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Dental Care During Orthodontic Treatment

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Keeping your smile healthy is always important, but when you have fixed braces or removable orthodontic appliances, having great oral hygiene is vital.   To ensure that your teeth are healthy throughout treatment and after your braces are finally removed, here are several things to keep in mind:   Brush Above and Below Brackets Plaque tends to accumulate around brackets, which can cause “white circles” of demineralization to form and be visible when the braces are removed. So be sure to angle your brush in various ways to reach every surface.   Clean Between It can be challenging to clean … Continue reading

How to Use a Water Flosser

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If you dislike flossing (and let’s be honest, most people do) then there’s great news: water flossers work just as well — maybe even better — than traditional floss. But that’s only if you use your hydro flosser correctly. When cleaning between your teeth with water, keep a few things in mind:   Trace Your Gumlines Water flossing can reach down under the margins of your gumlines, where a toothbrush can’t. So, it’s important to point it slightly downward into the gums as you trace across your smile, cleaning areas where bristles may never reach.   Adjust the Pressure Depending … Continue reading

What to do If You Knock Out a Tooth

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One of the most common dental emergencies that we see in our Port Melbourne practice is a knocked out or broken tooth. While this can be a scary and painful experience, taking the right steps can help you protect your smile and even save the tooth that’s been damaged.   First: Stop Any Bleeding The mouth tends to bleed very easily, no matter how small or large the injury can seem to be. Apply a clean compress with firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Using a tea bag can also be helpful.   Second: Locate the Tooth Find the tooth … Continue reading

Preventing Damage from Bruxism

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Do you tend to clench and grind your teeth? Bruxism is often a subconscious habit that’s due to anything from stress to sleep apnoea. But it can be tremendously damaging to your smile and existing dental or cosmetic work.   Taking steps to limit the wear caused by bruxism is more effective than trying to treat it after damage has already occurred. It can also save you the pain of developing TMJ disorder, headaches, and muscle pain.     Wear a Splint When You Sleep   A professionally fitted bite splint places a small area of buffer space between your … Continue reading

Four Causes of Bleeding Gums

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Your gums seem to always bleed when it’s time to brush or floss. Seeing “pink in the sink” has become a normal part of life, so much that you’re not worried by it anymore. But bleeding gums can be an indication of serious oral health conditions that contribute to tooth loss or medical conditions (diabetes, pneumonia, and infertility are just a few examples.) So, when it comes to bleeding gums, is there only one cause? Usually, no. But here are some of the most common reasons why our patients struggle with the problem:   Tartar/Plaque/Periodontitis The most prevalent reason for … Continue reading

Four Things to do When You Brush Your Teeth

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You’ve been brushing your teeth for years…but are you doing it correctly? Here are four important steps we want each of our Port Melbourne dental patients to check themselves on.   Angle Your Brush Toward the Gumline Your brush should be angled about 45-degrees into the gums, rather than at a 90-degree angle against your teeth. This makes it possible to lift away soft biofilm tucked just under the margin of the gingival tissues.   Make Short Strokes Wide sweeping movements tend to bend your toothbrush bristles, making them ineffective over the curves of your teeth. Instead, aim the brush … Continue reading

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Woman having a root canal at the dentist

You’ve had a tooth bothering you for a while now. You keep hoping that all it needs is a filling — or at most, a crown — but with the changes and swelling you’ve started to notice, it’s a root canal that you’re expecting to hear about from your dentist.   The good news is that our patients don’t have to worry about their root canal hurting or being a traumatic experience. In fact, it’s designed to be the opposite. Endodontic (root canal) treatment serves to lessen discomfort and preserve infected teeth, instead of having to remove them. So, at … Continue reading

Five Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth

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A straighter smile is a characteristic of healthy, beautiful teeth. But for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have properly aligned bites as a result of good genetics, we often turn to a dentist. But is there more to having straight teeth than just the confidence or aesthetics that goes with it? Absolutely. Here are five considerations you may want to keep in mind if you’ve been trying to decide to talk to our dentists about orthodontic treatment.   Reduce Your Risk of Cavities Crowded teeth tend to be the first ones to get cavities, because of how … Continue reading

How to Clean Your Implant Supported Dental Bridge

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An implant supported dental bridge is a fixed restoration used to replace missing teeth.  A traditional dental bridge uses your natural teeth as anchors.  But if you have several missing teeth, then our Port Melbourne dentist may recommend one that uses implants as the anchors.  An implant is placed within the bone to serve as an artificial root.  A crown, or in this case, a bridge, is then attached to it.   With implants, there is no natural tooth to decay, but they can lose bone support if not cared for properly.  Since dental implants are placed directly in the … Continue reading

How To Care For Your New Dental Implant

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If you’re faced with the decision to extract a non-restorable tooth and decide to replace it with a dental implant, then you’ve made a wise decision! This artificial titanium “root” placed within the bone is the next best thing to a natural tooth. The portion of the implant that extends out of the gum is called an “abutment.” It’s this piece that is connected to the implant and supports a fixed dental crown (artificial tooth is adhered to the post.)   A Smart Investment in Your Smile’s Future Dental implants are a great investment to extend the health of your … Continue reading