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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

Orthodontics vs. Veneers: Deciding Which Option Is Best for You

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Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? Have been considering cosmetic dentistry?  Deciding between orthodontics and veneers can be difficult.  The Port Melbourne dentists of PMD Dental Care in are here to help you decide which option is best for your smile. Orthodontics/Braces/Aligners If you’re already happy with the size, shape and color of your teeth, then braces or orthodontic aligners might be the way to go. This option is a permanent and reasonably affordable way to get a nicer smile. Braces simply move your teeth into the proper alignment.  Like other methods for improving your smile, they … Continue reading

Wisdom Teeth Removal Care Instructions

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After you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed at PMD Dental Care in our Port Melbourne office, there will be an opening where the roots once were.  A blood clot will fill the surgical site and it’s very important that it stays in place. If it becomes dislodged, you will get what’s called a “dry socket.” Dry sockets are very painful.  Basically, it means that you have exposed jaw bone, and even breathing in air will hurt.   Avoiding a Dry Socket   When you leave the dental office, you’ll have gauze over the extraction site. We’ll show you how to … 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

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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 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

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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 swollen … 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