General Dentistry

The first area of dental treatment is general dentistry. This area of dentistry is focused on ensuring that you have good oral hygiene and dental health. General Dentistry ensures that you do not have any issues such as cavities or gum disease. It covers a wide range of treatments and takes a look at your overall dental health and needs. General dentistry also use restorative procedures to repair the effects of tooth decay, trauma, defect or disease in different areas of the mouth.

General dentistry focuses on treatments that are necessary for long-term dental health. A lot of people visit a dentist when they’re in pain. Or perhaps when they are looking for a radical change, often aesthetic. Before you can even opt for a radical change, it is essential that your dental health is in good condition. Regular check-ups are one of the best forms of preventative dental care. Leaving problems untreated can lead to complications in the future. It is a much better idea to start now and deal with any problems early. This avoids you having to deal with them at a later date. Oral health maintenance also prevents the development of serious dental problems. This includes brushing, flossing and eating healthily in your daily life.

At Gladesville Gentle Dental, we provide each patient with a treatment plan based on the results of your routine exam. Come and see us for a dental check up today!

Scaling and polishing

The professional cleaning of teeth is sometimes referred to as ‘Prophylaxis’ . Most people refer to the procedure as a “Scale & Polish”.

Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (a soft, sticky layer of bacteria, food & saliva) and hard tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect your teeth. While this is beneficial, it, unfortunately, means that we tend to get a build-up of calcium deposits on the teeth. It is tooth coloured and can easily be mistaken as part of the teeth, but it can also vary from brown to black in colour.

If this tartar is allowed to build up on the teeth, it will, unfortunately, provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive beside the gums. The purpose of cleaning and polishing is basically to leave the surfaces of the teeth beautifully clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and so provide you a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular daily hygiene regime. Once all the surfaces are smooth, we will then polish your teeth to remove surface stains and leave your teeth beautifully shiny & smooth.

Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis is an inflammatory condition of the gums surrounding the teeth. This inflammation is caused by plaque or biofilm that adheres onto your teeth. There is not attachment loss in gingivitis.

Periodontal Disease is also an inflammatory condition of the gums surrounding the teeth, also caused by plaque. However, periodontitis is characterized by a loss of attachment of the supporting periodontal tissues surrounding the teeth.

How does gingivitis and periodontitis develop?
Both gingivitis and periodontitis develop due to the body immune response to the plaque or biofilm that adheres onto the surface of the teeth.
How can I prevent developing gingivitis and periodontitis?
It is quite simple, follow these steps:
1. brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day
2. floss your teeth at least once per day
3. regularly visit your dentist to have the plaque removed from your teeth
If I have gingivitis or periodontitis, how do I get it treated?
Visit us for your regularly check up and we will examine your teeth. With gingivitis, a clean will usually help resolve this. In cases of periodontitis, you may need to undergo a more rigorous cleaning called “periodontal therapy”. This will be explained to you by the dentist.

There may be othr underlying systemic reasons for these conditions, referral to the necessary health care professional may be required.

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