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Prevention is Better Than Cure

 

We have all heard the above saying but how many of us follow through with this concept is not convincing. However, when it comes to your health, especially you teeth, it is very important to take preventive measures to maintain them in good condition. This is not only because dental care is expensive in Australia, but it also stems from the fact that you your teeth do not grow back and it is a hard and painful process to try to restore them through methods that allow for restoration.

Preventive Dental Treatment

As the name indicates, preventive dentistry thus deals with preventing the decay of your teeth and therefore maintaining them in good condition. According to the experts in dentistry at Ballarat, regular oral examinations are a fundamental element of preventive dentistry. It enables your dentist to keep a close record of the condition of your teeth, thus enabling them to discover any signs of decay or cracks in your teeth. It also enables your dentist to examine your gums for any signs of disease. What should be kept in mind is that these check-ups should not be carried out when you have a toothache or a similar situation, because a toothache generally means that your health issue has already manifested. This means that you have reached the stage of curing rather than preventing, probably requiring you to pay a large dental bill and undergo painful treatment.

Other forms of Treatment

Besides regular check-ups with your dentist, emergency dentistry also entails other elements such as scaling and cleaning, dental sealants, custom made mouth guards etc. Scaling and cleaning of our teeth is essential due to the fact that hard calcified deposits often form in between our back teeth and even on the insides of our front teeth. These deposits are not only unpleasant to look at but they are also a breeding ground for disease, as bacteria build up in these calcium deposits referred to as calculus. They can cause inflammation of the gums, bone loss etc. If it is left untreated it can ultimately lead to the loosening of your teeth due to the loss of gum, exposing the root of your tooth. The loosening will even result in the loss of some of your teeth, something no one wants to deal with. In addition to scaling and cleaning, dental sealants are also dealt with under preventive dentistry. It is a method of preventing decay of teeth in children and teens. However, the effects and longevity of these sealants depend on good maintenance of the sealants, again coming back to good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist.