One of the key principles of dental care is prevention and oral health promotion, instead of just treating the immediate problems that patients have. This is something that we as a practice group have already prioritised in your care and treatment, so that ultimately our patients learn more about how to look after their teeth and gums to prevent problems happening in the future.
Preventative dentistry aims to maintain a healthy mouth whilst reducing the need for invasive dental treatments, such as fillings or extractions. On the NHS preventative dentistry usually comes under Band 1 course of treatment and the majority of it covered during your regular check up.
The two main aims of prevention are to stop decay and gum disease, as these are the leading causes of tooth loss. Your dentists can help identify what risk factors may affect you and advise on how to reduce them. Also, they can carry out some simple procedures, such as fluoride applications, to maintain a healthy smile.
There are some simple things that you can do at home too.