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Preventive Dentistry Leicester

Preventive Dentistry Leicester

Want to keep your teeth as healthy as possible for as long as possible? Preventive dentistry helps you to keep your teeth and means you have less dental treatment in the long term.

The better you prevent or the earlier you treat decay and gum disease, the two leading causes of tooth loss in adults in the UK, the more chance you have of keeping your teeth for life. The team at 33 Dental will work closely with you to help prevent the need for treatment.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.

There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health we recommend visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by your dentist. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.

Keep reading to learn more about the steps you can take to keep your teeth healthy.

Brush Your Teeth Daily

The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste. Most people should replace their toothbrushes three to four times per year or as the bristles start to fray.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue. This will help remove bacteria from your mouth and also help freshen your breath.

Floss Daily

Daily flossing is also recommended. Flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. If you have braces, you may need to use floss threaders to get between the metal brackets.

To get the most benefit out of flossing, you’ll want to make sure you’re flossing in the correct way. At your next dental appointment, ask your dentist for a quick flossing demonstration. We will be more than happy to make sure you’re getting the full benefit from using this tool.

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Preventative treatments we offer:

Deep scaling

When we see signs of gingivitis such as bleeding of gums when brushing or even eating, we will clean your teeth by scaling and polishing them. Deep scaling involves removing of plaque and tartar below the gum line and is normally performed using a local anaesthetic.

Pit and Fissure Sealants

We also call them sealant for gap of pit and fissure. We recommend this treatment when a pit is created caused by two or more fissures that joined with deep crevices. The tooth sealant is important because deeper pits can’t be reached when cleaning using a toothbrush and these areas are exposed to harmful bacteria and can cause acid to form.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride allows the enamel to be more resistant from breakdown against cavity-causing bacteria and slows them from forming. We suggest the treatment because fluoride is also known to replace minerals in the tooth structure which are lost by decay.

Fluoride Varnish

We mainly provide this dental procedure to children with a maximum of 6 times from tooth eruption until the age of 3 ½ and a 60-day interval between procedures. It is non-toxic because it only uses a small amount and remains on the teeth until it is brushed off.

You should see your dentist at least once per year for an exam to check for any problems in the teeth or gums. If you’re at a high risk for dental problems, you’ll likely benefit from more frequent dental visits. If you’re at a low risk for dental problems, you may see the same benefits from only one cleaning per year. Dental cleanings and exams allow dentists to identify problems and take care of them right away.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Eating a balanced diet also helps to protect your teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need. Limit your sugar intake, including simple carbohydrates like white bread, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Vitamins are important for oral health. Eating a varied diet will help you to get all of the vitamins you need to maintain a healthy smile.

What Does Preventive Dentistry Do?

Preventive dentistry prevents people from developing dental problems later on. If you use proper dental care, you can avoid or lessen the effects of these:

  • cavities
  • gingivitis
  • enamel loss
  • periodontitis

Who Benefits from Preventive Dentistry?

Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry. Children, in particular, benefit because it allows their newly developing adult teeth to come in strong and healthy. Dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments help prevent decay in your children’s teeth. If you’re an aging adult, you can benefit from preventive dentistry because it helps you to keep your real teeth.

Oral health is connected to the health of your body as a whole. This is because the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Maintaining a clean mouth benefits your overall health.

What Are the Benefits of Preventive Dentistry?

With good dental hygiene, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental problems. This, in turn, can reduce your risk of secondary problems caused by poor oral health. Some health problems that may be linked to poor oral health are:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory disease
  • Cancer

Premature birth and low birth weight may also be linked to poor oral health. You should continue to practice or adopt good preventive oral health if you’re pregnant. This includes visiting your dentist for routine check-ups during your pregnancy.

In addition to reducing your risk for other health issues, practicing good preventive health can save you money. Even with dental insurance, the costs associated with poor oral hygiene can add up. While preventive dentistry may not completely eliminate your need for fillings, root canals, or dental implants, it can go a long way in reducing your need for these costly treatments.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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