Dental Health Tips

This illustration shows the anatomy of a tooth and gums as well as the supporting structures that surround a tooth.

Preventative Dental Care:

People think that most common dental problems are inevitable. We know that they are preventable if you:
  • Brush teeth thoroughly twice daily.
  • Floss between all teeth a few times a week or daily
  • Get professional cleaning done regularly
  • Get professional dental examinations twice a year
  • Watch for sugar in your diet. With sugar frequency is worse than quantity.

  • Glossary of Terms :

    This illustration shows the anatomy of a tooth and gums as well as the supporting structures that surround a tooth.

    Tooth Anatomy
    • Blood vessels : Carry nutrients to the tooth.
    • Bone : Alveolar bone forms the tooth socket and provides it with support.
    • Cementum : The layer of hard bone-like tissue covering the root of the tooth.
    • Cemento-enamel junction : The line where the enamel and cementum meet.
    • Dentin : The hard yellow tissue underlying the enamel and cementum, making up the main bulk of the tooth.
    • Enamel : The hard, white outer layer of the tooth.
    • Gingiva : The gum tissue surrounding the tooth.
    • Ligament : The connective tissue that surrounds the tooth and connects it to bone.
    • Nerves : Relay signals such as pain to and from your brain.
    • Pulp : Located in the center of the tooth, it contains the arteries, veins and nerves.
    • Root canal : Canal in the root of the tooth where the nerves and blood vessels travel through.

    Dental X-Rays

    Dental x-rays are one of the most important tools we have to help people avoid serious dental problems because they let us detect problems while they are still small- before they are even visible to the naked eye - before serious conditions develop. In addition, they are also very safe for the patient.

    To emphasize the safety of dental x-rays, I quote from an article by Drs.Truhlar, Morris and Ochi in the Journal of Implant Dentistry Vol 2 No. 21993. "The calculated risk of cancer to a patient from a Panoramic x-ray or series of cavity detecting x-rays is less than one in a million."

    Infection Control

    Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control - you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. All our dentist and staff follow procedures from the ADA. These measures include:

    • Disinfectant hand soap
    • Gloves and face masks
    • Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
    • Sterilization of all equipment before every use
    • Disposable materials
    We sterilise all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.

    Thoughtful Snacking

    Here are some suggestions about thoughtful snacking for healthier teeth.

    We know that eating sugar is not good for our teeth, we also know that sweets are associated with fun and part of most people's culture.

    Eating a sugar snack once in a while is not really a problem. The problem is when people eat sugar snacks at meals and then several times a day in between meals as well. Also sugar jellies or lollies that stick to the teeth and have absolutely no nutritional value are much worse than an ice cream treat eaten once a month that at least has some milk and calcium in it.

    The frequency with which you eat sugar is much more significant in so far as cavities are concerned than the total amount of sugar eaten. And sticky treats are worse than ones that do not adhere to the teeth. Pick appropriate times and occasions for snacks and stick to them.

Services

Preferred Provider For

  • Medibank Private
  • BUPA
  • HBA
  • MBF
  • Mutual Community

Contact

  • Brighton East Dental Clinic

  • 677 Hawthorn Road, Brighton East, VIC 3187

  • Tel: 03 9578 8500
  • Fax: 03 9578 8900
  • Email: admin@brightoneastdental.com.au