Technological advancements have also enabled dental practices to improve their treatment methods. For instance, innovations in restorative dentistry, such as implantology and tooth filling treatments, are on the rise.
Take, for example, now there are dental fillings that can now actively repair tooth decay. Professor Robert Hill is the Chair of Physical Sciences at the Institute of Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London and co-founder and director of research at BioMin technologies. He presents data on the smart repair of tooth decay through the use of new bioactive glass composites. As dental fillings, these bioactive glass composites release fluoride, calcium and phosphate — minerals needed to create tooth mineral. The composites interact in a positive manner with the body as it provides the minerals that are lost due to tooth decay.
These bioactive glass composites can restore the strength and durability of once damaged teeth. But of course, this is a measure that would not have been necessary if one had practised effective oral hygiene. Dental practices such as The Priory Dental Practice emphasise the importance of oral hygiene.
With the advent of technological advancements, here are ways for you to practise good oral hygiene in 2016:
Valerie Martins, a board-certified periodontist, encourages people to switch to electric toothbrushes. She compares the two types of toothbrushes to a broom and a vacuum. Since electric toothbrushes oscillate faster, it spreads water and toothpaste at faster speeds, removing more plaque than regular toothbrushes.
The Diamond Probe is the combination of manual probing with new technology. It features the use of plastic with black bands for visual scoring. This serves to provide more information and measure volatile sulphur compounds in the sulcus and sulfides on the tongue. It can show where gingivitis is prone to take effect — even before bleeding occurs.
Intraoral Dental X-Ray Film Packets
Kodal’s InSight intraoral dental film emphasises comfort above everything else. Its design incorporates a soft resin vinyl end on film packets, which negates the discomfort and gag reflex patients get when they take dental x-rays.
These are but a few of dentistry’s many advancements. Dentists always remind people that good oral hygiene is the best and only way to prevent diseases, bleeding, decay and other dental problems.