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BELMONT DENTAL
PREVENTATIVE CARE

Let Belmont Dental help you to maintain healthy teeth and gums

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Regular Dental Check-ups


Dental disease is largely preventable and our priority is assisting our patients to achieve and maintain good oral health.

Brushing, flossing and having regular dental check-ups cannot entirely prevent the need for dental treatment but can be very effective in reducing it.

We recommend that our patients see the dentist at least once a year at which time the dentist will carry out a comprehensive oral examination including a scale and clean and where required dental x-rays. We are frequently asked why x-rays are necessary and simply they can show up dental decay, which is not visible to the human eye. This is particularly the case in relation to the surfaces between the teeth, which are the most awkward to clean and therefore most susceptible to food trapping.

Many patients also come to see us at six monthly intervals and this is ideal. it is unusual for x-rays to be taken at this appointment, unless there is a particular area of concern, the main purpose of this visit is an examination and a further professional scale and clean.

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Brushing & Flossing


Preventative dental care starts at home with a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss.

Brushing and flossing are the mainstays of any good oral healthcare regime. We like to think of them as the cheapest and most accessible form of dental health insurance.

Benefits


  • A brighter smile
  • Fresher Breath
  • Healthier Gums
  • Removing plaque and bacteria from the surface of the teeth lessens the harmful effects that both sugary and acidic foods and drinks have on our teeth.

Babies & Children


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Help your child to healthy teeth by instilling good oral hygiene habits

Belmont Dental looks after your children’s teeth.

Starting good oral healthcare practices early can pay dividends in later life. Recent research suggests an increasing amount of decayed, filled or missing teeth in children, something which can lead to ongoing oral health problems throughout their adult lives.

Children tend to imitate their parents so set a good example by brushing and flossing your own teeth regularly and make the process fun rather than a chore to encourage your child’s compliance. The ADA recommends that you start flossing your toddler’s teeth at least twice a week from around the age of two and a half, your dentist can help show you how best to carry this out if you wish.

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Diet


A healthy diet low in sugar and acidic foods can make a significant contribution to your oral health but likewise having good oral hygiene can lessen the impact sugar and acid have on your teeth.

We recommend limiting sugary foods and soft drinks as much as possible but accept that these are part and parcel of daily life. Making sure that they are consumed as part of a meal rather than a snack in-between and following with tap water whenever possible does help minimise their effects.

Oral & General Health


Increasingly we are being made aware of the connections between good oral health and good general health.

More and more evidence is connecting sugar to chronic disease such as diabetes and obesity, which in turn appear to cause inflammatory processes including gum disease (periodontitis). In this regard it is reasonable that your dentist is concerned not just with your oral health but with your health in general and may make recommendations on your dietary intake which go beyond concern with tooth decay.

Smoking


Smoking is another area of concern for dentists’ which is similarly detrimental to a patients general health and wellbeing. A significant factor in cases of gum disease (periodontitis) smoking can also cause a dry mouth, which contributes to tooth decay in several ways. Teeth in a dry mouth are more susceptible to decay due to the a lack of saliva which performs important functions in the mouth including washing, neutralising and remineralising the tooth enamel.

In addition smoking is of course associated with serious systemic illness such as mouth and throat cancer and other cancers beyond the oral cavity. Oral Cancer Facts

Your dentist will be happy to discuss quitting smoking with you and can hopefully offer some helpful advice to assist you in the quitting process.

Preventative Treatments


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Fissure Sealants are a preventative treatment offered by our dentists where the fissures on the surfaces of the teeth, particularly molars, are cleaned and then filled with a tooth coloured material.

These fillings have the effect of reducing the surface area of the tooth available for food trapping and therefore make the teeth easier to clean and less susceptible to decay. Fissure sealants can be used on baby teeth and permanent teeth without harming the existing tooth structure and as such are highly recommended in appropriate cases by our dentists.

Other Preventative Options


  • Sports mouthguards
  • Bite Splints

Sports mouthguards are an obvious choice for amateur or professional athletes (Australian Dental Association).

We do not recommend that our patients use boil and bite style sports mouth-guards as they provide a false sense of security with little or no actual protection.

Bite splints are designed to reduce the impact of grinding and clenching or bruxism as it is also known.

Bruxism is exceedingly common. The causes are difficult to identify but it appears that stress or anxiety can contribute to bruxism. Many patients are nocturnal bruxists, that is they clench or grind their teeth at night whilst asleep. Some may only become aware of this when told by a partner or family member. Wearing a custom made bite splint can prevent excessive wear on the teeth and may also reduce soreness in the jaw or headaches which can be a symptoms of grinding and clenching.

Both devices are made from impressions taken of the patient’s teeth to ensure a perfect fit.

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