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Preventative dentistry for all

Preventative dentistry at Superior Smiles

The Superior Smiles mantra is prevention is better than cure. We believe a personalised Prevention Plan at our Preventative Dentistry, which includes regular oral exams, cleanings, x-rays and guidance for at home care is the best way to ensure excellent oral hygiene . Our Preventative Plan will not only improve and maintain your smile, but it will also save you money in the long run and give you a positive dental experience. With our specialist team and state of the art Practice, you’re in the best possible care to help prevent dental problems. For more preventative advice, contact our dental team. To help ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy:

Visit your dentist regularly
Eat a balanced diet
Brush your teeth twice a day, minimum
Floss once a day
Brush with a fluoride tooth paste
Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria

Brush your teeth daily

The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste. Most people should replace their toothbrushes three to four times per year or as the bristles start to fray. Don’t forget to brush your tongue. This will help remove bacteria from your mouth and also help freshen your breath.

Floss daily

Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. If you have braces, you may need to use floss threaders to get between the metal brackets.

To get the most benefit out of flossing, you’ll want to make sure you’re flossing in the correct way. At your next dental appointment, ask your dentist for a quick flossing demonstration to make sure you’re getting the full benefit from using this tool.

Dentistry for children

We make sure your child’s dental journey is a positive one from the very get-go! Our expert team of dental professionals provide regular, fun and friendly checks-up to help maintain great oral health from an early age and prevent any unnecessary dental issues.

We’re a family friendly dental practice, here to help ensure your child maintains a healthy mouth and confident smile for the duration of their life. When you become our patient, we put you and your family on the right path and help avoid any of the unpleasantries associated with dental health, like tooth decay and gum disease.

To ensure healthy teeth and gums, we advise that you bring you child to visit us from the moment you spot signs of their first tooth. Regular checkups, brushing their teeth twice a day and a healthy diet are all part of maintaining excellent oral teeth, right from the very beginning.

Prevention is always better than cure, so together lets put your children on a best possible path for the get go

Teeth and smoking

Most people are aware of the negative effects of smoking. It can lead to serious medical conditions and even chronic diseases such as lung cancer. However, there’s another side effect of smoking that doesn’t get as much attention, and that’s the toll it takes on your dental health. Have you given thought to how smoking can damage your mouth, gums and teeth?

The habit can lead to tooth staining; gum disease; tooth loss; and in more severe cases, mouth cancer.

Patients who smoke should have regular check-ups with a dentist who will be able to advise about all dental issues and detect any signs of developing disease. You may require orthodontic treatment or be advised to see the dental hygienist for preventative advice about diet, toothbrushing and treatment of gum problems.

Teeth and pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an exciting time and while you have so much to plan for, your oral health may be one of the last things you're thinking about. However, it's particularly important to pay close attention to your teeth and gums in this time. Here are some reasons why pregnant women should take extra care with their dentition:

  • The hormone progesterone can be raised up to 10 times higher than the normal level in the body during pregnancy, affecting its response to toxins and making it more susceptible to developing periodontal disease, also known as pregnancy gingivitis.
  • Some pregnant women also develop a growth on their gums known as a pregnancy granuloma: red nodules, usually found on the upper gums. While they are not dangerous, they can cause discomfort.
  • Other oral health problems may include dry mouth and tooth erosion as a result of constant exposure to acid from severe morning sickness.

If you are pregnant we recommend that you come to the practice for a thorough check up so that we can help you to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.

Sports mouth guards

Do you or a member of your family play contact sports and require a mouth guard? Our sports mouth guards are custom-made rubber coverings worn over your teeth to protect them from damage in contact and ball-based sports. They cushion the teeth and gums and help to avoid chipped and broken teeth.

  • Children's dental mouth guards will need regular replacement as their teeth and jaws grow
  • Adults will also need to replace their dental mouth guards periodically due to wear and tear

If you'd like to know more about us, the way we work and becoming a Superior Smiles patient, please get in touch