preventive dentistry

preventive dentistry

Here at Bongaree Dental we know preventative dentistry is very important and we place a great deal of emphasis on patient education and preventative dental treatments. Our dental team works with patients to help them gain and maintain the best possible level of dental health. Wherever possible, we want to preserve your natural teeth as they are perfectly designed for the job in hand. Our preventative dentistry services include:

  • Dietary advice
  • Oral hygiene instructions
  • Fissure sealants
  • Advice on fresh breath
  • Scale and clean

Our oral hygienist can help improve your oral hygiene at home and may offer dietary advice; often making a few simple changes can provide real results. We recommend all our patients have a regular scale and polish as this is a simple way to look after your teeth and gums.
All of our friendly dental team are always more than happy to answer any questions you may have about oral health.

dietary advice

Your diet has a huge effect on your dental health. Habits such as sipping fizzy drinks all day (even the diet versions), or snacking frequently can all make a difference to your teeth and gums. We often find that people are unaware many of their favourite foods are less healthy than they imagine. One good example is fruit juice which can be high in sugar. Another example is low-fat yoghurt which can often have a lot of added sugar.

Our hygienist can discuss your diet with you and will be able to suggest simple ways to make it more tooth-friendly. This is unlikely to involve massive changes, but is more about making smarter food choices. For example, if you usually reach for biscuits or crisps in between meals, opting for calcium-rich cheese or fresh fruits and veggies could be all that is required.

oral hygiene instructions

Can you remember brushing your teeth this morning? Most of us perform this task automatically and this is why oral hygiene instructions can be very beneficial. Our Dentists and oral hygienist can provide you with customised oral hygiene instruction that will help you maintain the highest standards of oral care at home.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease which affects the gums and the bone supporting your teeth, and can eventually lead to tooth loss if not treated. If you notice that you have bleeding gums, receding gums or bad breath, a visit to one of our Oral Hygienists or Dentists can set you on the path to well-maintained oral hygiene.

fissure sealants

Tooth decay is a common problem and many people have at least one filling, often on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. If you look at these surfaces you’ll see they have a lot of quite intricate fissures and grooves which can be awkward to clean thoroughly. A toothbrush is often unable to fully penetrate these grooves, enabling bacteria and food debris to build up. This is why we suggest sealing the chewing surfaces of healthy back teeth.

Fissure sealants create a smooth surface, completely sealing up the grooves and fissures so teeth are easy to keep clean. The procedure is quick and non-invasive and the fissure sealants are made from extremely thin, hardwearing plastic that is painted onto the tooth surfaces and hardened. There is no need to have a local anaesthetic and you will be able to eat and drink straightaway.

Fissure sealants are a very easy and inexpensive way to protect more vulnerable tooth surfaces but can only be applied to healthy teeth that do not have any signs of decay. For this reason we recommend their application soon after adult back teeth have first erupted.

fresh breath

Everyone wants to feel confident about their breath. While most of us will have the occasional bout of bad breath (halitosis), more persistent halitosis can be a sign that something is wrong. If you think you may have halitosis, it is worth booking an appointment with one of our dentists. It is possible your bad breath may be down to untreated disease such as tooth decay or gum disease. We can examine your mouth and if necessary will recommend treatment for any issues which might have arisen since your last visit.

It is possible for bad breath to be caused by a condition called xerostomia, or dry mouth. Xerostomia is where insufficient salvia is produced to keep the mouth fresh and clean. We can suggest various ways of dealing with this problem and which will help freshen up your breath, reducing your risk of any dental problems. Sometimes bad breath may be caused by an undiagnosed medical condition and if we cannot find any reason for your halitosis then we might recommend you visit your doctor.

Scale and Polish

No matter how well you brush and floss each day, it is almost inevitable that some areas will be missed or are too tricky to clean. When this occurs plaque can quickly harden into calculus or tartar, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. This is why we recommend all our patients have a regular scale and polish.

Our hygienist will use special tools to gently scrape or scale away the calculus before carefully polishing and smoothing your teeth. The smooth surface makes it harder for plaque to stick to your teeth and polishing is great for lifting some surface stains so afterwards you may notice your teeth look slightly brighter.

Regular hygiene treatments are an easy way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and looking their best. In addition, our hygienist can provide a tailored program showing the most effective way to look after your teeth at home, based on your oral health needs. For added convenience book a scale and polish at the same time as your regular examination with your dentist.

oral hygiene department

Our Oral Hygiene Department is a vital part of Bongaree Dental as we place a great deal of emphasis on this subject. A good preventative dentistry routine will incorporate the very highest standards of oral hygiene, helping you to benefit from a healthy and attractive smile at all times.

Good oral hygiene minimises your chances of developing any dental problems and is an excellent way to ensure your natural teeth last as long as possible. You should enjoy fresh breath and a sense of well-being and self-confidence from knowing your teeth and gums are properly maintained. In addition, good oral health will protect your general health. The connection between poor oral health and major health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes has been established in numerous clinical studies. Although the exact nature of the link is not yet fully understood, these findings do underline the importance of good oral health.

Robyn Dooley

Robyn completed an Academic Upgrade in 2004. This was building on the foundation laid by her training in Dental Therapy from the Yeronga School Dental Therapy Training Centre. The upgrade trained her in Hygiene, which allowed her to be employed in a Private Practice. Most of Robyn’s working life has been in regional areas including Toowoomba, Bundaberg and Gayndah. Recently moving to Redcliffe to be closer to family, Robyn’s hobbies include; spoiling her grandchildren, shopping, sewing and attempting to finish craft tasks started years ago. Robyn has always enjoyed meeting people and providing a careful and considerate approach to her work.