A smile to last a lifetime
Preventive Dentistry in Balwyn
The brightest smiles happen when mouth, body and spirit work in harmony together. What is your smile telling you? And importantly, what can it tell us?
We believe minimal intervention is the most beneficial approach to dentistry, wherever possible. It is this belief that drives our strong advocacy of preventative measures.
By giving your mouth the care and attention it deserves, you’ll be giving yourself the best chance at a life free from oral erosion and decay.
Total oral health starts with your teeth and gums. Our immediate priority is to look closely for any warning signs and deal with issues early. We use digital x-rays to look deeper and ensure there are no surprises.
By preventing gum disease before it takes hold, we can help you live healthier, live longer and, most important of all, live happier! Nothing has the power to wipe the smile from your face like a toothache. Ideally, we’ll look at how to prevent toothaches from happening in the first place. If they do arise, however, we’ll consider how to fix them quickly. The result? You’ll be pain free and smiling again in no time!
And rather than simply treating your teeth and gums, we’ll analyse all aspects of your health, diet and lifestyle, developing ways to transform your smile from the inside out. We’ll work with you to develop an ongoing oral hygiene routine to follow at home, to help prevent unnecessary dental issues arising in the future.
Fundamentally, we want to keep you smiling on the outside, restore the smile within, and make sure you have the confidence to smile at the world!
Gum care … love your gums!
Your gums play the most important role in maintaining good oral health. By supporting your teeth and keeping them in place, they are the vital foundation of every beautiful smile. That’s why we’re so proud of our reputation as preventive care champions for gum disease.
We recommend you book in for a comprehensive examination every six months. This will allow us to continually monitor and detect any problems with your teeth and gums in the earliest stages, including signs of gum disease, cavities and general function. In many cases, we’ll also take detailed x-rays to check for any problems that may be hiding below your gum line or jaw bone.
This regular inspection will allow us to identify the right treatment, and nip any issues in the bud before they have a chance to develop into something more serious. Although the regular oral hygiene routine you commit to at home is vitally important to prevent damage, our hygienist will also thoroughly clean your teeth and remove any build-up of tartar, which is one thing that can’t be achieved by simply brushing and flossing.
A regular examination with iSmile Studio will not only leave your mouth feeling fresh, but will also provide peace-of-mind that your oral health is in top condition.
The molar teeth at the back of our mouths contain deep grooves, also known as fissures. These can be particularly problematic for young children, who are perhaps still getting to grips with brushing and don’t always clean the very back of their mouths properly.
This is something to remain mindful of, when you consider a tooth that is not properly cleaned has a higher risk of developing cavities. Thankfully, iSmile Studio has a trusted weapon, in the form of fissure sealants. These comprise a liquid resin that can be used to fill those troublesome grooves, before hardening and making the teeth smooth in just a matter of minutes.
It’s quick, pain-free and the smooth finish of the teeth will last for several years. An ideal result, because smooth teeth are easy-to-clean teeth!
When it comes to protecting your smile, the acid in your saliva can often pose one of the biggest threats, due to its ability to cause tooth decay. Some people are actually thought to be more predisposed to tooth decay simply because they have higher levels of acid present in their saliva.
A simple saliva test carried out by one of our friendly team will shed light on how acidic your saliva is, meaning the most appropriate treatment can be planned accordingly. Read more…
Erosion and decay
As part of a biological approach to your overall health and wellbeing, it’s important you are able to enjoy the things that make you smile. A bar of chocolate, a post-dinner desert, and even a sweet tea all have the power to make us feel comforted and content.
However, it’s important to be mindful that while a sweet treat might bring a smile to your face in the short term, too much sugar can actually be detrimental to the quality of your smile in the long-term.
One way to combat the effects of the sugar on your teeth is to rinse your mouth with water after eating, to neutralise the acid, rehydrate your mouth and promote the production of saliva, which provides defence against the hazards of sugars and acids.
What is preventative dentistry?
We may focus on your smile, but we understand that it’s only a small part of the big picture! Our oral health & preventative dentistry services are just part of our complete wellness approach to dentistry.
What preventative procedures do you offer?
We want all your visits to end with you smiling ear-to-ear, so our treatments are always customised to perfectly match your current and future needs, health and wellbeing.
What benefits are associated with preventative dentistry?
- Lower the risk of developing serious dental problems later in life
- Promote good oral hygiene habits
- Allow for early identification of dental problems to minimise future treatments
- Elevate your overall wellbeing by reducing dental problems related to chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis and certain cancers
Rejuvenate your teeth so you feel confident sharing your beautiful smile with the world