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Prevention is better than cure and that is at the heart of everything we do at Minty Pearls - we want to help you keep your teeth for life.
The most common dental diseases are completely preventable. Regular dental check-ups and hygienist appointments are one of the best ways to keep in touch with your oral health and spot any problems before they start. We recommend appointment times according to your personal dental habits and risk profile, with an average suggested 6 months between check-ups.
If our dentists spot something that doesn't look right or needs further assessment, they will discuss this with you and present you with the treatment options available, you can then book another appointment to have this dealt with.
There are some basic rules you can follow to avoid some of the more common dental issues:
Regular tooth brushing and flossing are the basic requirements for healthy gums, teeth and a fresh breath. Patients often brush several times a day but their technique may be inadequate for effective cleaning. Our Hygienists focus on improving and maintaining the condition of your gums, as well as offering a range of treatments- from relief from tooth sensitivity to fluoride treatments and tooth sealants-designed to help you to be more confident and feel better about the long-term condition of your teeth.
Sugars and particularly carbohydrates are a major cause of tooth decay. The most important point is to limit the number of times any item of food or drink makes contact with your teeth. Thus all foods should be consumed during mealtimes only and avoid snacks between meals.
Tooth surface loss due to acidic foods and drinks is also a major concern today. Please seek professional advice if you feel your teeth are affected by tooth erosion.
Use of toothpaste with fluoride is one of the major factors why children today have less tooth decay. Great care should be taken on taking additional fluoride supplements in young children and professional advice must be sought.
Smoking and Oral Health
Patients who smoke are far more likely to suffer with more severe gum problems. Smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream. This has an adverse effect on the healing process, so infection in the gums and following tooth extractions are more likely. Smoking is also a major risk factor for cancer of the mouth and throat.
What happens during a dental check-up?
One of our dentists will thoroughly inspect your mouth, gums and teeth and listen to any issues or concerns you may have about your teeth. They will use various instruments to get a close look at your teeth and check they are strong and free from damage and infection.
I don't think there is anything wrong with my teeth do I still need to go for a dental check-up?
It is highly recommended to see your dentist at least once a year even if you don't think you have any issues. This way your dentist can closely monitor your teeth and identify issues early which could save you more money and time in the long run.
Are dental X-rays safe and needed?
The exposed levels of radiation are for Dental X-ray are very low that they're considered safe for children and adults. At Minty Pearls we use digital X-rays instead of developing them on film, your risks from radiation exposure are even lower.
Are aim is to take as few as possible.
Expect to get them during your first exam or after not seeing a us for a while. This helps check your tooth and gum health. If you have gum disease we may want pictures every 6 months. For regular check-ups, it's about every 2 years, depending on your dental health .
30-40 minutes for new patients, 20-30 for existing patients
Follow-up treatments may be required of dental issues are found during the appointment
Key benefits are prevention of dental issues and improved gum and bone health.
Speak to use today if you would like more information and to book an appointment.