Preventative Dentistry

Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is the modern way of helping you keep a healthy mouth. It helps you to keep your teeth, and means you need to have less dental treatment. The two main causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better you prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance you will have of keeping your teeth for life. When the dental team and patient work together, this can help to prevent the need for treatment - especially fillings and extractions. Your dental team may recommend a course of treatment to get your mouth into good condition, and then work out a ‘maintenance plan' to help you keep it that way.

Preventative Dentistry FAQs

How often should I brush my teeth?

Our dentists at JME Dental recommend that you brush your teeth twice per day, once in the morning and once in evening if possible. People who cannot brush their own teeth should be given assistance to ensure they brush their teeth properly, in particular children, the elderly or people with physical disabilities. If you need help with your teeth brushing technique our friendly dentists and hygienists will be happy to help you during your next visit to our clinics.

Should I floss my teeth?

All of our dentists at JME Dental recommend dental flossing, as it helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. It also helps with the removal of bad breath-causing bacteria than brushing alone. Our dentists and hygienist will be more than happy to help you with your flossing technique on your next visit to our clinics.

At what age should children start flossing their teeth?

Most children should be able to begin learning how to floss around 7 or 8 years old when their teeth are growing close together. The age when they are ready can vary depending on the rate at which their dexterity and ability to follow detailed instructions. It might be a good idea to discuss this with their dentist at their next visit, and develop good flossing technique with your child from the start.

Which type of dental floss should I use?

There are several different floss options available from your local supermarket or pharmacy, including traditional floss thread, tape or interdental brushes. It very much depends on the condition of your gums and teeth, and which product you are most comfortable using. Our dentist and hygienists can discuss the various options with you at your visit, and help demonstrate the different products to you.