Preventive Dentistry & Oral Care 2018-10-24T23:18:45+00:00

PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY & ORAL CARE

Preventing dental problems before they happen

Most oral health problems can be prevented through good dental hygiene habits. Taking good care of your teeth and gums and keeping up with your regular dental visits can lower your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other serious problems.

Preventive dentistry is our major focus at Sydney Park Dental. Our dentists will offer advice to help you and your family improve your oral health. We also encourage patients to visit our Erskineville clinic every six months for a check-up and clean, so we’ll have a better chance of catching any problems before they develop into something more serious.

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What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dental care is everything you do to help your teeth and gums stay healthy. By keeping plaque and calculus at bay, you can lower your risk of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to cavities, tooth loss and other health complications.

At Sydney Park Dental, our dentists will offer oral hygiene advice tailored to your unique needs. But in general, we recommend:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing daily to remove food and plaque trapped between your teeth
  • Avoiding overly sugary or acidic food and drink
  • Seeing your dentist every six months for a check-up and clean

Why is it important to visit the dentist?

Keeping up with your scheduled check-ups allows your dentist to monitor your oral health and improves the chance that problems will be spotted at an early stage. This means problems can be easier to treat and could help you to avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort.

If you only visit the dentist when there’s already something wrong, like a toothache or bleeding gums, serious damage may have already been done. Our dentists will try their best to repair the damage and prevent infections from spreading, but treatments may have less chance of success and a higher risk of complications if a problem has already had time to develop.

Visiting your dentist is also important so your teeth can be professionally cleaned, removing plaque and calculus that may have built up since your last visit and applying fluoride to help protect against further plaque attacks.

What will happen during my appointment?

Your check-up and clean appointment at our Erskineville dental clinic starts with a discussion about your general oral health and any symptoms you may be having that could point to a problem.

We’ll then make sure you feel comfortable in our plush dental chair as we give you a complete oral health assessment to check your teeth and gums. If we do spot any possible signs of a problem, we may recommend dental x-rays to give us a clearer look between your teeth and help our diagnosis. We can then discuss all the treatments we offer, or recommend steps you can take to improve your oral health.

Next, we’ll perform cleaning and scaling treatments to remove any hardened plaque or calculus from the surfaces of your teeth, cleaning areas of your mouth where your toothbrush and floss may not be able to reach. We’ll then carefully apply fluoride to help strengthen your teeth against further plaque build-up. If you’re in a risk category for oral cancer, we’ll also recommend an oral cancer screening.

While we’re examining your teeth, we’ll also be on the lookout for signs of bad habits that may be causing damage to your teeth or putting strain on your teeth and jaws, such as grinding or clenching your teeth, brushing too hard or biting your nails. We may be able to recommend preventive treatments or lifestyle changes to help you break these habits and prevent further damage.

If you’re a new patient at our clinic, we’ll ask you to fill out a medical history form. This can give our dentists useful information and help with diagnosis and treatment planning. Find out what to expect on your first visit.

What are the risks?

Preventive care is recommended for lowering your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems.

Your teeth may feel sensitive after cleaning and scaling, but this should only last up to a few days. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, we may recommend changing to a softer toothbrush or a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

The level of fluoride we use in our fluoride treatments is safe for adults and is carefully applied by a dental professional to ensure there are no harmful health effects, only beneficial effects for your teeth.

What does a check-up and clean cost?

A consultation with our dentists at Sydney Park Dental is $70.

If you want a check-up and clean, we offer a comprehensive exam, teeth cleaning, scaling and fluoride treatment for $175 for adults.

If we need to take any x-rays to help us diagnose a problem, these cost $45 each.