Preventive Dental Services In Adelaide’s Southern Suburbs

Healthy mouth and teeth are linked with great quality of life.

The importance of preventive dentistry

The old saying ‘prevention rather than intervention’ holds true in the context of preventive dental care. Most dental emergencies can be avoided with a well-balanced diet, good oral hygiene, and regular dental examinations and cleans. To avoid the unwanted toothache, it is important to see your dentist at least twice a year.

With the advances in modern dentistry, we can identify potential problems at early stages—before they cause any pain or discomfort—and treat them with minimal intervention.

Preventive dentistry not only saves unnecessary trips to the dentist but also their associated costs. Addressing your dental needs before they escalate into problems can save you a lot of unnecessary hassle and issues in the long run.

It is estimated that 80% of adults will suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives; gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. By developing a preventive dental home care routine in combination with six-monthly professional hygiene visits, we can diagnose and treat gum and bone diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis) in their early stages and reverse any ill effects.

Gum disease is a serious condition that affects not only the health and condition of your mouth but is also linked with increased and concerning health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, respiratory disease, lower birth weight of newborns, and stroke.

Through a comprehensive prevention plan, we are able to help our patients keep their mouths healthy and free of decay, gum, and bone disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease:

One of the symptoms of gum disease, and perhaps the most embarrassing, is constant bad breath, of which many sufferers are not aware. Other symptoms include bleeding gums (gums should not bleed at all), receding gums, and in some extreme cases, ulcerated gums and draining pus.

Research suggests that the bacteria causing gum disease can be transmitted through saliva. This means that common saliva contact between people, especially within families, puts children and couples at risk of contracting gum disease from another person or family member.

Therefore, if one member of the family has gum disease, we recommend that the entire family be screened for evidence of gum disease. This approach helps either prevent the disease from being passed on to your loved ones or successfully treat the disease if it is present.

At MVDC, we take a proactive approach to treat all potential problems at the root before they develop into a serious condition.

Preventive Dental Care Programme includes:


Brushing is the most effective and simplest form of hygiene. It keeps your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and ensures your breath stays fresh.

Brushing Tips:

  • Use a soft toothbrush with rounded nylon bristles to avoid wearing the enamel or damaging the gums.
  • Brush at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes, especially in the morning and before going to bed.
  • Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle so the bristles contact both the tooth surface and the gum line. Move the toothbrush in small circular motions, ensuring each tooth is brushed.
  • Keeping your brush at a 45-degree angle, repeat the same motion to brush the inside of each tooth, ensuring bristles touch the teeth and the gum line.
  • To clean behind your upper and lower front teeth, hold your toothbrush vertically and use the tip to make up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush the chewing surfaces of your back teeth by placing the brush on the biting surfaces and using a gentle back-and-forth motion.
  • To maintain fresh breath, gently brush your tongue from back to front to remove odour-producing bacteria. Initially, brushing your tongue may be uncomfortable, but you will adapt after a few weeks. It’s a crucial part of your routine cleaning.
  • We recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months or after any illness.
  • If you must use mouthwash, we recommend an alcohol-free variety.


While many people regularly brush, flossing is a less common routine, yet it is just as important as brushing daily.

Brushing alone cannot remove food particles caught between the teeth, under the gum line, or around braces. The only effective way to reach and remove what the toothbrush has left behind is by flossing at least once a day. We advise flossing every night before bed to remove any food accumulated during the day.

How to Floss

  1. Pull approximately 30 cm of floss from the dispenser.
  2. Wrap the ends around your middle fingers to secure the floss.
  3. Using a gentle back-and-forth motion, carefully insert the floss between two teeth. Guide the floss to the gum line without forcing it, then curve the floss around the side of one tooth and slide it up and down against the tooth surface.
  4. Ensure you floss each tooth, including the back ones.

Mastering an efficient and effective flossing technique takes time, but perseverance is key, as flossing should be an integral part of your daily oral hygiene routine.

There are options and alternatives to traditional dental flossing for situations where the contact between teeth is too large or certain areas are difficult to reach. These alternative methods will be discussed with you as part of your routine dental hygiene and maintenance plan

Diet Advice

Well balance diet is important not only for your general health but also for your oral health.

Eating and drinking habits have an extremely important role in the development and prevention of tooth decay. Drinks and foods high in starches and sugars react with the bacteria in your mouth, creating acid that attacks the enamel of your teeth resulting in decay, cavities and long term ongoing dental problems. The quantity and the frequency that the sugary acid foods are consume produces a lot of damage to our teeth as the saliva can no longer cleanse and neutralize the acid.

Consuming sweet foods and drinks between meals is the major cause of tooth decay; as there is no down time and recovery period between meals. The more often sweets foods and drinks are consumed, the higher the risk of tooth decay.

Tips to Maintain Healthy Teeth

  • Limit how often you have sweet foods and drinks, and try to have them at meal times rather than as snack.
  • Limit soft drinks and sweet drinks even if they are diluted
  • Choose healthy snack such as fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, natural yogurt
  • Choose fresh fruit instead of dried fruit. As dried fruit id high I sugar and sticks to your teeth.
  • Try to coffee or tea without sugar
  • Drink tap water
  • Dairy foods help reverse the decay process, so try eating a piece of cheese after having sugary or acid foods.
  • Rinse with tap water after eating or drinking.

