Are you a bit puzzled about preventive dentistry? Your top 5 FAQs answered by Northern Beaches Dental

In almost every area of health, prevention is better than cure. In dentistry, the importance of this  rule is no different.


While many people assume that preventive dentistry simply involves brushing their teeth twice a day and having an occasional floss, this is not the case. The area of preventive dentistry is large and obviously varies depending on your age, level of oral health and, of course, will be influenced by your diet and lifestyle too.

But are there some bits of preventive dentistry that you don’t understand? For instance, what is so important about a scale and polish? Do fluoride sealants actually prevent decay?

At Northern Beaches Dental, we are extremely proud of our preventive dentistry team. Our dentist in Mackay is well equipped to help you keep your oral health in top shape and to stop issues from forming as early as possible. So, if you can’t remember the last time you had a scale and polish, or can’t recall your last trip to the hygienist, call our team today!

But what are some of the most common FAQs that our dentist in Mackay is asked about preventive dentistry? Read on to find out.

What is a scale and polish?

A scale and polish is a service provided by our hygienist, but in some cases our dentist in Mackay may be able to perform them too.

Simply put, a scale and polish is a treatment that removes stubborn and excess plaque both above and below the gum line, to stop the formation of cavities and gum disease. Our team will take time to exfoliate the plaque from your teeth and will then clean or polish your teeth to improve the overall appearance.

Why should I visit my hygienist twice a year for a deep clean?

There are many advantages to visiting a hygienist twice a year, but in relation to a deep clean this is important to keep the risk of plaque formation down, which can obviously lead to a lot of secondary issues.

Do fluoride sealants stop decay from forming?

If detected early enough, an application of fluoride to a weakened area of the tooth can indeed prevent the formation of a cavity.

In fact our team, at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, routinely use fluoride sealants to stop decay with our younger patients, to prevent the need for fillings.

When should I bring my child in for their first check-up?

The general rule is that as soon as your baby has had their first tooth erupt, it is time to bring them in to see us.

Not so much to check their teeth, but to get them used to the environment, the sounds and the smells of the dental surgery early in life, so they do not become fearful as they grow up.

How can I keep my teeth in good shape at home?

Ensure that you brush, floss and attend dental check-ups twice a year.

Avoid excess sugar, alcohol or smoking and your teeth will stay in top shape for many years to come!


All dental treatments carry potential risks. Contact your local dental team for more information about the procedures mentioned in this article.