Preventive Services

At Carlingford Dental Surgery, “the prevention of dental disease is the central basis of all our treatment plans”, because prevention results in
optimum results and minimal cost for our patients.

Our latest techniques and state-of-the art equipment assists us in our message of prevention.

Our intra-oral digital cameras for example, can help patients better understand the causes of their problems and can improve their dental care.

Daily preventive services include:

Ultrasonic Scaling

To fight periodontal disease, we need to reduce plaque, tartar, and the number of bacteria in the pockets in your mouth. One device we use to remove calculus from teeth is an ultrasonic scaler. It consists of a wand with a small scaling tip that produces a soft ultrasonic vibration. The small, quick vibrations in combination with a water flow give us a whole new level of effectiveness in calculus removal. The benefits of ultrasonic scaling include:

  • Increased efficiency of calculus removal.
  • Less need for hand scaling of stubborn deposits.
  • More comfortable access to the root surfaces, thanks to the small tip.

Ultrasonic scaling removes calculus and reduces the number of harmful bacteria below the gum line. It is an important tool in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

Prophy Clean & Floss

Prophylaxis, commonly called prophy, helps to prevent gum disease.

Prophy is a simple treatment where we will add a small amount of polishing paste to a rubber cup and then gently polish your teeth leaving your teeth feeling smooth and clean. The purpose of cleaning and polishing is to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and it is easier to keep your teeth clean during your regular at home care.

Flossing is invaluable as a regular preventative method to maintain your oral health. Brushing alone will not remove plaque and particles of food, especially chewy, sticky foods like cakes and lollies from between your teeth or caught in braces. Therefore, you will need to floss these spaces at least once a day, at night before bed is the best time, so as to remove any food accumulated throughout the day.

Carlingford Dental Surgery can show you how to brush and floss correctly so as to maintain your dental health.


A mouthguard that is made to fit correctly, functions much like a crash helmet for your teeth during an accident, and can help prevent serious injuries such as jaw and tooth fractures. Most of these injuries occur when the lower jaw is forced suddenly into the upper jaw resulting from a collision.

Mouthguards are especially important for children, as it protects their growing teeth and developing bony structure and can prevent an injury that could cause many long-term dental problems, particularly if a tooth is knocked out or a jaw injury incurred.

There is an overwhelming array of mouthguards available from sporting goods stores and pharmacies; however, they provide only very limited protection. Generally, they are moulded by softening a material in boiling water and shaped by biting down, sucking in and holding for a few minutes while the material sets. Since this it is not possible to mould this material precisely to your teeth and gums there will be excessive movement of the mouthguard, so much so that it is easily knocked out when it is required most – during an accident.

These over-the-counter mouthguards also have poor ability to absorb and distribute traumatic forces. Being usually thicker and loosely fitting, it can also impinge on your ability to speak clearly, breathe easily, and even limit your sporting performance by reducing self-confidence whilst playing sport.

The mouthguard that is custom-made from Carlingford Dental Surgery is made of a high quality shock-absorbing plastic that is specifically fitted to your bite pattern, mouth and gum contour. Because the mouthguard is custom-made, it will not impede normal breathing and will be more comfortable to wear than the over-the-counter mouthguards, available at pharmacies or sporting stores. We can even make your mouthguard in a variety of colours to suit your team and style.

To make your custom-made mouthguard, we would take an accurate mould of your mouth and use this to reproduce a detailed cast of your teeth. A high quality dental plastic is shrunk-fit under high pressure and temperature and to provide maximum possible fit. This is then trimmed and polished to give you optimal comfort.

Detailed instructions on the care and use of your custom-made mouthguard is given whenever you receive your custom-made mouthguard at Carlingford Dental Surgery. Additional care instructions about your mouthguard is also available in this website.