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Preventative Dentistry
in Burwood

Preventative checkups and dental hygiene maintenance are the most efficient ways to maintain a healthy mouth and prevent dental diseases. Six monthly scale and cleans limit conditions such as caries (cavities) and periodontal (gum) disease, and reduce your risk of dental emergencies and expensive treatment later in life.

We believe in a dental prevention philosophy. Our experienced dentists are passionate about providing the best long-term care to you and your family. We do this by constructing a personalised treatment plan, so you can catch any minor problems before they become major ones.

What to Expect

During your checkup, we will perform a comprehensive exam of your mouth and teeth. During your exam, the dentist will check for any signs of dental decay, acid wear, gum recession, enamel damage from grinding, cracks and existing fillings that may have deteriorated.

We will also perform an oral cancer screening and check your gum and bone structures. If required, a complete gum assessment chart will be noted. We also include complimentary X-rays every two years to screen for suspicious findings and to check for cavities between your teeth, which can’t be seen during a visual examination.

How Often to Schedule

The frequency of preventative maintenance visits depends on your dental risk profile. In other words, how likely you are to develop dental issues between visits. People with a high dental risk may need an appointment every 3-4 months. For low-risk patients, we recommend an appointment every six months.

Even if you are at a high risk, we are here to support and equip you with the most efficient plan to care for your oral health, lowering your risk factors in the future.

Dental Sealants

Fissure sealants are a beneficial and painless way to protect your children’s teeth from tooth decay. A dental sealant is a tooth-coloured plastic coating that covers the chewing surfaces of the back adult teeth (molars). A sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth. Most tooth decay in children occurs in the back teeth, so dental sealants are extremely valuable.

The application of this protective coating requires no anaesthetic (needles) or drilling, and is commonly performed on children’s first and second molars soon after they grow into the mouth.

Fluoride Treatment

An application of fluoride twice a year has been proven to aid in preventing dental decay. Fluoride is a great prevention method for dental caries in young children as well as adults. Application of fluoride at an early stage of dental decay can help to remineralise the tooth enamel before you require a filling.

Custom Sports Mouth Guards

A mouth guard should be worn during any contact sport or activities where there is risk of injury to the face. A mouth guard is a soft plastic appliance that protects upper teeth where most injuries occur.

Without a mouth guard, sport injuries and accidents can damage and injure the gums, lips, and teeth, or cause tooth fractures, knocked-out teeth and jaw dislocation or fractures.

Every year, thousands of people are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or significantly minimised if a custom fit mouth-guard was worn.

If you or your family members participate in contact sports or activities, such as footy, hockey, volleyball, rugby or soccer, please advise one of our dentists to find the right mouth guard for you and your loved one.

Dental Radiograph (X-ray)

Dental X-rays are often necessary when assessing your oral health, as they provide a picture of areas the dentist cannot see during an exam. They take the guesswork out of your dental exam. While your teeth and gums may look healthy, getting an X-ray can help us identify hidden problem areas before they develop further. X-rays are essential, as unseen issues can cause significant health problems if left untreated. A simple and painless X-ray can save your time, your health, and your pocketbook.

Routine dental X-rays use an extremely low amount of radiation. They are so small that you receive about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short aeroplane flight (1-2 hours). Our dentists will carefully consider the need for X-rays and the risk of undetected disease if X-rays are not taken.

It is also important to let us know if you are or could be pregnant. While X-rays are kept to a minimum dose during pregnancy, they can be safely taken during pregnancy, especially in cases of dental disease, infections or trauma.

Reserve a Checkup Today

Keep your family’s smiles healthy by booking regular scale and cleans. Contact Me Dental Care Burwood today to reserve an appointment.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Preventative Dentistry Burwood VIC | (03) 7032 3968