Preventative Dentistry involves the practice of coming in periodically as advised; possibly every 6 months; to catch the early spread of decay and check for any developing gum disease. This may also involve sealing over teeth that have deep pits and fissure patterns on the teeth to prevent the onset of decay here; especially on permanent molar teeth. Checks are also make for any abnormal joint clicks, obvious airway obstructions, anomalies in facial development , bite patterns ,destructive oral facial habits etc.
Gum disease and Periodontitis
Early stages of gum disease.
Bacteria in plaque can damage the gums and cause gingivitis. This can usually be treated successfully by removing the plaque followed by proper brushing and flossing everyday.
Advanced stages of gum disease.
The advanced stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. It can cause serious damage to the teeth and gums and bone that supports the teeth.
As the initial gingivitis gets worse, gum pockets are formed and the gums may start receding from the teeth. As a result of the gums and bone recede the teeth can become loose and all out or require extraction.
Benefits of treatment
– having a mouth that feels, looks and is healthier.
– Teeth the feel smooth and look clean.
– A better chance of keeping your teeth for life.
– Often a better breath and taste in the mouth.
Signs of periodontal disease
– Red, swollen, tender, painful or bleeding gums.
– Gums that shrunk from the teeth.
– Persistent bad breath.
– A bad Taste in the mouth.
– Abscesses between the teeth and gums.
– The fit of a denture has changed.
– Loose teeth; drifting apart of teeth and gaps between teeth.
What is Gum Recession?
Is the distance between the gingival crest and the CEJ (cemento-enamel junction)
Did you know that there are 80 year olds with no gum recession?
How can you potentially be one of those people? Tooth brushing; with soft/small headed/rounded bristle toothbrush; should be done in great detail brushing in circles angulated towards the gums at 45 degrees every tooth on the cheek and tongue side and back and forth on the biting surface. Flossing is needed between every tooth contact ( only bother to do the teeth that you wish to keep). We will teach you how to use the waterpiks, interproximal brushes and irrigation in any tooth furcation’s). Hard calculus/tartar contains bacteria that release acids that cause the gum loss and must be removed regularly by the dentist. The regularity depends on the susceptibility of the individual to calculus collection and the amount of gum pocketing.