Preventive Dentistry in Elsternwick

For the best preventive services in Elsternwick, visit Central Dental Elsternwick today.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy for the rest of your life with minimal dental intervention is extremely important. That is why practising Preventive Dentistry for your teeth is at the heart of our practice philosophy. 

Good Oral Hygiene and a Healthy Diet

The most important part of preventive dentistry is to brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste and to brush your tongue. This will help remove bacteria from your mouth and also help freshen your breath.

Daily flossing is also recommended – it helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth. At your next dental appointment, ask our dentists for a quick flossing demonstration to make sure you’re getting the full benefit from using this tool.

Eating a balanced diet also helps to protect your teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need. Limit your sugar intake, including simple carbohydrates like white bread, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

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Who Benefits From Preventive Dentistry

Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry. Children, in particular, benefit because it allows their newly developing adult teeth to come in strong and healthy. Dental sealants and topical fluoride treatments help prevent decay in your children’s teeth. If you’re an ageing adult, you can benefit from preventive dentistry because it helps you to keep your real teeth.

Other Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Some health problems that may be linked to poor oral health include;

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer

Premature birth and low birth weight may also be linked to poor oral health. You should continue to practice or adopt good preventive oral health if you’re pregnant. This includes visiting your dentist for routine checkups during your pregnancy.

Visit Your Dentist at Central Dental Elsternwick

You should see your dentist every 6 months for an exam and scale, clean & polish of the teeth. A thorough dental examination, and radiographs when indicated, allows our dentists to identify problems early, and take care of them promptly before they should get worse.  These can include dental problems like;

  • Cavities (decay) on your teeth
  • Reversible gum inflammation (gingivitis) to more severe chronic gum diseases (periodontitis)
  • Tooth loss through grinding, overworked teeth due to missing teeth, ill-fitting dentures, etc.

Preventive care dentistry FAQs

Preventive dental care represents all that you do (and should do) to take care of your mouth, teeth, and gums. It involves regular brushing and flossing of teeth and requires one to plan regular visits to the dentist. 

Dental treatments are costly, and severe concerns are often painful and uncomfortable. Preventive dental care helps to avoid all these by taking care of your dental health and also by discovering signs of any diseases before they become full-blown.

You should visit the dentist at least twice a year (after every six months) for preventive care.

Without regular visits, gingivitis can easily build up and turn into a full-blown periodontal disease. Furthermore, tooth cavities can also infect teeth. Even with a regular dental hygiene strategy in place, it would be prudent to check in with your dentist twice a year to check on the health of your teeth and prevent any further problems.

There are many concerns associated with someone’s dental health, but not all can be seen by the naked eye. At times, dentists will use X-rays to get an inside look at what exactly is going on in your mouth. 

During an X-ray, you might discover that you had impacted teeth, cavities, cracked or damaged teeth, and much more. During your preventive care visits, your dentist may recommend getting an X-ray of your mouth to help in diagnosing problems early.

Through a series of examinations and diagnoses, your dentist will be the right person to offer proper advice to you on how to go about your routine dental care. Some of the questions to ask them are: 

Which toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste should I use? How many cleanings and checkups do I require every year based on my dental history and oral health condition? Am I at risk of any dental disease? What should I do to prevent any dental illnesses that I am at risk of getting?

The first visit is usually a get-to-know-you appointment. This is the phase that our dentists get acquainted with you and your medical and dental history. 

When you arrive, please bring your insurance card, previous medical and dental records as they will be important in determining the ideal treatment plan for you. If you have none, don’t worry, as you may be provided with a form to fill to help us better understand your medical history.   

During your appointment, you’ll discuss any concerns you may have with your dentist, including what you wish to achieve. If necessary, we will take a few dental X-rays to affirm that all is well with your bone levels and that there are no cavities. You may also decide to have your teeth cleaned during this first visit.

Learn more about preventive dental care in Elsternwick, Melbourne

If you have any more questions regarding preventive dental care, feel free to call and speak to the our dentists in Elsternwick, Melbourne, Australia! You can also schedule an appointment or call us on +61 3 9523 5067

Meet Our Dentists

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Dr Peter Sicklemore

BDSc (Melb) LDS (Melb)

Dr Brendan Toohey

BDSc (Melb) LDS (Melb)

Dr. Wei-Jin Tay

BDS (Perth)
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