Dental Hygiene | Hygiene
We offer hygiene advice routinely during all of our patients’ dental health checks. We check the gums, bone, and health of the teeth, and we will advise you on how to keep them healthy. Our advice will cover the current state of your gums and periodontal condition. We use models and photos as instructive aids. Plaque scores are used to explore areas that may be neglected in your oral hygiene routine. Bone levels are examined with hand instruments, and we may use radiographs to aid us in diagnosis.
Once we have a thorough idea of how well you are maintaining your mouth, we will tailor our advice to your own particular needs. Treatment may follow via further appointments to assess the improvements in oral hygiene. We may also send you for multiple cleanings, deep or superficial depending on the requirements of your mouth.
On occasion, we may refer you for specialist periodontal treatment. If this is required, we will explain the entire process and organise the referral for you from our clinic. As part of our your ongoing care, you will be offered a recall appointment for 6-24 months. The frequency of the recall for hygiene appointments is determined by your personal requirements and dental health.
Dental Hygiene | Periodontal
When gums are diseased, they can shrink away from your bone. Long-term gum disease can eventually lead to bone loss, which can result in the eventual loss of your teeth. Luckily, regular visits to the dentist for scale and polishes along with routine oral hygiene instruction can ensure both the dentist and patient stay on top of any developing problems. If your case is more severe, you may be recommended to have periodontal treatment.
If you require periodontal treatment, it means your gum disease is advancing. Many times it can be symptomless. It can lay dormant for a long time with occassional flares of bleeding and swelling. Although, periodontal disease does not effect the hard enamel of your teeth, it does damage the soft tissue and bone that support them.
The good news is that with early diagnosis and care, most cases of periodontal disease can be halted.
Dental Hygiene | Cleanings
Getting your teeth cleaned is one of the most common procedures we undertake in dentistry. As it happens, it is also one of the most pleasant. Cost effective, pain free, and of huge health and cosmetic benefit to the patient, we recommend every patient should get their teeth scaled and polished at least once a year (some may need six-month, or even three-month cleans, to get a particualrly resistant gum condition under control). The process envolves using an ultrasonic cleaner, irrigated with water, to gently clean all plaque, tartar and stains away from every surface of your teeth. The whole process takes circa 30 minutes, depending on severity of stains and plaque build-up. Sometimes in heavily stained mouths, we require a second appointment, but we will inform you of any cost associated with this option, and we will explain why your particular mouth requires some extra attention. If you have sensitive teeth, be sure to let us know. We can give you a little anaesthetic to numb the area beforehand, making the whole process a much more pleasant affair.
Dental Hygiene | Sensitive Teeth
Teeth can be sensitive to a variety of stimuli: hot, cold, pressure and sweet. The first thing to do if your teeth are sensitive is to visit the dentist in order to diagnose the cause.
Teeth sensitivity can be caused by various factors, including receding gums, acidic foods, toothbrush abrasion, cracks, decay, teeth clecnhing, bruxism and failing fillings. Once you know why your teeth are sensitive their are various treatments available such as fillings, tooth brush and dietary changes, along with toothpastes such as Sensodyne that can reduce or eliminate the sensitivity.
For certain patients, we apply a fluoride varnish (Duraphat) onto troublesome teeth. This effectively seals the holes in your teeth and reduces the dentine sensitivity.
Dental Hygiene | Fissure Sealant
Fissure sealant is a thin, flowable, tooth-coloured resin that is painted onto the grooves and pits of teeth in order to prevent decay from starting. It is typically placed on children’s permanent teeth as a preventative measure once they have erupted. After the sealant is painted on, the dentist uses a blue light to make the resin harden. Fissure sealants are a pain free, cost effective treatment and are very well tolerated by children. Not only does it protect those first adult molars, but it also introduces kids to the dental environment in a non-traumatic and gentle manner.
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