Hygiene Dentistry Melbourne
We are passionate about preventative care.
We are passionate about preventative care and want to empower you to live your best life with a healthier smile. Through ongoing education, care and consultation we will work together to deliver you an effective home care routine, and regular maintenance appointments, to help keep your teeth and gums healthy and your breath fresh.
Maintaining good oral hygiene at home is straight forward, and our friendly team can assess your teeth and develop a personalised hygiene routine for you to take home. Click through to read more about the oral hygiene treatments and services we offer.
Your hygiene appointment will involve a thorough clean from our friendly and attentive dental hygienists. Your gums will be checked, with a focus on plaque, calculus (hardened plaque or tartar) and the removal of surface staining. You will then be checked for gingivitis or gum disease, and screened for other diseases such as oral cancer. We will work with you to show you the most effective brushing and oral care routine. At your regular visit (6 – 12 month visits), the appointment is also combined with a dental exam, which includes a complete check-up of your teeth and restorations, with the aim of identifying concerns before they evolve. Radiographs (X-Rays) may be requited at this visit, but will be discussed with you beforehand.
Our team works with you to provide as much information as you need on a wide range of hygiene topics. These include ongoing maintenance, gum disease, fresh breath and oral cancer screening.
“Empowering patients with the necessary information to maintain their optimum oral health is extremely rewarding. My patients love the freedom of feeling healthier.”
Dr John Hagiliassis, Principal Dentist
To maintain your healthy smile, we recommend regular appointments with our hygiene team to ensure we can identify any arising concerns. Scaling, polishing and a thorough analysis of hard and soft tissue, all help determine the health of your gums and teeth.
So why a professional clean? Our hygienists have been specially trained to care for the health of your teeth and gums. During your appointment, you may require tartar removal. Tartar is simply plaque that has hardened. This is a very important step in keeping your teeth healthy, as failure to remove tartar may ultimately impact your gum health. The best way to remove tartar is with professional care, and that is where we can help. In addition to this service, your dental hygienist will also examine your mouth to identify any concerns. For example, they may measure the gum pockets with a special tool. A measurement of 1-3mm is normal, while 4mm will likely require some attention and care. A measurement of 5mm indicates that you may be at risk for gum disease and further deep cleaning may be suggested.
We adopt a holistic approach to your maintenance appointment, and combined with our examination appointments, you will experience a wide range of analysis, including that of your head, neck and jaw muscles.
Remember, at Freedom Dental our dental hygienists are all extremely gentle. You can always have them stop during your treatment for maximum comfort. We also cater for sensitive patients with numbing gel options available.
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5 tips for excellent brushing technique
- 1. Brush after breakfast to remove food particles and any plaque that was built up after your sleep. We also suggest you brush before bed, as sleeping decreases your saliva, leaving your teeth more vulnerable to bacterial acids.
- 2. Brush lightly; brushing too hard can cause gums to recede. Plaque attaches to teeth and can’t be totally removed by rinsing, but just a light brushing will do the trick. Try holding your toothbrush the same way you hold a pen. This encourages a lighter stroke.
- 3. Brush for at least two minutes. Set a timer if you have to, but don’t skimp on brushing time. Longer is fine, but two minutes is the minimum time needed to adequately clean all your teeth.
- 4. Always use a toothbrush with “soft” or “extra soft” bristles. The harder the brush, the greater the risk of harming gum tissue.
- 5. Change your toothbrush regularly. As soon as the bristles begin to splay, the toothbrush loses its ability to clean properly. Throw away your old toothbrush after three months or when the bristles flare, whichever comes first. If you find your bristles flaring much sooner than three months, you may be brushing too hard. Try easing up.
5 tips for flossing
Many people never learned to floss as children. But flossing is critical to healthy gums and it’s never too late to start. A common rule of thumb says that any difficult new habit becomes second nature after only three weeks. If you have difficulty figuring out. What to do, ask our hygiene team to give you a personal lesson during your next visit.
- 1. Although there is no research to recommend an optimum number of times to floss, most dentists recommend a thorough flossing at least once a day.
- 2.Take your time. Flossing requires a certain amount of dexterity and thought. Don’t rush.
- 3. Choose your own time. Although most people find that just before bed is an ideal time, many oral health professionals recommend flossing any time that is most convenient to ensure that you will continue to floss regularly.
- 4. Don’t skimp on the floss. Use as much as you need to clean both sides of every tooth with a fresh section of floss. In fact, you may need to floss one tooth several times (using fresh sections of floss) to remove all the food debris.
- 5. Choose the type that works best for you. There are many different types of floss: waxed and unwaxed, flavoured and unflavoured, ribbon and thread. Try different varieties before settling on one. There are tougher shred-resistant varieties that work well for people with rough edges that tend to catch and rip floss.