Preventive dentistry is one of the most important aspects of our dental practice. We would like to help you and your family achieve and maintain optimal dental health. By focusing on early intervention and explaining the importance of good oral hygiene and regular check-up appointments, we can detect and treat problems before they have a chance to develop and require more extensive treatment.
Our practice is equipped with the latest technology to perform detailed examinations and provide accurate and early diagnosis of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. We keep ourselves up-to-date with the latest dental techniques to ensure you receive the best possible care.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in Australian adults. It begins as red, puffy and swollen gums caused by the build up of plaque and bacteria, this inflammation is your body’s natural response to the attack on the gum tissues. Whilst your body fights this bacterium, your gums become seriously affected. They resorb and blood flow is decreased. This resorption will eventually cause the destruction of the bony support for your teeth, by this stage your gum disease has progressed to a condition known a periodontitis and this is when tooth loss becomes a concern.
The loss of a natural tooth can cause severe complications with for your surrounding teeth, causing them to become crooked and overloaded with biting pressure. Not only will your teeth become more difficult to clean but the effects can lead to damage in your jaw joint. A missing tooth root will also cause your jawbone to recede and if several teeth are lost your bite may lose support, causing your facial muscles to lose their elasticity. When diagnosed early, gum disease is a reversible condition and your mouth can be restored to total optimum health.
A healthy balanced diet and a regular oral and dental hygiene routine of brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once a day will greatly contribute to the health of your teeth and gums.
Some of our favourite foods like lollies, chocolate, cakes and soft drinks are the biggest causes of tooth decay. When you have sugary or starchy foods and sweetened drinks the bacteria in your mouth produces acid that attacks tooth enamel. Saliva is your body’s natural defence to this acid, which is why chewing sugar free gum, rinsing your mouth with water and limiting your frequency of sweet and starchy foods is effective for preventing dental problems.
The entire team at Apple Dental is committed to helping all of our patients, young and old, achieve their ideal goal of healthy teeth and excellent dental hygiene to achieve great smile for life.
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