FAQ

How often should I visit the dentist?

For most people, dentists recommend having a cleaning and checkup twice a year – every six months, to be precise. However, depending on your specific oral health needs, we may recommend you visit us more often than that.

What age should a child start visiting the dentist?

As recommended by ADA (Australian Dental Association) when your baby’s first tooth becomes visible or they reach 12 months old – whichever comes first.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

As recommended by ADA (Australian Dental Association) brush twice a day and floss once a day.

How do you prevent cavities?

Brush your teeth twice a day with a Flouride toothpaste and floss once a day. Watch what you eat. Avoid sugary and starchy food and if you do consume them brush or floss.

Should I replace old metal fillings?

Generally, replacing metal dental fillings for cosmetic reasons should only be done after careful consideration and if your dentist feels it won’t compromise the long-term health of your teeth.

Why do my gums bleed when I brush?

Bleeding gums are caused by inadequate plaque removal. Plaque contains germs which attack the healthy tissue around the teeth. If plaque build-up occurs, gums become inflamed and irritated, which may cause them to bleed when brushing or flossing. This is called gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease.

Why should I get my teeth cleaned regularly?

Regular dental visits are important because they help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. During the dental check up, your dental professional will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas. During the cleaning, your dental professional will remove any plaque and tartar buildup and may polish your teeth.

Why do i need to X-ray my teeth?

Dental X-rays (radiographs) are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your oral health. These X-rays are used with low levels of radiation to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums. This can help your dentist to identify problems, like cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth.

What can I do if I'm scared of visiting the dentist?

You’re not alone in feeling this way. A considerable amount of research has been done on this and modern dentists are trained to make you feel comfortable and discuss your fears of receving dental care.

Talk to us. We are happy to answer all your questions and guide you through our process every step of the way.