Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene in Melbourne, Prevention is Better than a Cure

At Carnegie Dental Group our aim is to provide you with the best opportunity to maintain the health of your teeth and gums for life. Our dental hygienists not only clean and polish your teeth; they also provide you with individually tailored instructions and tools to perform optimal oral hygiene procedures at home. Our hygienists are gentle, caring and create a comfortable environment in which you can be relaxed and enjoy the best treatments available.

 

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Why have a “Scale and Clean”?

Do you know why dentists recommend a scale and clean regularly? It’s about the health of your teeth. It’s about getting the plaque and the calculus off your teeth.

Plaque is sticky, soft and usually an off-white colour.  With the correct brushing and flossing plaque can be removed. However, if you don’t clean the plaque off, the bacteria release toxins that will irritate your gums—this bacteria produces the acid which causes tooth decay. With a scale and clean from one of our Dental Hygienists, we can get rid of the plaque from those places that is difficult to get to with a toothbrush and floss.

Calculus (more commonly referred to as tartar) is different to plaque in that it is a hard, calcified build-up. And it can’t be removed with brushing and flossing. If plaque is not cleaned off your teeth the minerals in your saliva will deposit in the plaque making it calcified. Calculus can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist—this is the scaling part of a scale and clean.

Staining is less of a health problem and more of an aesthetic one. It happens because of drinks like tea, coffee, wine, in addition to food like chocolate and habits such as smoking.

Our hygienists not only clean and polish your teeth; they also provide you with individually tailored instructions and tools to perform optimal oral hygiene procedures at home. In addition, they perform treatment for periodontal disease, teeth whitening and take radiographs to check for bone levels underneath your gums. By combining a proper at-home oral hygiene routine with regular check-ups you have a better chance of maintaining your natural teeth for longer.