Preventative Hygiene

Preventative hygiene is integral in preventing dental problems such as cavities and gum disease. Our dentists at Mildura Family Dental are experienced in promoting and providing oral hygiene practices to adults and children. 

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As part of your examination your dentist will assess the health of your periodontal (gum) tissues. The best home techniques will be discussed to address your individual needs and to help maintain the health of your gums in the most efficient and effective way. To assist your home care practice, the dentist will remove calculus (tartar), plaque, staining and apply decay-preventing agent if indicated.

Regular professional examination of your teeth and gums, together with appropriate home care, are the best ways to maintain your dental health and prevent problems that may require more complex treatment.

Signs of poor Preventative hygiene and gum health:

Frequently Asked Questions

Preventative hygiene is a dental service that focuses on preventing dental problems before they occur or worsen. It typically involves teeth cleaning, dental exams, and education on oral health practices. It's important because it helps maintain healthy teeth and gums, prevents dental problems, and saves money on expensive dental treatments.

The frequency of preventative hygiene appointments depends on various factors such as age, oral health, and risk of dental problems. In general, most people should have a preventative hygiene appointment every six months, while others may need more frequent appointments.

During a preventative hygiene appointment, the dental hygienist will typically clean your teeth, check for signs of dental problems, and provide education on oral health practices. The dentist may also perform a dental exam to check for any issues with your teeth or gums.

Preventative hygiene has several benefits, including maintaining healthy teeth and gums, preventing dental problems such as cavities and gum disease, and detecting dental problems early before they worsen. It can also save money on expensive dental treatments in the long run.

Most dental insurance plans cover preventative hygiene appointments, usually up to twice a year. However, it's important to check with your insurance provider to confirm your coverage.

You can maintain good oral hygiene between preventative hygiene appointments by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, using mouthwash, and avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks.

If you don't have regular preventative hygiene appointments, you may be at a higher risk of developing dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. These problems can worsen over time and require more extensive and expensive dental treatments.

Yes, preventative hygiene is suitable for people of all ages, from children to seniors. It's especially important for children to start preventative hygiene appointments early to establish good oral health habits and prevent dental problems in the future.

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Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease is the later stages of gum disease. This is when the bacterial infection under the gums progresses deeper and affects the bone and tissues supporting the tooth.

Some of the signs include:

If not treated, in time the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw will dissolve, making the teeth loose and eventually the teeth will fall out.

To help prevent periodontal disease developing or to slow down it’s progression it is important to seek help from the dentist and also use the correct oral hygiene practices at home.

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