An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure
At Merivale Dental Group, we believe that prevention is better than cure. Regular dental check-ups can ensure better oral health by reducing the need for fillings and root canal treatments. In addition, there are a number of preventive services and products that we can provide you with that may significantly reduce the risk of dental decay and gum disease:
The application of concentrated fluoride by us to certain areas may help reverse early decay so that fillings may not be needed.
White fillings for areas of tooth wear
These areas can become sensitive to temperature changes and the application of a restorative material will help reduce the amount of tooth structure lost and reduce the symptoms of any sensitivity being experienced.
These types of white fillings are particularly good for children with deep grooves on their teeth as these areas can be difficult to clean and more susceptible to dental decay.
Regular dental hygiene scaling and root planning
This ensures control and monitoring of calculus/tartar levels that affect gum health. Please see the area on gum care for more information.
Custom-made sports mouth-guards
Our mouth-guards provide protection for your teeth and supporting bones when engaging in contact sports such as rugby and martial arts. These come in a range of thickness sizes/materials to suit the type of sport you are planning to participate in – we are happy to discuss with you which one will suit your chosen sport the best. You also get to choose the colour of your mouth-guard so start thinking now!
Night splints or mouth-guards
These can be made for people with significant tooth wear-related problems due to night-time grinding and clenching. The splint is often worn at night to help reduce the effects of night-time grinding.
We have a range of home care products such as Tooth Mousse, Dry Mouth Gel, interdental brushes, flossing systems and mouthwashes that can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. We are more than happy to discuss these options with you and plan a home-care plan that best suits your mouth and lifestyle.
There are other preventive measures and tips that can help you look after your teeth – Please feel free to discuss these options with us the next time you come to see us.