29 Water Loo Rd, AA centre third floor, Lower Hutt, Wellington
At Dental Care Centre Lower Hutt is prepared to answer all questions
pertaining to your dental health and appearance. Oral hygiene, specifically brushing
and flossing, are a vital part of your dental health. We can also answer your questions
about the different dental specialties and explain the meaning of dental terms.
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases (periodontal disease) than from cavities.
Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to
prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing
techniques, performed daily; together with choosing what and when to drink and eat.
We know now that there is no reason for adults to loose teeth and this not something
we should expect to happen.
Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless
film, which sticks to your teeth at the gumline. Plaque constantly forms on your
teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help
prevent periodontal disease.
Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental tarter and plaque buildup to a minimum,
but tartar builds up in places your toothbrush and floss cannot get to below the
gum line. Professional cleaning by a dental hygienist removes this tartar, improves
your gum health and reduces the chances of teeth loss over time. Your visit to our
Hygienist is an important part of your program to prevent gum disease. Keep your
teeth for your lifetime.
The first "regular" dental visit should be just after your child's third birthday.
The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may
ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You
may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that
a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.
We will gently examine your child's teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal
decay and check on the progress of your child's permanent teeth under the gums).
We may clean your child's teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth
against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home.
Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child's
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support
of your natural teeth causing loss of teeth, bad breath, shrinking gums and abscesses.
Dental plaque is the main cause of gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing together
with regular professional hygiene treatments will prevent most periodontal conditions.