Maven Dental Group hygienists are highly trained clinicians who are enthusiastic about educating patients on the most effective ways to keep their teeth and gums healthy and long-lasting. They will advise you on all aspects of dental hygiene, including the use of toothbrushes, electronic aids, dental floss and inter-dental brushes.
There are two simple steps to good oral hygiene and healthy teeth and gums; regular visits to your Maven Dental Group dentist and dental hygienist, and good home care.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to a number of health concerns, some of them extremely serious if left untreated.
Some signs to look for are:
What will happen if I have poor oral hygiene?
Research shows a clear link between periodontal disease and the following medical conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease. Increased risk of stroke and heart attack
- Premature birth with low birth weight in babies
- Increased risk of pneumonia, particularly in elderly patients
How often should I see my dentist or hygienist?
For most people, to maintain healthy teeth and gums, it is recommended you visit your clinician and dental hygienist twice a year.
What will my dentist or hygienist do?
Your dentist and dental hygienist will examine your mouth to assess the overall health of your teeth and gums and to look for any signs of disease (see below for more information).
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He/she will then do a professional clean and polish using a combination of modern techniques. This process removes any bacterial deposits and plaque from above and below the gum surface. Once the plaque has been removed, your teeth will be polished, leaving them feeling smooth and fresh.
Your dentist or dental hygienist will then show you how to care for your teeth at home, and will recommend the correct products for you to use.
A dental emergency is an acute oral health disorder that requires dental attention, including broken, loose or removed teeth, toothaches and injuries to the lips, gums or cheeks through trauma, infections and post-surgery complications. If any of these issues should occur, it is essential that you contact your dentist immediately so you can make an appointment to prevent long term loss or complications. If you have experienced tooth and mouth pain at some point, you know it can be intrusive and sharp pain. Maven Dental Group practices are extremely well-equipped to handle dental emergencies and your local practice will treat yours with skill, care and efficiency.
I’ve knocked out a tooth, what do I do?
If you or a member of your family are unfortunate enough to have a tooth forcefully dislodged, there are a few simple steps you can follow for the best chance of recovery.
Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.
Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub.
If possible, gently place the clean tooth in the socket to keep it moist. It is important not to let the tooth dry out.
If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk or saliva.
Once you arrive at your dental practice, your dentist and support staff will be able to support and do everything they can to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.
Do I have to make an appointment for an emergency?
Many dentists are understanding towards the nature of emergency appointments and therefore know that emergencies are unpredictable. If you should find yourself needing emergency dental treatment it is advisable to call your local practice first so appropriate time can be made for you, however if you are at risk of losing a tooth or you are in extreme pain, they will generally fit you in as a priority.
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Orthodontics is the dental specialty or branch of dentistry which treats the prevention and correction of irregularities in the teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatments like braces help move teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together correctly. By fixing these problems, orthodontics can also help keep your mouth healthy. Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, putting you at risk for cavities and gum disease. Put simply, orthodontics can straighten your teeth, correct your bite and can improve your facial profile (shape).
What can I do to get straighter teeth?
Orthodontic treatment has become more and more accessible in recent years, and the methods of teeth straightening are progressing dramatically with technological developments, creating an entire experience that is quicker, more effective and less invasive than in the past. These include:
Metal braces/Traditional braces
These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word "braces." However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious "metal-mouth" braces that many adults remember.
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-coloured or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-coloured wires to be even less noticeable.
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside (back) of teeth.
Invisalign consists of a series of custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.
This is a very basic description of current orthodontic processes. With constantly updating technologies incorporating 3D imaging and specialised software to calculate and computerise the end result of orthodontic treatment, helping both patients and orthodontists choose the best and most effective treatment has never been easier!
Do I need an orthodontist to straighten my teeth?
Orthodontists are specialists in their field. They have completed both a general dentistry degree and a masters degree in orthodontics (an additional 3 year course at university). An orthodontist only performs orthodontic treatment which means that they have more experience and a higher level of knowledge because this is what they do all day, every day. Some general dentists are qualified to perform Invisalign and fit braces. These dentists have undertaken additional professional training and studies to be able to provide orthodontic solutions in some cases. Modern technology has also simplified the process of applying braces, having a computer design each bracket and a laboratory manufacture it to specification. Speak to your dentist if you are interested in straightening your teeth and they will be able to work with you on the best treatment solution for you and if necessary will organise a referral to an orthodontist.
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