Your Secret to Keeping a Great Smile

Preventative care is vitally important for overall dental health. Maintaining a thorough oral health routine will keep your smile fresh, your teeth and gums healthy, and is important for looking after your overall well-being.

Gum disease can begin for no apparent reason and can remain unnoticed for a considerable amount of time. Occasional bleeding during home care or sore gums may be only symptoms you get of gum disease that can lead to receding gums and loose teeth. Recent research has shown links between gum disease, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems and premature births. Uncontrolled gum disease can also destabilise treatment for diabetes. Healthy gums help to maintain a balance in all these medical conditions.

Have you visited a Dental Hygienist before? The mission for our Dental Hygienists is to deliver tailored preventative dental care to our patients in a gentle and caring way, to help our patients maintain the health of their gums, strengthen their teeth and keep their smiles looking beautiful.

 

Dental Hygienists perform:


  • Cleaning and scaling teeth to remove all plaque and calculus (tartar)
  • Removal of surface stains from the teeth
  • Apply pit and fissure sealants to help prevent decay
  • Saliva testing to assess your risk of gum disease and decay
  • Help monitor the strength of your teeth
  • Whiten and brighten your teeth with in-surgery teeth whitening
  • Help prevent dental Injuries using mouth guards
  • Instruction in tooth brushing and flossing
  • Counselling in proper nutrition
  • Presentation of prescribed dental treatment
  • Recommending future treatment (orthodontics, periodontal therapy, etc) in consultation with your dentist.


Oral Health care


A Dental Hygienist visit is routinely performed every six months depending on the patient’s requirements and is usually between 45 minutes and 60 minutes. The process is very gentle and comfortable and your dental hygienist will recommend a suitable timeframe to keep your gum in healthy state.
 
"Frequent Dental Hygiene visits are the best way to maintain the health of your teeth and gums and prevent the need for complex dental procedures"


Fissure sealant


Fissure Sealants are the best non-invasive preventive measure against dental decay on the biting surfaces of the teeth where decay is common.
The grooves on the biting surfaces of most molar teeth are too deep and too narrow to be completely cleaned with a toothbrush.

Fissure sealing is a preventive procedure that involves the placement of dental resin or glass ionomer cement in these deep grooves to prevent the accumulation of food and decay-causing bacteria.

Fissure sealants are great in that they require no drilling, are painless, and are less expensive than fillings.

We usually recommend them in younger patients at risk of tooth decay.