Oral and Dental Hygiene

Preventative Check ups

It is a good practice to get your teeth, mouth and gums checked every 6 months. It gives an opportunity for your dentist to examine, evaluate and assess the condition of the Oral and dental tissues. During this visit, your dentist check for Oral cancers/ conditions, dental problems( like cavities, broken n leaky fillings and cracks), Gum problems ( like, bleeding, receding and infected gums ) and Bite.

During your dental examination, the dentist may have to take Bitewing x-rays. These are taken to examine areas where the dentist is not able to. They are extremely helpful in detecting decay between the teeth as well as various stages of gum disease, bone loss and infection. They can assist with diagnosing a concern and with planning your treatment. The dentist may also advise having an OPG x-ray, which provides a panoramic or wide view x-ray which displays all the teeth in the upper and lower jaws on a single film. This radiograph demonstrates the number, position and growth of all teeth including those that have not yet surfaced or erupted. The OPG also reveals the problems with the jawbone and joints called TMJ, for the planning of Implants or Orthodontics, for the assessment of wisdom teeth or for a general overview of the teeth and the bone which supports the teeth.

Gum Disease/Bleeding gums

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Toothbrush, with floss and towels

Did you know that Gum Diseases can lead to serious heart conditions? Gum disease can be prevented easily by regular scaling and cleaning. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, this may be the early signs of gum disease. Having regular professional cleaning by our dentist can help prevent bad breath and gum disease from getting worse. With regular professional care, a positive attitude and persistence, you can lead a healthy lifestyle and have a great confident smile always.

The gums also need to be checked and kept healthy in pregnant women, people undergoing Chemotherapy, Diabetes and people taking Anti-depressant and Epilepsy medication.

Dental Cleaning

Involves removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infected film) and tartar (calculus) which are hard deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect the teeth. While this is a good thing, it also means that we tend to get a build-up of the calcium deposits on the teeth, like lime scale in a kettle. It is usually tooth colored and can be easily mistaken as part of the teeth. It can also vary in from brown to black in color. If the scale is left to accumulate, it will, unfortunately, provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums leading to gum disease and bone loss.

The dentist may use an instrument that produces a tickling vibration to break down the larger pieces of tartar whilst spraying a cool mist of water to wash away the debris. Once this has been done, the dentist will then smooth and polish the surfaces of the teeth to promote a healthy mouth, fresh breath and a brighter smile.

Active Maintenance Appointments

We always try to ensure that you obtain appointments at times that suit you, including Saturdays. To help you, we will pre-book your 6 monthly active maintenance (check and clean) appointments for you as this allows us to spot and prevent potential problems at an early stage. That way you can achieve

healthy teeth, avoid serious-and expensive-problems and ensure an appointment will be available. We will also send you regular reminders.

Fluoride Treatment

Having a Fluoride treatment at the completion of your cleaning helps strengthen the teeth since the acids from bacteria in the dental tartar and plaque will have weakened the surfaces. It is recommended not to eat or drink for approximately 30 minutes after treatment. Fluoride treatments on a regular basis have proven to increase the resistance of teeth to decay.

The Fluoride treatment can also benefit patients with:

  • High Caries activity.
  • Dry mouth secondary to Diabetes, medications, radiation therapy and Salivary gland diseases.
  • People with Gastric refluxes.
  • People with soft or defective enamel.

 

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