The oral disease burden in South Africa has been well documented. Next to the common cold, dental caries is the commonest disease affecting man – yet it is preventable. Good oral hygiene practices and a balanced diet, accompanied by professional dental care, are central to preventing future dental caries. Professional preventive dental care includes counselling on oral health practices as well as topical fluoride treatment and fissure sealants, which are non-invasive procedures protecting the teeth from microbial invasion.
The cost of repairing decayed tooth structure far exceeds the costs of these protective procedures by at least 200% and retaining one’s natural teeth is significantly more beneficial than having synthetic material as a replacement. Frequent visits to your local dental professional is advocated for the monitoring of your oral health status.