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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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

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