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General Examination and Hygiene

Comprehensive Examination and Clean

Melbourne Brighton

Prevention is always better than cure. In dentistry, prevention, unlike vaccination against infectious disease, does not impart immunity; it merely reduces susceptibility and the risk of developing oral diseases. Dental cavities or tooth decay, although preventable, remain the most common chronic disease worldwide.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, there were approximately 70,200 hospitalisations for dental conditions in 2016-2017 that could have been prevented with earlier treatment or routine dental check-ups.

 

Routine Dental Examination and Hygiene

at Lifestyle Smiles

A routine dental examination and check-up every three or six months is vital to early detection of problems in the mouth. It involves a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, bone, tongue and all the other structures around the mouth such as the tonsils and salivary glands. Your dentist will also take X-Rays to monitor bone health and be able to identify problems beneath the gums.

Dental check-ups don’t only focus on oral health; some dental problems may be an early sign of a more severe health problem such as asymptomatic lumps in the mouth – which you probably will not notice since it’s painless. It is also the best time for your dentist or oral hygiene therapist to educate you on proper oral care at home.

Routine Dental Examination and Hygiene at Lifestyle Smiles

A routine dental examination and check-up every three or six months is vital to early detection of problems in the mouth. It involves a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, bone, tongue and all the other structures around the mouth such as the tonsils and salivary glands. Your dentist will also take X-Rays to monitor bone health and be able to identify problems beneath the gums.

Dental check-ups don’t only focus on oral health; some dental problems may be an early sign of a more severe health problem such as asymptomatic lumps in the mouth – which you probably will not notice since it’s painless. It is also the best time for your dentist or oral hygiene therapist to educate you on proper oral care at home.

During Your Comprehensive Examination

During a routine dental examination and check-up here at Lifestyle Smiles, your dentist or dental hygienist will check your overall health for any trouble areas such as:

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Dental cavities or tooth decay
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Loose or missing tooth or teeth
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Asymptomatic jaw tumours and cysts
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Tooth wear such as abrasion and erosion
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Signs of oral cancer or lumps in the head and neck
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An impacted wisdom tooth that can lead to infection
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Gum disease that can worsen over time if left untreated
These are just some of what your dentist or oral hygienist will look out for during your routine dental check-up that if detected early, can be resolved with professional dental intervention.

 

Picking Up Early Signs of Disease

 
Did you know that the earliest signs of medical diseases often appear in the mouth first? There are cases wherein our dentists will give you a referral to a medical doctor if we detect signs of a medical problem with which you are not diagnosed yet. Here are some signs of a more serious health problem that may show up orally.

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Oral Thrush

It is a yeast infection that develops in the oral cavity and usually appears as white patches with the same consistency of cottage cheese in the tongue and inner cheeks. It is generally caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans when your immune system weakens. Oral Thrush may also develop when you take certain medications. Your dental professional will proceed with a dental cleaning to prevent further development of infection and refer you to a medical professional if necessary.

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Unusually Red Tongue

This could be a sign of vitamin deficiency, scarlet fever, or even Kawasaki disease. The latter one is the most serious condition and requires immediate medical evaluation.

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Spotted Lips

This can range from harmless sunspots to a symptom of a medical condition. Brown patches on the lips can be a sign of Hemochromatosis disorder (body stores too much iron), Laugier-Hunziker Syndrome, or Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome (an inherited disorder that causes several benign growths in the GI tract).

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Dental Erosion

This results when teeth are exposed to a very high acidic environment. It can be caused by acid reflux (stomach acids back up to the mouth), anorexia (an emotional disorder characterised by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat), and Xerostomia (dry mouth or low salivary flow).

Your oral health might also contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:
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Bacterial Endocarditis

It is the infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers and valves which occurs when bacteria from another part of the body, specifically Streptococcus and Lactobacillus from the mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to specific areas in your heart. A high amount of these bacteria is found in dental plaque and patients with gingivitis.

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Cardiovascular disease

Studies have reported that both periodontal disease and total loss of teeth were associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.

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Diabetes

Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease. Also, patients with poorly controlled diabetes have impaired healing ability which causes some dental treatments to be postponed.

Kels B.

Beautiful, clean and modern practice! Huge thank you to Liv the practice manager for arranging an appointment for me on the same day I called up with a toothache!! Maddy and Tammy were very welcoming and friendly. Highly recommend the dentist Warren, he was seriously the best! Didn’t even feel like I was at the dentist 🙌🏼

Kels B.

Professional Oral Hygiene Care

 

Our mouths are full of bacteria which consumes the sugar in food to make acids. In just a few hours after eating, the acids produced by the bacteria make the outermost layer of the tooth soft, making it easier for the bacteria to attack and cause tooth decay. These bacteria, along with other particles in the mouth, form a biofilm called “plaque”. However, plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean.

The longer plaque and tartar (or biofilm) are on teeth, the more harmful they become. These bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums called “gingivitis”, wherein the gums appear to be swollen, red and can bleed easily. It is a mild form of gum problem that is reversible with daily tooth brushing, flossing, and regular cleaning by your dental professional.

Gingivitis can advance to “periodontitis” wherein there’s inflammation of the structures around the tooth. In periodontitis, there is gum recession which forms spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected, and due to the body’s immune response, the bone and tissues that support the teeth start to break down. If left untreated for several months, the tooth will become loose and eventually have to be removed.

Please take note that only professional cleaning by a dental health professional can remove tartar, and our Lifestyle Smiles hygienists are very proficient in removing them for you! During your professional dental cleaning, we remove not only the plaque found in your teeth but also those found beneath the gums. Along with cleaning, fluoride treatments might be applied to strengthen your teeth and prevent tooth decay.

Oral Home Care at Home

 

Aside from dental examination and professional dental cleaning, our team will educate you on how you can adequately take care of your teeth at home –and your kids’ as well! You only visit our clinic for a few days in a year, and it’s you who can take care of your oral hygiene on a day-to-day basis.

We take pride in educating our patients with proper and effective tooth brushing and flossing technique, as it is a vital step in maintaining good oral hygiene.

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If you’re looking for a General Dental Examination and Hygiene in Brighton Melbourne, call us or complete the enquiry form below. Our gentle and professional dental team would love to make sure your oral health is in its best form as possible! We look forward to seeing you here at Lifestyle Smiles!

Call Today for your General Examination

with Lifestyle Smiles

If you’re looking for a General Dental Examination and Hygiene in Brighton Melbourne, call us or complete the enquiry form below. Our gentle and professional dental team would love to make sure your oral health is in its best form as possible! We look forward to seeing you here at Lifestyle Smiles!
Karen T.

Would highly recommend having dental treatment at Lifestyle Smiles. I usually have very high discomfort levels at the dentist, however, Dr Tom and his assistant Tammy were highly professional, thorough and friendly.

Karen T.

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