Preventive Dentistry and Periodontal Treatment in Pascoe Vale VIC

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We believe in treating patients based on their goals for their smiles. When a new patient trusts us with their dental care, we will discuss any oral health conditions and concerns about the appearance of their smiles and then organise a treatment plan that meets their needs.

We also believe in the importance of patient education, and we are always happy to discuss your oral health with you. Educated patients are able to make better decisions about their own oral health.

We’ve gathered some common questions for you to take a look at here. But we always welcome your calls to our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic.

What is included with comprehensive preventive dentistry?

Part of any effective dental plan at our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic includes preventive care to preserve and maintain teeth and gums and to rule out any sleep-related issues to achieve better overall health.

Preventive services include:

  • Dental exams and cleanings
  • Diagnostic photographs and x-rays
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Sealants
  • Athletic mouth guards
  • Bruxism night guards

Can oral health impact overall health?

Most people don’t realize there is a strong connection between oral health and the health of the rest of your body. But it actually makes sense that if our mouths have bacteria, too much of the bad kind of bacteria can make its way into the body via the mouth. This can cause our overall health to suffer.

If bacteria are allowed to build up on the teeth, and it isn’t removed, your gums can become inflamed and infected. If this isn’t treated, it can lead to gum infection, which can put your bone health at risk. It can also cause tooth loss. Some research shows that the infection can spread through to the rest of your body, contributing to serious diseases, including heart disease, stroke and some kinds of cancers.

What is included with a thorough dental examination?

Dr Amir focuses on overall health from the perspective of dentistry. That means his exams are thorough and comprehensive.

In addition to evaluating teeth and gums, Dr Amir will look for signs of teeth grinding or jaw dysfunction and discuss any history of snoring or sleep apnoea as part of the comprehensive preventive dentistry at the foundation of the Lumino Smiles in Pasco Vale, VIC philosophy.

Your dental exam will sometimes include x-rays (depending on the frequency your dentist recommends), an oral cancer screening and an overview of your current dental health. The main goal of these check-ups is to detect small problems from becoming big ones and to monitor minor issues before they become serious.

The bookings also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your oral health.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

We customise dental cleanings to promote healthy gums and teeth for our Pascoe Vale, VIC patients. Each patient is different, and the cleaning frequency we recommend will be directly related to your current oral health.

Our hygienist is gentle yet thorough, and our dental cleanings will include a scale and polish to remove any tartar that develops between professional dental cleanings. You will leave our clinic with a clean, fresh smile.

We also love educating patients on the best way to care for their teeth and gums at home and discussing any products that may help you achieve a healthy smile.

Why do I need a professional dental cleaning if I brush and floss regularly?

Many people wonder why, if they take good care of their teeth at home, they need to visit the dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleans. The problem is that no matter how well you brush at home, it is virtually impossible to get every bit of bacteria and plaque from your teeth. Plaque that isn’t removed hardens into a material called tartar. This cannot be removed with a toothbrush and dental floss; only special dental instruments can get rid of it.

If tartar is not removed, it can settle between your teeth and below the gum line. This is a common cause of gum disease.

Our skilled hygienists will use special tools to get rid of the tartar deposits from your teeth, then they will polish your teeth to remove surface stains. It’s like getting a fresh start with your mouth every six months.

You should know that good home care still pays off with quicker cleanings and less time in the dental chair twice each year. Or if your home care could use some work, we can go over some areas where you could improve while you are here.

What are some oral problems that can be avoided with good preventive care?

Good preventive care can help prevent bad breath, and it can also help prevent these conditions:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth staining or discolouration
  • Sensitivity

These might require treatment from your Pascoe Vale, VIC general dentist, and the sooner these issues are addressed, the better.

Can I prevent cavities from forming?

If you are consistent with a few simple routines, you can help prevent cavities:

  • Brush at least twice and floss at least once every day to remove bacteria and help prevent the build-up of plaque on your teeth.
  • Limit sugary and starchy foods. Both sugar and starch contribute to the enamel eroding acids that are present in your mouth.
  • Use a toothpaste that has fluoride.
  • Ask your dentist about in-chair fluoride treatment or at-home fluoride rinses. 
  • Visit the dentist twice a year—every six months—for check-ups and cleans.

Tooth decay often doesn’t have any symptoms until it’s progressed; visiting your dentist regularly means we can spot decay while it is still small and less invasive to treat.

How are cavities treated?

Cavities often don’t present with any symptoms in their earliest stages. But if you feel a dull ache in a tooth or have sensitivity or a visible pit in your tooth, you may have a cavity. It’s crucial at that point to reach out to our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic so you can schedule a booking.

We’ll examine your tooth visually, then probably take x-rays, so we can make a diagnosis. In most cases, if the cavity has progressed far enough, you’ll need a dental filling. We offer tooth-coloured fillings for our Pascoe Vale, VIC patients for a seamless look that blends in well with your tooth.

If the damage to your tooth has progressed into an infection of the tooth root, you may need a root canal to get rid of the damaged tooth pulp and save your tooth. In these cases, we recommend a dental crown to strengthen the remaining tooth structure.

What is periodontal disease?

dental exam | glenroy vicWe see many adults at our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic who develop a condition called periodontal disease, or gum disease. The latest research continues to establish links between periodontal disease and systemic conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory illnesses such as COPD and chronic bronchitis
  • Cancer
  • Low birth weight babies
  • Kidney disease

Periodontal disease often leads to tooth loss, bad breath (halitosis), and discomfort. Early gum disease, called gingivitis, is sometimes reversible with improved home care and regular professional dental cleanings. As it progresses into periodontitis, an advanced form of periodontal disease, the condition can be managed but not cured.

What are the signs of gum disease?

If your gum disease has progressed far enough to have symptoms, you might experience some of these:

  • Redness or inflammation
  • Bad breath
  • Foul taste in the mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Recession
  • Tooth mobility

Is it time for your next dental exam?

If you experience these symptoms or it is time for your next dental appointment, we welcome you to contact our Pascoe Vale, VIC dental clinic directly to arrange a booking. Not only will we assess your current oral health, but we will also provide solutions to improve and maintain a happy, healthy smile.

We believe in treating patients based on their goals for their smiles. When a new patient trusts us with their dental care, we will discuss any oral health conditions and concerns about the appearance of their smiles and then organise a treatment plan that meets their needs.