Prevention is always better than cure.
The saying “prevention is better than cure” couldn’t be more true in the world of dental health. Letting dental problems fester can result in toothaches, swelling, tooth loss, and other conditions that are hard to ignore and only worsen over time. On top of that, you might find yourself needing expensive or ongoing treatments. Keeping your teeth for the rest of your life with minimal intervention is very important.
Because of this, Robina Town Dental aims to help you reduce your risk of decay and gum disease as much as possible. There are two main steps in preventing problems: proper dental care on your own, and regular check-ups with a professional. Get to know our friendly team through a new patient consultation for $75 (valued at $100).
To best explain how to prevent a problem, sometimes it’s necessary to examine the cause of it.
Tooth decay is damage caused by bacteria – this bacteria creates acids that erode the tooth. When enough of the tooth is eaten away, cracks and holes can form. These holes are called cavities or caries. There are three main layers of a tooth:
As decay eats through these layers, the damage becomes more and more serious. If left untreated, it can lead to symptoms like pain, swelling, or losing the tooth entirely.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is infection of the bones and tissues that support your teeth. Affected areas include both the surface tissues that are visible to the naked eye, as well as the deeper tissues found in the bone and ligaments that connect your teeth to your jawbone.
There are two major stages of gum disease:
Gingivitis: this is the milder form and generally affects a large percentage of the population. This stage doesn’t involve a lot of pain, but will sometimes cause gums to look swollen or red. Gums may also bleed easily at this stage.
Periodontitis: If gingivitis goes untreated, the infection may advance into periodontitis. At this stage, the gum margin can begin to recede and cause something called “periodontal pockets.” These pockets are spaces between the gum and tooth, and will trap bacteria more easily. This can aggravate the gums even further and can result in pain, tooth sensitivity, bad breath, receding gums, and tooth loss.
Oral hygiene works best as part of a daily routine. If you already do these steps each day, then you’re doing great! If not, it’s easy to incorporate a few extra steps to prevent serious problems down the road.
Good hygiene at home is important, but it’s not enough on its own. You should also consult with a professional once or twice a year. A professional clean will ensure that you haven’t missed any hard-to-reach plaque or bacteria, not to mention you will receive fluoride treatment that can protect against future damage. Also, plaque may turn into tartar, which will need to be removed professionally.
Moreover, the team at Robina Town Dental can spot any potential issues or risk factors before they turn into full-blown problems. During your regular exam, we’ll carefully inspect your teeth and gums for any signals of decay. We may also need to use X-rays to diagnose any problems. These are all things that are a little hard to do yourself!
Furthermore, based on what we see in your exam, we can help you ensure your flossing and brushing techniques are correct, and speak to you about any possible risks that might be specific to your teeth and gums.
To schedule your exam and professional clean, simply give us a call or contact us online!
When you visit our Gold Coast dental clinic for your regular check-up and clean, our friendly team will make sure you feel comfortable and we'll answer any questions you have while waiting for your appointment. Depending on your unique oral health needs, your appointment may involve:
We know that some people find teeth cleaning at the dentist painful or uncomfortable, especially if you have sensitive teeth or gums or if you suffer from dental anxiety. In severe cases, this could mean you delay or avoid your routine check-ups and don't get the important care you need.
That's why at Robina Town Dental, we've introduced EMS Airflow® technology to provide a gentler and less invasive clean.
Unlike traditional teeth cleaning and polishing that uses vibrating tools to break up plaque and rubber cups or brushes that can leave your mouth feeling uncomfortable, the Airflow® system uses guided biofilm therapy (GBT). This is a minimally invasive approach that uses air, water and powder to avoid direct contact with dental tools. It also has a shorter treatment time.
The Airflow® teeth cleaning and polishing system can be customised by our oral hygienists to suit your individual needs.
The first stage of treatment is to apply a dye to your teeth, so you can see the areas where plaque has built up. We'll then begin to use Airflow® guided biofilm therapy to remove this plaque using air and water. If there are stains on the surfaces of your teeth, we can also apply a fine powder that may help to lift these stains and whiten the enamel.
Airflow® technology has been developed in line with the highest European and international safety standards. If plaque has hardened into tartar on your teeth, we may need to use traditional cleaning instruments in combination with guided biofilm therapy to remove these deposits.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in many foods and water supplies that helps to protect teeth against decay. Safe levels of fluoride added to toothpaste and drinking water help to strengthen children's developing teeth and can remineralise weakened tooth enamel and protect against bacteria.
During your hygiene appointment at Robina Town Dental, our oral hygienist will apply fluoride to the surfaces of your teeth. This helps to prevent bacteria and plaque from building up on the teeth before your next visit, combined with a good brushing and flossing routine and a healthy diet.
Multiple studies have found that fluoride can significantly reduce tooth decay in populations and is not associated with any negative health effects at recommended levels. Children who swallow fluoride may develop fluorosis, a cosmetic condition that causes stains to appear on their developing teeth. This is why children should be encouraged not to swallow toothpaste and should be supervised until they're old enough to brush their teeth correctly.
We know that dental treatments can sometimes be expensive. That's why we offer more affordable packages to help new and returning patients get the important oral care they need. Ask our dentists about our current promotions.
You will also require a panoramic x-ray, which may be charged to private health insurance or bulk bulled to Medicare. Robina Town Dental can absorb this cost if the benefit for the x-ray is less than the total invoice amount.
This promotion is available to all patients with any health fund on their initial appointment at Robina Town Dental. It may be used in conjunction with the New Patient Professional Clean promotion, but not with any other offer. To be eligible, you must mention this offer when booking your appointment at our Gold Coast clinic.
Out-of-pocket expenses may apply and you should check with your health fund for waiting periods, yearly limits and other fund rules.
Includes professional teeth cleaning and scaling with an oral hygienist using EMS Airflow® guided biofilm therapy.
If you're interested in a teeth whitening treatment and you've already discussed this with our dentists, we can also offer a discounted take-home whitening kit for an additional $150. We can take the impressions for your custom mouth trays during your oral hygiene appointment, which are usually ready within 3 days. Your take-home kit also includes a two-week supply of Pola day/night 18% whitening gel.
This offer is only valid for new patients. It can be used in combination with the New Patient Smile package, but not any other promotion. To be eligible, you must mention this offer when you book your appointment at Robina Town Dental.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for teeth whitening, and we'll make sure you understand the possible risks and have a realistic idea of your outcome before you agree to a treatment. Cosmetic treatments cannot be claimed on most health funds, so out-of-pocket expenses may apply.
Has it been more than 6 months since your last dental visit? If so, give our friendly team a call at Robina Town Dental. We can give you more information about our promotions and help you to schedule an appointment at a time that's good for you.
Call us on (07) 5575 9100 or contact us online to book an appointment today.