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Frequently asked questions

Do I really need to floss?

There’s no escaping it. The best way to look after your teeth is daily with dental floss. It clears food and plaque from between your teeth and below the gumline.

What are early signs of dental trouble?

Visit a dentist if you, or anyone in your family have any of these issues

  • Mouth sores
  • Jaw pain
  • Redness
  • Swollen face or gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Broken teeth
  • Dry mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

 

Getting checked out right away prevents more serious problems and infections.

Does a rinse or mouthwash help?

Mouthwashes for cavity protection, sensitivity, and fresh breath help when used regularly alongside brushing and flossing. It cannot replace a good daily dental routing though. Speak to our dentists who can recommend the best one for you and your family.

 

Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?

Yes. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill any patient forms.

Why are regular dental assessments so important?

Regular dental check-ups are a chance for your dentist to have a good look at your teeth, mouth and gums, to detect any early problems. In the longterm this can save you money, time, and discomfort. Bigger issues like gum disease can have consequences to your overall health if they aren’t addressed early enough.

In a check up you will receive a professional clean from your dentist reducing the chance of future dental issues.

Did you know almost 50% of Australian children experience tooth decay by age 12 and almost 90% of tooth loss is preventable with proper dental care1 

1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Chrisopoulos S & Harford JE 2013. Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures 2012. Cat. no. DEN 224. Canberra: AIHW.

 

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