The best way to avoid dental problems arising is with Preventive dentistry, which consists of a tailored need home dental care and routine six monthly visits to the dentist

To Discuss Your Dental Concerns Please Give Us a Call, We Will Be Happy to Answer Any Question

We find that if you are interested in Preventive Dental Services then you may also be interested in Dental Hygiene & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Satisfied Patients

& growing every year

Hannah Grubb
Hannah Grubb
The women at this practice are phenomenal. I have had fear of the dentist my entire life due to a traumatic experience as a four year old. I finally bit the bullet last month and went to see Karen the hygienist and she made me feel so comforted. Then I met Erika the dentist and she was wonderful also. Yesterday I had restorative work done and for the first time in my life I wasn’t nervous about going to the dentist. I was so relaxed the entire time. Erika has such a calming, relaxed and professional presence. She continually asked if I was ok through each process and I honestly can’t thank her and her team enough. They’ve changed my life in the sense where I no longer feel scared. I actually can’t wait to go back and have my routinely hygiene appointment. WHAT?! ????
Mark Warner
Mark Warner
First visit, I saw Dr Polly for an examination and x-rays and Dental Hygienist Steph for a scale and clean.Very impressed with the service. Parking at rear which is great and easy access. Reception staff were friendly and helpful.I would highly recommend. .
Nicole Hayes
Nicole Hayes
I loved visiting the dentisit in primary school, they always made me feel safe and cared for. Dr Polly and the team made me think of those primary school dentist visits. I felt safe and cared for. I must remember to ask for my toothbrush and sticker before I leave next time! Wonderful experience my wisdom tooth was removed without pai but with confidence and reassurance
Louise Oconnor
Louise Oconnor
I daughter recommended this dentist practice and do glad she did. Dr Polly Ling is amazing and has done an excellent job of fixing a broken filling. All the staff are extremely helpful and welcoming .
Ryan Hollingsworth
Ryan Hollingsworth
If you’re looking for a new dentist, I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a dentist and as such I wasn’t very confident finding somewhere new. However the team here have been absolutely incredible. Kind and happy to explain the process, including prices and health fund contributions. Excellent dental facilities and a comfortable waiting room. I’ve seen they also have online booking options, which seems very convenient. Thank you to all the team today for making my first appointment in a long time an enjoyable one.
Jane Doyle
Jane Doyle
Always great service from this practice. Came here today with my husband. International Women’s day do I was gifted a small bouquet and a pen. Thank you. Lovely surprise.
Sam Crossman
Sam Crossman
Always made to feel welcomed, taken care of and in a safe environment. Very appreciative of Louise for always being a friendly and welcoming face, and Rachel for making every experience comfortable. THANKYOU ♡
Robbie Jones
Robbie Jones
All the staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Excellent service.
Preventive Dental Services FAQ’s

This is a very common question asked in the dental world. Flossing at any time is better than not flossing at all.

However, flossing before you brush is more effective. If you floss before you brush your teeth it will release any bacteria, plaque and food stuck between the teeth.

Then when you brush your teeth you are brushing it all away.

You should be visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a dental clean and check up. However, depending on individual needs, some patients may need to visit us more often.

Without regular visits cavities can quickly turn into infected teeth.

These regular visits help prevent minor dental problems from progressing to a point of no return.

If you don’t want to experience severe pain or spend tons of money to fix what could have been minor dental problems, make sure you never miss a dental cleaning and exam.

It can get confusing deciding which toothbrush is right for you as there are lots of toothbrushes on the market, we understand why you might not know which one to choose.

If you can, we highly recommend investing in a good electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes brush your teeth significantly better than a manual toothbrush, especially for kids, people with hand dexterity problems and even lazy brushers.

Electric toothbrushes have built-in timers, so you brush your teeth for two minutes. Some even have Bluetooth capability that connects with an app on your phone and tells you if you missed any areas brushing and still offer many more benefits.

If you can’t afford an electric toothbrush – no problem. Choose a manual toothbrush with soft bristles and one that has an ADA recommendation on it.

As long as you brush in circles around your entire mouth, you can get your teeth just as clean as you would with an electric toothbrush

Just because your cavity doesn’t hurt doesn’t mean you don’t need a filling. Cavities don’t always cause symptoms. However, if you leave it untreated, it will only get worse and then infect your tooth root causing the need for a root canal. In some cases, an infected tooth will stop causing the pain because the tooth’s nerve has died. It’s important to seek professional help as soon as to prevent causing more damage to your tooth

Not every dental problem can be seen with the naked eye. Dental x-rays give us an inside look at what’s going on in your mouth. We can use the x-rays to discover:

  • Impacted teeth,
  • Cracked or
  • Damaged teeth,
  • Cavities,
  • infection
  • & much more

Is it Worse to Skip Brushing or Flossing?

If you’re thinking of skipping either brushing or flossing for some reason, then we would advise you, that flossing is more important as long as it’s done correctly.

Flossing helps remove plaque and debris stuck between the teeth and underneath the gumline.

The two areas that are most likely to cause cavities and gum disease.

BUT both are extremely important, and you shouldn’t skip out on either, though