Patient Education

Preventative Dentistry

We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure.

Your dental team will focus on preventative dentistry which means helping you to have healthy teeth and gums by having an effective daily oral care routine. This can be achieved by following a healthy and dentally appropriate diet as well as visiting us for regular check-ups.

Caries (Tooth Decay)

During your check-up your dentist will assess your risk of caries (tooth decay) or gum disease in the future. There are many factors that contribute to these diseases and apart from restoring existing damage in teeth and gums, our dentists will focus on trying to prevent further damage. The factors involved in a risk assessment for caries are: the frequency of sugar intake, the sugar content in the diet, the amount of plaque, whether a fluoride programme is in place and the effect of saliva and bacteria on teeth and gums.

Periodontitis (Gum Disease)

The main factor contributing to periodontitis is poor oral hygiene which allows oral bacteria to harden on your teeth to become calculus (tartar). Although periodontitis is a bacterial disease, a variety of factors affect its severity. Important risk factors include smoking, poorly controlled diabetes and inherited (genetic) susceptibility.