What sort of toothbrush should I use?

What sort of toothbrush should I use?

We are often asked by patients about what sort of toothbrush to use. Given the key aim of the brush is to remove plaque and food debris, we always recommend one that is soft bristled. A soft bristle brush is more than sufficient for this purpose. The use of a medium or hard brush, coupled with an aggressive action, will cause damage to the tooth surface over time. Cleaning with a firmer toothbrush will not remove tartar (calculus). Tartar needs to be removed at the chairside with an appropriate instrument. Therefore, in summary, soft bristled is always best.

Remember the 4 key principles of keeping healthy teeth and gums:

  1. Brush twice a day with a fluoride tooth paste.
  2. Clean teeth daily with floss or an interdental brush.
  3. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugar intake.
  4. Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and preventive care.

Call us today on (03) 5134 1311 to make an appointment for an examination.

Zoom! Advanced Teeth Whitening

Zoom! Advanced Teeth Whitening

Have you thought about having whiter teeth?

You may be a good candidate for chairside bleaching, using the market leading Zoom! advanced power bleaching system. Our Zoom Advanced Power bleaching offers a conservative yet effective means of whitening your teeth.

Call our dental surgery in Morwell on (03) 5134 1311 to make an appointment for a consultation. We will assess your suitability for this procedure and discuss your treatment options to ensure you get the best result.

Boost your confidence with a beautiful white Smile!

Dental Practice – Regional Operating Regime

Dental Practice – Regional Operating Regime

On Thursday 6th August, the Victorian Government imposed new Stage 3 Stay at Home Covid-19 restrictions on regional Victoria.

On Friday 7th August, the Victorian Branch of the Australian Dental Association issued guidance that dentists should operate at Level 2 dental restrictions if there are active cases of Covid-19 in their region of operation.

Our surgery operating regime therefore is fluid, and during periods of active Covid-19 cases in the Latrobe region, some dental procedures will be restricted under Level 2 restrictions.

What does all this mean for our patients?

  1. Our dental surgery is open to practice.
  2. As well as employing standard precautions to prevent cross infection, we also continue to extensively use ozone in the dental surgery as an antimicrobial agent.
  3. Our friendly staff can provide guidance when scheduling your appointment, if a restriction applies in meeting your individual need.

Our dental surgery continues to adhere to the guidelines and restrictions set in place by the relevant authorities and will keep our patients updated should there be any further change.

From the team at Dr Caprara Dental Surgery we ask all our patients and their loved ones to stay safe and wish you all good health.

Dental Health Week 3rd – 9th August, 2020

Dental Health Week 3rd – 9th August, 2020

This week is the 2020 Dental Health Week and the Australian Dental Association are asking people to GET SUGAR SAVVY.

Do you know how much SUGAR is hiding in your shopping trolley?

We usually think of sugar as the white granules we spoon into coffee and tea or add to baking recipes. But sugar comes in many forms and they can all contribute to tooth decay. Sugar can be called over 50 different names, making it hard to detect on food and drink labels. These are known as hidden sugars. Further, products that claim ‘no added sugar’ can still contain a LOT of sugar.

When shopping most labels do not point out a product’s added sugars. To identify any added sugars present, look at the list of ingredients. The nearer the ingredient is to the top of the list, the more present in the food or drink. Hidden sugars in everyday foods can cause your sugar consumption to add up very quickly!

Avoid food or drink with high sugar concentration and give yourself an opportunity to maintain healthy teeth.

Don’t forget

  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes, and
  • See a dentist regularly to maintain good oral health.

If you haven’t had a dental check examination in a while, now is the time to schedule an appointment. Remember, prevention is better than cure.

Call us on 03 5134 1311 to make an appointment.

Department of Veterans Affairs – Dental Services

Department of Veterans Affairs – Dental Services

Our practice accepts the Veteran Gold Card or Veteran White card, which allows us to provide dental treatment to Veteran card holders in accordance with the Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines.

For eligible Veterans, the Department of Veteran Affairs dental schedule covers a broad range of dental services, including:

  • assess the health of your mouth and teeth at regular check-ups (usually every 6 months)
  • maintain the health of your gums with regular scaling
  • treat any dental injuries or conditions
  • repair cavities in your teeth with fillings or crowns
  • provide you with new dentures
  • re-line your dentures every two years, or
  • replace your existing dentures every 6 years (subject to some conditions).

We encourage all eligible veterans to have regular dental examinations with a focus on prevention.

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

School Holidays Dental Check Up!

School Holidays Dental Check Up!

With school holidays starting next week now is 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 friendly staff on (03) 5134 1311 to see if your child is eligible.

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Queen’s Birthday Weekend Operating Hours

Queen’s Birthday Weekend Operating Hours

Our dental surgery will close Friday 5th June for the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend.

We will reopen 8:30am Tuesday 9th June 2020.

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

The team at Dr Caprara Dental Surgery wish all our patients and their families a safe weekend.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE #4 – Easing of Restrictions

COVID-19 UPDATE #4 – Easing of Restrictions

Earlier this week, our Federal and State governments in conjunction with the Australian Dental Association (ADA) announced that there would be an easing of restrictions on dental services as of Monday 27th April 2020. 

Commencing Monday our dental surgery will be operating in accordance with the revised guidelines for dental practice.  

We would also like to advise patients that as well as employing standard precautions to prevent cross infection, we also use ozone extensively in the dental surgery as an antimicrobial agent. Please refer to our website for further information about ozone.

Patients are reminded that they consider the following parameters when contacting us for dental treatment:

Have you in the past 14 days,
1. returned from overseas or interstate, or
2. felt unwell, including but not limited to symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, or
3. had any contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.

From the team at Dr Caprara Dental Surgery we ask all our patients and their loved ones to stay safe and wish you all good health.

Easter Break Operating Hours

Easter Break Operating Hours

Our dental surgery will be closing this afternoon Thursday 9th April for the Easter break.

We will reopen at 8:30 am on Tuesday 14th April 2020.

The team at Dr Caprara Dental Surgery wish all our patients and their families a safe and happy Easter break.

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Coronavirus Update #3

Coronavirus Update #3

We continue to operate in accordance with the novel coronavirus restrictions for dental practice.

At this time was are only performing non-routine and emergency services.

For this reason, commencing April 2020, the surgery has decided to temporarily suspend the notification to our patients of the periodic dental recall examination reminder. We will resume this process (including back-dated appointments) once the novel coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

We ask our patients and their families to stay safe.