Sparkle Dental Care

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

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We are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures. These are a selection of some common questions that patients have.

Preventive Dentistry

Woman Eating an Apple | Dietary Choices and Oral HealthThe foods and drinks we consume regularly have a significant impact on the health of our smiles. Avoiding sugars are not the only things we have to watch for when it comes to keeping our teeth strong.

Choosing the Right Beverages

What we drink has a huge effect on our teeth. After all, liquids are capable of accessing all surface areas, making them one of the predominant causes of tooth decay. Although 'sugar-free' or 'diet' beverages may have artificial sweeteners and fewer cavities, they are just as capable of causing tooth decay.

Drinking fluoridated water is one of the healthiest things we can do for our teeth. Not only does it rinse the teeth of acids and biofilm, but the fluoride also aids in healthy tooth development.

The Foods and Snacks We Consume

Eating fresh, crispy fruits and vegetables are beneficial to the health of our teeth and gums. These firm, fibrous foods stimulate gum tissues, improve immunity and clean the teeth as we chew them. Produce is our go-to snack and a predominant portion of our meals.

Customised Nutritional Counseling

We understand that some of our patients want help in making smart choices about their diets. We also understand that certain types of medical conditions may impact the types of food that you can consume. Our dentists and hygienists can help you balance your nutrition so that it is beneficial to you physically, as much as it is to your smile.

For more information on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, speak to our friendly dental team at our Fairfield or Hampton dental clinics to learn more.

We recommend in both our Fairfield and Hampton clinics that usually every six months is advisable to have your dental cleaning. Call us for a dental appointment if it has been more than six to twelve months.

Your teeth should generally be brushed twice a day, (morning and night). This is to reduce plaque and bacteria accumulated from food and drinks throughout the day. Don’t forget to floss once a day to reduce risk of dental cavities and gum disease/infection from occurring between the teeth!

FUN FACT: Flossing covers 40% of the tooth surface.

Woman About to Brush Her Teeth | Preventing Gum DiseaseA good home oral hygiene routine can help maintain your health between visits. It can also help to prevent the onset of gum disease. Gum disease is the primary cause of adult tooth loss. Why? Because most people do not realise gum disease is as serious as tooth decay. The prevalence of the condition is also shown to have a direct correlation with the severity of other health conditions including:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Obesity
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Premature birth and low birth weight
  • Sleep apnea

Preventing cavities and gum disease routinely depend on a two-step oral hygiene process that includes:


Correct tooth brushing is always done with a soft bristled brush, to prevent gum recession or excessive wear. Brush for two minutes, twice daily, focusing on only one or two teeth at a time. Angling the bristles toward the gum lines will help remove plaque deposits that are accumulating just under the edge of the gums.


Cleaning between the teeth and under the gum line is essential for complete oral hygiene. Wrap the floss tightly around each tooth, sliding it up and down several times against the tooth and just below the gumline. This process removes plaque buildup between the teeth and just under the gum tissues where periodontal disease first starts.

If swelling or bleeding is present when you brush or floss, continue brushing as directed. Improvement is typically seen within two weeks. For patients with additional fixed prosthesis such as braces or bridges, our dental hygienists will discuss techniques and oral hygiene aids that can be used to improve your plaque control. Schedule your preventive care appointment by calling us today.

Man at the Dentist | Dental AppointmentWhen You Arrive

We request that you bring any insurance cards and a photo ID with you to our Fairfield or Hampton dental clinics. There will be a few forms for you to fill out to help us better understand your oral health needs.

What to Expect

During your first visit you will discuss your concerns with one of our dentists, who will also review your medical and dental history with you. If necessary, we will also take a few digital x-rays to assess your bone levels and screen for cavities. You may also elect to have your teeth cleaned at this visit.

What Comes First?

Book your first appointment by calling either of our dental offices in Hampton, VIC or Fairfield, VIC. One of our patient coordinators will be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you might have.

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