But my teeth and gums feel fine, do I still need to go to the dentist?
You sure do! There are many dental conditions such as tooth decay, periodontal disease and grinding that may not cause you symptoms until in a more advanced stage. As with most health issues, if you catch these things early, you’ll require less treatment. And that’s good news for your teeth, and your wallet! We recommend an exam every 6 months to keep your gums happy and healthy.
At what age should I first bring my child to see the dentist?
It’s important for children to become comfortable with visiting the dentist at an early age. We recommend you bring your child for “a ride in the chair” as early as 2 years, a time when most of the baby teeth have already emerged. That way, it’s more likely the child will be relaxed and enjoy the experience, rather than under stress of a sore tooth needing treatment. Statistics show that over 50% of Australian 6 year olds are affected by tooth decay so we need to be proactive in reducing this occurrence.
I get anxious going to the dentist...
You’re not alone. We get plenty of patients who find a visit to us extremely nerve wracking. But it’s okay, we’ve got lots of ways to put your mind at ease and make your appointment as relaxing as possible. We’ll always be gentle, respectful and patient ensuring you’re completely comfortable before we start any treatments. We also offer Nitrous Oxide, or ‘happy gas’. Easy to administer, happy gas works rapidly and helps to ease pain and create a sense of wellbeing. We also have a needle-free anaesthetic system available to replace certain injections in those that may fear needles. If you do feel anxious going to the dentist, please let us know when you call and we can discuss a solution to ensure you’re as calm and relaxed as possible.
Should I stop brushing and/or flossing if it is causing my gums to bleed?
In most cases, gums only bleed when touched by your brush or floss if they are inflamed. Gums become inflamed when there is a build-up of soft plaque and hard calculus on your teeth. It may be a sign of the presence of gingivitis or more severe gum disease. You should see a dentist for a clean to remove the plaque and calculus build-up and for instruction on how to improve your oral hygiene. That’s why we recommend an exam and clean every 6 months to keep your gums healthy.
I clean my teeth at home, why does a dentist need to do it?
The soft plaque that forms on your teeth is quickly hardened by minerals in your saliva. These hard deposits are called calculus and can’t be removed at home simply by brushing and flossing. We use special equipment to remove calculus effectively. If calculus is left, over time it will cause gum disease resulting in bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, pain and the need to remove teeth. No matter how well you brush, calculus inevitably forms and so we recommend a clean every 6 months.
Can the condition of my teeth and gums affect my general health?
You better believe it. Research shows that oral health has an influence on systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, premature labour and low birth weights. In addition, poor oral health can lead to eating difficulties, malnutrition and reduced self-confidence and mental wellbeing. Likewise, systemic factors such as diabetes, medications and smoking can affect your teeth and gums. That’s why it’s importance for your general health to maintain good oral health and vice-versa.
What causes tooth decay?
Decay is caused by bacteria in the soft plaque that forms on your teeth after each meal. Acids produced by these bacteria erode the tooth surface and cause a “hole”. Factors that increase your risk of decay include: poor oral hygiene; a diet high in sugary and acidic foods and drinks; dry mouth; certain medications; and smoking. If left undetected, decay increases in size until it causes pain and infects the tooth’s nerve. A 6 monthly exam helps to ensure early detection and treatment of decay.
Why is it sometimes necessary to have x-rays when I visit the dentist?
Radiographs, or x-rays, enable your dentist to see hard tissues that are not visible in the mouth such as the support bone and internal layers of the teeth. As such, x-rays may be required by your dentist for the timely detection of conditions such as decay, gum disease, abscess and other pathologies. Most commonly, we recommend a set of x-rays every 2 years for general screening purposes. Additionally, a more specific x-ray may be required if you present with symptoms.
I’ve got private health cover.
Great! We’ve got Hicaps so you can claim for all major health funds, on the spot. We offer maximum rebates for BUPA and HCF members.
What are you payment options?
We accept cash, cheques, EFTPOS and all major credit cards including American Express. We also accept the Medicare Teen Dental Vouchers and Veteran Affairs.