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Preventative Dentistry

Prevention is better than cure. At Albany Dental, we will partner you in your quest for a lifetime of great dental and oral health!

Call Albany Dental at (07) 3264 9590 to start making a difference to your overall health and wellbeing today!

Since the state of your dental health is closely linked to that of your whole body and overall wellbeing, it certainly pays to keep it in check at all times. Preventative dentistry focuses on the regular and systematic monitoring and maintenance of your dental health to minimise the probability of dental or oral health problems – the most serious of which is oral cancer.

The two aspects of preventative dentistry are oral hygiene and regular clinical maintenance. The former refers to the routine brushing and flossing that you perform at home; and the latter includes the evaluation, procedures and practices that we employ at our clinic to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

At Albany Dental in North Brisbane, we promote an active maintenance programme that combines the daily at-home regime with twice-yearly visits to our clinic for professional cleans and checks. Our dentists and staff will partner you in this programme, where you’ll receive professional advice and procedures, all designed to give you a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles.

Your dental/ oral health is linked to medical conditions

Beyond giving you a gleaming smile, preventative dentistry is the branch of dentistry that looks at the “big picture” of how the state of your teeth, gums and oral cavity relates to your overall wellbeing.

Research has revealed strong links between periodontal disease and serious medical conditions like stroke, arthritis and heart attack. Even a person’s blood pressure can be traced to oral bacteria and inflammation in the mouth area.

While it is vitally important to upkeep a proper brushing and flossing routine, it cannot totally eliminate the risk of periodontal disease. Only a dentist is qualified to perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. Using professional techniques and diagnostic equipment – including X-rays – we will be able to detect early warning signs and deal with any problems before they get worse. A good example of this is oral cancer screening, in which a professional dental diagnosis sometimes goes beyond mere prevention and becomes a lifesaver. As oral care professionals, we are also in the best position to either treat your case or refer you for specialist treatment.

Preventative dentistry plays a critical role for anyone who cares about their dental condition, and by extension their overall health and wellbeing. With so much at stake, you have no excuse to neglect visiting a dentist for a thorough oral examination. On average, we recommend twice-yearly visits.

What are some of the preventative procedures and measures?

Our programmes for preventative dentistry are tailored to your specific needs. They also keep track of the changes at different stages of your dental and oral health development. All our routine programmes are geared towards identifying and dealing with dental problems in their earliest stages. This would ensure that the treatments, where necessary, are as minimally invasive as possible.

Professional dental checks

It doesn’t take long for tartar or plaque to accumulate on your teeth and gums. We encourage you to visit us at least twice a year, as these regular visits would significantly reduce your chances of getting tooth decays and other preventable dental problems. They also make early detection of symptomless dental ailments like periodontal disease a lot more feasible.

Advanced diagnostics

Using advanced diagnostic equipment and techniques, we will be able to evaluate the condition of your dental health with highly accurate results. We will first review your dental and medical history, taking note of any conditions that may require extra attention, before carrying out a thorough oral examination. All our oral exams are carried out in a systematic, unobtrusive and caring way. We will then discuss our findings with you and advise you on the necessary steps to take.

Professional cleaning

This is an important part of the routine maintenance of your teeth and gums. Regular dental scaling and polishing provides a highly effective means of preventing plaque and tartar build-up. Not only does professional cleaning assist with gum disease prevention, they also whiten your teeth and freshen your breath.

Promote positive lifestyle habits

Many lifestyle choices that you make will either improve or harm your dental health. Our role in the promotion of active oral care maintenance involves showing you the steps towards achieving a well-balanced diet and at-home cleaning regime. Our dental professionals also make great lifestyle coaches when it comes to educating you on the dos and don’ts of good oral care habits.

Start caring for your teeth and gums today. Call Albany Dental at (07) 3264 9590 to find out how we can help you jumpstart an active oral care maintenance programme!

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