Preventative Dentistry in Hampton and Fairfield VIC
Proudly Offering Preventive Dentistry in Fairfield, Hampton and Melbourne
Creating a healthy foundation is one of the best ways to protect the future of your smile. Each of our preventive services is designed to help you prevent disease, preserve healthy teeth, and enjoy better overall health.
- Dental Cleans
- Dental Exams and Check-Ups
- Fissure Sealants
- Fluoride Application and Remineralisation
- Athletic Mouthguards
Professional cleanings allow us to remove decay and gum disease-causing bacteria from your smile. Over time, plaque begins to accumulate and calcify over the surfaces of the teeth and below the gum lines. These deposits cannot be cleaned away with regular brushing and flossing. Instead, our hygienists will gently scale away the deposits to provide your teeth with a clean surface area that promotes healthy gum attachment.
Once the teeth are thoroughly cleaned, they will also be polished to remove any surface stains. A customised oral hygiene plan will also be discussed as needed to improve your oral care between visits.
Dental Exams and Check-Ups
We understand that our patients want to feel involved in their own dentistry planning process. Should one of our dentists identify any concerns or areas that require treatment, we will make these visible through our intraoral camera or digital x-rays on an in-room monitor.
This improves our ability to relay vital information to you, for you to make an educated choice about your dental treatment plan.
Minimising Care Needs
Prolonging your dental check-up can make early detection and early intervention of areas of concern difficult. That with early intervention may have been easier to treat, may now require extensive therapy; such as endodontic treatment or oral surgery.
Through regularly scheduled exams, we can pinpoint concerns while they are smaller and simpler to correct. This not only reduces your out of pocket expenses, but it also maximises the health and integrity of your natural teeth. During an exam, we will screen for conditions such as:
- Oral Cancer
- Bone Loss
- Periodontal Disease
- Oral Manifestations of Systemic Diseases
- TMJ Disorder
- Occlusal Anomalies
We recommend that most healthy patients receive preventive care every six months. If it has been longer since you received an exam or clean, call us at either of our locations in Melbourne. We are never judgmental about your oral health. We strive to help you achieve a healthy smile you feel proud to show off.
What if you could protect your teeth from cavities by blocking out the bacteria that cause them? That’s precisely what pit and fissure sealants are designed to do.
Dental sealants coat the deep pits and grooves that naturally form in your teeth. These areas are more susceptible to tooth decay because they are so difficult to keep clean. By protecting them, acids and bacteria are unable to cause cavities in those areas.
Improve Oral Health
Toothbrush bristles are too wide to clean the microscopic pits and grooves of your teeth. After a sealant is placed over these grooves, toothbrushing can efficiently and effectively remove plaque and bacteria from the sealed tooth.
Sealants Offer Non-Invasive Protection
Sealants are non-invasive protective restorations that do not require tooth alteration in order for them to be placed. There are no drills, lasers, or special instruments needed. The material is simply brushed onto the tooth and bonds directly with the microscopic pores of tooth enamel.
Simple. Easy. Effective.
Placing sealants on you, or your child’s teeth is a straightforward process that takes only a few minutes per tooth. First, the tooth is cleaned and conditioned to optimise the bonding process. Then the sealant material is brushed onto the tooth and dried with a bright curing light. Once fully hardened, you can chew on the tooth normally without any discomfort or sensitivity.
Fissure sealants can be completed during your cleaning appointment or during a short visit to our dental clinic.
Fluoride Application and Remineralisation
Weak tooth enamel is susceptible to cavities. And when it comes to children, primary (baby) teeth are even more at risk for decay. After your, or your child's professional clean, we will apply a concentrated fluoride gel to your teeth. Fluoride is used to remineralise the tooth enamel, making it resistant to external stimulants.
Fighting against Tooth Decay
Cavities are a result of tooth demineralisation. If caught early enough, fillings can be completely avoided. The remineralisation of the enamel makes the tooth strong again and more resistant to tooth decay. Even if your tooth is perfectly healthy, additional fluoride can keep it strong and reduce the chances of cavities at a later point.
Tooth Sensitivity Management
Tooth sensitivity can be extremely uncomfortable. Some people have naturally sensitive teeth while others experience sensitivity from issues such as exposed root surfaces, whitening treatments and large fillings.
Applying fluoride varnish to the teeth and exposed root surfaces can effectively manage most causes of tooth sensitivity for up to 3 months. It does this by encouraging crystal development within the pores of the teeth, blocking off hypersensitive nerves. The effects are usually evident on the very same day, making remineralising treatments an excellent way to also manage sensitivity.
Fluoride varnish is applied to each tooth with a small brush. Varnish has the potential to cling to the tooth surface for several hours, providing extended benefits all day long, until you brush your teeth. We typically request that our patients do not brush or floss for at least 3-4 hours after their remineralisation treatment. The slightly sticky texture can be felt on the teeth, ensuring our patients that the treatment is still working.
Children's Remineralising Treatment
As teeth are developing, the enamel uses minerals and vitamins as tooth structure begins to calcify. Fluoride is one of the most vital minerals, as a lack of it can cause weak primary and permanent teeth. With the right amount of fluoride, teeth can be stronger and last longer.
Applying fluoride to your child at each check-up can limit the dental problems that they have later on. It’s just as essential as brushing, flossing and preventive cleans. Keeping your child’s teeth stronger will give them a reason to smile in the years to come.
Mouthguards are one of the best ways to protect your child’s smile. Children who are involved in sporting activities are most prone to accidental injuries and fractures, especially concerning the upper front teeth.
What makes our mouthguards so unique is the custom fit process. Unlike store-bought trays, our mouth guards will:
- Fit snuggly over the teeth
- Allow your child to speak and drink while wearing the guard
- Stay in place should trauma occur
- Help protect against concussions
- Protect the gums against lacerations
Store bought trays fit loosely over the teeth, which makes them uncomfortable and more prone to being removed during the activity. Because of this, they easily fall out if an accident occurs, preventing the mouthguard from protecting from secondary trauma.
How Are Mouthguards Made?
To make a mouthguard, we take an impression of your child’s teeth. This impression is then used to create a model of his or her mouth, which we in turn use to create a form-fitting, colourful mouthguard.
Who Needs a Mouthguard?
Accidents usually happen when you least expect them, especially for active children. Mouthguards may be required for some sport teams or organised athletic activities. We recommend wearing a mouthguard whether you are a gymnast, bicyclist, football player or anything in-between.
As your child’s smile changes over time, it will be necessary to update their mouthguard to have one that fits properly. Sparkle Dental Care at Bayside or Fairfield are always here whenever you need us, helping you protect your smile for an entire lifetime.
For more information on mouthguards for your child, speak to our friendly team by calling us today at Sparkle Dental Care.
Give us a call to arrange an appointment at either of our locations.