Preventative dentistry underpins all other treatments provided at our practice. Our Dentists, Hygienists and Oral Health Educators will help you to have a mouth that looks, and feels, great. At Beaufort Dental Health Centre, we strive to offer the highest possible standards of dental care and in order to offer an excellent service, we have reviewed our dental preventative plans and services offered to you.
One of the most important things we as a practice can do is to take the time to demonstrate correct tooth brushing techniques and other methods of cleaning inbetween your teeth. This will empower you to remove all of the plaque on a daily basis. This will lead to an improvement in gum health and also help you to take care of any crowns, bridges, and implants that we have provided for you.
Photograph above of our patients 'The Carter Family'
Courtesy of Venture Photography Studios - Derby
Why are Regular Dental Health Checks Important?
Regular Dental Health Check visits are important because they help the dentist to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your dentist can spot any early signs of disease and also offer advice on any issues you may have. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months.
What happens at your visit?
Your dentist will check for cavities and to see if there is plaque or tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can harden and become tartar. You cannot remove tartar with brushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they can cause oral diseases. Next, your gums will be checked. This will be done with a special tool to measure the spaces between your teeth and gums. With healthy gums, the spaces are shallow. When people have gum disease, the spaces may become deeper. The dental health check will also include your tongue, throat, face, head and neck. This is to look for any potential concerns, such as swelling. These checks allow your dentist to make sure you have no signs of oral cancer and we take them very seriously.
Brushing and flossing help clean the plaque from your teeth. However, you can’t remove tartar at home. During your appointment, the hygienist will use special tools to remove any tartar. This is called scaling. After your teeth are scaled, they may be polished. In most cases, a gritty paste is used for this. It helps to remove any surface stains on your teeth. The final step is flossing. Our dental Team will use floss to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.
What you should do between visits
Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can get rid of it by brushing and flossing regularly.
Here are some tips for good oral care at home:
-Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
-Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
-Clean the areas between your teeth at least once a day using dental floss or interdental brushes.
-Use a mouth rinse to help get rid of plaque bacteria.
-This Healthy Home Care Routine will also help you have fresher breath for longer.