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Dr Caprara’s Dental Surgery

Dr Caprara’s Dental Surgery

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Book an appointment – Call (03) 5134 1311

Dr Caprara’s dental surgery is a family friendly Morwell dentist situated in the city’s healthcare precinct at 118 Buckley Street, Morwell.

The practice offers a full range of general dental services with a particular emphasis on minimal intervention dentistry.

Dr Caprara’s dental surgery has been operational for over 20 years.

The philosophy of the practice is to deliver high quality dental services within a professional yet friendly environment, focusing on the best outcomes for the patient.

We understand accidents and emergencies are unexpected facets of everyday life. The practice always gives first priority to such patients, in the event of dental emergencies.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer prompt appointments to alleviate pain and discomfort.

We have EFTPOS facilities, accept all major credit cards and have HICAPS for on the spot private health claims.

Wedding Season is here!

Wedding Season is here!

With wedding season in full swing, optimising your smile for the big day should be an obvious consideration.

Bleaching is a popular, non-invasive procedure that will enhance the colour of your teeth. There are a number of alternatives to bleaching. We would advise making an appointment at our surgery in Morwell at least several weeks before your wedding day to discuss these options at the chairside and allow sufficient time for treatment.

You can call our surgery on (03) 5134 1311 to make an appointment and speak to our friendly staff.

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday Hours

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday Hours

We will be closed for Melbourne Cup public holiday on Tuesday the 5th of November 2019.

Operating hours will be business as usual, 8:30am to 5:30pm on Monday the 4th of November. We still have a few appointments available for Monday, if you need an appointment call us on 03 5134 1311.

We will re-open on Wednesday the 6th of November at 8:30am.

Denture Care Tips

Denture Care Tips

Many patients who wear dentures are somewhat uncertain as to how they should maintain them. While there may be some differences between full and partial denture care the basics apply to both:
 
Take your dentures out at night. Everything needs a break! Your mouth is no different. Every denture is a foreign body to the mouth, therefore sleeping without dentures in position will aid mouth hygiene and greatly reduce the risk of tooth decay in partial denture wearers.
 
Clean your denture(s) with a soft bristle brush and consider soaking them in an enzymatic cleaner (Such as Polident denture cleanser) overnight. For those prone to developing calculus on their denture(s) consider soaking the denture(s) in one part white vinegar to one part water. This mildly acidic solution will aid in your ability to remove calculus from the denture.
 
Partial denture wearers are encouraged to remove their dentures after every meal to clean both their natural dentition and denture. Of course, regular dental examinations are also important to monitor your dentures and hygiene routine.
 
Bleeding Gums? Worried about tartar?

Bleeding Gums? Worried about tartar?

Patients often complain of ‘bleeding gums’ when they present for routine dental treatment. While there are a number of uncommon reasons for this problem, by far the most obvious cause is inflammation due to plaque and or calculus (tartar). Patients sometimes induce bleeding when brushing, and feel they need to reduce the frequency of brushing as they feel the oral hygiene measure is the problem. In fact, leaving plaque deposits alone will only lead to more inflammation and more bleeding! Everyone should be brushing thoroughly at least twice daily. Regular examinations and scaling are vital to maintain the health of your gums. Don’t ignore bleeding gums- address the underlying cause and the problem will resolve. We are available to help manage and guide you should bleeding gums or tartar be a concern.

AFL grand final public holiday

AFL grand final public holiday

We will be closed for the AFL grand final public holiday this Friday the 27th of September 2019.

We still have a select number of appointments available for today, Thursday the 26th of September if you need an appointment before the long weekend! Call us on 03 5134 1311.

We will re-open on Monday the 30th of September at 8:30am.

School Holidays are here!

School Holidays are here!

School holidays are around the corner, in fact commence Monday!

School holidays are the perfect time to book your children in for a general dental check-up. Some children will be eligible for Medicare’s Child Dental Benefit Schedule. The Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule covers a broad range of basic dental services.

You can call our dental surgery in Morwell on (03) 5134 1311 to see if your child is eligible.

school holidays

Are your medications causing dry mouth?

Are your medications causing dry mouth?

A significant number of patients suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia). While there are many causes of dry mouth, we often see patients suffering dry mouth as a direct consequence of prescription medication. Dry mouth can put you at far greater risk of tooth decay amongst other things. In instances where prescription medication cannot be altered, it is essential patients follow several steps to maintain oral health. Keeping sugars to an absolute minimum via both food and drink is vital. Good hydration via regular sips of plain water is also important. There are several products that may also assist that we stock at the surgery, including tooth mousse, dry mouth gel and xylimelts, together with a fluoride containing toothpaste that may have a higher amount of fluoride content than regular toothpastes. Your dentist is the best person to advise you on the use of these products. It stands to reason regular examinations focused on prevention is essential.

What sort of toothbrush should I use?

What sort of toothbrush should I use?

Many patients have asked what type of bristle stiffness is best in a toothbrush. While some patients feel a stiffer brush may clear better, a stiffer brush is also likely to result in tooth loss near the gum margin over time. Loose plaque is easy to remove. Therefore, a soft bristled brush is always recommended. A stiffer brush will not remove tartar as some patients may suggest- the removal of tartar is the domain of the dentist.

In conclusion, we advise a soft bristled brush used a minimum of twice a day with fluoride containing toothpaste.

Caution: Teeth Whitening and Charcoal Toothpaste!

Caution: Teeth Whitening and Charcoal Toothpaste!

It’s Dental Health Week, the Australian Dental Association are urging people to be cautious with at home bleaching and charcoal toothpaste. You can read an article here:

You can contact our practice on (03) 5134 1311 to discuss safe options for teeth whitening.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-05/dentists-warn-of-dangers-of-diy-teeth-whitening/11381948?fbclid=IwAR2lEmLHHo7l5PYJ2nAw5zXEqbZweINR3HLc1UAU2e6DXODTFVAFqUJd0iI

Healthy food for healthy teeth

Healthy food for healthy teeth

Eating healthy foods has an obvious impact on your general and dental health. You should always focus on minimising exposure to food and drink containing fermentable carbohydrates (simple sugars) that microbes can use to churn into acid that leads to tooth decay over time. Minimising between meal snacks is also impacted in this regard.

Plain water is beneficial at any time. Avoid carbonated beverages, minimise exposure to fruit juice and other drinks that have added sugar. Fruit (in moderation), vegetables, nuts (preferably soft!) and seeds and dairy (such as cheese) are the best general food choice for healthy teeth.