PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY

Our Dental Hygienist

It is recommended that you attend regular check-up appointments with our dental hygienist. Our hygienist is our resident expert in oral care and oral hygiene and will provide regular cleanings to remove deposits from hard to reach places and also assist you in achieving and maintaining oral health.

Our dental hygienist can perform the following tasks:

  • Educate children and adults on dental health, plaque control, oral hygiene and nutrition
  • Remove deposits and stains from teeth
  • Give local anaesthetic for dental procedures
  • Give post opterative instructions
  • Complete teeth whitening procedures
  • Apply fluoride treatments
  • Give local anaesthetic for dental procedures
  • Give post operative instructions
  • Complete teeth whitening procedures
  • Apply fluoride treatments

In general, our dental hygienist uses preventive, educational and therapeutic methods for controlling oral diseases which will in turn, help you achieve and maintain oral health. If you would an appointment to see our dental hygienist, please contact our reception.

Oral Hygiene & Gum Disease

A daily oral care routine is the foundation to achieving and maintaining a t, healthy smile for life. As dentists and hygienists our role is to educate our patients in the care needed to maintain oral health.

Please see the listed recommendations for the care of your teeth and gums:

Brush twice a day – Using a soft bristled toothbrush and tfluoride toothpaste. You should gently brush using circular motions, be sure to include the gumline areas. You should take special care to reach the inside surfaces of all the teeth, including any hard to reach areas.

Floss once a day – You should floss between every tooth. The floss should be used carefully so that your gums are not damaged by an aggressive action. The aim is to gently remove any accumulated plaque or food from between your teeth and just below the gum margin.

Attend regular visits – There is only so much that you can achieve at home. It is normal for areas of plaque to accumulate in hard to reach areas. Once this plaque has been left for a period it can become difficult for you to remove without professional attention.

Eat a well balanced diet – Consuming food from the four main food groups and limiting the intake of sugary foods will do wonders for the longevity of your smile.

Gum disease

If plaque is allowed to accumulate you will find that your gums will become red, swollen and may bleed easily, this is known as gingivitis. This is due to an inflammatory response and is known as the first stage of gum disease. In the early stages we can reverse this condition by asking you to pay extra careful attention when cleaning. You may think that a sign of blood from the gums means that you should avoid cleaning this area, you couldn’t be more wrong. Gentle attention with your toothbrush in a circular motion and careful flossing will help reverse this condition.

If gingivitis is left untreated for a period of time this condition my progress to an infection called periodontitis. As this infection progresses, the bone and gum tissues are destroyed. Teeth often become loose and may drift from their original position and you may suffer from pain and constant bad breath. The most severe form of this disease includes extensive bone and tissue loss resulting in the loss of teeth.

If you seek attention early, gum disease is treatable. If you think that you may be suffering from either of the listed conditions then you should seek our immediate attention.

Healthy Diet

Your diet is essential in nourishing your body and if you lack certain nutrients, you may be susceptible to mouth infections or tooth decay. Many researchers also believe that there is a link between poor nutrition and the progression of gum disease.

At Sydney Smile Care we recommend you consume a well balanced diet which comprises of the four main food groups:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Breads and cereals
  • Meat, fish and eggs.

You should try to avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods, such as cakes, candy and dried fruits. Generally, sugary foods that stick to your teeth will encourage tooth decay.

Another important step in achieving healthy teeth and gums is to attend your scheduled dental check-ups. If you experience any pain or discomfort between these appointments then please make an appointment with us straight away. By attending to concerns early, we may be able to prevent further deterioration and limit the treatment required.

Smoking and Your Oral Health

Smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease, can stain your teeth, cause bad breath and seriously affect your tasting ability. If you smoke you will be more vulnerable to infection and your saliva flow and quality will be reduced. Even if you have good oral hygiene, you will have an increased level of dental decay and gum disease.

Smoking also substantially increases the risk of oral cancer and can contribute the many other cancers within the body. Chances are, you know this and the habit and addiction to nicotine is what’s keeping you from quitting.

If you would like to stop smoking, there are many options available to assist you in the process. We are happy to give you advice on the support groups available to you.