What do we mean by preventive dentistry?

You may have seen the phrase ‘taking a preventive approach’ to your dental care in our practice literature at Goldsworth Road Dental Centre or on our website but what exactly do we mean?

Taken literally, preventive dentistry is when we try to prevent problems, such as decay or pain, from starting in the first place.This means you don’t have to visit us for emergency treatment which can be very stressful for you . We do this in all manner of ways, including:

* encouraging our patients to visit us for regular dental health examinations, which are vital for allowing us to spot any potential problems early, before they become painful or expensive to treat.

Instead of working in a similar way to most doctors, who only see you when you feel unwell or have a medical issue that’s getting you down, we like to maintain good oral health by asking to you to visit us regularly. How often depends on your current dental well-being, so it could be anything from every three months to annually.

* giving our patients access to thorough oral hygiene examinations to highlight any areas of your mouth that require extra care and attention when brushing at home.

* providing oral health education, such as brushing advice, flossing tips, dietary guidance and smoking cessation care.

* asking you to fill out medical history forms on a regular basis. So many health issues are linked with gum disease – from arthritis and bacterial lung infections, to strokes, diabetes, heart disease and problems with pregnancy. Knowing your medical history helps us treat you personally.

* offering affordable dental health plans that are a great way to spread the cost of regular dental and hygiene appointments.

Dental treatment may not be cheap but dental care is reasonable if you maintain healthy teeth and gums. The best way to do that is to attend regularly for the least expensive but most valuable appointments – the dental and hygiene examinations.