Preventative

Dental Hygiene

It is essential for good Oral Hygiene to begin at home and early in life. By forming good brushing, flossing and eating habits and regular check ups at your dentist can enable your teeth to last a lifetime.

By following the ADA Guidelines, you ll soon be on the right path to a glowing smile.

"Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day". The best times would be an hour after a meal.

Your dentist should be able to advise the correct brushing techniques which are most suitable for you and or your children. This may be due to your age, previous dental issues or whether you have braces, bridges, implants or false teeth.


Gum Disease

Gum disease is best described as swelling, soreness or infected tissues supporting the teeth. There are 2 main forms:

1) Gingivitis: This is the inflammation of gums where they often bleed when they are brushed during cleaning.
2) Periodontal Disease: If left untreated, Gingiviis can turn into Periodontal Diesase. There are many types and all affect tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease develops, the bone that anchors the teeth in the jaw is lost making the teeth loose. If untreated, the tooth may eventually fall out.


Children

At SFDC, the aim is prevent oral disease. As a result, fluoride applications and fissure sealants are applied to biting surfaces of children’s teeth to prevent decay.


Mouthguards

Although readily available Mouthguards can be bought from the pharmacy, a custom made one is unique to your mouth. They are just as an essential piece of protective equipment as other sporting equipment used.

The advantage of a custom made mouthguard is that it will be moulded to your fit and unlikely to dislodge when used. It will also prevent costly dental work resulting from a sporting injury from not wearing one.

But ultimately, your smile will remain intact and your confidence will continue to soar.