Oral hygiene is the practice of maintaining a clean mouth by brushing and cleaning your teeth, between the teeth to keep your mouth clean and free of disease. Therefore, it is very important that oral hygiene is carried out on a regular (daily) basis to enable prevention of dental disease, such as tooth decay and destructive gum disease like gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (serious gum infection) and bad breath.
Prevention rather than treatment is the primary focus of our team at Marcoola Dental. Our Dentist Dr Jeff works with you to ensure your oral health is of the highest standard. Our thorough dental examinations allow early detection of problems and consequently less invasive treatments.
Cleaning your teeth
Oral hygiene consists of brushing twice a day, morning and night. Our dentist recommends an electric toothbrush when brushing your teeth. Brushing should take a full 2 minutes to do the whole mouth. It’s also important to get a thorough clean by your dentist every six months or in extreme cases every three months to remove hard, stubborn tartar that forms under the gum line causing gum disease.
Inter-proximal cleaning (cleaning between the teeth) is just as important and often forgotten about. These are the areas where the toothbrush cannot reach. After eating, plaque forms between the teeth where it can’t be seen. The most common way of inter-proximal cleaning is flossing, our Dentist recommends using an electric AirFloss. Air and water combine will disburse the build-up of plaque between the teeth.
Have you ever wondered why we take X-rays and why they are so important for your oral health?
Dentists use X-rays to find cavities, abscesses, and pathology of the teeth and jawbone which are not always visible to your Dentist.
Our Dentist, just like our patients, want to minimize patient radiation exposure. And only takes X-rays when required, the dentist will advise you when X-rays are necessary. X-ray images help our dentist detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam.
Finding and treating dental issues at an early stage can save our patients, money, time and unwanted discomfort and helps prevent more serious oral health issues.
If you are changing dentists, we can arrange to have copies of your x-ray images sent from your previous dentist to Marcoola Dental.