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How Gum Disease Affects Your Health

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At PMD Dental Care in Port Melbourne, we help our patients take steps towards stopping gum disease when it’s in the earliest stages of gingivitis. Why? Because periodontitis doesn’t just affect your smile – it can affect your health and quality of life.  The Oral-Systemic Connection Oral biofilm can spread from infected areas inside of your mouth directly into your cardiovascular system. As a result, it lodges within blood vessels, your heart, and raises inflammation throughout the body. It also suppresses your immune system, making it more difficult to overcome other types of medical conditions.  Studies show that the more … Continue reading

Is Tooth Recontouring Right for You?

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If you’re curious about minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments that can make a big impact on your smile, you may want to ask our Port Melbourne dentists about tooth recontouring.  What is Tooth Recontouring? When you smile, look at the edges of your teeth. Are they fairly even and uniform? If they aren’t, recontouring can smooth out the edges so they’re smoother and better aligned from one side of your smile to the other. This process can be especially helpful if you have irregular tooth shapes, past damage, or edges that show some chipping or wear.  The best part is that recontouring … Continue reading

Symptoms of Abscessed Teeth

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An abscessed tooth can cause the most painful toothache that you’ve ever experienced. But dental abscesses can also be pain-free, because the nerve of the tooth has died.  If you’re not sure whether you have an ongoing abscess, our Port Melbourne dentists want you to look out for these other common symptoms: A Fistula on Your Gums Fistulas look like small pimples. They may come and go or be various sizes. They’re caused by infection draining out the tip of your tooth root and seeping through the bone until the bacteria reach the surface. Even if the fistula drains and … Continue reading

What to Do if You Chip a Tooth

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It’s something that a lot of people have nightmares about: chipping a tooth. Whether you accidentally bit down on something too hard or got bumped in the mouth, when you break a tooth, everything comes to a screeching halt.  First and foremost, take a deep breath. No matter how bad your chipped tooth is, our Port Melbourne dentists can help you take care of it. Once you’ve eased your mind, however, there are a couple of important things that you need to do.    Store Your Broken Tooth Fragment Tiny slivers of chipped enamel can’t be bonded back into place. … Continue reading

How to Get the Most Out of Your New Crown

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If you’ve recently gotten your first crown or replaced an old one, there are specific steps you can take to help it last as long as possible. With great care, your oral health investment will be functional for many years to come.  Floss Your Crown Daily The margins around your new crown need to be kept very clean. Brush them as you would your natural teeth, but floss them daily too. When done properly, flossing will not pull your crown off. However, not flossing could cause your crown to come out prematurely.  To floss around a crown, gently slip the … Continue reading

Why You Should Whiten Your Teeth

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Teeth whitening is something that people do for a variety of reasons. Some are obvious, others are personal, but there’s no one situation that makes teeth whitening the right option for everyone. At PMD Dental Care, we offer professional teeth whitening in Port Melbourne to help our patients make the most of their smiles. You may want to consider this simple cosmetic procedure if you fit any of the following categories:  An Upcoming Smile Makeover Teeth whitening is usually the first step to a smile makeover. In some situations, lightening the colour of your teeth may be a more effective … Continue reading

Managing Tooth Sensitivity

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Sensitive teeth are uncomfortable to live with. They impact your diet, make it hurt to use your toothbrush, and even fluctuate with the temperature outside.  What does tooth sensitivity say about your smile’s health and what steps can you take to stop it? Check Your Oral Products Whitening ingredients in toothpaste, mouthwash, or over-the-counter bleaching kits can make your teeth hypersensitive after using them a several times. Try discontinuing the product and seeing if symptoms resolve on their own. Sensitivity Toothpaste and Fluoride Supplementation Specially formulated toothpastes for sensitivity, as well as over the counter fluoride rinses, can work to … Continue reading

Four Fast Smile Makeover Options

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Have you decided to treat yourself to a smile you feel more comfortable about showing off?  There are a number of cosmetic dental treatment options that we offer our Port Melbourne patients. Here are four of the fastest and effective choices to consider:   Teeth Whitening One of the best ways to enhance the appearance of your smile is to elect to whiten your teeth. Both professional and over the counter products are effective, depending on the type of results that you’re looking for. Whitening is perfect as a stand-alone “smile makeover” or to jump-start a more complex cosmetic treatment … Continue reading

The Top Five Cosmetic Dental Treatments

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Thinking of sprucing up the way your smile looks? At PMD Dental Care, we offer a variety of cosmetic dental treatments to choose from. Chances are, there’s one that’s right for you. Here are some of the top aesthetic dental choices that we provide in our Port Melbourne practice: Teeth Whitening Affordable and effective, our Port Melbourne teeth whitening treatments are great as a stand-alone smile makeover or to jump-start your upcoming cosmetic treatments. We may recommend whitening your teeth before getting another procedure, so that new restorations can be made to match your brighter smile.   Dental Bonding A … Continue reading

Common Causes of Bad Breath

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Halitosis (the clinical term we use to describe bad breath) is a problematic and often embarrassing condition that can affect your personal, professional, and social life. Fortunately, our Port Melbourne dentists can help you with bad breath in a confidential and discreet manner. To get started, it’s best to pinpoint what’s causing your halitosis. Here are some of the most common factors to consider: Gum Disease — Periodontal disease is a significant dental infection that lurks below the gums, where brushing and sometimes even flossing cannot reach. You’ll want to schedule a series of deep cleanings at PMD Dental Care … Continue reading