Preventative Dental Care Services in Melbourne

Oral Hygiene

As part of any thorough oral hygiene routine, regular trips to the dentist are essential to remove any tough plaque and get a thorough, professional clean. Our hygienist services is one of our most important areas providing the essential treatment for removing plaque and calculus (sometimes called tartar) from your teeth. Our Hygienists use scaling and polishing instruments to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. These polishing instruments will also removed staining from coffee, tobacco or red wine.

 

What is a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist

Dental hygienists use preventive, educational and therapeutic methods to control oral diseases. Through oral examinations they diagnose the nature and severity of periodontal or gum conditions, and plan and undertake a range of preventative and therapeutic treatments. A main emphasis is the prevention of dental and periodontal diseases through oral health promotion and education.

 

Dental Therapists are able to treat children and youths up to age 25, providing general dental treatment including seals, restorations and necessary extractions on kids. She can also take radiographs, impression and apply preventative medications.

 

Periodontal disease

Gum disease is mainly caused by plaque, though it is a multi factorial disease which can be influenced by such things as general health and lifestyle. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums. In the early stage of gum disease, called ?gingivitis?, the gums can become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.  Because gum disease is usually painless, however, you may not know you have it. In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called? periodontitis?, the gums and bone that support the teeth can become seriously damaged, the teeth can become loose, fall out or have to be removed by your dentist.

 

Pit and Fissure Sealants

  Dental sealants are thin liquid coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.

 

Mouth Guards

At Ormond Dental we offer a wide range of colored mouthguards.  A mouthguard is essential for protecting your teeth when playing sport. Store brought mouth guards offer some  little protection, but only a molded, custom made mouthguard will guarantee the best protection from sport impacts.