How to care for your Childs teeth

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At Dr Geoff Ross in Melbourne we are dedicated to helping parents take care of their children’s teeth from an early age to ensure they understand the importance of a consistent oral hygiene routine.

Many parents can help encourage their children and teach the significance of good oral habits by creating an educational, yet fun, brushing and flossing routine together. Over time, this helps your child take responsibility for their oral hygiene and instilling healthy habits not only helps prevent cavities, but also boosts your child’s self-esteem.

Below we have compiled some useful tips you about how to motivate your children and get them excited when it comes to brushing and flossing their teeth!

Lead by example

Firstly, it is important to lead by example. When you’re at home, we recommend following a proper oral hygiene routine with your kids to help teach them about the importance of oral health. As recommended by the Australian Dental Association, you should brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day. Brushing and flossing helps to remove food particles from the mouth, which can cause bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Bacteria left inside your mouth can harden and turn to tartar, which can only be removed with a professional clean.

Professional cleaning and check-up every six months

At Dr Geoff Ross we recommend bringing you child to our practice for their regular check-up and professional clean twice a year. During this time, we can help teach your child how to take care of their teeth properly by creating a fun and engaging experience. This will help them associate fun with oral care, paving the way to create healthy oral habits. However if your child experiences any discomfort in between their check-up, we recommend bringing them in for an examination so we can detect any potential dental issues at the onset, such as gingivitis or caries.

Brushing Techniques to teach your child

We recommend supervising your child during their oral care regime until they get the hang of the following steps:

  • Use a pea-sized dab of an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste. Take care that your child does not swallow the toothpaste
  • Brush gently back and forth, using a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. Brush the inside surface of each tooth first, where plaque may accumulate most. We recommend that everyone spend approximately 2 minutes brushing twice daily. If you child has a favourite song, play this in the background while they are brushing their teeth. This can distract them and before they know it, the time is up!
  • Start flossing your child’s teeth at the age of 4. Brushing alone will miss food particles and plaque that has built up between the teeth. If you start early once your child reaches the age of 8, they will more likely feel comfortable flossing on their own
  • Angle the brush along the outer gum line and gently brush back and forth
  • Brush the surface of each tooth, especially the front and back chewing teeth and don’t forget to brush the tongue, which can also accumulate bacteria


To discover more about children’s dentistry or to book an appointment for your child to see one of our fun and friendly dentists at Dr Geoff Ross dental Practice, please do not hesitate to call  (03) 9890 7777

Bad Breath Can Tell You More Than What You Had For Dinner – Identifying Gum Disease

Bad Breath Can Tell You More Than What You Had For Dinner – Identifying Gum Disease

Do you suffer from bad breath? No matter how many times you brush your teeth, chew mint gum or rinse your mouth out with water?

Bad breath is something that can cause all of us a lot of grief and can impede our self-confidence. Sometimes we can find it difficult to determine the cause of our bad breath even if we pay the strictest attention to what we eat and drink. Especially if you are at a job where you have to socialise with your co-workers, bad breath can cause even the loveliest person to become alienated. Dr Geoff Ross in Melbourne has treated many patients with bad breath because most of the time, bad breath is a dental/oral related issue.

What happens if you have bad breath?

Bad breath is caused by food particles or infections in the mouth. When this happens, the moist conditions inside the mouth allow bacteria to thrive and because of the humidity, the bacteria turns foul and exhibit a scent. This scent is what we identify as bad breath. Infections like gum disease and tooth decay are some of the leading reasons for bad breathe and when the mouth is not cleaned for extensive periods of time this scent can become a permanent fixture in our mouths.

Gum disease and tooth decay love to cause bad breath…

If food is left in the mouth (be it food debris or microbial particles) than it is going to cause the teeth and gums irritation. This is because the food will mix in with the saliva which we know as plaque. Plaque is an erosive substance that eats away at soft tissue and tooth enamel causing them to become irritated. If bad breathe is chronic than that is usually an indication that there is a developing stage of gum disease or tooth decay present in the mouth which will cause the bacterial odour to become present. It is important to identify the difference between bad breathe caused by oral health problems and normal bad breathe occurrences due to eating meat, natural products or sugary snacks.

