What is general dentistry?
General dentistry refers to routine dental procedures with a preventative goal in mind. We aim to catch and fix small issues with conservative treatment before they become big problems requiring long-term, invasive treatment.
What treatments are included in general dentistry?
The treatments included in general dentistry are:
- Check-ups and cleans, including dental x-rays.
- Fissure sealants and preventative fillings.
- Night guards and mouth guards.
- Children’s dentistry.
- Crowns and bridges.
- Root canals treatment.
Everyone knows that we should be going to dentist every six months for a regular check-up and clean. For our lovely existing patients and our soon-to-be patients, let us tell you what you may expect from our six-monthly check-up and cleans.
If we have not yet met, or it has been some time since we have seen you, we are proud to offer our exclusive New Patient Experience. This initial appointment is where you get to know us, and we get to know you and your teeth.
The first part of the appointment involves a consultation with the dentist, including all necessary x-rays, clinical photography and a thorough examination. Our aim is not only for you to get to know every tooth, but to show you how your mouth affects the health of your whole body. Should you require any further treatment, we take the time to explain it all, and provide a written treatment plan. We often hear patients saying they have never had such a thorough experience!
The second half of this appointment is run by our hygienists, who are dental professionals specializing in hygiene and maintenance of oral health. After a thorough cleaning, they will show you in detail how to look after your teeth for hopefully no more holes!
As all our lovely existing patients know, after this initial appointment and completion of any treatment required, we set up a regular six-monthly hygiene schedule. These are primarily run by our hygienists, and you will also have the opportunity to discuss any matters with your dentist if needed. You can expect a thorough review of your teeth and any changes that have happened over the last six months, including updating any relevant x-rays. This is followed by a detailed clean. Once again, should you need any dental treatment, you will be provided with a comprehensive treatment plan. Otherwise, see you in six months!
Finally, why six months? That is how long it would take for decay to become visible in your mouth, should it start the day after we see you! We encourage everyone who has not been to the dentist in a while, or it has been longer than six months, to see us for this reason. At the least, let us tell you that your teeth are perfect.
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4 simple dental tips whilst in Covid lockdown
Being in lockdown is an extremely difficult time for many Australians. We can’t see friends, go places, incomes may be affected and we’ve lost our freedom. Further to this people are getting sick and who knows when it will end?
What’s important is that we still have the ability to look after our health as best we can. So the following are our simple tips for a healthy mouth during lockdown.
Tip 1 – Routine
It’s simple to fall out of a routine. If you’re used to going out in the morning to work or to drop the kids off at school and can no longer do this it’s easy to simply not get ready in the morning. If you’re not meeting people then the temptation may be to skip brushing your teeth. You may then start noticing that unpleasant furry feeling on your teeth. That’s the bacteria on your teeth building up otherwise known as plaque. Then when you get the chance to brush your teeth you may notice bleeding of the gums. That’s what happens when the plaque release toxins which irritate the gums.
Regular morning and night brushing is absolutely essential in preventing long term issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Use a soft to medium toothbrush and clean in a gentle circular motion. Make sure you brush your gums gently as well. The simple routine morning and night time can help you prevent extensive and expensive treatment. Also don’t forget to floss every night!
Tip 2 – Diet
What you eat and drink can have a big impact on the health of your mouth. During lockdown it can be easy to change your diet. Perhaps you’re snacking more or eating more sweets – both can lead to dental decay. Some simple diet tips are avoid sweet sticky foods or snacks. Even cordials and soft drinks can lead to dental decay. If sugary foods are consumed then just have it in one sitting rather than snacking on it throughout the day. The longer the sugar is in contact with your teeth the higher the chance of dental decay.
Tip 3 – Reach out to us
If you have any concerns feel free to reach out to us. Our practice is still open so our team are here to help you. Our staff are trained to assist you with any issues and if they feel that it is best for you to come in to the practice then we can see you. Our practice is Covid safe so we’ll screen you and ask you to wear a mask when you come in. We also offer “virtual meetings” if you don’t feel comfortable coming in. Sometimes that reassurance is all you need.
Tip 4 – Book in to see us
As soon as the lockdown is over don’t forget to book in to see us. Regular dental examination and clean is essential for good oral health. Usually after a lockdown our practice can become extremely busy. During this time we have been preparing for additional clinicians to be on board to service our patients. We do recommend that you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Hopefully those tips will help you through this lockdown. We understand that everyone is affected during this time and many are going through real hardship. Our team at Sydney Road Dental Care are here for you and our community. We wish everyone the very best and please stay safe during this time.
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