Decay Management Program
CAUSES OF DENTAL DECAY
Dental decay (known as caries) is a transmissible infectious disease that destroys tooth structure. It occurs when the acids produced by bacteria dissolve the hard outer layer of a tooth (enamel), allowing a passageway for the bacteria to penetrate the inner, softer structures of the tooth. The tooth then progressively breaks down, resulting in “cavities” or “holes” in the tooth. Dental decay is caused by several factors including diet (sugar and acids), oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and the presence of decay causing bacteria in the mouth. Often, it is a combination of these factors that leads to dental decay.
If your dentist has diagnosed you with dental decay, not only do these teeth need to be restored (fillings), we need to treat the cause. This is done by a comprehensive investigation with your Dental Hygienist. It requires two appointments; gathering of information, and educational consultation presenting the results. During the first appointment a number of tests will be carried out. Different components of your saliva, bacteria and diet are examined. The results are then collated and presented as a personal preventive program for you at the second appointment.
'The Smile Artistry Decay Management Program has significant long-term dental health benefits. It will save you much time and expense if you follow the simple recommended routine that is personalised to suit your mouth and condition.'
PREVENTION OF DECAY
• Avoid acidic and sugary foods and beverages
• Brush and floss twice daily with fluoride toothpaste• Chew sugar free gum
• Rinse with water after acidic foods or drinks
• Visit your dentist and hygienist for regular check-ups so that signs of decay can be detected early
DECAY MANAGEMENT COSTS
Total Cost $210 (Free when you have 3 or more fillings - High Risk Decay), Includes:
- Saliva Testing
- Bacteria Swab test
- Diet Analysis
Valued at $140
- Presentation of report
- Dietary Advice
- Oral Hygiene Instruction
- Carifree Mouthrinses
Valued at $157