Dr Geoffrey Ross can help identify your cause for bad breath and offer treatments to alleviate the smell…

We find that many people come to us have bad breath and they do not realise that is it caused by whatever dental concern they are experiencing, be it a light form of gum disease such as gingivitis or early tooth decay or tartar build-up. Bad breath is something that we are not meant to experience on a daily basis if we maintain a proper oral hygiene routine and watch the food we eat but still find that you are constantly smelling your bad breath (or if someone else does) then it’s time to consider that there may be other factors at play. Think of bad breath as not a terrible thing to have, in fact it is a blessing because it is a way for your body to tell you that something is wrong, that you need urgent attention, that there is something wrong with your oral health. If you are experiencing bad breath call Dr Geoff Ross for an appointment today and he will give you a comprehensive oral examination and discuss the possible causes for your bad breath. No one deserves to suffer with bad breathe and when brushing and flossing is not making a difference it is time to take action.

Give your child their best ever Christmas present: a fantastic smile

Dr Geoff Ross and our team of dental professionals in Melbourne can help establish excellent dental health for your child that can last a lifetime this Christmas.


While the festive season often means a large consumption of chocolate, sweets and soft drink, it is important to also remember to care for your child’s baby teeth. While the odd sweet treat will not damage your child’s dental well-being, it is important that your child sees a trained dental professional early in their development to safeguard their dental future.

Take the anxiety out of your child’s first dentist appointment

A patient’s baby teeth can indicate the potential development of harmful oral conditions. If intercepted before it becomes a serious concern, our team can help correct your child’s oral condition and potentially save them from needing extensive dental work in the future.

Our team cares about the comfort of patients of all ages. We endeavor to make all of our patients relaxed and content throughout their dental treatments. Our team can help remove your child’s anxiety about their first visit to the dentist with the relaxed and fun atmosphere here at our practice.

Creating dental partnerships that can last a lifetime

By establishing a familiarity with your child and their dentist at an early age, you can help your child develop a dental partnership that can last through to their adult lives. By creating a healthy partnership between your child and their dentist, our team can shape your child’s future attitude towards dental health. In creating a positive association between your child and oral hygiene, you can ensure that they have a proactive relationship with their dentist and their dental hygiene.

Why your child’s baby teeth are important

Children’s baby teeth or ‘milk’ teeth play a vital role in the later growth of their adult teeth. In addition to your child’s adult teeth, your child’s baby teeth help determine their facial structure and the structure of their bite. There are a number of steps you can take to safeguard your child’s oral future.

Dr Geoff Ross and our team of dental professionals suggest that parents should clean their child’s gums with a damp cloth to ensure their gums are healthy. In addition to this, you should always brush your child’s new teeth with children’s toothpaste, ensuring that you do not brush them with fluoridated tooth paste. The most important step you can take to safeguard your child’s dental future is done by bringing them in for their first dental check-up.

Your child’s first dental visit

Our team pride ourselves on our ability to make our youngest patients feel relaxed and comfortable. In your child’s first dential appointment, our team will examine your child’s first teeth and the condition of their gums. We can also identify the structure of your child’s teeth as they erupt through the gum. By assessing the structure of your child’s baby teeth, our dental professionals can develop an understanding of your child’s adult bite structure.

In developing an understanding of the way in which your child’s bite is developing, our team can put measures in place to safeguard the correct development of their bite. In addition to this, we can assess the potential need for orthodontic work in the future. By assessing these potential needs as they develop, we can help prevent harmful dental disorders from occurring later.

Celebrate the festive seasons knowing your child’s dental health is in safe hands

Celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year, whilst protecting your family’s oral health. Our passionate team can help treat any oral concern, for any member of your family.

There Is Nothing Better For Your Oral Health than Your Natural Teeth


The Next Best Thing, However, Are Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a comprehensive tooth replacement treatment unlike any other. One of the reasons that dental implants stand out against bridges and dentures is that dental implants are a whole tooth replacement.

You see: dentures and bridges only replace the crown of the tooth (the part of the tooth visible above the gum line) whereas dental implants replace the tooth root and then a prosthetic tooth attachment replaces the crown.

According To a Recent Study…

According to recent study dental implants are the most effective and long-term cost-effective treatment for missing teeth currently available. The study collected ten years’ worth of data on dental implants from around the globe—it took them two years to sort through it all and come up with the findings.

One of the interesting things was that the study found dental implants to be the most sought-after treatment for missing teeth. Even though they are—short-term—more expensive than dentures or bridges, dental implants provided a much more appealing solution for missing teeth.

Why You Want To Replace The Whole Tooth…

While dentures and bridges do stop teeth from migrating out of position, they do not prevent your jawbone from shrinking.

When you lose a tooth the bone that holds the tooth root starts to dissolve. It happens slowly and gradually but when this bone is gone it does not grow back. If you’ve lost a tooth and wait too long, you might have to go through a rather unpleasant procedure called a bone graft.  Jawbone loss can cause tooth loss, it will give your cheeks a sunken appearance and make you look a lot older than you are.

