Prevention is better than cure and we will guide you to establish a lifetime of good oral hygiene
Regular six monthly visits will maintain healthy gums and teeth and help prevent bad breath and the build-up of calculus. It also gives us a way to do oral cancer screening.
Our dentists are gentle with kids. With regular and positive reinforcement of good dental practices, your kids completely change their outlook of dentists and oral hygiene. Poor habits early in life lead to very expensive and traumatic dental outcomes.
Periodontal disease is caused by the build up of bacteria at the gum/tooth juncture and is the number one cause of tooth loss. The build up of bacteria will cause gum recession and the eventual destruction of underlying bone structures and jawbone. Bacteria live in warm moist environments and thrive on a variety of sugars from the foods we consume. By not brushing your teeth, a sticky film called plaque containing dissolved food particles and sugars is deposited on tooth enamel and in the gingival sulcus. Bacteria multiply by the millions in a matter of hours as they convert the sugars to energy in order to survive. This chemical process produces acidic by-products and gasses as part of the energy conversion. The acidic waste product aggravates the gums causing them to become red and inflamed leading to the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis. Gas is also produced as a by-product causing bad breath.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) if left untreated, will loosen teeth and will eventually fall out. It is a silent disease giving no warning signs and for this reason thorough dental cleaning with our dentists is so important. They will help you to establish a good hygiene program for optimum oral health.
The American Academy of Periodontology recognizes that gum disease presents a serious threat to the overall health of most people. Studies have found that serious gum infections contribute to the development of heart disease which is America’s number one cause of death.
Tissue inflammation and the bacteria associated with periodontal disease can cause rupturing of blood vessels and the release of bacteria into the bloodstream causing septicaemia or the toxic build-up of toxins in the blood. Persons with diabetes and other systemic diseases are further compromised due to added stresses on their immune system. Persons with artificial aortal valve implants and stents are at great risk of bacteria aggregating at the implant/artery juncture causing serious inflammation and blockage of the artery. This blockage can cause a restriction of normal blood flow. The possibility of debris breaking off into the blood stream is also present and cause a TIA (transient ischemic attack) or stroke.
Post-Operative Dental Care
After tooth extraction, it’s important that a blood clot forms to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to halt the flow of blood.
If you have had immediate dentures made, do not remove them for 72 hours. This will ensure you maintain a blood clot in place around the extraction site thereby avoiding a dry socket. Dry sockets form when the healing of the site does not occur and underlying bone remains exposed. Contact our office if this occurs.
After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.
Use pain medication as directed and call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.
It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately on 02 6964 2100 or Mobile 0438624159.