The role of the dentist: to repair our teeth when something goes wrong or when we are suffering pain. That seems to be the conventional opinion of the dentist but over recent years a new form of dentistry has emerged that has revolutionised the way we think about our teeth. Working on the premise that prevention is better than cure, this new kind of preventative dentistry aims to stop dental and periodontal problems occurring in the first instance.
The first stage of preventative dentistry is to book yourself an appointment with a West London dentist. At this stage the dentist will examine your teeth for any signs of damage or disease. At your next appointment, the dentist will make any necessary repairs, fill any cavities and restore any broken or chipped teeth with dental bonding. They can also repair any discolouration with dental bonding. Once the teeth are fixed and adequately protected against the elements which damage them, it is then the turn of the dental hygienist to clean and restore the appearance of the teeth.
They accomplish this using a series of treatments called scaling and polishing. This involves scraping the teeth to rid them of any bacteria and plaque that might still be hanging on. The teeth are then polished so that it is harder for bacteria to stick to the teeth.
Your dentist and hygienist will have worked together to come up with a plan to keep your teeth clean that involves sticking to a hygiene routine. This, if followed well and with regular check ups should keep the teeth clean and free from plaque and protect them in the future. Don’t wait until it’s too late to do something about your teeth, prevent the problems in the first instance.