Missing teeth can also create difficulties when speaking or chewing as well as gum disease.

Dental Implants and What’s Involved…

Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. It can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months for your jaw to heal around the implant. Factors such as, your oral health, you body’s natural ability to heal and whether the implant was placed in the upper or lower jaw all determine the healing time.

Once your jaw has healed around the implant, a prosthetic tooth is attached and you have a full tooth restoration. The benefits of dental implants are:

  • Identical to natural teeth in appearance, feel and function
  • Helps retain bone structure
  • Prevents remaining teeth on either side of the void from migrating
  • Decreases stress exerted on the surrounding teeth
  • Decreased chance of gum tissue shrinkage
  • A permanent solution to tooth loss

At Geoff Ross Dental we have a close working relationship with local prosthodontists and are able to work closely together to restore your smile.

Restorative Dentistry at Geoff Ross Dental…

At our Melbourne dental practice we offer a number of restorative dental treatments to restore the form and function of your smile. Whether you need, dental implants, tooth coloured fillings, root canal treatment or porcelain crowns, we’ve got you covered.

For more information on our dental implant treatments, or to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Change the Way Your Smile Feels – So You Can Change the Way You Feel About Your Smile!

If you are after a long-term solution to restoring your smile, Dr Geoff Ross may be able to help!


If your teeth have been chipped, cracked, broken, damaged or even lost, with Dr Geoff Ross based in Melbourne a smile is never ‘beyond hope’. With a wide range of restorative dental techniques at his fingertips, Dr Geoff Ross, an esteemed dental professional, will be able to assess your condition in order to recommend the best treatment option for your individual needs.

A smile that is broken, damaged or incomplete can cause a wide range of issues within the mouth; much like a domino effect. For example when a tooth is lost, this causes an imbalance within the mouth:

  • Teeth begin to shift in an attempt to close the gap – resulting in crooked teeth
  • Lack of tooth root stimulation to the jaw means it begins to dissolve – resulting in bone loss
  • Lack of support to surrounding teeth means they begin to become unstable and loose – resulting in more lost teeth!

At his Melbourne dental practice, Dr Geoff Ross is dedicated to helping his patients achieve total oral health along with a smile that is appealing and functions beautifully. By using his advanced restorative dental care techniques and treatments, Dr Geoff Ross can help you reclaim your smile and your confidence!

Dental implants are a revolutionary way to restore full function to your smile…

Dental implants have completely revolutionised the way in which we can treat tooth loss. In conventional times, a lost tooth would mean a simple bridge or even traditional dentures for restoring smiles. These techniques, although effective for restoring the look of the smile, did nothing to enhance function or feeling.

Dental implants are different in that they utilise a small titanium rod that is biocompatible with your own bone material, and is inserted into the jawbone at the site of the tooth loss. By doing so, the titanium rod begins to fuse with the jawbone over a period of months to form a strong and powerful tooth root substitute. A porcelain restoration such as a crown, bridge or even premium dentures are secured to the implants that show just millimetres above the gums (also known as ‘abutments’). This gives you a brand new tooth that looks, feels and functions just like your natural tooth – and with good care should be a permanent restoration!

Root canal treatment can help save your tooth from extraction…

When a tooth is severely infected, Dr Geoff Ross will usually recommend a root canal treatment in order to remove the infection, and leave extraction only as a last resort. With strong advancements in dental technology and science, the scary conventional root canal treatment has evolved into an easy, more comfortable treatment that should cause no more pain or discomfort than receiving a dental filling! By removing the infection from inside the tooth, we are able to help save the tooth from extraction and ensure its structural integrity by placing a porcelain restoration such as a crown over the treated tooth.

For more information on our restorative dental treatments or to book an appointment at our Melbourne dental practice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Enhance The Aesthetics Of Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry!

Are you unhappy with the overall look with your smile? With Dr Geoff Ross you can achieve a beautiful straight, white smile without prolonged treatment!

Whether your smile is crooked, discoloured or imbalanced to the rest of your facial features, Dr Geoff Ross, an esteemed dentist in Melbourne, can help!

