At Practice Smiling routine oral health care advice will be given to encourage you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In following this advice you can reduce the amount of treatment needed.
The aim of preventive dentistry is to help you improve and maintain your long-term oral health through working with your dentist, including education and motivation to facilitate effective home care by you. This approach means that where possible, invasive treatment, for example, fillings, is kept to a minimum. The preventative dentistry approach can considerably reduce gum disease and decay, which are both significant factors in tooth loss and general health.
In the absence of a good dental care routine, an invisible layer of bacteria will form on your teeth and gums. This is called plaque. When you consume sugar, the plaque within your mouth turns the sugar into acid, which results in tooth decay. You can help prevent dental decay by reducing the frequency and amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume and by brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.