“Prevention is better than cure” – and preventative dentistry is at the heart of the Oatlands Dental Lounge care philosophy. We strive to work with you to develop treatment paths that not only repair damage done to your dental health by injury or disease, but to protect and preserve your existing and future dental health.
We utilise comprehensive examinations, extensive skills, advanced techniques and diagnostic technologies to determine the preventive dentistry measures that will best protect your teeth and gums. From fluoride treatments to regular X-rays, to micro-fillings and regular plaque removal, your dental care team at Oatlands Dental Lounge works continually to protect your and your family’s oral health.
Preventive dentistry is the key to long-term good oral health and includes regular:
Dentist and Dental Hygienist visits
This allows your treatment plan to reflect accurate continuous care recommendations that quickly identify developing problems, including caries (tooth decay), gum disease and infection. Early detection often results in minimal intervention or even reversal of decay lesions.
This imaging system allows your dentist an in-depth look into each tooth in order to identify and produce early diagnoses of diseases of your teeth and the surrounding tissues. This early diagnostic tool has the potential to help you avoid unnecessary discomfort and cost by preventing the development of serious dental and oral health problems, such as tooth decay, tooth and gum infection, bone deterioration or damage, and abscessed wisdom teeth.
This continuous care treatment strengthens tooth enamel and acts as prevention against tooth decay through the active ability of fluoride to inhibit the de-mineralisation or destruction by plaque and bacteria of sound tooth enamel, while enhancing the re-mineralisation and recovery of damaged tooth enamel. Fluoride also inhibits bacteria from metabolising carbohydrates to produce acid, which can damage tooth enamel and allow tooth decay to occur.
This preventative care treatment consists of a very thin plastic-like coating that is applied normally to permanent molars, usually when there is a high risk of dental decay. The sealant protects the sites on the tooth which are most susceptible to the progression of dental decay. It is especially effective in children’s preventative care, when brushing and flossing may not regularly or thoroughly be performed.
Home-care (Brushing, Flossing, Rinsing)
Following regular dental hygiene at home, such as flossing and brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily and using a fluoride-enhanced dental rinse, is vital to maintaining your dental health. Your dentist and dental hygienist will consider individual lifestyles and abilities to help you and your family to learn about simple techniques that will best support dental health.
As smoking has such a negative impact on your oral health, we encourage our patients to kick the habit and suggest ways that can help them give it up.
Diet Guidance & Awareness
Following a preventative diet plays a significant role in reducing both dental caries and dental erosion. Sugars and other carbohydrates can ferment in the mouth, producing acid which erodes tooth enamel. It is important to develop a diet that supports the recovery (re-mineralisation) of tooth enamel and avoids damaging tooth enamel. Diets rich in sugars, whether included in meals or as regular snacking, can sabotage your best efforts at good dental hygiene. Your saliva works continually to neutralise acids created by bacteria, but cannot overcome sugars that are stuck to teeth (such as hard sweets) or sugars that are eaten frequently throughout the day. Your dentist and dental hygienist will discuss your dental diet treatment plan with you and can help highlight “hidden” sugars in your diet and recommend appropriate preventive strategies and tips, such as drinking acidic drinks through a straw for less tooth contact.