Preventative Dentistry in Mount Gravatt
It may seem like a waste of time to visit your dentist for routine check-ups and teeth cleans, especially when you don’t have a toothache, but preventive dental care is the foundation of maintaining good oral health for life. And prevention now may save you time and money later. Whenever possible, we try to make dentistry a quick and convenient experience for you, and prevention plays a role in that goal.
Without seeing your dentist regularly, there is no way of knowing whether issues are lurking without you knowing. Preventive dentistry helps ensure we can treat dental issues early—when treatment is less invasive, and outcomes are more predictable.
Look at it this way: Would you rather have a simple filling now or a complex root canal treatment in a few years? We know which one we’d prefer!
If it’s time for your next dental check-up and teeth clean or you have not been to the dentist in a while, we invite you to arrange bookings today. Meanwhile, please continue reading to learn more about our preventive dentistry in Mount Gravatt, QLD.
- How often should I visit my Mount Gravatt, QLD dentist?
- What happens during a dental check-up and teeth clean?
- How is preventive dentistry different from general?
- Why is early detection of dental issues better?
- How can I prevent gum disease and cavities?
- How does preventive dentistry save me money in the long run?
How frequently should I visit my Mount Gravatt, QLD dentist?
Dr Paul Trembath advises his patients on the frequency of check-ups and teeth cleans on an individual basis. As a rule, most people will benefit from visiting the dentist every six months.
But each patient is different. Some patients are more predisposed to oral health conditions such as gum disease or oral cancers than others. These particular patients may require a dental check-up and teeth clean more frequently to ensure their oral health is maintained.
After your dental appointment at our Mount Gravatt, QLD dental clinic, our team will recommend when you should come in next and schedule a date for that visit. This depends on your prior and current oral health—including findings during your check-up, and could be anywhere from three to six months down the track.
At Trembath Dental, your long-term oral health is our first goal.
What happens during a dental check-up and teeth clean?
Our dental team is committed to your ease and well-being, which is why we provide a comfortable dental experience for our patients. This includes a welcoming environment and a gentle hand.
Your exam includes a cancer screening, thorough check-up, and x-rays as needed. X-rays help your dentist uncovering emerging dental health issues before they threaten your oral health. Your dentist also takes the time to share all findings with you and help you make excellent decisions for your teeth and gums.
A teeth clean eliminates everything your toothbrush and floss leave behind, including stubborn tartar that can lead to cavities and gum disease. We can also talk to you about areas you may be missing during your at-home brushing and flossing sessions and provide tips to help you maintain excellent oral health between dental visits.
How is preventive dentistry different from general?
Preventive dentistry lays the foundation for a healthy smile. It is designed to lower your risks for preventable oral health conditions like gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities and root infections. Preventive exams also mean screening for oral cancers to help bring early treatment to this disease. Additionally, preventive dentistry can include fissure sealants and fluoride treatments to further mitigate your risks and strengthen your teeth.
General dentistry provides the treatments you need to restore your oral health when a problem arises.
General dentistry treatments may include:
- Tooth-coloured fillings to treat cavities
- Restorations, including dental crowns
- Root canal treatments to restore your tooth to health
- Tooth replacement, including dental implants
Why is early detection of dental issues better?
If you are in the early stages of an oral health issue like gum disease—called gingivitis—your dentist can typically reverse this condition and save your teeth. Unfortunately, gingivitis left untreated can graduate to gum disease, and gum disease is only treatable and not curable. It means ongoing appointments and deep cleanings to treat but not eradicate. We never want to see this happen to our patients.
Additionally, if your dentist catches dental decay early, he can treat the small cavity instead of compromising your tooth with a larger filling. It is also better to treat a small cavity than a full-blown root infection that can weaken your tooth and require a crown instead of a dental filling.
Visiting the dentist regularly also provides you with an opportunity to discuss any issues you might be experiencing so treatment can be recommended. This can mean anything from a toothpaste recommendation for sensitive teeth to incorporating an additional brushing and flossing session at home.
How can I prevent gum disease and cavities?
Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria in plaque, which is largely caused by poor oral hygiene. It is easy to adopt poor oral hygiene when you have a busy lifestyle—skipping a brushing here or flossing there. Brushing quickly because of a hectic schedule is also problematic. It is crucial to spend a few minutes brushing and flossing, hitting every tooth on all sides.
Additionally, most people are unaware they have gum disease until symptoms are present. At that point, it’s likely too late to do anything about it other than managing the condition. We also recommend quitting smoking, which may play a role in gum disease.
The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
- Red or swollen gums
- Loose teeth or gum pocketing
- Periodic toothaches or jaw pain
At your check-up and clean, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth and thoroughly clean all areas of your mouth, which can greatly decrease your chances of gum disease and cavities.
Plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth can contribute to a yellow and worn-out appearing smile as well. During your teeth clean, your dentist will remove this build-up, as well as polish your teeth, to leave them looking and feeling great.
How does preventive dentistry save me money in the long run?
Regular dental check-ups now will end up being far more affordable than a complicated procedure in the future or ongoing treatments. It is also important to put a price on your time. Long-term treatments can ruin your schedule and find you in the dental chair far too often. Maintaining your oral health with regular visits to the dentist can help prevent problems that require expensive and complicated procedures.
Your Mount Gravatt, QLD dentist cannot be with you every morning and night to ensure that you are brushing and flossing properly. But we can assess your oral health with regular dental check-ups and teeth cleans.
Is It Time for Your Next Check-Up and Teeth Clean?
Our dental team is here to help you realize optimal oral health and a comfortable smile. We invite you to contact us to arrange a booking for your next dental appointment and reach out to a team member if you have any questions.
We proudly serve patients in all locations throughout Brisbane and beyond, including Mount Gravatt, Mansfield, Holland Park West, and Wishart.