Hygiene & Prevention

Hygiene Therapy

The Dental Co prides itself on a proactive, preventative oral health program. Regular Hygiene Therapy appointments, every 3, 4, or 6 months as required, are the first step to ensuring no unexpected issues arise. Unexpected issues can cause more problems that will inevitably cost you more in time, energy and money over the long term. Our preventative Hygiene Therapy program is the foundation of all that we do, ensuring your smile continues to shine brightly and that together, we do all we can to preserve your smile for life.

Gum Disease

There are two main categories of gum disease: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, most commonly caused by a build-up of soft bacterial plaque where the tooth meets the gum. When left untreated, Gingivitis can progress into Periodontitis.

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults. It involves inflammation of the supporting structures of the teeth and can cause irreversible loss of supporting bone.

Diligent home care and maintenance visits to the dentist (as necessary) can reverse Gingivitis and treat Periodontitis. The Dental Co’s experienced dentists and hygienists are specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease.

Dental Care for Children

Children's first teeth, also called primary teeth, usually appear through the gums at about six months of age. From this time, up to approximately three years of age, all 20 primary teeth should appear.

Diagnosing problems such as tooth decay, growth problems, teething irritation, gum disease and prolonged thumb sucking is best done early so the dentist can provide or recommend special preventative care.

Babies and toddlers are at just as much risk of developing dental decay, which is why it is beneficial to establish effective oral hygiene habits early on.

Once a baby's primary teeth are visible, it is advisable to introduce a toothbrush with a small, soft head and rounded bristles to gently massage their teeth and gums. There are toothbrushes designed specifically for children. Low fluoride toothpastes have also developed and are recommended for younger children.

Children will likely need help brushing their teeth until they are about eight years old.

Tips for brushing are as follows:

  • Small, circular motion to clean the front surfaces of the teeth.
  • Tilt the toothbrush to reach the inner surfaces.
  • Firm, back and forth motion on the biting/grinding surfaces of the teeth.
  • Aim to achieve at least 2 minutes of brushing time with your child.
  • It is also ideal to familiarise your child with having their teeth flossed to prevent decay between the teeth.

Early dental visits are recommended, allowing children to feel comfortable having their teeth checked and relieving potential problems or anxieties for visits as they get older. Well cared for baby teeth are also critical for future dental health. We recommend children have their first visit to the dentist at around 12 months of age.

Having regular dental visits will assist in maintaining their oral health care through their progression from childhood into adulthood.

Source: The Australian Dental Association Inc. www.ada.org.au

Oral Health & Pregnancy

When you are pregnant or planning on falling pregnant, don't forget to visit your dentist for a routine dental check-up to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy.

Pregnancy increases your susceptibility to bacterial irritation, sensitivity and inflammation. Elevated hormone levels can alter how the gums react to bacterial irritants found in plaque, causing this to happen.

The inflammation that can occur is called gingivitis. Common symptoms include bleeding, redness and swelling of the gum area. People tend to notice gingivitis symptoms more when they brush or floss.

When the infection is found deeper in the gum tissue, around the actual tooth, it is called periodontitis. If periodontitis is left untreated, your teeth and gums can suffer permanent damage, which could result in tooth loss.

To help ensure and maintain healthy teeth before, during and after your pregnancy, we recommend:

  • Regular dental check-ups.
  • Daily brushing and flossing.
  • A healthy, balanced diet.
  • Plenty of water.
  • Limiting sugary foods, opting for healthier snacking options.

Our team will be more than happy to assist you with oral health care instruction for the duration of your pregnancy.

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Halitosis (bad breath) is most often caused when sulphur-producing bacteria are present in the mouth, commonly living on the surface of the tongue and throat. Bad breath occurs when the volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) release from the back of the tongue and throat.

It is important to know that Halitosis is not infectious, and there are various causes and symptoms. Therefore, treatment can vary significantly from patient to patient. Halitosis is a condition we are all too familiar with, don't be shy and let our knowledgeable team assist you with combatting its effects.

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