Five ways to make dentist appointments and oral hygiene fun

Childhood is a time of rapid change. In a few short years, the bone structure, teeth, muscles, and joints grow, develop, and strengthen. The same is true of a child’s habits. Good oral hygiene and a good attitude towards oral health can give your child a solid foundation for a future of bright smiles. One of the best ways to cultivate a positive attitude is by making their home oral hygiene fun!

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  • Oral hygiene is better together – Children learn by example; they love to imitate and participate. You can tell them it’s important to brush and floss, but if your own hygiene habits are lax, the message loses its impact. If you have a double sink, you can even brush together.
  • Teach kids to cook – According to a study by the American Heart Association, getting children involved in food preparation makes them more likely to try healthy foods. The study also found a reduction in the amount of junk food consumed and the number of meals eaten outside the home. This can have dual benefits for oral health. Less junk food generally means less sugar and acid which can damage teeth. Eating healthy food is essential for a strong immune system to fight off oral disease.
  • Choosing a toothbrush – When your child is able to brush his or her own teeth, you will find a variety of specially designed toothbrushes. They typically come in bright colours featuring cartoon characters or fun themes. Children tend to be more enthusiastic about oral hygiene if it’s fun, so these options can be quite helpful. Comfort and functionality are still the most important features. Never choose a brush that is difficult for your child to use, too large to reach all tiny teeth, or has hard bristles, no matter how cute it is.
  • Brush to music – One of the most common mistakes that children and adults make, is brushing too quickly. It should take around two minutes or longer to brush thoroughly. If your child tends to rush, you can try setting a timer. Alternately, you can find a song that goes for around 2 minutes and make it a game to brush their teeth to the music.
  • Choosing the right dentist – We understand the importance of providing gentle dental treatment, showing kindness and compassion, while having fun at the dentist. We use gentle techniques and the latest technologies to ensure our littlest patients look forward to visiting their dentist and the friendly staff at Smile in Style.

Choose a Melbourne area family dentist who truly cares about your family. Call Smile in Style at 03 8400 4104 or 03 8001 6021 and schedule an appointment today.

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Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol

  • Chlorella drink prior is given prior to treatment and a mouth rinse post-treatment. Chlorella can help bind and prevent mercury absorption.
  • Physical protective barriers - Masks, protective coverings, eyewear, in-mouth non-latex dental dams, and other steps are taken to prevent physical contact with mercury for the patient and staff.
  • Oral evacuation - Generous amounts of water are used to continuously rinse particulate matter from the mouth while suctioning it away. Combined with protective dental dams, this prevents patients from swallowing dental amalgam particles during treatment. Additionally, the rinsing helps lower the temperature of the filling, reducing the amount of mercury vapour released.
  • External air - A continuous supply of non-contaminated air or oxygen is delivered via a mask or similar apparatus, preventing inhalation of mercury vapour or particles.
  • "Chunk it out" method - Rather than using a drill to grind the filling down, it is carefully removed in the largest possible pieces, minimising friction, vaporisation.
  • High Volume Evacuation Suction is used by the dental assistant to remove amalgam particles in the mouth.
  • High Volume Air suction and Air Purifiers are used in the clinical room that is able to remove mercury vapour from the room.
  • Amalgam separator use - This device collects mercury-contaminated waste before it can enter the sewage system, allowing us to dispose of it safely.