| Why Do I Need
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
like DENTAL CROWNS, DENTAL
, 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
| Restorations Have A
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.
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.
Daily cleaning of teeth and restorations is essential with the necessary tools and
knowledge. Tools include the
Toothbrush : to clean all
reachable and visible areas (the same as brushing the dirt of your
Dental floss: to clean
unreachable areas between teeth and under the gum ( +- 3
mm) (People that develop gum disease do not floss)
||Mouth rinse : Chemically
clean and kill bacteria
||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.
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
At the dentist:
will clinically check each tooth and restoration for tooth decay and
At the Oral Hygienist:
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.