Regular dental check-ups are important to maintain a healthy smile. They enable potential problems to be identified early and addressed before they cause discomfort or become major problems.
Regular cleans by your dentist help to keep your smile bright and your mouth healthy reducing the development of cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
The natural grooves on the biting surface of the molar and premolar teeth are known as fissures. If the grooves are deep or narrow, it can be difficult for toothbrush bristles to clean into these grooves. Plaque can accumulate at the base of these grooves and cause cavities.
In these cases protective coatings called fissure sealants might be recommended to seal the grooves: this can be particularly important for children. Fissure sealants help to prevent the development of decay in the deep grooves of the teeth. Fissure sealants vary from fillings as they do not require tooth surface to be removed.
The tooth surface is cleaned to remove any debris and a flow-able white dental material is placed into the grooves. The material is set using a blue light to form a hard coating, which will prevent plaque accumulating at the base of the groove. It is vital that regularly dental checks are maintained to ensure that the sealants are still present and replaced if they have been lost.
Mouthguards are protective devices that cover the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth during sport. Mouthguards are especially important for anyone playing contact sports such as football, rugby and martial arts. However, mouthguards can be provided for any sport to prevent injury or loss of teeth during sporting accidents.