At Absolute Dental Care we aim to help you maintain your natural teeth for life.
Regular check-ups and good oral hygiene play an important role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. We recommend visiting us every six months for a thorough examination and clean.
Prevention is better than a cure…
During these appointment times we will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and bite. Regular tooth cleaning by the dental hygienist is recommended to remove tartar (mineralised plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult for patients to reach on their own at home.
Tooth decay involves three major factors…
Food or beverages consumed.
The simplest way to think of this is that each time you eat there is an acid attack on your teeth. A counter-attack by your body occurs by rinsing the food and acid away with saliva. The saliva buffers or neutralises the acids, but more importantly it contains minerals that rebuild the areas of the tooth that were demineralised or attacked by the acids.
Bacteria in plaque
The plaque bacteria on your teeth should be removed by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Usually a clean tooth is a healthy tooth. Certain bacteria are more likely to cause decay because they can use the sugars and starches you eat better than others. Bacteria are also responsible, in part, for bad breath.
Your teeth and mouth
The third main part of the tooth decay situation is your teeth and mouth. This includes everything from the way the teeth are shaped, formed and positioned, to your saliva, dental treatment, and oral health habits. Your saliva is very important in many ways. Sometimes certain conditions or medicines change the amount and type of saliva and the tooth decay process can continue all the way to cavities.