Preventive dentistry for oral health
None of us like having dental treatment in Mackay, and the best way to avoid this is with preventive dentistry. Here at Walkerston Dental in Walkerston GP SuperClinic, Queensland, we work with you to ensure your teeth stay healthy and strong. There are a number of aspects to preventive dentistry, including diet, oral hygiene and fissure sealants.
How diet can affect your teeth
When you come in for dental treatment in Mackay the dentist may talk to you about your diet. What you eat and drink can affect your teeth, and sugar can be a major cause of tooth decay. You should restrict the amount of sugary foods you eat, such as sweets and cakes. Sometimes you may not realise how much sugar is in something. Fruit juices and smoothies may seem healthy but they are actually very high in sugar. Many breakfast cereals also have a high sugar content, so you should check the nutritional information on the label. Too much sugar can lead to cavities and the need for dental treatment in Mackay.
Alcohol can also have an adverse effect on your teeth, eroding the outer surface and leading to enamel being lost. Heavy drinking can also substantially increase the risk of mouth cancer, especially if you are also a smoker.
Certain foods can also stain your teeth. Wine, tea and coffee are some of the worst things for causing tooth staining.
Smoking and your teeth
We all know that smoking is bad for us, and when you think about it, it is obvious that it will adversely affect the mouth and teeth. Smoking can stain your teeth yellow, and can also increase your risk of gum disease and mouth cancer.
One type of preventive dental treatment in Mackay is fissure sealants. The large teeth at the back of your mouth often have deep grooves that are difficult to keep clean, meaning they can be prone to cavities. If the teeth are healthy we can protect them with fissure sealants.
When you come for dental treatment in Mackay, the dentist may give you advice on oral hygiene. A good hygiene habit of regular brushing and flossing is important for keeping your teeth healthy.