Oral Hygiene - HAMPSTEAD DENTAL
 

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Check-Up & Clean in Melbourne

We have a NO-GAP payment policy on our comprehensive exam and dental cleaning appointments. This allows anyone with health insurance to claim up to two check-ups and clean within a 12 month period. This ensures that all our patient can experience the very best comprehensive and diagnostic dental experience all for free! If you are a new patient, then this is also valid for you.

This NO GAP dental package includes:

  • Comprehensive examination by a dentist
  • Unlimited x-rays
  • Periodontal assessment and charting
  • Complimentary numbing gel
  • Professional clean and polish
  • Fluoride treatment
  • OPG if needed
  • Personalised treatment plan
  • Free invsialign and whitening assessment
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We also offer a set price for anyone that doesn’t have health insurance. You can receive the same package mentioned above for a set price of $175. There is no hidden fees or extra costs at your appointment. This price does also include OPG if needed. We recommend that you come in every 6 months, so that potential problems are noticed early and preventive measures can be put in place.

Professional Teeth Cleaning

Periodontal assessment, clean, polish and fluoride

At Hampstead Dental we have a dedicated team of dentists and dental hygienists that are experts in gum assessment and cleaning. Checking the teeth and gums are an important part of your comprehensive examination. Our Hygienists are trained to look out for swollen, inflamed gum and can measure your bone levels for signs of gingivitis or periodontitis. They are experienced at providing professional yet gentle cleans. Finally, your teeth will be flossed, polished and then a fluoride treatment will be applied to your teeth to strengthen and protect your enamel against decay.

A clean, plaque free mouth will help prevent destructive bacteria from forming on the teeth which will stop dental decay and gum disease!

Oral Hygiene

Advice and care

After your clean we will discuss any recommendations, techniques or products that are appropriate for you. For example, if we feel that your tooth-brushing method could be improved, we’ll go through the proper technique with you. You may also benefit from a dental product such as a specialised form of dental floss or piksters. This step is particularly important for children, as it’s when they learn to take their oral health into their control.

Unlimited X-rays

At Hampstead dental we offer unlimited digital dental x-rays in your comprehensive exam so we can check your bone level height, assess for wisdom teeth, check the roots of the teeth for infection, check for hidden decay and identify calculus and tartar build up under the gums.

With the introduction of new digital x-ray technology, it has allowed dental professionals to be safer and more diagnostic with their examinations. In the past dentists were limited to one or two x-rays per appointment due to time restraints and the radiation limit. This meant that some decay and dental problems would go un-noticed and become a problem later on. Digital x-rays significantly decrease the radiation needed so that now even young children and pregnant women can have dental x-rays. It is also very quick and they are visible immediately on the computer.
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Free Invisalign and Zoom Whitening Assessment

In your examination, you can choose to have an assessment of your teeth and jaw position. Your dentist can discuss with you whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign or Zoom Whitening. A shade of your teeth may be also taken and recorded, so we can track if your teeth discolour over time.

Why Hampstead Dental?

At Hampstead Dental, we believe everyone deserves to have a healthy smile. All ages are welcome at our practice, from children to great-grandparents. We can help identify any problem that needs to be addressed straightaway to keep your smile in great shape.

We have same-day visits available. Use your health fund cover for your oral hygiene visit and claim your rebate on the spot with our HICAPS machine!

Aftercare

After an oral hygiene visit your gums may feel some tenderness or discomfort. This is normal and will wear off in a couple of days. To assist in healing, you can use warm water and salt rinses to keep the area clean and free from infection. You will find that the more regularly you have your teeth cleaned, the healthier they are and the less discomfort you will find after the clean.

FAQ's

Who is a Hygienist or Oral Health therapist?

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.

How long does the Hygiene visit go for?

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.

Why do I need to come every 6 months for a 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.

What is good toothpaste to use?

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.

Why are my gums bleeding?

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.

Are dental x-rays safe?

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.

Will I feel discomfort during the clean?

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.

Can the cleaning cause damage to my teeth?

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.

Will the dental clean remove all of the stains from my teeth?

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.