• To stop the root canal system becoming infected with saliva.
• To stop irrigation fluids getting into the mouth.
• For the prevention of small files falling down the throat and being inhaled.
You should aim to change your toothbrush every three months. Always change it if you have been sick, or have had dental work.Always use an ultra soft toothbrush as this decreases the likelihood of abrasion to teeth and gingival recession (receding gums) from occurring. Our new favourite toothbrush is the Swiss Made Colgate Ultra Soft, Ultra Compact Head.
A complimentary Colgate ultra soft toothbrush is given at every hygiene appointment.
Melbourne has some of the highest quality drinking water in the world. For hydration purposes, water should be your drink of choice. There is no need to purchase bottled water, tap water is just fine. It’s the best thirst quencher for your overall health.
Prevention is better than cure. Nobody wants chipped, broken or dislodged teeth, resulting in pain and frequent trips to the dentist to repair the damage from sports injuries. Over the counter mouthguards do afford protection but are bulky, uncomfortable, tend to cause gagging; you will never see a serious sports person with one.
Only a custom made mouthguard fitted by a dentist will be contoured to fit your teeth exactly encouraging you to wear it, which in turn means that most sports injuries will be avoided or much less severe. Like brushing and flossing you should view a mouthguard as an essential part of preventive dentistry. Custom mouthguards are manufactured to suit the type of activity undertaken by you.
Single laminate for low-impact sports like basketball, soccer and little league sports. specifically for children aged 5 – 8.
Double laminate for medium impact sports such as football and rugby ages 13+.
Professional range for high impact sports such as boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, ages 13+.
Mouthguards can be made in your football team’s colours or other favourite colour combinations. What better way to encourage children, both young and old, to wear them!
Preventative fissure sealants are tooth coloured resin sealants applied to the tops of healthy teeth to prevent decay. Decay can form in pits and deep grooves in the teeth that are too small to clean with a tooth brush. Usually no drilling or injections are required for this simple procedure which takes place after your teeth have been given a scale and clean by your dentist.
How long do they last?
As with everything else in your mouth fissure sealants will be checked and maintained by your dentist each time you visit for a periodic examination and a scale and clean.
Do they work?
If they are done correctly fissure sealants are certainly worth having because they stop sticky foods from accumulating in the deep fissures of the tooth enamel, therefore preventing the decay process from starting. However they do not replace the need for practicing dental hygiene at home, they are another step towards optimal dental health. Prevention is better than cure.
• From the age that teeth first erupt to 17 months: teeth should be cleaned without toothpaste.
• 18 months -5 years (inclusive): a child specific toothpaste should be used (i.e., Colgate My First Toothpaste) as it contains a low amount of fluoride (0.4 – 0.55 mg/g fluoride). Only a small pea size amount of pea size toothpaste should be used.
• 6+ years: a standard “adult” toothpaste (i.e., Colgate Total) may be used.
For more information regarding Bruxism click on the following link: Teeth Grinding
Disclaimer: Information given here is a brief guide only and may not be applicable to every situation. Information is based on current knowledge at the time of posting and will be amended as more accurate or more up to date information comes to hand. Comments of a non dental nature are true as best as we can ascertain, but you are advised to seek confirmation yourself from an appropriately qualified professional.