When you arrive at Ocean View Dental our friendly staff will greet you with a smile and endeavour to make your dental visit with us as enjoyable as possible.
We want you to enjoy a healthy smile for your lifetime and we know that this is achievable with regular active maintenance appointments.
An active maintenance appointment is comprehensive and assess your oral health by looking at your teeth, gums and mouth. Regular active maintenance appointments are an important part of maintaining good oral health as they can help identify any minor problems and prevent them from becoming major problems. We recommend six monthly active maintenance appointments with our Dentists paired with routine care at home to keep your smile healthy.
What happens during an active maintenance appointment?
At each active maintenance appointment you will receive a comprehensive examination by our Dentists who will ask you how your teeth are feeling and whether you are experiencing any issues since your last visit. The active maintenance appointment will include an oral examination, a clean to remove any plaque or tartar build up and a fluoride treatment to help strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.
What happens after the active maintenance appointment?
After your active maintenance our Dentists will discuss your oral health and provide any recommendations for treatment if any problems were detected. Our Dentists may also suggested ways to improve the care of your teeth at home through brushing and flossing techniques.
When is the next active maintenance appointment?
After your active maintenance, we will organise your next active maintenance appointment with you – our receptionist will be able to find a date and time that best suits you. We generally recommended that patients have a check-up every six months, however this may be different for each patient depending on their oral health needs. All six monthly active maintenance appointments will receive a 2 week advanced reminder followed by an SMS confirmation 48 hours prior to the appointment so you can be well prepared.
How can I look after my teeth at home?
We recommended that patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. We suggest that you use a stop watch to time your brushing. To brush your teeth properly, you should use short, gentle stokes while ensuring that extra attention is given to the gum line and hard to reach areas of the mouth such as back teeth. Be sure to brush your tongue too, this will help get rid of odour causing bacteria!
Flossing helps to remove plaque and left over food particles in between and under the gum line where a toothbrush cannot easily reach. A build up of plaque can result in tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing will prevent the build-up and decrease the chances of tooth decay and or gum disease occurring.
How to floss?
- Pull about 30cm of dental floss from the floss dispenser.
- Wrap the ends of the floss around your index and middle fingers.
- Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C shape; move the floss back and forth in a push-pull motion and up and down against the side of each tooth.