Aria Dental Perth is committed to preventative dentistry. Our dentists and dental hygienists offer and provide a range of preventative dentistry services. We are committed to establishing and maintaining healthy, functional, and aesthetic teeth and gums. Healthy gums are a long term investment for beautiful teeth.
All dental treatment has a finite lifespan, and ultimately your restorations will require repair or replacement. The prevention of dental problems is always the more affordable alternative than treating them when the problem has worsened.
Our aim is to extend the longevity of any dental treatment you may have had, and to keep your teeth and gums in their healthy state for as long as possible. This will ultimately reduce the amount and cost of any further dental work required.
What is a Dental Hygienist?
A dental hygienist is a qualified licensed oral health professional who assists the dentist in the treatment of their patients, and focuses on preventative care. They are trained to perform specific clinical procedures which aim to prevent dental disease of the teeth and gums, ultimately leading to improved general health and well-being.
What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?
- The procedures frequently performed by a dental hygienist include:
- Assessment of oral health and gums, including oral conditions such as bad breath and dry mouth.
- Meticulous scaling, cleaning and polishing of teeth to assist in the control and prevention of gum disease.
- Propylactic fluoride applications.
- Root debridement (cleaning the teeth under the gums).
- Taking of diagnostic radiographs (xrays).
- Taking of dental impressions / moulds for construction of mouth guards, bleaching trays or diagnostic models.
- Tooth whitening.
- Educating patients to develop behaviours that promote better oral hygiene, including instruction on correct brushing and flossing techniques and advice on appropriate oral hygiene products.
How to Prolong the Life of Your Dental Treatment
Most patients do not realise that the most important phase of dental treatment is the maintenance phase. Once you have had your dental treatment completed, it is essential to maintain your oral health appropriately to ensure the longevity of the treatment.
Dental Hygiene Appointment
During a hygiene appointment our dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth of plaque, calculus / tartar and remove any surface staining.
Gums will be checked for gingivitis or periodontitis and the mouth checked for signs of other diseases such as oral cancer.
Our hygienist will work with you to show you how to most effectively clean your teeth, and may give you advice on which dental products to use to assist with your daily home care regime.
Diet or lifestyle changes may also be recommended to help maintain optimal oral health.
Often, the hygiene appointment is coupled with a periodic examination.
The dentist will perform a thorough assessment of your teeth and dental restorations, with the aim of identifying problems early before they become major issues.
Xrays are often required to aid with this process.
Detection of a problem does not always mean that dental treatment is needed.
The solution may be as simple as changing your daily home care regime, or using various oral hygiene products to remineralise areas that have very early decay or are at higher risk of decay.
Preventative Care at Aria Dental
Appropriate maintenance requires regular reviews and assessments, generally on a six monthly basis, as well as optimal oral hygiene. Oral hygiene consists of both professional care and home care. It is the best means of preventing dental decay and gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis, and ensuring optimal oral health for life!
For your professional care, make an appointment now for a comprehensive scale and clean!
Our preventative dental services are offered and used by patients from anywhere in Western Australia. In particular and because of our Perth CBD location we are easily accessible for patients in West Perth, East Perth, South Perth, North Perth, Subiaco and surrounding suburbs.