Did you know that your smile is the very first feature others notice about you? It’s true, and what’s more – it has been found in a recent study that those with beautiful, whiter smiles are more likely to:

  • Gain a promotion
  • Acquire a job
  • Be asked on a second date

This means your smile could possibly be holding you back in both your professional and social life. If you have a smile that is discoloured, chipped, cracked or crooked, Dr Geoff Ross has a myriad of high quality cosmetic dental treatments specifically designed to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Porcelain Veneers…

Porcelain veneers are essentially very thin porcelain shells that are roughly the thickness of a contact lens. These thin shells are then expertly moulded to your own individual teeth for a comfortable and precise fit. Once this is complete, your porcelain veneers are constructed and then adhered to your front visible teeth. By using this method our professional dentists are able to conceal:

  • Discolouration
  • Unwanted gaps
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • An asymmetrical smile

By permanently bonding porcelain veneers to your teeth, we are not only effectively enhancing your facial aesthetics, but we are also helping to protect your teeth from further damage or discolouration! With good care your porcelain veneers should last from 10 to 15 years!

Gum Lifts…

If you are self-conscious about your smile due to a disproportionate amount of gum (also known as periodontal) tissue, we are able to effectively utilise a gum lift to help correct the imbalance of your gum to tooth ratio. Many patients do not realise just what an effect minimalizing excess gum tissue can achieve for their complete facial aesthetic.

An overly gummy smile can be caused by a wide range of factors, which can include:

  • The shape and size of your lips
  • The size of your teeth
  • Facial muscles
  • Excess gum tissue

If you are feeling unhappy with the look of your smile due to excess gummy tissue and would like to create a more proportionate smile, our dental professionals at our Melbourne practice may be able to help contour and sculpt your gum line for superior results.

Teeth Whitening…

Many factors can cause tooth discolouration, and it is one of the leading reasons many opt to refrain from smiling in photos or going to functions. If you want to keep your smile white and beautiful, it is best to abstain from consuming:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Cola

Discolouration can also be caused by age, some medications, genetics and some illnesses.

Tooth Whitening can help to dramatically change your appearance in just one dental appointment, and is a great choice for anyone looking to completely rejuvenate their smile. Our dental professionals in Melbourne are specifically trained to discover the source of your tooth discolouration, and are able to recommend the appropriate treatment for optimal results.

To find out more about our cosmetic dental solutions or to book a consultation with Dr Geoff Ross at our Melbourne clinic please do not hesitate to contact us.

Detrimental effects of gum disease on the body

With heavy focus on keeping teeth clean it’s easy to let gum health fall by the wayside…


Severe infection of the gums is known by a number of different names. Gum disease and periodontitis are both severe forms of gum infection and if any irritation in your gums is notice you should see your dentist straight away. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Pain in the teeth and gums
  • Headaches 
  • Red or inflamed gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Deep crevices between teeth (loss of gum tissue)
  • Teeth loss

These symptoms will all develop over time so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is crucial that you book in to see Dr Geoff Ross at your earliest convenience. If we catch gum disease in the early signs of development (while it’s still considered gingivitis) we will be able to help you prevent tooth loss and further damage. In addition to your twice-annual visit, a quick visit to our Melbourne clinic when you notice unusual symptoms can end up saving you significant amounts of money, time and pain.

Causes of gum disease

While genetic susceptibility can be a cause of periodontitis, there are a number of other issues which also contribute to the occurrence of gum disease.

  • Smoking 
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • An existing disease which can inhibit the body’s own resistance to infection (diabetes, down syndrome)

A quality dental hygiene regime is crucial to healthy teeth and gums. If teeth are neglected by not brushing or flossing, plaque calcifies and forms tartar. This hard calculus can severely damage the teeth if it’s left on the surface and infect the gums, that’s why it’s important to see Dr Geoff Ross twice a year so that he can remove tartar which is near impossible to remove with a simple toothbrush.

Effects of gum disease on the rest of the body

As if periodontitis wasn’t bad enough by itself it’s also been linked as a cause to a number of other diseases and illnesses.

Premature and Underweight babies

For decades women have been going out of their way to ensure they have a healthy birth, by avoiding raw seafood, salami and even soft cheese! What these women don’t know is that new research has shown that caring for your baby can also start with caring for your own teeth. A recent study in India has shown that gum disease may be a leading cause of birthing premature or underweight babies. In the study, over 13 out of every 30 women were said to have advanced periodontitis. These women were also found to deliver babies that were underweight or premature 64% of the time compared to the healthy women who delivered babies with normal weights.

Increased risk of heart disease

Remember your B.F.M.D

While the effects of periodontitis are complex, the prevention is very simple and you’ve heard it all before! All you have to remember is B.F.M.D – brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth before bed, mouthwash and see your dentist at Dr Geoff Ross twice a year.

  • B: Brush twice!
  • F: Floss
  • M: Mouthwash
  • D: Dentist!

Dr Geoff Ross has over 30 years of experience caring for teeth and has been at his Melbourne dental practice for 24 years. He and his staff commit themselves to a caring and dedicated dental philosophy and aim to make their patients comfortable at all aspects of treatment.

