Preventative Treatment

Expert dental care for a better quality of life and the smile you deserve.

Preventative Treatment

We pride ourselves on being an institution that cares through prevention. This involves a good home care regimen, plus periodic dental visits. Routine checkups and cleanings promote continued dental health, as well as allow for the early detection of disease.

Oral health is an integral part of general health, and therefore a visit to the hygienist is the best investment for anyone's teeth.

To find out what preventative treatments Stellenbosch Dental Studio has to offer, contact us today

Oral Hygienist

Our Oral Hygienist is a specially trained member of Stellenbosch Dental Studio’s dental team who work together with the dentist to provide fully integrated, comprehensive dental care, including:

Working with your dentist to plan an oral health maintenance programme.

Removal of hard calculus deposits, plaque and stains from teeth.

Application of decay and gum disease preventing agents, and recommendation of products for home use.

What can I expect at my Oral Hygienist visit?

Our Oral Hygienist will perform the following procedures:

Conduct an initial oral exam of your gums.

Document any changes in your overall health and medicine use.

Clean and polish your teeth.

Talk to you about caring for your teeth and gums.

Answer any questions you might have about home care products.

Why is regular teeth cleaning and polishing by a professional important?

Having your teeth cleaned is a quick and painless appointment that benefits both your smile, and the health of your teeth. The removal of bacteria on your teeth and gum line helps prevent bone loss, cavities, gingivitis, oral cancer, and gum disease. It can also help prevent bad breath and discolouration of teeth.

Home-based tooth brushing and flossing help remove plaque, only a professional cleaning – provided by your dentist or dental hygienist – can thoroughly clean your teeth and remove the hardened plaque (called calculus or tartar) that builds up on teeth. Most hygienists use a series of metal hand instruments to clean your teeth. Some use ultrasonic scalers, which provide deep cleaning above and below the gum line.

Let our Oral Hygienist take care of your teeth and gums. Make an appointment today!

Dental Scaling and Polishing

Dental scaling and polishing is recommended to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and may be necessary every six months, depending on the oral condition of a patient.

Even with regular and proper brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar will still build up over time. Saliva in our mouths contains calcium and bacteria. Dental plaque is a soft film enveloping teeth, which consists of thousands of different types of bacteria embedded in a matrix of proteins, sugars and lipids. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque is known as tartar. Brushing and flossing may remove some plaque, but is unable to remove accumulated tartar. As infections and diseases can spread from the mouth to the rest of the body, affecting general systemic health, it is important to maintain good oral health and hygiene.

Regular scaling and polishing by our qualified and caring Oral Hygienist can greatly assist with maintaining good oral health, and involves:

Scaling: removes plaque and tartar.

Polishing removes stains and remaining plaque while smoothening and shining teeth so that dental plaque cannot attach easily to tooth surfaces.

Fluoride treatment: polishing may then be followed by a fluoride gel or foam treatment to reduce post-scaling sensitivity and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us today on +27 (0)21 887 6787.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a mineral that is very effective in protecting teeth from decay. It is a naturally occurring substance that is absorbed from water and from different foodstuffs.

The incorporation of fluoride into tooth structure is especially important during the phases when tooth development is taking place, i.e. from birth when the primary teeth are mineralising, until approximately 12 years of age when the permanent teeth have developed. When a child’s teeth are still forming, fluoride works by making tooth enamel more resistant to the acid that causes tooth decay.

South Africa’s water supplies are not fluoridated. In Cape Town, the levels of fluoride in the water are much lower than the optimal level required to prevent the formation of cavities.

It is important for children to get some systemic fluoride to help developing teeth grow strong and healthy, especially children living in non-fluoridated communities, such as Cape Town and surrounding areas. At Stellenbosch Dental Studio, topical fluoride is administered to all children bi-annually, at their cleaning visit.

Contact Stellenbosch Dental Studio now for an appointment to review the fluoride status of your child’s teeth, and to offer an appropriate recommendation.

Fissure Sealants

Deep pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are called ‘fissures’, and are usually so narrow that toothbrush bristles and streams of water are not able to clean them effectively. These form a favourable environment for bacteria to flourish in, often resulting in tooth decay.

What can be done?

Fissure sealants can be effectively applied to both children’s and adults’ teeth. They are thin, invisible plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces to keep bacteria and food debris away from the grooves, thereby helping to protect them against tooth decay. Dental sealants are commonly used on the back teeth or second molars, where decay most frequently occurs.

What does the sealant application involve?

It is a simple and pain-free procedure – no drilling or removal of tooth structure is necessary. The tooth is properly cleaned, treated, dried and the sealant is applied. Initially applied in liquid form, the sealant flows into the pits and fissures of the teeth chewing surfaces. Finally, a high intensity curing light is used to harden the fissure sealant into a plastic coating. It takes a few minutes for each tooth to set. Once it does, the invisible cover immediately offers round-the-clock protection against dental caries and cavities.

How effective are sealants and how long can they last?

Many studies show sealants to be very effective in preventing decay in fissures, and that a properly placed sealant will last as long as a typical amalgam filling. Even if a sealant is damaged or lost, it is easily repaired and replaced. Regular maintenance by your dentist will help them last. This can be done during your biannual six-monthly check-up.

When should sealants be put on the teeth?

Sealants are most effective when applied after the eruption of the tooth. Early application ensures pits and fissures are sealed before the decay process begins.
Despite the immense benefits, Fissure Sealants should never be seen as a replacement for regular brushing, flossing or dental visits.

For more information on Fissure Sealants and other Children’s Dental Services, call our friendly experts at Stellenbosch Dental Studio.

Mouth Guards

The use of a mouth guard when playing contact sports is very important. Not only does it protect direct physical trauma to the teeth and lips, but it can also prevent serious head and neck injuries. Dental accidents such as these can be painful and costly problems to fix.

Store-bought vs custom-fitted mouth guard?

While store-bought mouth guards might be effective, custom-fitted mouth guards from Stellenbosch Dental Studio are better for your oral and overall health for many reasons, such as:

They are made of a strong and durable material.

Custom-fit: the material is moulded to fit precisely over your teeth and gums offering the best possible protection.

Allows you to speak clearly.

Won’t fall out or move around.

Won’t restrict your breathing.

Are comfortable.

How long does a mouth guard last?

In a growing child, a new mouth guard should be made every year because there is usually significant change in the shape of the jaw and teeth over that time. Children in their later teen years and adults are usually able to keep their mouth guards for much longer.

The length of time you have your mouth guard will depend on a number of things, and your sports mouth guard will need replacing over time. Just bring it along to your check-ups and your dentist will inspect it for wear and tear.

How does a mouth guard prevent injuries?

Mouth guards are an effective piece of equipment to help prevent injury to the mouth, and:

Protect teeth against impact.

Protect against jaw joint injury.

Protect against soft tissue injuries.

Help prevent neck and jaw injuries.

Could protect against concussion.

How do I take care of my mouth guard?

In order to get the most out of your mouth guard it is important that you take good care of it:

The plastic that mouth guards are made of changes shape in high temperatures, so it is best to keep it out of direct sunlight.

Always rinse your mouth guard in cold water after you’ve used it.

Store in a rigid plastic container.

On occasion, we recommend rinsing your mouth guard in mouthwash.

If your mouth guard gets damaged, replace it.

Bring your mouth guard along to your regular dental check so it can be assessed by one our dentists.

If you play contact sports, you need a mouth guard. For more information on mouth guards and other Children’s Dental Services, call our friendly Stellenbosch Dental Studio team now.