At St Raphael's, we care just as much about future-proofing your teeth as we do about fixing them. We will keep your mouth healthy and provide you with expert advice to prevent oral health problems before they arise, saving you money on expensive restorative treatment later down the line.
What is preventative dentistry?
We stand by the tried and tested ethos that ‘prevention is always better than cure.’ Many severe dental conditions result from poor oral health – preventative dentistry acts as early intervention, keeping your mouth healthy and reducing your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, mouth cancer and tooth loss.
Regular check-ups and hygiene appointments are the best way to keep your mouth in great shape. We will look for early signs of gum disease and tooth decay during your routine appointment, alongside discussing any oral health issues and screening for mouth cancer. Our hygienist will give your teeth a thorough clean using advanced techniques to eliminate the plaque and tartar build-up, leaving your teeth fresh and sparkling!
Preventative dentistry is a joint effort – what you do at home is just as important as what we do in the surgery! We'll give you tips on brushing, flossing, and your diet to help you maintain a healthy mouth in-between check-ups and hygiene appointments.
Keeping your mouth healthy
Although regular check-ups and hygiene appointments are fundamental to your oral health, there is a lot you can do to keep your teeth and gums in good condition between visits. Brushing and flossing twice a day for two minutes should be a staple part of your routine to remove plaque and prevent dental diseases. You should try to reduce as much as possible your consumption of sugary and acidic foods as much as possible; if you do consume them, try to restrict to mealtimes. When you brush, make sure to use fluoride toothpaste to defend against tooth decay.