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Oral Hygiene

Just as you likely take your vehicle in to get serviced at recommended intervals to keep it running smoothly, it’s vital to get your teeth checked every six months to ensure your mouth stays healthy.

The Value of Preventative Care

Mother and son brushing their teethAt Dentist Melbourne, our experienced dental hygienists specialise in preventative care. By taking care of your teeth with routine checkups, you can potentially prevent more complex dental problems which also will be costlier.

What Does a Checkup Include?

Your dental hygienist begins your cleaning by carefully scraping tartar, which is a hard mineral buildup, from your teeth. She uses a small metal tool to accomplish this. Next, the hygienist uses a lightly abrasive polishing compound to deep clean your teeth and remove surface stains.

She then flosses your teeth to ensure that all plaque buildup has been removed. Doing so helps to prevent tooth decay. Lastly, the hygienist may apply fluoride to help protect teeth from tooth decay, particularly if you’re prone to tooth decay and cavities. Routine cleanings aren’t generally uncomfortable. They typically take approximately 30 minutes.

The Importance of At-Home Care

In addition to coming in for routine checkups, it’s critical that you practice good oral hygiene habits at home.

  • Brushing: Did you know that most adults don’t brush their teeth long enough? Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes is essential. Not sure if you’re cleaning for two minutes? Simply time yourself. Technique is important too. Use short, gentle strokes. You also should pay careful attention to the gum line, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas surrounding fillings, crowns or other restorations.
  • Flossing: Flossing is just as important as brushing. That’s because it removes the plaque buildup between teeth that brushing alone can’t do. If plaque isn’t removed from tooth surfaces between your teeth, it quickly becomes tartar which can only be eliminated by a professional cleaning. By flossing at least once a day, you can help remove the plaque, so it doesn’t turn into tartar.

Another benefit of scrupulously brushing and flossing is both can help you maintain healthy gums.

Book an Appointment Today

We want to help you not only achieve optimal oral health but maintain it as well. Contact us today to schedule an appointment! We accept all health funds and the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.


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