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Frequently Asked Questions

Regular dental visits are needed to promote good oral health and help prevent any major problems before they even occur.

It all starts with a general check-up and clean where your teeth will be cleaned with specifically designed tools by a dental hygienist, followed by a routine inspection by your dentist, and in some cases x-ray’s may be required to get a more detailed view of your mouth - they can also help to keep costs down by spotting the early signs.

X-rays are used by medical and dental experts to evaluate and treat patients. Medical and dental experts have studied the effects of x-rays for many years and have determined a set of safety parameter - which is what our dentist abide too at all times.

On average your dentist may take a new x-ray every 2 years, unless there is a need to determine a special problem.

Kids may need more x-rays than adults as their teeth are continuously adapting to their growth and can contract cavities more easily.

Getting around your teeth is an important part of keeping them healthy. Flossing helps to remove food build-up and plaque from the spaces between the teeth and the gum line.

Not flossing can cause the plaque to harden into tartar – which if left untreated can widen the space between teeth and gums. General floss is your best option, but floss picks and interdental brushes are an alternative option.

When combined with a regular brushing and flossing, mouthwash is used to help prevent cavities, reduce tooth sensitivity, and freshen your breath. Some people may need to use mouthwash twice-daily to maintain good oral health, and others may need alcohol-free mouthwash to deter a dry-mouth.

Speak to one of our expert practitioners and find out what mouthwash could be best for you.

Kids under 6 shouldn't use mouthwash to avoid the chance of them swallowing it.

Fluoride can help make your teeth stronger and prevent tooth decay over time. It is also important for kids to use a fluoride based toothpaste while brushing according to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) – making sure to take extra care not to swallow it.

Fillings are used to prevent the growth of cavities. Your dentist will numb the surrounding area before drilling around the cavity of your tooth to prepare it for the strong materials or composite. Once the composite is dry, it can last a for some time, but on occasions can break down and need replacing.

Sealants help to prevent cavities that form in the tiny cracks and holes found on the outside of your teeth. Kids between the ages of 6-12 can often benefit from sealants being applied to their rear teeth, or molars to prevent cavities from forming. Adults can too benefit from sealants on teeth that do not yet have fillings, to prevent against growing decay of enamel.

A dentist or dental assistant will apply a sealant in a single painless visit, and can last from 2-4 years on average.

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