This NO GAP dental package includes:
A Dental Hygienist is a registered healthcare professional who provides oral hygiene services on all ages. They work alongside a dentist to diagnose treatment but they can treat patients independently.
An Oral Health Therapist is also a healthcare professional but has qualifications in both Dental Therapy (children’s dentistry) and Dental Hygiene. They can provide a wider range of dental services and also can work independently.
Our dental hygiene appointments are booked in for 40-50mins. This allows for adequate time for any x-rays and assessments that need to be done as well as a detailed and thorough clean.
It is essential to come regularly to your oral hygiene visits if you want to keep your teeth strong and to prevent decay. We recommend 6 monthly visits to focus on prevention so that you don’t have to face more serious problems further down the road. Though you may brush and floss, there are extra steps, like coming in for a professional clean, that are necessary to keep your teeth and gums in great shape.
Toothpastes come in all different types. As a guide Colgate Total toothpaste is a great overall antibacterial fluoride toothpaste that fights against plaque and strengthen your tooth enamel. If you have sensitive teeth, then Colgate Sensitive Pro-relief or Sensodyne toothpaste may be best for you. Or if you have a high risk of tooth decay there are stronger fluoride toothpastes you can buy.
It is best to speak to your Dentist or Hygienist at your appointment to determine the best toothpaste for you.
Bleeding is an indication that your gum is unhealthy. If they bleed every time you brush, then you may be experiencing gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum due to bacteria. The good news is, if you start brushing more often and use dental floss to clean under the gum line you can reduce the bacteria and allow the gum to heal.
Pregnancy can also cause gum bleeding. This is because of the extra hormones that are released during pregnancy. In this case, keep trying to brush and floss like normal and the bleeding will stop after breastfeeding is finished.
A single dental x-ray has 0.1mrem of radiation. For contrast, one flight across Australia can be up to 2-3mrem and using gas for heating in your house can up to 9mrem per year.
So even though there is small amount of radiation in digital x-rays the level is so low that you can get more radiation living your normal life.
Dental cleans can sometimes be uncomfortable due to many different factors. Some teeth are extra sensitive to water and air while for other patients, the build-up of tartar over time can cause swollen and tender gums. At Hampstead dental we want you to feel as comfortable as possible during the clean. To help with this we can provide complimentary numbing gel and we can adjust the power and water pressure of the ultrasonic cleaning tool we use. If there is any tooth or area in particular that is sensitive just let us know before the clean so we can accommodate you.
Dental cleaning does not damage your teeth! Professional cleaning by a registered dental professional is safe and non-invasive. We do not recommend that you try to have your teeth cleaned by someone other than a dental professional or try and clean your teeth yourself. This could lead to damage of your tooth enamel.
The ultrasonic cleaning tool we use has vibrating tip that is designed to remove harden tartar form the teeth and also removes stains. We also use a special dental paste with a polishing cup to help remove any extrinsic stains. However, if your teeth are starting to turn yellow over time due to coffee and tea for example, these are internal stains and can only be removed with ZOOM professional whitening.