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Considering Orthodontics—But You’re Not a Teenager Anymore?

Man | Invisalign in Bayside VIC

You may have resigned yourself to living with crooked teeth. After all, you are not a teenager anymore. You have a job. Meetings. Special events. And who wants to do any of those things with a mouth full of metal wires and brackets?

The good news is that you don’t have to. There are options for adult orthodontics that fit well into the adult lifestyle. Invisalign clear braces is a great option for straightening teeth in a shorter amount of time than traditional orthodontics. Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners are so subtle-looking, people will barely notice you are wearing them.

Why not call your Bayside, VIC dentist to find out more about

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How to prepare for your child's dental visit

The most important suggestion that we at Sparkle Dental Care can give - is not to worry. Parents worry enough as it is! If you are anxious about the appointment, there is every chance that your child will pick up on this fear and they too will become frightened. Just remember that our team is well trained and we will work with them; dependant on their level of comfort.

If your child is old enough to understand, avoid mentioning anything negative about the dentist and instead concentrate on building positive thoughts regarding the dentist. 

What to say or do that can help promote a positive relationship with visiting the dentist:

  • "You can show ...

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What to expect at my child's first dental visit

It is generally advised that your child come in for their first dental visit, when the first baby tooth is visible or when they reach 12 months - whichever comes first. Of course, if there is something concerning you, it is better to have it assessed earlier. 

The dentist will take a full medical history and look at your child's overall health and development. Although this may appear to be very casual and laid back; it is still an important milestone in your child's dental development. The initial dental visit is to start the process of getting your child accustomed to the smells, sounds, equipment and people at the dental office. ...

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My Child's First Visit to The Dentist

What an exciting moment it is, when your baby gets their first milk tooth. In fact, it's so momentous that many cultures around the world celebrate this occasion! It's with good reason that teeth should be celebrated. They play a role in breaking down food and assisting with digestion. They assist with speech and help present a positive image of ourselves to the world - through our smile. Teeth are integral to our quality of life. 

Yet, time and time again we as dentists hear, "it's only baby teeth, they're going to fall out anyway!"OR "I'll just wait till all my child's adult teeth come through before I bring them to ...

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Tips to brushing your teeth properly.

Woman Brushing Teeth | Fairfield Dentist

How you brush:

Bacteria isn't progressive until a certain stage of maturity which researches have found to be after 12 hours. The circular motion of brushing helps to get all of the sticky bacteria off the teeth surfaces. Scrubbing will not help as much as a circular motion will, as it will also damage your gum. These bacteria demineralize the teeth, leaving holes (cavities/decay) in the enamel. Remember to brush for 2 minutes, morning and before you go to sleep.
TIP: Electric Toothbrushes are helpful as they have a smaller head, making it easier to reach hard and awkward sports, like wisdom teeth etc.

Using toothpaste with fluoride

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How Your Child Can Benefit from Fissure Sealants

Children | Children's Dentist Fairfield and Bayside

It’s important to emphasise good oral health care habits in your children with proper brushing and flossing, but another way to help prevent cavities is with dental sealants. Sealants are essentially a thin coating that we brush onto the teeth to help prevent cavities from forming. This affordable procedure is simple and can go a long way in preventing tooth decay from taking hold.

At our Bayside and Fairfield, VIC dental clinics, we recommend fissure sealants for most children—and some adults—as part of their preventive dental care programme.

The Benefits of Fissure Sealants

Fissure sealants work by protecting the natural grooves that are present in back molars. These areas of the tooth’s ...

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What to Do When Dental Emergencies Happen

Jawpain | Bayside Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies happen to the best of us—and usually at the most inopportune times. Perhaps you wake up on the day of an important work presentation with a severe toothache that seems to get worse as the day goes on. Or maybe you’ve been hit in the mouth with a ball playing a rousing game of football on the weekend.

It’s difficult to know what to do when something happens to your teeth, but the first step is to call our Bayside, VIC dental surgery where we are accustomed to assessing dental emergencies. We can help you decide whether it’s best to come to our dental clinic immediately, or if ...

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