Preventative Dentistry

To ensure healthy teeth and gums, regular dental examinations are very important. Generally, a dental check-up is recommended every 6 months, but this can vary depending upon the needs of the patient.  These check-ups are the cornerstone of our preventative approach and will allow our dentists to detect any small problems and address these issues before they escalate.  Regular check-ups will help prevent the need for more invasive and expensive procedures and will help you to maintain optimal dental health.


What does a dental examination involve?

At your comprehensive dental exam, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth for any cavities, evaluate existing fillings and assess the health of your gums.

Diagnostic x-rays may be required for proper diagnosis of proximal decay in posterior teeth.  Areas in between back teeth and under fillings often cannot be assessed without the aid of x-rays.  At Everything for Teeth, we use digital x-rays, which make diagnosis easy and quick.  Digital x-rays involve almost 90% less radiation than original film type x-rays.

At your initial dental examination your dentist will assess your oral hygiene and make recommendations to improve your oral hygiene if required.  These oral hygiene instructions will be reinforced at subsequent recall visits.


Girl with beautiful white teeth on reception at the doctor dentist.


Oral hygiene

The following recommendations are helpful in maintaining good oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily in an up and down motion against the tooth surface
  • Use antiseptic or fluoride rinses as directed by your dentist
  • Avoid smoking and sticky, sugary food


Scale and cleaning

Regular scale and cleans are important to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.  Our dentists will thoroughly remove any plaque, stains and calculus (tartar) from your teeth at your cleaning appointment.  After your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned and polished, a professional application of fluoride will be applied to strengthen your teeth, making them more resistant to decay.


Preventive dentistry involves a cooperative effort by yourself as the patient, your dentist and the dental team.  Preventing dental disease continues at home with good oral hygiene techniques and a good diet.  Regular check-ups will allow us to continue to help you to restore and maintain good oral hygiene.