Preventative Dentistry

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Having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year provides preventative treatment for:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Bad breath
  • Other serious health problems

It is important to have your mouth professionally checked at least once a year to prevent major dental and health problems.

Diseases including cancer, anaemia and diabetes can be identified by the dentist in a regular examination.

 


Fissure Seals

Fissure Sealants are a preventative measure to lower the risk of dental decay in children’s teeth.

Decay can start in the narrow pits and groves (otherwise known as fissures) on the biting surface of the back teeth (molars).

The best time to apply fissure sealants is immediately after your child’s permanent teeth appear, as this is when they are most susceptible to decay.

For most children, the first permanent molars come through at about 6 or 7 years of age and the second molars about age 11 or 12 years.

Combined with good oral hygiene and diet as well as regular dental check-ups, fissure sealants help to lower the risk of dental decay.

As fissure sealants are placed in high stress areas such as the chewing surfaces of your child molars, they are subject to wear and may require reapplying.

Applying fissure sealants is conservative, painless and non-invasive. No injections or drilling are involved. After the procedure you can eat and drink as normal.

 


Mouthguards

Wear your custom-fitted mouthguard while participating in sports to help protect against painful and potentially expensive dental injuries.

At Fitzgerald Dental Clinic we make your mouthguard to suit your individual needs.

You can also choose from totally awesome colours to suit your sport of choice and we will even put your name on the Mouthguard just in case you should ever happen to lose it.

Custom fitting allows us to accurately assess your mouth and provide the best fit, size, coverage and thickness in a mouthguard made especially for you.

It will be:

  • Well fitting
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Allow you to speak clearly
  • Won’t shift or fall out
  • Won’t restrict your breathing

Every year thousands of people are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a protective, custom fitted mouthguard.

Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a mouthguard.

This includes obvious sports such as football, boxing and rugby, and also collision sports where unexpected contact often happens.

Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face.

How long will my mouthguard last?

It is important that you bring your mouthguard to your regular dental check-up to ensure it still fits correctly for maximum protection.

You may need a replacement if your new, secondary adult teeth have come through or if your mouthguard has been damaged.

How do I care for my mouthguard?

  • Rinse in cold water after use.
  • Store in a rigid plastic container.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight – mouthguards will change shape in high temperatures.
  • Occasionally rinse your mouthguard in a mouthwash.
  • Have your mouthguard assessed by your dentist at your regular dental check-up.
  • Replace your mouthguard if it gets damaged.

Every year accidents do occur and teeth are knocked out. Read more about what to do in a dental emergency.

 


X-RAYS (Radiographs)

During our examinations at Fitzgerald Dental Clinic in Geraldton we use the most up-to-date digital x-rays to aid us in providing the best possible care for our patients. Our digital x-rays emit only 10% of the radiation of a conventional x-ray whilst providing clear images to help us diagnose your condition.

For convenience we also offer in-house digital orthopantomographs (OPG) for assessing gum disease, crowding and wisdom teeth.