Preventative Dentistry

“Prevention is better than cure.”

We are keen to prevent health problems rather than treating them after it is too late. On this page we discuss the most common areas of preventative dentistry and how we love caring for your oral health.

Examinations

A new patient examination involves:

  • Jaw assessment
  • Facial muscle and lymph node examination
  • Soft tissue and cancer check
  • Saliva test
  • Gum assessment
  • Bite analysis
  • Checking each and every tooth is strong and healthy
  • Any x-rays, models and photographs required

At our practice, we love taking the time to be comprehensive in our approach to your needs. As a new patient, our aim is to provide you a detailed, clear and insightful understanding of your dental condition to equip you for life long oral health.

For our regular patients, at examination appointments we aim to provide caring support and encouragement, friendly advice and the highest standard of preventative care.

Hygiene appointments

A hygiene appointment typically involves:

  • Evaluation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth
  • Removal of plaque and tartar that can infect the teeth and gums
  • Product recommendations tailored to individual needs
  • Management of bad breath (halitosis) as required

Regular dental hygiene appointments are essential to managing your gum and periodontal health, and at our practice we prioritise this aspect of preventative care. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure your individual dental hygiene needs are met comprehensively, and comfortably.

Periodontal disease management

Although periodontal disease is often slowly progressing, it can have a significant impact on oral health if not controlled. With a strategic approach, periodontal disease can be controlled through a combination of clinical and home care.

For some people, managing periodontal disease is a life long challenge so at our practice we offer a range of treatment and maintenance options to manage your oral health and fit your needs.

Desensitisation

Sensitive teeth can cause a lot of discomfort, and can keep people from the pleasure of certain foods and drinks. To address this problem and prevent it from getting worse, a range of approaches are available including:

  • Home care products that are proven to reduce early sensitivity
  • Sealing damaged or exposed areas of the tooth for improved comfort
  • Management of issues causing sensitivity including acidity and grinding

 

Often serious problems can begin with teeth feeling sensitivity to hot and cold. It’s very important to catch problems early, so if your teeth are feeling sensitive it’s best to check it our sooner rather than later.

How frequently should you have a checkup?

The answer is… it depends. We now know that the old mantra of seeing the dentist every 6 months isn’t necessarily true for everyone. These days, rather than having a blanket ‘one size fits all’ approach, we subscribe to the idea of personalised medicine.

This concept as it applies to dentistry means that your individual health and risk factors are considered before designing a treatment approach for you.

* Please note: We have a transparent fee policy. For further information about fees for our preventative care, Click here.

 

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your oral health with one of our dentists at either Coffs Harbour or Dorrigo, click here. 

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