Preventive Dentistry

Many health problems are beyond our personal control; there is little that can be done to prevent their occurrence. When it comes to dental care, however, people can greatly improve their health through good oral hygiene practices.

Taking proper care of our teeth can help prevent many problems and some diseases that can arise when individuals are neglectful. Many such practices are common sense and were learned in childhood from parents or an oral hygienist.

Advice for a Healthy Lifestyle

Brushing

Sometimes people can benefit from a reminder about how important this daily routine is for oral hygiene. 

When brushing, you should:

  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45° angle.
  • Use a circular motion to scrub away food particles and plaque.
  • Clean the gums, tongue and roof of your mouth.

Flossing

The benefits of regular flossing include:

  • Prevention of gingivitis and periodontitis
  • Removal of bacteria-forming food particles that get stuck between the teeth and the surrounding gum area
  • Prevention of decay and cavities

Cavity-Preventing Diet

In addition to cleansing practices, we should all be mindful of our diet for reasons that extend beyond the size of our waistlines. 

A health diet helps prevent excessive oral bacteria, which thrive on simple sugars and starches. Additionally, a diet rich in vitamins D and C, calcium, and fluoride will help promote strong and healthy teeth. 

Regular Dental Cleanings

Last, but certainly not least, regular dental check-ups are key for good oral hygiene.

A dental hygienist will:

  • Clean the teeth with specialised tools
  • Use techniques that make it more difficult for tartar and plaque to build up
  • Examine their patients’ mouths to look for any signs of gum disease or other potential problems

Routine Clinical Dental Treatment

Routine dental treatment is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile and preventing common dental conditions that put your smile at risk. 

  • Dental examinations
  • Diagnosis of dental conditions
  • Professional dental cleaning
  • Scaling
  • Polishing teeth
  • Filling cavities

Diagnostic Dentistry and Education

Our knowledgeable team provides diagnosis and education designed to prevent serious dental conditions. Your treatment may include:

  • Taking x-rays of teeth and jaws
  • Applying sealants using remineralising therapies
  • Taking impressions
  • Education and motivation to maintain good oral health
  • Promoting oral health by providing education and information on oral health
  • Bringing more complex dental problems to the attention of Dr Chris Karikios and our panel of dental specialists and other health care providers

We Welcome New Patients

To arrange a dental exam, contact our Sydney dental clinic. Our entire team is dedicated to supporting patient oral health and improved overall health with personalised high-quality dentistry.