To find out more about periodontics or to book a consultation with Dr Geoff Ross at our Melbourne clinic please do not hesitate to contact us.

Don’t Knock What You’ve Got: Dr Geoff Ross guides you through preventive dentistry

Prevention of dental problems can save you time, money and a lot of pain…


It’s always a good idea to try and maintain the things you have, including your teeth. Teeth are a lot like cars, they require frequent servicing, cleaning and care, and if something is wrong with your teeth you should see your teeth mechanic straight away! Luckily there are some things you can do to prevent the beginning or progression of common dental problems. As you could probably guess, dental health all starts with hygiene. In 2006 a study was done on Australian oral hygiene, and it was found that a whopping 45% of Australians questioned do not brush their teeth at least two times a day. This staggering statistic is all the more scary as it’s the most simple practice to prevent dental problems, and if people aren’t doing that then they probably aren’t taking other preventive measures such as seeing their dentist every six months.

Why do you have to brush your teeth?

Brushing your teeth is the easiest way to prevent cavities, decay and gum disease. When you brush your teeth you are getting rid of plaque (bacteria) and all of the sticky secretions which they create. These secretions are acidic and can decay the teeth over time, leaving them vulnerable to infection, not to mention a lot of pain and discomfort. Flossing goes hand in hand with brushing your teeth and is a vital, yet often forgotten preventive measure to prevent decay and gum disease. Gum disease, otherwise known as periodontitis can be a painful and extremely damaging disease which affects the teeth, bone and of course gums. It is caused by a build-up of plaque and flossing ensures that all the harder to reach plaque build-up is removed leaving a squeaky clean mouth.

See Dr Geoff Ross to ensure your teeth are looking healthy and great…

As we mentioned before it’s also a wonderful idea to come see your dentist at least twice a year – or every 6 months. Dr Geoff Ross can ensure that your teeth are developing correctly, or that there have been no detrimental changes which could potentially lead to further complications. There are also a number of substances which, if avoided, can improve your oral hygiene and have your teeth lasting into old age. Substances to avoid include:

  • Soft Drinks
  • Sugary foods (plaque loves sugar! If you’re going to eat sugar brush your teeth within 20 minutes to avoid plaque build-up)
  • Cigarettes (Smoking has been linked as a major cause of gum disease and avoiding it can also improve your cardiovascular and whole body health)

Another common cause of tooth problems is carelessness when playing sport. That’s why it’s always important to make sure you wear a mouth guard in sports where there is any risk of dental injury. Sports with common teeth injuries include soccer, rugby, hockey and cricket and even though it may look silly wearing a mouthguard, soon you will forget it’s there and you’ll be able to enjoy the game without risking injury to your teeth or your wallet! While you can do all you can to prevent most dental issues there are some rare occurrences which cannot be avoided, such as wisdom teeth. In these instances, as well as your twice-annual check-up we recommend you come and see us at Dr Geoff Ross’ dental practice in Box Hill, Melbourne. Dr Geoff Ross is the frontrunner in general, restorative, cosmetic and preventative dentistry so if you want to enrich the total oral care of your family book an appointment online or contact us.

Ex-supermodel loses teeth in car crash

Ex-supermodel Paula Hamilton crashes car and loses four front teeth

Recently retired supermodel Paula Hamilton swerved off the road in a bid to save a mother deer and its fawn. The ex-model hit a lamppost and as a result of the trauma, lost four of her front teeth!

Although Paula has had many offers to fix her teeth, she refuses to get treatment, stating her looks aren’t that important and saving the lives of those deer were worth it.

Rediscover your smile with dental implants…

At Geoff Ross Dental we understand the emotional trauma and shock to your self-esteem that missing teeth can create. For this reason we utilise the dental implant procedure, which provides a permanent solution to your missing-tooth woes!

The dirt on missing teeth…

Many believe that a missing tooth isn’t much to be worried about, however other than the dramatic visual effects missing teeth have on your smile, it can also affect the functionality and integrity of your smile.

The benefits of dental implants

  • Identical to natural teeth in appearance, feel and function
  • Prevent remaining teeth on either side of the void from migrating
  • Decreases stress exerted on the surrounding teeth
  • Helps retain bone structure
  • Decreased chance of gum tissue shrinkage
  • A permanent solution to tooth loss

For a dental solution that permanently restores your smile to full function and aesthetics, dental implants are your best option and at Geoff Ross Dental in Melbourne, we ensure your smile is for life.

For more information on our treatments or to book an appointment, please contact us.