Tips for Healthy Teeth and a Happy Mouth

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Oral health is a vital concept when it comes to your health and having clean, healthy teeth and gums. Proper brushing and flossing daily helps keep your gums in good condition and your teeth clean and free from stains, plaque and tartar build up; which reduces your risk of dental decay, gingivitis and periodontics.

Regularly removing of plaque or bacteria build up and food debris from your teeth by brushing alone will not singularly prevent such diseases. Flossing is also an important factor in reducing bacteria in your mouth. However, regular dental visits are still important as even the most diligent patients can have bacterial build up. Prevention is much better than an emergency visit to cure or manage a condition, and when it comes to prevention focusing on Oral Hygiene is a must.

Brushing and flossing properly is crucial if you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums.how-to-brush-teeth

Brushing:

When it comes to brushing there are some basic guidelines that you should follow:

  • Brush for two minutes ( See picture on a good brushing method)
  • Brush twice a day
  • Use a good fluoridated toothpaste ( We recommend Colgate or Oral B)
  • Clean all your teeth – don’t forget the back ones
  • Brush your gums as well as your teeth
  • Brush after breakfast and before bed
  • Don’t brush too hard
  • Use a soft bristle tooth brush
  • Change your toothbrush regularly every three months

The statistics show that most people only brush once a day and when they do, they brush too hard and not for long enough. The average time spent brushing teeth is approximately 28 seconds, which is not enough time to remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance made up of bacteria and food particles that needs to be brushed over several times before it detaches from the tooth surface. Any plaque that you don’t remove effectively will start to solidify from the minerals in your saliva, creating a hard layer that is firmly adhered to your teeth called tartar or calculus. This is the stuff that your dentist or hygienist needs to remove for you when they perform a professional dental clean or scaling.

Plaque and tartar are implicated in both tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore regular hygiene visits which remove and prevent bacteria building up will reduce the likelihood of these preventable diseases that can dramatically affect one’s overall health and well being.

If you want to reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and other oral health issues then regular professional dental cleans are a must. Regular visits (we recommend every six month) will help you to have a great looking, but more importantly healthy smile.

Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule

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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is a Government scheme for eligible children aged 2-17 years to receive $1000 of dental benefits. Eligible families will have received a letter from Medicare or you may phone Medicare on 132 011 to confirm eligibility. This initiative has replaced the Medicare Teen Dental Vouchers that ceased in December 2013.

Benefits Available

Basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over two consecutive calendar years. The dental services provided for under this scheme will be bulk billed and you will have no additional out of pocket expense. If  there is remained of the $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year. Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.

What is Covered?

Benefits will cover a range of services including:

  • Examinations
  • X-rays
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Fissure sealing
  • Fillings
  • Root canal treatment
  • Extractions

What is not covered?

High end dental services such as Orthodontics or Cosmetic Dentistry are not included.

How to make an appointment with us?

Either phone us on 3349 2261 or visit the practice at the 1395 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

When making an appointment, ensure you have received the eligibility letter or have phoned Medicare on 132 011. The team at Advanced Dental Care Mt Gravatt can phone on your behalf however, you will have to present at the practice.

Please ensure you bring your child’s Medicare card and the letter of eligibility. The parent or guardian to whom the letter is addressed to must accompany the patient to their first visit (under the Medicare policy).

We will provide you a  full detailed treatment plan for all treatment required so you will always be aware of what is being done.

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