Preventive Dentistry


Keeping your smile healthy and
avoiding dental problems

Preventative dentistry is all about keeping your smile healthy and avoiding dental problems before they start.

A strong and healthy smile starts with good oral hygiene habits at home, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash if necessary. Visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings is also an important part of preventative care.

During a check-up, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for any signs of trouble and provide professional cleaning to remove any built-up plaque and tartar. If you have any risk factors for dental problems, such as gum disease, your dentist may recommend additional treatments to help keep your smile healthy.

Our aim at KDC is to prevent the onset of disease or decay by detecting problems as early as possible, maintaining a good oral hygiene regime at home, and teaching patients that they are responsible for the state of their oral health.
Additionally, we aim to do minimally invasive dentistry and provide additional dental care such as:

• dental sealants
• fluoride treatments
• gum disease treatments

Dental Sealants

A dental sealant is a coating that we apply to the biting surfaces of molars and premolars, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. This is to prevent plaque and bacteria from adhering to the tooth and thus prevent the development of decay.

Any molar tooth can be sealed – and the earlier it is done the better. Ideally, all children should have their first permanent molar tooth sealed after they have fully erupted, which is usually between the ages of 6 and 7.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is the key component in preventing tooth decay by making the outer surface of the tooth more resistant to decay. Popular sources of fluoride include mouthwashes, drinking water, toothpaste, and fluoride treatments you can get at the dentist.
Fluoride is beneficial to teeth because it helps to:

• Rebuild weakened tooth enamel
• Reverse early signs of tooth decay
• Prevents decay from forming
• Prevent the growth of harmful oral bacteria

Who is more prone to decay?

• Orthodontic patients
• Special-needs patients
• Patients who suffer from dry mouth
• Patients with a diet high in sugar
• Patients undergoing cancer or radiation treatment

At KDC, we offer fluoride treatments with every cleaning appointment. Depending on your requirements, the OH will either apply a gel, paste or varnish.

Gum Disease Treatment

When the periodontium (the structures found around a tooth) is affected by disease, this is called periodontitis or periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes damage to the gums and breakdown of the bone around the teeth, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.

In its earliest stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis. Luckily, gingivitis is reversible and can be treated with more cleanings and additional products to your personal regime. Symptoms of gingivitis include bleeding when flossing or brushing, as well as bright red and inflamed gums.

As gingivitis advances into periodontitis, the gum, and supportive bone tissue begin to break down and create spaces between the gums and teeth - this results in teeth shifting and even tooth loss in severe cases.

At KDC, our aim is to prevent and treat gum disease as early as possible. We place great value in educating our patients about their own oral health, and equipping them with knowledge and skills to manage their conditions at home. Not sure on which products to use at home? No problem! We stock a wide range of products that your OH will gladly recommend.

Contact us today to arrange your
Dental Consultation

We place great emphasis on delivering gentle, pain-free dentistry, and take extra care to ensure our patients are comfortable and relaxed.
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