Why Do I Need Maintenance?

Since the day our first tooth came in, dental plaque gets a stronghold in our mouths and attach 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 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 adequite will lead to early failure as the BIOFILM will destroy the basis that keeps these restorations intact.


 Restorations Have A Lifespan

Although most of us expect our dental fillings and restorations to last a lifetime this is simply not a realistic view. Dental restorations like veneers, crowns and fillings carry a lifespan that we can predict on the basis of statistics, workmanship, enviroment and characteristics of the material choice.

The enviroment in this case is the mouth with all the dietary elements and forces that play a huge role. THe pH of this enviroment is something we can control and therefore have the ability to shorten or lengthen the lifespan dramatically. The pH of the enviroment works directly on the supporting tooth structure that provides the basis for all dental restorations.

Dental plaque uses sugar to create acid that lowers the pH. The same apply for any food or drinks with an acidic or low pH. This low pH dissolves the enamel and tooth structure that lead to failure of the restorations. Maintenance therefore starts to keep and maintain a high pH to avoid this breakdown.

 What Is Maintenance?

Maintenance is the day to day cleaning and looking after of your teeth and gums. This involves manuel cleaning and following the coreect diet. Maintenance takes place at the home and your dental office.

 1) At Home

Daily cleaning of teeth and restorations is essential with the necessary tools and knowledge. Tools include the following:



Toothbrush :  to clean all reachable and visible areas (the same as brushing the dirt of your car)


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 a clinical check or x-rays.
6 monthly Oral Hygiene sessions are also essential for proper oral health.


At the dentist:
The dentist will clinically check each tooth and restoration for tooth decay and leakage.


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 to book this?
Make your 6 monthly dental cavity check together with your Oral Hygiene session.


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