Why Do I Need Maintenance?
Since the day our first tooth came in, dental plaque gets a stronghold in our mouths and attaches to the tooth structure. From here on we fight a constant battle to remove and keep this BIOFILM (dental plaque and their excretions) away from our teeth. Failure to constantly remove this BIOFILM on a consistent basis leads to the breakdown of tooth structure and tooth decay.
Restorations like Dental Crowns, Dental Bridges, Dental Veneers and Dental Fillings rely on sound healthy tooth structure to last and remain intact. Placing these restorations in a mouth where regular maintenance is not adequate will lead to early failure as the BIOFILM will destroy the basis that keeps these restorations intact.
Restorations Have A Lifespan
Restorations like anything in life have a lifespan and proper maintenance will ensure the maximum life out of your dentistry. Failure to properly maintain good oral hygiene will result in drastically shortening the lifespan of these restorations to as little as 1 - 2 years!
What Is Maintenance?
Maintenance is the day to day cleaning and looking after your teeth and gums. Maintenance takes place at the home and the dental office.
1) At Home:
Daily cleaning of teeth and restorations is essential with the necessary tools and knowledge. Tools include the following:
1. Toothbrush: to clean all reachable and visible areas (the same as brushing
the dirt off your car)
2. Dental Floss: to clean unreachable areas between teeth and under the gum
( +- 3 mm) (People that develop gum disease do not floss)
3. Mouth Rinse: Chemically clean and kill bacteria
4. Special tools: Helps to clean in some hard to reach places like under some dental bridges
For a detailed video on how to brush and floss click here.
2) At The Dental Office:
Early signs of leakage or decay can easily be picked up by your dentist with aclinical check or x-rays. 6 monthly Oral Hygiene sessions are also essential for proper oral health.
1) At The Dentist:
The dentist will clinically check each tooth and restoration for tooth decay and leakage.
2) At The Oral Hygienist:
The hygienist will remove tartar and surface stains to ensure a smooth surface so dental plaque will not adhere easily.
How Do I Book This?
Make your 6 monthly dental cavity check together with your Oral Hygiene session.