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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 towards … 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 what … Continue reading

Five Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth

woman wearing braces

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 tightly … Continue reading

How to Clean Your Implant Supported Dental Bridge

woman with dental bridge at dentist

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 bone, … Continue reading

How To Care For Your New Dental Implant

man brushing dental implant

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