Frequently Asked Questions
How should I choose a dentist. What should I look for?
Choosing a dentist is a very personal decision. What suits one person may not suit another person. Word of mouth is usually a very reliable source of information. Ask around the local area at chemists, doctors, or friends and family etc Ensure the practice is adhering to the latest standards of ethics and infection control standards as set out by the Dental Board of Australia. (AHPRA)
Are dental x-rays safe ?
Dental x-rays or radiographs have predominantly evolved into the digital world in current times. We utilize digital radiography which uses a fraction of the exposure times of conventional film and are immediately processed and uploaded into the patient file within seconds. This allows for minimal radiation exposure to the patient and also eliminated the need for chemicals in the processing process.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. Some natural sources of fluoride are brewed tea, canned fish, cooked kale and spinach, apples and some city water contains fluoride, so by drinking tap water you will acquire fluoride. The lack of exposure to fluoride places individuals of any age at risk for dental decay. Fluoride is important to dental health because it helps prevent tooth decay by making the enamel outer portion of the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in the mouth.
Is fluoride safe?
Choose a dentist is a very personal decision. What suits one peron may not suit another person. Word of mount is usually a very reliable source of information. Ask around the local area at chemists, doctor, or friends and family etc Ensure, the practice is adhering to the latest standards of ethics
Do whitening toothpastes work ?
While there are numerous options available on supermarket shelves, not all whitening toothpastes are created equally. It’s the active ingredients that make the real difference in how effectively the products whiten. Toothpastes contain mild abrasives that include can include ingredients such as magnesium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides and calcium carbonate. Abrasives can remove surface stains that could cause yellowing in order to reveal a whiter, brighter smile. Again, it comes down to different people experiencing different results. Whitening toothpastes can be used for surface stain removal. They do not replace professional cleaning (which can remove stains and built-up tartar).
Is there such a thing as “chalky” teeth?
People sometimes refer to their teeth as being “soft” or “chalky”. Frosty white, mottled grey, dappled yellow and many more forms of “chalky” looking teeth. This can sometimes be the case; Enamel Hypoplasia is becoming more frequent in children and adolescents. This is a deformity in enamel formation on the tooth. These Hypoplastic teeth are characterised as looking yellow and dappled or mottled in appearance. Common in 6 year old molars in children. But can be seen in any adult tooth. These teeth need careful monitoring as they are much “softer” as they have less protective hard enamel shell than a normally developed tooth. More often than not diet and lifestyle factors, some auto-immune diseases ie: diabetes can pre-dispose or increase susceptibility to dental diseases such as periodontal disease or dental decay rather than the teeth being “soft” or “chalky”.
Is it true that your impacted wisdom teeth can make your front teeth crooked?
There is a great deal of force required to “push” several teeth sideways through the hard bone that holds these teeth. There are no studies to prove that front teeth can become “crooked” due to erupting or impacted wisdom teeth. There can be other reasons for front teeth to become crooked as we age and they can be – forces from biting, how the teeth touch together and malocclusions ie: cross bites or habits ie: chewing on pens
Why is flossing just as important as brushing?
There are 5 sides to every tooth. The front and back, the 2 sides and the chewing surface. When we brush our teeth we can access the sides and chewing surface of the tooth but not the front and back which are usually tightly up against the teeth either side. Flossing is very important to “scrape” off the sticky plaque that has formed in between the teeth. This plaque is not removable using a toothbrush alone. If this plaque is not removed it can start to eat away at the enamel and form a hole over time.
Why is it best to get to the dentist “before” your tooth starts to hurt?
In many cases by the time a tooth is painful it usually has a nerve problem which can mean a great deal of time and expense required to do major treatment in the way of Root Canal etc. If you notice that your tooth has a hole in it or that a tooth is painful on and off then it is always advisable to get it checked by a dentist in the first instance. A straight forward filling is much less expensive and time consuming than having advanced major work or even perhaps needing to have the tooth extracted.
Why do my gums bleed?
Bleeding gums or “gingivitis” is a sign of inflammation. Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling of your gums. Because gingivitis can be mild, you may not be aware that you have the condition. But it’s important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease (periodontitis) and eventual tooth loss. The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Good oral health habits, such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups, can help prevent gingivitis.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is the loss of jaw bone around your teeth and is caused by bacteria in your mouth. This is an irreversible process. If too much bone is lost your teeth will become loose and will be lost. Persons with periodontal disease have too many bacteria around their teeth for their immune system to cope with. These bacteria cover the roots of your teeth in a “biofilm” layer and are above and below the gumline….in the gum pocket around your teeth. Usually, rough deposits of calculus (tartar) make complete removal of these bacteria with your toothbrush at home impossible without professional help. Below are some useful Links:
- Private Health Funds – understand the financials of dental work, Medicare and your health fund
- Medicare CBDS
- Payments and Cancellations – Our payments accepted and cancellation policy
- Australian Dental Association
- Oral B
- Erskine Dental Oral Care Products. We use and recommend the Pikster product range!