Preventive Dentistry

Painles and Effective in Liverpool, NSW

The Liverpool Dentist is a professional team of dentists based in Liverpool, NSW. We place a strong emphasis on the role preventive dentistry for improving the oral health of all our dental patients.

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is concerned with maintenance of a normal masticating mechanism by fortifying the structures of the oral cavity against damage and disease. In more general terms, preventive dentistry is an area of dentistry that focuses on preventing dental problems before they occur or stopping the progression of an oral disease in its very early stages to avert more serious damage.

Who Benefits from Preventive Dentistry?

Instruction for home tooth care

The oral hygiene habits you perform at home are essential for healthy teeth and gums. This involves regularly brushing and flossing your teeth.

It is important to brush your teeth twice a day at 30 minutes after a meal using a soft bristled toothbrush that is less than three months old. When brushing, the aim is to remove the plaque that forms along the gum-line harbouring harmful bacteria. Holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and using a gentle circular brushing motion along the gum-line is best for plaque removal. Remember to brush all of your teeth, top and bottom jaw and inside and out. You should also brush the biting surfaces of your molars. Brushing your tongue is also helpful because doing so can remove additional harmful bacteria from your oral cavity.

Flossing needs to be carried out at least once per day. Flossing is necessary because it is the only effective and readily available way to remove the plaque that forms between your teeth and below the gum-line. Flossing is achieved with about 45 cm of dental floss wrapped around the fingers of both hands with about 2.5 cm held taught between your thumbs or fingers. The idea is to slot the floss between your teeth and to agitate any plaque in and around the gum-line so that it falls off.

We will provide home teeth cleaning advice and demonstrate the correct techniques for brushing and flossing when you visit our clinic for a check-up.

People of all ages benefit from preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry means healthy teeth for your child. Children with healthy mouths chew more easily and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat.

Benefits for general health

While, good dental practices can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and protect your teeth, they are also important for your general health. Deteriorating dental conditions can lead to other illnesses and systemic problems such as infections, heart disease and bone deterioration.

Like preventive medicine, preventive dentistry is the best and simplest way to ensure continuing good oral health, which, in turn can have a huge impact on your general overall health.

Regular check-ups

Your regular dental check-up provides an important opportunity for making sure your oral health stays on track. At your check-up, our dentists will inspect your teeth for signs of decay and will also examine your gums, lips, saliva and tongue to make sure everything is OK. Part of the function of a dental check-up is to provide oral cancer screening for patients and to detect any other oral pathology that may be present but unnoticed due to an absence of pain.

Regular check-ups allow us to detect signs of potential problems such as gum disease, tooth decay and the potential for impacted teeth. When problems are detected early, they can be treated more effectively with less likelihood of long-term damage and discomfort for the patient.

We can detect if children and adults are caring for their teeth adequately and will provide instruction and demonstrations on how to perform home oral health care. Please see our children's dentistry page to find out how we can have your child on the right path for oral health.

The regular check-up is also an opportunity for us to professionally clean your teeth. We do this with our Prophy-Jet cleaning system which is quiet and completely pain free. We may also polish fillings if necessary.

Regular check-ups also allow us to keep your medical records up to date. With detailed medical record, we are better able to treat and advise you in relation to your oral health.

The check-up will also provide the opportunity for us to provide you with dietary advice where relevant.