Prevention

From the early age to the mature age, it doesn’t matter how well we do our work if you don’t keep up good oral hygiene! Diligent dental care on your side by regular and effective brushing and flossing will assure a successful treatment outcome. We will be happy to assist on any queries to make your cleaning techniques more effective.

Saliva plays a very important role in your mouth. It not only keeps your teeth and tissues moisten, but also protect your teeth by giving back the minerals they need in order to be strong and long-lasting. The easiest way to check if your saliva is working properly for you is to have it regularly checked by a very inexpensive saliva test kit which is normally done in 10 minutes on a check up appointment. This simple test could potentially save you thousands in the future by preserving your natural teeth for a longer period of time!

The most common instances in which your saliva may not protect your teeth are dehydration and/or consumption of carbonated drinks and citric foods/ drinks.

For your convenience, you will find a list of food/drinks that are highly acidic in nature as a simple download on the download section of our website. You can still have these kinds of food/drinks as long as your saliva is protecting your teeth, otherwise you will need to strengthen your teeth before and after consumption of these particular kinds of food/drinks.

Smoking, stress in your life, diabetes, medical conditions, ongoing medication, drugs, alcohol, menopausal hormone imbalance, inadequate fluid intake, cordials, caffeine (black cola soft drinks, energy drinks, coffee, tea, chocolate, caffeine stimulant tablets, some anti-asthma medication) are other important contributing factors.

These in combination with heavy brushing, acid reflux, teeth-grinding, or having an active sports life leading to constant dehydration will lead to an increased rate of tooth-wear.

If you fall in one or more of these categories, do let us know. If we feel there is a problem, we may recommend a saliva test and additional preventative measures like the use of higher-concentration fluoride toothpaste, a fluoride mouthwash or a highly concentrated fluoride and calcium phosphate creams / toothpastes.

Regular visits to your dentist, hygienist or periodontist are also strongly recommended to prevent gum disease / tooth-wear.