Preventive Dentistry

Keeping your teeth clean and having regular check-ups saves you both pain, time and money.

We encourage all our patients to have regular check-ups so that any early signs of tooth decay or gum disease are recognized & treated before they seriously undermine your health.

The recall interval is determined by the health of your teeth& gums. As diagnosed in the first visit, you might be at mild, moderate or increased risk of dental or gum disease. Accordingly, we determine your recall visit.

Usually, most people will require 6monthly check-ups but if you are at a higher risk of dental or gum disease, you might be advised to return sooner (in 3months) Alternatively, if you are in the very best of oral health, we will only need to see you on an annual basis.

How Long is the Treatment?

The recall visit is usually 15-30 min. This visit will be mainly focussed on the assessment of the response of your teeth or gums to the treatment, reviewing for any necessary intervention & reinforcement of the home care instructions.

Dental Check up Preventative Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry Options

Home Care Products

We have a range of home care products such as tooth mousse, fluoride toothpaste, mouth washes, interdental brushing and flossing systems. We can discuss with you and recommend a home care plan that best suits your needs.

Fluoride Varnish

The professional application of concentrated fluoride varnish is very beneficial to reverse early decay so that fillings may not be needed. This is done at your recall visit to certain areas that we have planned to monitor.

Fissure Sealants

These are special plastic protective coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth with deep fissures. This form a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria away and thus reducing the risk of developing decay.

Night Guards

A large number of people clench or grind their teeth. If you do so, you may or may not be aware of it. Most people do it subconsciously in their sleep This habit can cause unexplained sensitivity, phantom pains, fracture & heavy wear of the teeth. We can prevent the damage caused by this habit by constructing a custom-made nightguard for your teeth.

We have a digital scanner where we take a digital scan of your teeth. So no more messy impression taking for moulds, just a digital image – quick and easy and you can have your night guard done.

Diagnodent Laser Caries Detection Aid

Diagnodent is a tool that has been developed to assist in the detection of caries lesions. This helps to enable the detection of even the smallest of lesions, meaning that they can be treated in their early stages before allowed to become a major issue. The tool works by effectively differentiating between healthy tooth structure and teeth that are affected from caries. This works through the increase in the levels of fluorescence, which the detection aid reads and transfers to a meter. This enables us to detect decay in the very early stages so that we can protect and preserve the tooth tissue or if intervention is needed, can do this using minimally invasive techniques.

Heal-Ozone for Gentle Caries Treatment

This is a device that delivers ozone gas in a controlled manner for use in dental procedures. This gas is lethal to micro-organisms. It penetrates through enamel and dentin affected by caries and kills 99% of the bacteria. Healing of the tooth structure takes place with natural minerals found in the saliva or they can be applied in the form of neutral reductant fluid rich in tooth hardening minerals. We may recommend a home care kit as well. It is usually indicated for the treatment of early decay, root caries and root sensitivity. It may also be used to disinfect deep caries before restoring them and to disinfect the root canal system in addition to mechanical cleaning with traditional methods.

Custom Made Sports Mouthguards

Mouthguards provide protection for your teeth while you can enjoy playing your favourite sport safely. We can construct them for you on the same day or even better at the same appointment. We have a variety of materials ( we recommend the material according to the sport you play) & you can choose the color!

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