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It is recommended you see a dentist every 6-12 months. This is widely due to the fact that problems can arise in this time limit and due to our westernised world and increased sugar consumption things can take a turn for the worse more often. To maintain a healthy mouth we recommend you go on our hygiene program, which we refer to as your continued care. This is a program where we book you in for hygiene appointments on instruction of our hygiene team. This can range anywhere from 1-12 months with 6 months being the most common.
We recommend daily flossing. The purpose of flossing is to physically remove plaque (bacteria layer) from the teeth, so that it is not present to process food and release acid on to your tooth structure. The longer the plaque is in place, the more acid that area is exposed to and the tooth becomes soft, ie. decay begins.
Floss is just one tool we may recommend for cleaning between your teeth and below the gumline, where typical manual and electric toothbrushes cannot reach.
If you are finding flossing difficult, please always ask your Dimos Dental team for guidance as to what tools may help to make cleaning between your teeth easier and more effective.
Our Dental Hygienists are university trained professionals, who focus on disease prevention through education and clinical treatment.
Comprising a vital part of the dental team, hygienists:
- Collate patient information to facilitate a complete and accurate treatment plan
- Assess, document and treat periodontal periodontal conditions (gum disease)
- Detect problems with tooth structures such as decay, cracking, acid erosion and wear from tooth grinding
- Take diagnostic imaging to aid in diagnosis, including xrays, infrared images (Diagnocam) and digital colour images
- Screen for soft tissue abnormalities, including Oral Cancer Screening
- Educate patients as to how best take control of their oral health and avoid future negative dental outcomes
- Perform whitening procedures
- Take dental mouldings or impressions
A Dental Therapist is the title used to describe a dental practitioner who has trained to perform general dentistry including examinations, diagnosis, fillings and tooth removal, often with a patient age limitation, dependent on their institution of education.
Finally, an Oral Health Therapist is qualified as both a Dental Hygienist and a Dental Therapist.
There are so many toothbrushes on the market these days, which we know can be confusing. Our general recommendation would be to use a basic soft brush with a small head. If you are someone who prefers to use an electric toothbrush then again we recommend a soft head preferably round with oscillation.
Dental x-rays (or radiographs) are used to give the dentist or hygienist more information about the teeth, that cannot be determined in any other way. Your dental team will use traditional means to detect any potential problems with your teeth and supporting bone, however, there are many sites we just cannot see or even feel with our instruments.
Some conditions often requiring x-rays are: such as dental decay ('holes'), periodontal disease (gum disease), large cracks, infection, bone disease around dental implants. X-rays are also used during orthodontics (braces), root canal fillings and after trauma.
The type of x-ray taken is dependent on the information that is needed. At Dimos Dental, our technology allows us to not only taken traditional intraoral (in mouth) x-rays, but also OPGs (panoramic jaw x-rays), Lateral Ceph (side-view head and mouth) and a 3D x-ray known as a Cone Beam CT or CBCT.
Your dental team values your health to the utmost, so x-rays are only taken when it is necessary. For this reason also, Dimos Dental only uses low dose digital x-rays. Additionally, we have invested in non-xray imaging to aid our team in their examinations. Infrared cameras, known as Diagnocams, and colour digital intraoral (in mouth) cameras are regularly used to assess, diagnose and record areas of concern. These images also allow our patient's to 'see what we see'.
Bleeding gums most likely signifies unhealthy gums. If your gums bleed it is not recommended to stop what you are doing rather than increase it, as it is mainly due to the build up of bacteria under the gums causing inflammation and mild infection. Predominantly this can be limited with flossing and regular hygiene visits.