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Keeping your mouth clean is easy. All it takes is less than 5 minutes twice a day and dental check ups every 6-12 months.

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Smithfield Dental believes that the Dental profession has the following responsibilty to health

1.     Prevention of major dental issues through a proactive approach to health with regular check ups.

2.    Encouragement to make lifestyle choices that benefit your health and well being.

3.     Care of issues as soon as they present taking care to communicate long term outcomes.


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  • A water pick - another effective tool to gently clean around those hard to reach areas, as well as in between teeth. It does this by gently squirting a jet of water which you then aim at the teeth.

  • Super floss – with a handy waxed tip, this dental floss is used for threading underneath bridges and orthodontic wires. 

  • Remineralising Agents – Teeth are made of minerals which give them strength. When teeth loose these minerals, products like GC ToothMousse and ToothMousse Plus can be applied to aid in remineralising the tooth surface. Common minerals and their derivatives include Calcium, Fluoride, Phosphate Ions. Just like leave-in toothpaste, they soak deep in to the tooth surface making teeth stronger and more resistant to decay.Type your paragraph here.

During a check-up the Dentist will carefully inspect each surface of each tooth, as well as your gums and health of your overall mouth. The Dentist can then discuss with you your treatment needs and desired outcome. Regular check up appointments like this mean that there is less opportunity for decay to take hold. Changes can be monitored regularly and any new decay can be treated early. 

For your first consult with the Dentist most patients require dental x-rays. Our digital dental x-rays help the Dentist diagnose hidden decay between the teeth, as well as checking the integrity of previous dental work. Sometimes it is necessary to refer for a full mouth x-ray, known as an OPG. This is completed by an x-ray centre and is done through medicare free of charge.

Every six months we recommend patients also have a clean. A comprehensive clean of your teeth and gums is important, as tartar build-up can disguise underlying dental problems. This also gives us an opportunity to talk with you about your oral hygiene routine and give advice on any issues.

What happens at a check up?

  • Soft Manual Toothbrush - Regular brushing with fluoridated tooth paste, using a soft tooth brush is an age-old favorite. Hard and medium bristle toothbrushes are too firm and bounce over the gaps without cleaning effectively. A soft bristle brush will sweep in to all  those hard to reach places, without scratching away your enamel!
  • Electric toothbrushes - with the rotating and oscillating bristles on the brush and the small brush head, electric brushes ensure you can reach all your teeth and give them a thorough clean. Some brands have pressure indicators to let you know you are brushing too hard and timers to encourage you brush for a suitable time duration.

  • Interdental Cleaning – For some people, dental floss is a difficult or unsuitable option for cleaning in between the teeth. An interdental brush can help remove plaque and food debris from between your teeth. A popular example is a ‘Pixter’ which comes in a range of sizes and can be very effective at cleaning whilst still being gentle on the gums.

TOOLS of the Trade

Here is a list of some dental tools on the market: 

General care

At Smithfield Dental we believe that prevention is key, which is why we ask each patient to practice a preventative oral hygiene routine every day. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day is essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

We understand that everyone is different. So we aim to provide each person with tailored advice individual to their health and habits. However, some advice is typical for almost everybody:  

  • Brush your teeth every morning and every night
  • Floss your gums every night
  • Get a check-up and clean every 6 months 

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