Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Geelong & Lara

LARA dental is committed to providing the latest and best preventive treatment.

At LARA dental, we strongly believe in the value of educating our patients on why regular preventive care can help reduce the risk of major dental work, treating minor problems before they become major ones. This is as equally important for adults and children alike.  By taking care of your oral hygiene you can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems which can lead to infections, the loss of teeth and a decline in general medical health.

Dental Hygiene at LARA dental

At LARA dental our Preventative Hygiene Team is made up of Hygienists, Oral Health Therapists, Dental Assistants, Dentists and front Office Coordinators who are passionate and highly trained to provide information and Preventive Dentistry at any stage of your visit. Providing the latest and best preventive treatment to our patients in a relaxed and friendly environment is important to us.  Our philosophy in providing this preventive dental care is to firstly to educate our patients in the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums and the benefits of this on their overall health and wellbeing.

The LARA dental preventive team work in consultation with the patient during their regular maintenance visits to deliver the best treatment. The outcome for the patient is cleaner, whiter teeth, healthier gums, less chronic infections, fresh breath, and an individual home dental care routine, and better overall health.

Regular visits & examinations

Our commitment is to provide the latest, most scientifically researched treatments. At LARA dental, we no longer use the old vibrating ultrasonic instruments, rubber cups and brushes to remove plaque, stains and polish your teeth. We use Guided biofilm therapy (GBT) and the state-of-the-art AIRFLOW® Swiss Technology for our patients.  The AIRFLOW® can be used on all ages, is less invasive, more comfortable and gives the patient a more effective clean than the old traditional ’Scale and Clean’.

LARA dental’s Preventative Maintenance Care programme:

  • Regular oral examinations: With regular preventative care, potential problems can be detected early and treated in a minimally invasive manner.
  • Diagnostic exams: Exam of the whole mouth, checking on gum pockets and recession, x-rays if required, oral cancer screening
  • GBT to disclose the teeth for biofilm
  • Oral hygiene instructions and education; Discussing and checking on previous home dental care concerns and addressing any current concerns
  • Professional dental clean; we use AIRFLOW® this latest technology offers a gentler and less invasive clean and is especially great for people with sensitive teeth and gums, only using the PIEZON® for any stubborn calculus left
  • At-home oral care: Twice daily brushing and flossing as well as other treatment modalities as individually necessitated.

Why is Dental Hygiene so important?

Even with regular brushing and flossing some biofilm (technical term for plaque) can remain on the tooth surface. Over time this can harden and turn into calculus and if left can cause problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Gum and teeth health cannot be measured by the lack of pain, as pain often only comes in the final stages of dental disease.

Research shows the healthier mouths are people who have had regular cleans and educated in the effects of oral diseases.

Dietary and Saliva Analysis

Did you know unhealthy saliva can damage your teeth?

Usually, your saliva protects your teeth from attack by neutralising the acids that are produced after eating and drinking. Saliva normally provides a protective barrier against sensitivity, erosion and decay, but if your body fails to produce enough saliva, or it is poor quality, the saliva may be unable to neutralise the acids in your mouth, which left unchecked, can lead to severe dental problems and bad breath. Problems such as sensitivity, if addressed early, can usually before corrected before damage occurs. A simple, pain-free test to check your saliva, will immediately indicate if your saliva is healthy and able to adequately protect your teeth. Our practice has an experienced dental nurse who has been trained in performing and analysing the results of your Dietary and Saliva tests to ascertain if the PH level of your saliva may be high or low. She can then accurately assist you in both your dietary choices and any products that will assist in neutralising your PH level.

Factors which can cause unhealthy saliva:

  • Stress
  • Dehydration/lack of water consumption
  • Alcohol
  • Sports drinks
  • Caffeine
  • Acidic food and drinks
  • Nicotine
  • Medications and general health

Tell-Tale signs of unhealthy saliva:

  • Dry mouth, either during sleep or during the day – especially when eating, drinking and talking
  • Saliva that feels ‘stringy’
  • The taste of food has changed
  • Smoking cessation
  • Bad Breath (Halitosis)

If you consider yourself to have any of the above symptoms, call us to make an appointment.

Bad breath (Halitosis)

Daily brushing and flossing help to prevent the buildup of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem. Speak to our hygienist about ways to maintain fresh breath.