Hygiene and Prevention

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Research has shown that dental diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease, are largely
preventable. Prevention of these problems requires knowledge and understanding by the
individual. We are all genetically different but the disease processes are the same.At every routine ‘check-up’ we take the time to explain your individual risk factors and
discuss your home maintenance and dietary habits that may cause you dental problems.

Prevention is better than treatment. We can help you to understand your individual oral
health risks and discuss preventative options for your needs.

Gum disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, more so than decay and trauma. It can also
affect your overall health if left untreated. Gum disease can be localised to just the gums in
early stages but if left untreated can start to eat away at the jaw bone holding your teeth in
place, meaning that teeth can be lost. The main cause of gum disease is plaque/bacteria
developing around the gum line which irritates the gums and causes inflammation. However
many other factors can contribute such as immune system, stress, hormones, smoking, diet
etc.

If you are concerned about your gums bleeding it is best to book in for a check-up so we can
assess your gums thoroughly. This may require booking in with our Oral Health Therapist to
assess you for inflammation, bleeding, bone loss and infection. She will then advise of the
best treatment for your gum health which may mean a general clean or possibly a clean
over several appointments depending on what is needed.

Decay

Decay occurs when too many minerals are lost from the surface of the tooth which
eventually breaks down resulting in a cavity. Minerals are lost due to daily acid attacks from
consuming food and drink containing sugars. Your saliva also plays an integral role in
protecting your teeth and replenishing lost minerals from the tooth structure. The team at
Ashmore Dentistry can help you to understands your risk factors for dental decay and work
with you to create an individualised oral hygiene routine to suit your needs.

Digital Radiographs

Knowing exactly what is happening inside your tooth and below your gums enables the
team at Ashmore Dentistry to make an exact diagnosis and develop the most suitable
treatment plan for your care. Digital x-rays in some cases even help detect early problems
before more significant and expensive treatment is required. Through the use of digital x-
rays, we are able to detect a host of ailments that are often otherwise invisible during
routine examination. The following are examples of what can be seen through the use of
digital x-rays.

  • Tooth decay
  • Abscesses (tooth infection)
  • Gum disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Cysts

Digital x-rays are efficient and emit up to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. They can
be stored electronically and emailed to specialists to whom you may be referred for more
complex treatment procedures.

Digital x-rays also help us monitor your treatment progress. Ashmore Dentistry will be
guided by your personal needs and diagnosis of your current health when considering how
often you will need to have updated digital x-rays.

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