their dental appointments they are putting these techniques into practice effectively.
Patient education also extends to older family members and ensuring that oral health is maintained throughout adulthood. For example, we are able to teach you the best ways to maintain your oral hygiene after dental treatment – such as dentures, dental implants or braces.