Regular six monthly dental appointments are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. It identifies any issues before they become a bigger problem and more expensive to treat. Therefore, it is not surprising that our patients have adopted the six monthly preventative approach for both health and financial reasons.
During your preventative care appointment, we will evaluate the health of your gums, look for any signs of decay and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes and vitamin deficiencies. We may also examine your face, bite, saliva and proper movement of your lower jaw joints to identify any issues that may cause jaw pain if left untreated.
So If you are looking for a Ballarat dentist that helps you avoid long term dental problems and reduce cost, give our friendly staff a call on 5331 2061 and you will be on your way to saving on dental care.
Benefits of Six Monthly Preventative Care
Maintaining your six monthly visits will assist in preventing you from developing serious dental problems. Six monthly preventative care can avoid or lessen the effects of:
· Gingivitis (Causes bad breath)
· Enamel loss
· Periodontitis (inflammation of the gums)
· Dental emergencies
· Tooth wear and facial, head and neck pain
There are also some secondary health problems that may be linked back to poor oral health such as:
· Heart disease
· Premature birth and low birth weight
· Facial, head and neck pain
Even if you have dental insurance, the costs associated with poor oral hygiene can add up. While preventive dentistry may not completely eliminate your need for fillings, root canals, or dental implants, it can go a long way in significantly reducing your overall need for costly treatments.
What You Can Do
In addition to attending your six monthly preventative care appointments, it is recommended that you maintain your oral health by regular at home care such as brushing, flossing and the use of piksters.
We have a wide range of products to help you maintain your oral health. All our products are sold to the public on a not-for-profit basis.
Watch for the following signs of oral health problems:
· Bleeding gums whilst brushing or flossing your teeth
· Red, sore, swollen gums
· Buildup of calculus (tartar)
· Bad breath or bad taste
· Gums that have receded from teeth and in between teeth
· Mobility of teeth.
If you notice any of the above, let our clinic know as soon as possible and we can advise you as to the best approach in managing your concerns.
Together with brushing, flossing and your scheduled six monthly preventative care visits, you are on your way to reducing your long-term dental cost, avoiding pain and maintaining your oral health in top shape.
Time Saving Tips
It is more efficient to use an electric toothbrush. It does a much better job for the same amount of time.
If you are really time-poor, piksters can be used on alternate days with floss saving you time. Unless recommended otherwise by our clinic.
Helping Your Children Develop Good Habits
Visits to Lydiard Street Dental Clinic are made fun for your child. We suggest the first visit be at 3 years of age – once all the baby teeth have emerged. It may include taking a ride in our chair or having their own baby teeth counted and polished. Also, bringing your children to your own check-ups will help them learn that this is a routine task.
We will teach your child about the benefits of a healthy diet, the correct way to brush and reinforce the importance of brushing morning and night. Regular dental examinations also helps to confirm your child’s permanent teeth are emerging correctly and promptly treat any irregularities. This could prevent major orthodontic problems in the future.
If you have children involved in contact sports, our custom-fitted mouthguards will be found to be more comfortable as well as providing better protection against injuries or loss of teeth compared to off-the-shelf mouthguards.