Preventative Dentistry

Preventative maintenance visits

It’s the age old saying: prevention is better than a cure. At Whitehorse Dental we wholeheartedly believe in the preventative dentistry philosophy. Our experienced dentists will tailor a preventative program for you so that we can catch problems before they start.

During our preventative maintenance visits, we may:

  • Examine your teeth for any signs of decay, acid wear, cracks or damage from grinding your teeth at night
  • Check your teeth’s gum and bone support
  • Do an oral cancer screening
  • Clean and polish the teeth
  • Take x-rays every few years to check the areas in between your teeth that can’t be seen by visual examination

The frequency of preventative maintenance visits depends on your risk profile: how likely you are to develop a dental issue between dental visits. For some people who carry a high risk of gum disease or tooth decay, we may recommend three or four-monthly visits. For low risk patients who have mastered their preventative home care, our dentists are known to recommend six or even 12-monthly visits. Even if you’ve traditionally experienced dental problems, our dentists will equip you with the best and most efficient way of looking after your teeth so that you can transition from high risk to low risk.

Fissure sealants

Often the back teeth have deep grooves that accumulate food and bacteria, causing teeth to decay over time. To help prevent this, we can place a resin into the grooves to seal and protect them against future tooth decay. The application of this protective coating requires no anaesthetic or drilling and is very commonly performed on children’s adult molars soon after they grow into the mouth.

Custom made sports mouthguards

For people who play sports that carry a risk of contact to the face, it’s imperative that they have a custom fit mouthguard made. Every year, thousands of people are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or significantly minimised if a custom fit mouth guard was worn.

Night guard for clenching and grinding

If you’re a person who clenches and grinds your teeth when you sleep, your teeth may be rubbing against each other for hours during the night. What’s more, the amount of force exerted during teeth grinding is five times the force experienced during chewing. Teeth are not designed to withstand that kind of pressure. Clenching and grinding the teeth at night can commonly result in jaw pain, headaches, jaw joint pain, facial pain, chipped and broken fillings or teeth and short, worn down teeth.

The best way to protect the teeth and jaws from damage is to have a dental night guard made. Dental night guards work by helping to relax the jaw muscles and stop the teeth from being worn away.

Oral appliances for treatment of snoring

Our specialised dentists are trained to make custom appliances for the treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Based on more than 40 years of published scientific studies, oral appliances are now designated by the Australian Sleep Association and American Academy of Sleep Medicine as a key treatment for these conditions. We work under the recommendation of a number of leading sleep physicians and ear, nose and throat specialists to deliver appliances that help in the management of snoring and sleep apnea.

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