How to maintain good oral health
Thorough teeth cleaning is key to maintaining oral health and preventing oral diseases. It also helps you to avoid costly dental treatments further down the line. Proper flossing, brushing and regular checkups and treatment from our dental hygienist in Sydney will ensure you maintain a healthy mouth and minimise the risk of dental complications.
In between your regular dental checkups, it’s essential that you maintain good dental hygiene. This means ensuring that you’re not only taking good care of your teeth but also your gums and mouth as a whole. You should brush and floss your teeth twice a day to prevent tooth decay or gum disease and we recommend using fluoride toothpaste and a softheaded toothbrush for maximum results.
What happens if you don’t
maintain good dental hygiene?
Gum disease is caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but if they aren’t cleaned well, the bacteria in plaque can cause your gums to become inflamed.
When this happens, your gums will pull away from your teeth and form spaces called pockets. Plaque then gets trapped in these pockets and cannot be removed with regular brushing. If untreated, gum disease could lead to bone and tooth loss.
What are the benefits of seeing dental hygienists?
Even if you brush your teeth and floss twice a day, it’s still hard to maintain perfect oral health, as plaque still builds up below the gum line and in between teeth.
The buildup of plaque then leads to bacteria forming in your mouth which can lead to a number of issues. Dental hygienists are experts at removing plaque and minimising the risk of gum disease.
Am I a good candidate for a dental cleaning?
Every patient is unique and the degree of treatment required is different. For new patients, we aim for you to see our Dentist for a full exam as well as our Hygienist. Most people require a good scale and clean yet as we noted everyone is unique.
If, for example, you just need stain removal and minimal scaling of your teeth and gums, a short appointment will be required. But for deep scaling of heavy calculus (tartar), you may need a longer visit or even multiple treatments to get back on track. We tailor all our dental hygienist visits to suit the individual.
How is a deep clean carried out at The Dentist
at 70 Pitt Street in Sydney CBD?
If gum disease is caught early and hasn’t damaged the structures below the gum line, a professional dental clean should be sufficient. If the pockets between your gums and teeth are too deep, however, scaling and root planing may be needed.
Scaling is when your dentist and hygienist remove all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below the gum line, making sure to clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket.
Your dentist and hygienist will then begin root planing, smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing may take more than one visit to complete and may require a local anaesthetic.
After a deep cleaning, you may have pain for a day or two and teeth sensitivity for up to a week. Your gums also may be swollen, feel tender, and bleed. To prevent infection, control pain, or help you heal, your dentist may prescribe a pill or mouth rinse.
Your dentist may also insert medication (subantimicrobial-dose doxycycline) directly into the pocket that was cleaned. Your dentist will schedule another visit to see how your gums have healed and measure the depth of your pockets. If they have gotten deeper, more treatment may be needed.
How much does a visit to a
dental hygienist cost in Sydney?
The total cost of seeing a qualified dental hygienist will depend on the degree of treatment you require.
Once your teeth have been assessed we’ll be able to provide you with an accurate cost for your individual treatment.
New Patient Offer
1st Visit comprehensive Examination,
Check-up, Teeth Cleaning for New Patients
(including Full exam, images, x-rays, clean, polish and fluoride treatment)
Meet our dental team
Click here to find out more information about our professional and friendly team:
Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh
Dr Catrina Carroll
Dr Vinaya Sunkersett
Roya Broojerdi (Faridi)
If you have any more questions about visiting one of our dental hygiene services or maintaining oral health, please contact us today. Below you can find the questions we get most frequently asked about dental hygiene.
Home dental care is vital to maintaining good dental hygiene. Neglecting your oral health at home can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and a very expensive dentist bill.
Regular patients visit at least every 6 months. Our hygienist will scale your teeth and gums and review gum health. She’ll discuss your home care instructions and, if necessary, discuss your diet and any risk of decay or gum disease. Our dentist will then see you for a review examination.
No, typically teeth cleaning procedures are not painful. If a patient does experience pain, it's usually due to gum inflammation, tooth decay and other symptoms of oral disease. All of these conditions often lead to increased sensitivity, resulting in some pain felt during the cleaning process.
A dental hygienist is licensed and registered to practice all forms of dental hygiene treatment. This includes the cleaning of the mouth, scaling to remove stains and calculus build-up, and application of fluoride, pit and fissure sealants. They also provide patients with information on how to maintain good oral hygiene.
Teeth cleaning is one of the cheapest of all the dental treatments available. Paying a small amount to get your teeth cleaned regularly can save you a lot of money in the long run, as other dental treatments can be much more expensive.
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Why Choose The Dentist at 70 Pitt Street for
your dental cleaning in Sydney CBD?
Your oral health is an essential part of your overall health care, which is why we at The Dentist at 70 Pitt Street pride ourselves on not only being a friendly and affordable dental clinic but also ensuring we provide outstanding dental treatment. We believe there are lots of reasons you should choose to have your dental veneers with us, but we’ve narrowed it down for you:
- We offer numbing gel when you get your teeth cleaned
- We send you a calendar invite so your appointments are in your Work Diary (as well as a reminder the day before)
- You can choose the flavour of polish and fluoride, not everyone loves mint
- You can listen to your podcast or tunes when you’re having treatment
- We have appointments before 9 am and after 5 pm as well as on Saturdays to suit you
- We’re one of the only dental practices in Sydney with a full-time in-house dental hygienist dedicated to the prevention of tooth and gum disease
- We aim to be the greenest dentist in Sydney and we have a strong sense of community
- We have a range of payment options including HICAPS & payment plans
- You get to take home a new soft toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste at each of your preventative visits
How to book an appointment
Choose which Practitioner you would like to see, as well as select if the appointment is to be with the dentist or a visit with the hygienist to have your teeth cleaned. If you can not find a time that suits you, please call us on 02 9233 3399 and we will accommodate you.