FAST FACT: Around three in 10 Australian adults have untreated tooth decay, says an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report.

Are you one of them?

We are sure you have heard the saying prevention is better than a cure, and your dental health and welfare comes down to preventive dentistry. From babies to baby boomers, here at your local Geelong dental centre, Myers Street Dental Clinic, your oral health is our priority.

So what is Active Maintenance?

Also referred to as “Preventive Dentistry”, it is the practice of caring for your teeth, mouth and gums through various techniques such as regular visits to the dentists, professional cleaning and correctly brushing and flossing regularly.

Why is it important?

Through early detection and early intervention, we can address issues affecting your teeth, gums and overall health;

    • Before they occur, or

    • While the problem is still small and treatment is relatively non-invasive and cost-effective

Preventive care means living your best life with better overall health.

Did you know: Your overall general health stems first and foremost from your dental health?

Here is how Active Maintenance can help you:

Dental exams and cleaning

Usually recommended to all children and adults on a six-monthly basis. However, individual risk factors vary and therefore your dentist may recommend dental examinations and having your teeth professionally cleaned at an interval suitable for you. Professional cleaning is important because it removes bacteria, plaque and tartar that builds up at and under the gum line, where daily brushing and flossing will often fail to remove. When left undisturbed, this bacteria causes infections and disease of the gum and jaw bone, which ultimately results in loss of teeth over time.

Experience a gentler approach to dental care with our OHTs who specialise in EMS Airflow® Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT), ensuring a comfortable solution for individuals dealing with heightened sensitivity or dental anxiety.

Digital X-rays

Also known as ‘digital radiography’ or ‘digital radiographs’, X-rays facilitate early intervention.  Early detection means you are diagnosed and treated when problems are still small.  We believe the best way to care for you as an adult patient (and also children) is to have digital X-rays taken every few years. This way your dentist is aware of any issues that may arise before they are detectable by the naked eye.

Fluoride treatment

A recognised means of reducing the risks of dental decay before cavities form within the teeth. It also minimises the extent of decay that has already started to develop by means of strengthening the tooth structure. This procedure is more frequently offered to children and adolescents, but also to the elderly and adults with complex health problems where the risk of decay is significantly increased.

Fissure sealants

A simple, pain-free procedure that seals over the tiny grooves, pits and crevices present in enamel. Typically done on children and adolescent molars and premolars. It is a way of blocking the food traps present in the enamel surface before decay has a chance to set in.

Custom mouthguards

a dental assistant from Geelong's dental centre Myers Street Dental shows a model of teeth to a young patient

These are custom made to fit the individual children or adult and are to be worn when participating in at-risk contact activities, including football, hockey, rugby, boxing and martial arts, where damage to the teeth and mouth is highly possible. A well-fitting mouth guard is your gateway to mouth protection and is not a one-sized-fits-all approach, or something that can be purchased at a chemist or sports store. It needs to fit properly so it can do its job to protect your teeth, gums and even the jaw bone that holds on to your teeth. It is also important that you let your dentist and oral health therapist know what types of high-risk activities you engage in, as some sports require different grades and thickness of protective material for maximum protection.

Night guards/splints

Clenching and grinding teeth during your sleep can be detrimental on your teeth, causing excessive wear and making teeth extremely weak. It is also knowns as ‘bruxing’ and is a major contributory factor in the formation of stress fractures in the enamel and ultimately breakage of the tooth. Wearing a night guard or splint while you sleep can also help in reducing the intensity of headaches, neck and facial pains.

Want to find out what active maintenance your teeth, mouth and gums need? Book a check-up today at your local Geelong dental centre, Myers Street Dental.

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To book a consultation with one of our experienced dentists, call (03) 5222 4599, email or visit us at 34 Myers St, Geelong. Get all the good health information and sign up to receive monthly notes from us.