Prevention

 
Woodhill

At Woodhill Dental Care there is an emphasis on prevention. Dental decay and gum disease are a major cause of pain, ill health and days off school and work. These problems are almost entirely preventable.

We will help you establish good diet and oral hygiene habits to help prevent dental problems and maintain good oral care for life. This means less treatment, less time off work and school and a great looking smile.

By looking after your teeth at home and attending your dentist every 6 months there is no reason why you shouldn’t feel confident about your teeth and gums.

The main ways we help prevent dental disease are:

1. Oral Hygiene
Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes.
This applies to children and adults of all ages. Children below 6yrs should use a children’s tooth paste. Children over 6 can use a pea size amount of the same toothpaste as the adults in the house.

Use floss daily. Floss cleans between teeth where tooth brushing can’t reach. It is important to remove food and debris between the teeth as it is a common place for decay and gum disease to begin. Flossing daily will also help fight bad breath.

Ask your dentist or therapist about the best products to use and how to use them.

2. Diet
We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth. Sometimes though there are foods which contain a surprising amount of sugar. It is important to learn to interpret the ingredients, especially in children’s foods and snacks which can contain a lot of HIDDEN SUGARS. Fructose, sucrose, glucose and syrups are all sugars and should not be consumed regularly. Check with your dentist or therapist about the foods you or your family eat and they will advise on the best options. Some top tips are:

  • Avoid sugary snacks between meals. Safe snacks are fruit, bread sticks, cheese, and plain yoghurt
  • All juices including fruit juices and sugar free juices contain acid which is very damaging to the teeth. It causes enamel erosion which can lead to pain and discolouration of particularly the front teeth.
  • Milk and water are the only tooth friendly drinks. All other drinks should be seen as a treat and consumed at meal times.
  • Children and babies should not have milk as a last drink at sleeping time.
  • Children should use a baby cup after 6 months
  • Try to avoid putting sugar in tea and coffee, use sweetener if possible

 

3. Fissure Seals
Fissure seals are a protective layer we apply to the back teeth to help prevent bacteria and plaque sticking to the surface and causing decay. Along with good oral hygiene and diet they are a very effective way to help prevent dental decay.
Your dentist will let you know if your teeth are suitable for fissure seals. You can find out more in our Children’s section.

4. Fluoride
Fluoride is a chemical that helps prevent tooth decay by binding to the tooth enamel making it stronger. It is found in toothpaste and some mouth washes. Everyone should use a fluoride toothpaste. In Glasgow there is no fluoride in the water and this can mean our teeth are more susceptible to decay. If your dentists thinks you have a higher risk of decay they may prescribe extra fluoride in the form of tablets or drops. We often apply a strong fluoride varnish to the teeth to protect vulnerable surfaces especially in children.

5. Hygiene Visits
It is really important to see your dentist or therapist at least twice a year for a professional clean. This is the only way to remove all of the plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth and gums. It will keep the teeth and gums healthy and prevent bad breath, staining and gum disease.,

6. Regular check ups
It is not only important for us to check your teeth every 6 months but also the gums and soft tissues around the mouth. All problems are easier to treat if caught early. See our FAQ section, “what happens at my check up?” for more information. If you are anxious about a visit to the dentist call us first for some advice and reassurance. We have lots of experience dealing with anxious patients and will help make your visit as relaxed as possible.