The most common faq questions patients ask our Port Douglas dentist

Learn more about your oral health and the importance of employing a proper teeth and gum care. If you have another question or concerns about any of the below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Port Douglas dental practice.

Practising a good oral care routine—including regular check-ups with your dentist—will help prevent gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. These problems can aggravate many health concerns, including diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular heart disease and stroke. It may also create a higher risk of cancer and lower your life expectancy.
A scale and clean is performed to remove calcified deposits, known as calculus or tartar, on the teeth and the under edges of the gum. It helps to reduce gum inflammation, which in turn helps improve your overall health.
Plaque is the result of biofilm and bacteria built up on your teeth and the edges of your gums. While it’s difficult to see, it can lead to tooth decay, gum problems and affect your general health. We use a disclosing gel to detect plaque on your teeth and gums.
Recent studies have linked the deposits and build-up of bacteria on the back of your tongue and poor gum health. By implementing a simple daily tongue-cleaning routine, involving gently scraping your tongue with a purpose-built tool, you can improve your gum health and freshen your breath.
If your gums are red, swollen and bleed easily, it could be a sign they are unhealthy and affected by gum disease. Healthy gums are firm and pink.