Preventive Dentistry in Melbourne
Many people still believe that the only time they really need to see a dentist is when they feel pain. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, regular dental checkups with our preventive dentistry visits can catch small problems before they become larger, more painful ones. Most people don’t realize that dental problems can’t self- correct-- they will only get worse, which usually means the treatment is more involved and gets more expensive. Also, the latest medical research has linked undiagnosed and untreated gum disease to a greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, low birth weight, and other systemic health concerns.
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings
Most patients should receive a checkup and cleaning every six months. During this visit, our hygiene team will remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and also check in on the health of your gums. Then, your dentist will examine your smile on a tooth-by-tooth basis as well as any X-rays we have taken. If issues like tooth decay or gum disease are present, early detection ensures we can provide the most conservative treatment.
Your child’s smile has special needs as it develops, particularly when it comes to efforts in cavity prevention and orthodontics as they get a little older. And, because little ones are often a bit nervous in new environments, you want to make sure you choose a dentist who provides all the services children need as well as the friendly approach that you and your son or daughter will love. The Dental Excellence Melbourne team is happy to offer both!
Dental sealants are thin plastic coverings that are painted directly onto the chewing surface of the molars and the premolars. These teeth have irregular surfaces that make it easy for food particles and bacteria to build up and accelerate the rate of decay — but with sealants acting as a shield, these teeth will have one extra layer of protection. Because they are at a higher risk of developing cavities, children can especially benefit from dental sealants.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Many adults grind their teeth at night while they sleep, and too often they do not realize there is an effective solution available from their dentist. A nightguard for bruxism (AKA nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching) can help protect your delicate tooth enamel from excessive force. Custom-made according to your specific dentition, you wear the device only when you sleep. Nightguards are highly comfortable and provide significant protection from teeth grinding.
Mouthguards & Sportsguards
Injuries from contact sports are one of the most common causes of dental emergencies, like knocked out and broken teeth. Wearing a mouthguard/sportsguard can provide significant protection for athletes out on the field, court, ice, or rink. What’s more, studies actually show that wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard (as opposed to a one-size-fits-all option) can actually help to reduce the risk of concussion — and this is especially important for young athletes.
Oral Cancer Screening
Rates of oral cancer are currently on the rise in the US, and the disease is occurring in young and healthy patients more than ever. Early detection can increase the chance of successful treatment — and our dentists have years of experience providing helpful screenings. An oral cancer screening is a visual and tactile exam in which your dentist looks for irregularities in your mouth and throat that could indicate trouble. If anything suspicious is found, we will help you get follow-up treatment right away.
The mineral fluoride is well-known for its ability to strengthen the tooth enamel to protect against the formation of weak spots that can develop into cavities. In some cases, fluoride can actually help to reverse these weakened areas to keep a cavity from developing altogether. Your dental hygienist can provide a fluoride treatment at the end of a checkup and cleaning for a boost of cavity prevention. This is especially useful for children who often need extra help preventing tooth decay.