Preventive Dentistry in Melbourne's CBD
Preventive dentistry in Melbourne’s CBD is a collaborative effort between you and your dentist. It calls for a proactive approach to your oral care—or taking steps today to help prevent dental health issues tomorrow.
Your dentist in Melbourne, VIC is committed to your long-term oral health and provides the services you need to help stave off dental problems in the future. For your part, an excellent oral care schedule at home will only complement your preventive dentistry visits in Melbourne. In other words, the collaborative effort between yourself and your dentist is essential to your smile and gum health.
If you’re looking for a caring dentist and friendly dental team in Melbourne’s CBD, we welcome your call.
Please read on to learn more about our preventive dentistry practices below.
- What is preventive dentistry in Melbourne, VIC?
- How often should I visit the dentist?
- When should my child see the dentist?
- How often should I brush and floss?
- What is periodontal disease?
- Why do I need a dental x-ray?
- What is the individualised Continuing Care Programme?
What is preventive dentistry in Melbourne, VIC?
Preventive dentistry considers the schedules and treatments you need to help maintain your smile and to avoid dental health problems. In other words, we want to lower your risks for cavities, infections and periodontal disease.
Preventive dentistry services may include:
- Comprehensive dental exams to monitor and diagnose any oral health issues
- X-rays as needed to have a look beneath the surface
- Professional teeth cleans to remove bacteria and tartar
- Dental sealants to seal debris and bacteria away from teeth
- Fluoride treatments to strengthen your teeth against cavities
At Dimos Dental & Facial Aesthetics, we customise your preventive dentistry based on your oral health needs. We want to provide those services that are specific to your goals and best dental outcome.
How often should I visit the dentist?
Typically, we recommend visiting your dentist in Melbourne, VIC every six to twelve months for regular dental exams. This schedule helps your dentist keep a keen eye on your smile health and note any changes between dental visits. Your dentist may also provide a cancer screening, recommend teeth cleaning with our dental hygienist and take x-rays to have a look beneath the surface.
However, your dentist will customise your schedule based on exam findings. If you have specific oral health issues, we may recommend that you visit the dentist more often for treatments or exams.
When should my child see the dentist?
At Dimos Dental & Facial Aesthetics, we recommend bringing your child to the dentist around the time their first tooth comes in. Your child’s dentist and the team will work hard to make dentistry a positive experience for your child. We build trust with children and make their time in our dental clinic fun and pleasurable. It has been our experience that this approach helps ingrain good oral habits as children grow.
Your dentist will carefully examine your child’s mouth to see how teeth are coming in and take the time to speak with you. We welcome your questions and will provide tips to help you maintain your child’s oral care at home, too.
In our dental clinic, we believe that preventive dentistry in Melbourne, VIC should start early.
How often should I brush and floss?
We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice per day, but our dentist or hygienist may suggest a more customised tooth brushing schedule if you are prone to cavities or have specific oral health concerns.
Your dentist in Melbourne, VIC also recommends flossing at least once per day to remove plaque and bacteria from between teeth. If this plaque is left between teeth, it may lead to cavities.
Brushing and flossing, coupled with regular dental exams and cleans, may lower your risks for cavities, infections, and periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease means you have infections in the ligaments and tissues that surround your teeth. These infections lead to pocketing—gums moving away from teeth. Over time, you will notice an elongated tooth appearance as a result.
In the early stages—gingivitis—this condition is reversible, which is why it is essential to visit your dentist regularly and maintain your smile health at home with best practices in brushing and flossing. Remember, preventive dentistry in Melbourne, VIC is designed to lower your risks for dental health issues like gum disease.
Signs of periodontal disease include:
- Long tooth appearance
- Bleeding gums
- Toothache or tooth sensitivity
- Swollen or red gums
- Bad taste in the mouth or bad breath
- Loose teeth
We treat periodontal disease in Melbourne, VIC, and we have designed our therapy to help save your teeth and stop the progression of this disease.
Why do I need a dental x-ray?
Dental x-rays (or radiographs) give the dentist or hygienist more information about the teeth and gums. Your dental team will use traditional means to detect any potential problems with your teeth and supporting bone. However, there are many sites we 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 & Facial Aesthetics, 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 we take x-rays when necessary. For this reason, Dimos Dental only uses low dose digital x-rays.
Additionally, we have invested in non-x-ray imaging to aid our team in their examinations. We use Infrared cameras, known as diagnocams, and colour digital intraoral (in mouth) cameras to assess, diagnose and record areas of concern. These images also allow our patient's to 'see what we see'.
What is the individualised Continuing Care Programme?
The most valuable service we offer is our individualised Continuing Care Programme.
Through your visits with our oral health therapists, we assess for the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. The therapist will clean your teeth and take the necessary radiographs (x-rays). The dentist will then check the x-rays and perform a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth and face to check for signs of decay, disease or other pathology such as oral cancer.
We clean your teeth more thoroughly, and the therapist will remove all deposits of tartar, plaque and staining from your teeth using specialised instruments.
During this visit, the dental therapist will discuss with you aspects of dental and oral health, plaque control and nutrition. You will learn about the causes of dental disease and receive instructions in the skills and strategies to control these causes. At each visit, they will evaluate how their recommendations are working and revise treatment or advice, to achieve optimum oral health.
The dental therapist may also advise and prescribe, when necessary, preventive products or treatments. We tailor each appointment to your personal needs and oral health requirements.
Appointments for Preventive Dentistry in Melbourne
If you would like to arrange an exam for yourself or your loved ones, we encourage your call.