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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 between your … 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 on the … Continue reading

What to do If You Knock Out a Tooth

Man with knocked out tooth calls dentist

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 and … 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 upper and lower teeth, … Continue reading

Four Causes of Bleeding Gums

Woman with healthy gums

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 swollen … Continue reading

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