Preventative Dentistry is a term used to describe a situation where the dentist, hygienist and patient work together to reduce the need for dental treatment and avoid the traditional pattern of fillings and extractions.
Smilemakers as a Practice base our patient care on the principles of Preventative Dentistry.
The Smilemakers team will recommend a course of treatment to get your mouth into good condition, and then work out a 'maintenance plan' to help you keep it that way. The Smilemakers' maintenance plan is uniquely formulated to you, involving appointments with our award-winning hygiene team and oral care packages formulated just for yourself.
Preventative dentistry will benefit anyone with some of their own teeth. People who don't have any teeth can also benefit, because conditions such as mouth cancer can be spotted during regular visits to the dentist and then treated. It is excellent for children and young people, but it is never too late to start.
Integral to Preventative Dentistry are good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups
A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy.
In many cases, dental and other oral health problems can be present for a long time before you may become aware of them. It does NOT always follow that your body will let you know when you have a problem!
Unfortunately leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it's best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether. For example, decay can be symptomless for years until the tooth starts hurting, at which point root canal treatment may be required (see our section on root canal treatment) rather than the simple filling that would have been required had the tooth been seen by a dentist sooner.
A dental check-up will also enable your dentist to check important aspects of your health not directly related to your teeth e.g. oral cancer (see our section on oral cancer)
At each check-up, your dentist will:
After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next check-up can vary from three months to a year or more depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems.