Prevention

 

Linked directly to oral hygiene is the prevention of disease and decay. Prevention of the requirement for future treatment is what we’re all about at Pulborough Dental Care. We will help you avoid unnecessary dental treatment by advising on a daily home care regime, designed specifically around you and your needs. This care programme will help keep your teeth, gums and total oral health in good order, and keep the most common dental diseases at bay, thus reducing the chances of future dental treatments.

Regular and detailed dental examinations will highlight early signs of tooth decay or gum disease. We’ll advise you on the correct brushing technique, and advise on some easy to make dietary changes that’ll help protect your teeth and gums for the long-term.

The most common dental diseases are totally preventable so by adhering to regular check ups, and some simple life changes you can be sure that maintaining a healthy mouth is very easy. Our advice is simple, clean your teeth properly, use the correct technique morning and night, keep an eye on what you eat and your daily sugar intake.

At Pulborough Dental Care, Jayne Pascoe and the team are committed to helping you maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.  There are many common, entirely preventable diseases which can be combated by employing a good oral health regime.  We’ve listed some of the most common below. Also listed is an explanation about tooth erosion and preventative treatment for children’s teeth.

Prevention

A good oral health regime with regular check ups helps reduce the need for treatment

Common preventable diseases by employing a good oral health regime

Gingivitis

Plaque and tartar that remains on your teeth unchecked can cause harm. Bacteria can cause mild inflammation of the gums, which is commonly known as gingivitis, a condition that leads gums to become red and swollen and can lead to bleeding. This is a mild form of gum disease, which in most cases can be reversed with a good oral hygiene regime, and regular cleaning by a hygienist. This mild form of gum disease doesn’t lead to any loss of tissue or bone that hold the teeth in place. However, if left untreated it can develop into more serious forms of gum disease.

Periodontal disease

If gingivitis goes untreated it can lead to a condition known as periodontal disease, which is a much more serious form of gum disease. This includes a severe gum inflammation around your teeth, where gums can become separated from teeth and form gaps. Plaque then spreads below the gum line and if left untreated infection occurs and starts to break down the bone and tissue that holds your teeth in place. This can ultimately lead to the loss of teeth.

Like gingivitis, periodontal disease is treatable but it depends a lot on how it’s dealt with, and if it’s caught early. Caring for your teeth and gums properly is paramount, as is good and regular dental care.

Tooth surface loss

Tooth surface loss, also known as tooth wear is the progressive loss of your tooth’s surface, and the exposure of your tooth’s dentine. It is caused primarily by gradual erosion, attrition and abrasion.

Erosion is the progressive loss of tooth substance by chemical or acid dissolution, caused by too many carbonated drinks (including water) and fruit juices that contain high levels of acid. Digestive problems or eating disorders can also contribute to tooth erosion.

Attrition is the progressive loss of hard tooth substances caused by mastication or grinding between opposing teeth.

Abrasion is the progressive loss of hard tooth substances caused by actions other than grinding and is often associated with incorrect tooth brushing techniques. Other factors can come into play such as misuse of cutlery when eating; tongue piercing, and general wear and tear over time.

Because we’re all living longer tooth surface loss is now a much bigger issue than it was in the past. More and more of us reach retirement age with our own teeth intact, which is how it should be, but a longer life means more time for tooth surface loss to occur.

At Pulborough Dental Care we can help you manage tooth surface loss as part of your individual daily tooth and gum care regime. This includes advice on the best type of toothbrush for your particular needs, aligned to the most appropriate toothpaste, among other important considerations.

Non-evasive Fissure sealants for children

Fissure sealants are a safe, painless way of protecting your child’s teeth from decay. A smooth protective plastic coating is applied to the biting surfaces of your child’s teeth, which then forms a hard shield to prevent food and bacteria entering tiny grooves in the teeth and causing tooth decay. The sealed surface is much easier to keep clean with normal brushing and reduces tooth decay and the number of fillings your child might need in the future.

We only apply fissure sealants to the back molars and pre-molars; the sealant covers fissures, grooves and natural imperfections in your child’s teeth. Not all teeth may need a sealant because it all depends on the deepness of the grooves and fissures within any given tooth.

Sealing is a quick, painless and straightforward process. The seal is applied after each tooth has been cleaned thoroughly and prepared. Sealed teeth will feel no different to your child than they did before the process. Sealants usually last for many years, but we will always check them regularly to make sure that the seal remains intact, and free from any unforeseen damage.

Fissure sealants can be applied as soon as your child’s adult teeth appear, which is usually at between six and seven years of age. The rest are usually sealed as soon as they appear, which can be any time between the ages of eleven and fourteen.