As they say, "prevention is better than cure" and when it comes to your oral hygiene this is especially true. Dental caries (cavities) is one of the most preventable diseases in the human body; yet affect a large majority of people, resulting in the need for dental fillings, root canal treatments and extractions.
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene at home with twice daily brushing and regular flossing is vital to preventing cavities. However most people will still get calculus building up on there teeth, which can result in cavities and gum disease. This is why regular hygiene visits are required to remove this hard calculus that you cannot remove at home.
At Bay Family Dental we tailor or preventative hygiene appointments based on your personal needs. For the majority of people 6 monthly preventative appointments are recommended. For people with generally good oral hygiene and no fillings 12 monthly is recommended. However people who are experiencing gingivitis (bleeding, swollen gums) or the more serious periodontitis (bone loss around your teeth) may require 3 monthly preventative appointments and may require us to work closely with our periodontist (a dental specialist who treats your gum and bone levels around your teeth).
We also recommend regular radiographs (x-rays) every 2 years for our medium to low risk patients to check for cavities between your teeth and under old fillings and crowns, also for check bone levels around your teeth.
The earlier any gum disease can be addressed the less likely for ongoing problems, please call us on (08) 8295 1288 to make an appointment.