Retaining your dental health and your smile’s appearance
At Honeysuckle Dental we believe in the importance of providing our patients with regular dental check-ups and preventive care. Here in our relaxing dental suite on Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, our dental hygienist works to ensure our patients maintain a healthy set of teeth for life.
Preventing the development of harmful dental conditions
By regularly checking on the health of your teeth, we can nip dental issues in the bud before they become more serious and more expensive to treat. Our dental team is here to keep your teeth and gums healthy and to educate you on how to continue to look after your dental health between visits.
During your dental check-up, our dental team will examine your teeth and gums to evaluate your oral health. Digital x-rays are safer than traditional x-rays and also allow our patients and dentists to visually see what is going on in your mouth. With the click of a button, we can zoom in on your teeth and explain treatment options more easily.
Regular dental check-ups are the best insurance for your dental health. Our hygienists are here to help provide you long-term care of your teeth and gums. By proactively monitoring your dental health and addressing dental issues, we can maintain your smile for a long time.
Periodontics and providing optimal care for your gums
Periodontics is the dedicated field of dentistry that specifies in the supporting tissues of your smile, in other words – your gums. Your gums play a central role in establishing and maintaining the health of your entire dental function. A dysfunction in your gums can create a disharmony that can affect your teeth, your soft tissues and even your jawbone.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease which can often be easily treated with active dental maintenance. The progression of gingivitis towards periodontitis can require more extensive care and, if left untreated, can eventually lead to tooth loss and the spread of infection to your jawbone. Advanced periodontitis has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, thus if you have serious gum disease it is essential that you visit a trained professional as soon as possible.
Reversing gum disease
Fortunately in most instances gum disease can be corrected with the implementation of a stringent dental hygiene routine and a thorough clean by our dental hygienist. The use of our advanced dental lasers has allowed us to also address periodontal concerns virtually painlessly and with pinpoint accuracy. In addition to increased accuracy, our dental lasers have also allowed us to minimise any discomfort felt by our patients and also reduce the treatment time required.
During your check-up our dental professionals can identify the potential presence of gum disease and walk you through the steps to take to ensure your gums reach optimal dental health.
At what age should children begin brushing their teeth?
You should begin brushing a young child’s teeth as soon as the first baby tooth erupts, using water and a grain-sized amount of baby toothpaste. Flossing can begin once your child’s teeth begin touching. For children aged 3 upwards, you can use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
What can I do about bad breath?
Bad breath, or halitosis, is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene. Food particles that are not removed from the mouth break down, producing sulphur compounds which have an unpleasant odour. Bad breath can be remedied by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and using a mouthwash after each brushing session;
- Brushing your tongue- a tongue scraper can also be quite helpful, as bacteria and food particles tend to fester on the tongue;
- Properly cleaning dentures/bridges/mouthguards on a daily basis- this prevents a bacteria build-up from being retransferred to the mouth;
- Limiting the consumption of garlic, onions, and spicy and sugary foods;
- Sipping on water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist (dry mouth can cause bad breath);
At what age should wisdom teeth be extracted?
Ideally, wisdom teeth should be removed when a patient is between the ages of 17-25, to minimise any risk of complications and to ensure a faster recovery period. However, with that said, wisdom teeth can still be successfully extracted at a later stage, or even an earlier one should the need arise. Wisdom teeth are generally extracted when:
- They are impacted- that is, they remain trapped in your jawbone or gum causing pain and discomfort;
- They erupt at an awkward angle, putting pressure on the nearby teeth;
- There is insufficient space in your jaw to accommodate these wisdom teeth;
- Your wisdom teeth are unhealthy as a result of decay or cavities.
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Regular trips to come and see us are vital to maintaining your oral health and helping us to treat any issues before they become more severe. As your oral and general health have been found to be linked, this will also help you to keep your body healthy and free of other concerns that are caused by poor oral hygiene. Regular check-ups can help prevent tooth decay, protect against the onset of periodontitis which is responsible for tooth loss, prevent bad breath and give you a healthier, more attractive smile. Make your appointment today to secure your oral health.
My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?
Absolutely. You see, while your teeth may feel fine, there are a host of issues that may still exist without you even knowing about them. The reason being that these concerns are almost impossible to detect on your own and require a trained professional to diagnose and treat them effectively. If we can find a cavity in its early stages it can save you the time and money of having to receive root canals, dental implants, gum surgery and other treatments. We also give your teeth a deep clean with dental instruments that are designed to reach places that regular brushing and flossing cannot.
How can I take care of my teeth between dental check-ups?
There are a few age-old rules that you need to follow in order to maintain your oral and dental health while you are away from us. The first and most important is also the most obvious one, make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day or after meals and to floss at least once. Make sure that you are using toothpaste that contains fluoride and check with us whether or not you may need a fluoride rinse. Avoid, where possible, foods and drinks that contain a lot of sugar as they will feed the bacteria in your mouth and make it easier for plaque and cavities to appear. Brush your tongue, it will remove a lot of the particles and bacteria in your mouth, as well as making your breath minty fresh.
Why is it important to drink water?
Drinking water that contains fluoride can help to prevent tooth decay from occurring. It is recommended that you drink water after each meal as not only can it flush food particles out of your mouth, but it can help to maintain your healthy teeth.
Some of the benefits of drinking water include:
- Can prevent and treat headaches
- May help with preventing kidney stones
Forms saliva and mucus
Why should I start chewing sugar-free gum after every meal?
Chewing sugar-free gum after every meal can prompt your mouth to produce more saliva which aids in preventing decay-causing acid attacks.
How can I maintain my healthy teeth?
The three most important tips for maintaining your health teeth are:
- Limit all sugary treats to meal time rather than snacking on them during the day
- Drink water that contains fluoride
Chew sugar-free gum after every meal
For more information on our range of dentistry treatments, please contact the friendly team at Honeysuckle Dental today.