As the old saying goes, prevention is always better than cure and at The Dental Studio Stirling, we pride ourselves on our preventive and proactive approach to dentistry. To find out more, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or complete the form below to request an appointment with our friendly dental professionals today.
ABOUT PREVENTIVE CARE
Good oral hygiene is the cornerstone for a healthy mouth and regular scales and cleans are essential to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. With regular check-ups, potential problems can also be detected and treated as soon as they occur, saving you money, time and unnecessary pain and discomfort.
SCALE AND CLEAN
At The Dental Studio Stirling, we pride ourselves on our preventive and proactive approach to dentistry. Regular appointments with our hygiene therapists are an integral part of our commitment to maintaining your oral health. During your appointment, one of our hygiene therapists will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth in order to remove any plaque, calculus or bacteria build up as well as any visible staining.
X – RAYS
With the help of regular x-rays, we can also check for any hidden tooth decay as well as any gum disease. Once your teeth have all been cleaned, we will place some fluoride gel in your mouth to give your pearly whites extra protection before you leave. To help support your regular oral care routine, each time you come in for a scale and clean, you will also leave with a ‘goodie bag’ featuring a range of different products including a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and information on how to care for your teeth at home.
Regular dental examinations or check-ups are essential for maintaining good oral health and preventing common dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Depending on your dental history and any existing medical issues, we recommend that most people come in for a routine dental check up every six – 12 months. This check usually forms part of your hygiene appointment but can also be done separately if you prefer.
AT YOUR CHECK UP
At your check up, one of our dentists will carefully examine your mouth including your teeth, jaw and gums to make sure there are no cavities, chips, cracks or broken fillings. While they are assessing your mouth, they will also conduct an oral cancer screening. Sometimes, our dentists may take an x-ray of your mouth or a tooth to make sure there is no hidden decay between the teeth, gum recession or other disease, or issues with the wisdom teeth.
AFTER YOUR CHECK UP
At the end of most hygiene appointments, one of our dentists will also conduct a comprehensive check-up and will discuss with you any issues or areas of concern that have been identified, as well as the various treatment options available to suit your needs and budget.
CHECK UP FREQUENCY
Depending on your dental and medical history, you may be required to have three-month, four-month, six month or yearly cleans. These appointments are also a great way to check for any other potential problems which if gone unnoticed, could require extensive dental treatment and cost in the future.
PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY FAQs
What is Preventative Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth, gums and bite so that they remain healthy. By brushing and flossing daily along with regular professional cleans and dental check-ups, this can help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and the wear and tear of your enamel.
At The Dental Studio Stirling, our preventive and proactive approach to dental care is specially designed to not only protect your teeth and gums, but to also equip you with the tools, knowledge and understanding you need to enjoy good oral health for life.
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Is flouride safe?
Yes. Fluoride is a natural mineral which can be found in air, rock, soil, water. It is commonly found in toothpastes and in teeth-cleaning gels because it helps to prevent and repair any damage caused by acid on the surface of the tooth and protects against tooth decay. The use of fluoride has been a major factor in the significant decreased incidence of dental decay and tooth loss in Australia since its introduction in the 1950’s.
What does plaque look like?
Plaque is a sticky, colourless film that forms on your teeth every day. It contains millions of bacteria which react to the sugar in the food and drink we consume to create acid that eats away at our enamel. Over time, our enamel breaks down, eventually leaving a cavity (or hole) in the tooth.
Plaque that is not removed through daily brushing and flossing will harden into tartar, which when left untreated, causes red, swollen and bleeding gums. This is called gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease.
What type of dental floss will be most effective for me?
If you’ve ever been to a supermarket and felt a little overwhelmed looking at all the different types of dental floss, then you are not alone. To help you cut through the clever marketing, it’s important to remember that there are generally only two main types of floss – multifilament (also known as nylon or silk floss) and monofilament (made from a type of rubber or plastic).
Of these two types, nylon floss is the most common and traditional type that you will most likely come across at your local dentist, while monofilament floss is a more modern invention. Unlike nylon floss, monofilament floss doesn’t rip or tear and as such, you may find that it glides easier between your teeth.
If mint doesn’t appeal to you, floss can come in a range of different and interesting flavours and thicknesses. The thickness of the floss is quite important and a personal choice depending on the spacing of your teeth and what is most comfortable for you.
You may also come across the terms, ‘waxed’ or ‘unwaxed’ when searching for the best floss for you. Monofilament flosses do not need wax, while traditional nylon floss uses it to help the floss glide in and out of the spaces between your teeth with ease.
At the end of the day, it really does come down to a personal preference as to what dental floss you use but ultimately, the best type of floss is always the type that is being used.
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CONTACT US TODAY
If you’re ready to experience The Dental Studio Stirling difference, please give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment to meet with one of our friendly dental professionals today.