How often should I visit the dentist?
We recommend that patients visit us on a regular
six monthly basis for an examination and clean, as the earlier our dentists identify any problems
the less difficult and expensive they are to treat.
In the examination we look for new cavities, broken
fillings and potential problem areas.
2. When should I
bring my child to the dentist for their first
We recommend that children be brought to the dentist
when all of their baby teeth have erupted. We
suggest that children accompany a parent along
to a regular check up where they can see you in
the chair and understand that it is not a bad
experience. On a child’s first visit we
offer to take them for a “ride” in
our special chair and together count how many
teeth they have. This is often sufficient for
a first visit to the dentist. In the child’s
next appointment (6 months later) we may give
their teeth a clean and have a closer look.
How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
Children and adults should both brush at least twice
a day and floss once a day. Children often find it very
difficult to brush their teeth by themselves, so it
is a good idea to let them brush their teeth first,
followed by a thorough brush by yourself, to instill
good habits early in their lives.
4. How should I brush
my teeth and what sort of toothbrush should I use?
Teeth should be brushed from gum to tooth in an upwards
or downwards motion around the mouth, using a fluoride
toothpaste. Avoid sideways scrubbing as this can cause
toothbrush abrasion, causing teeth to become very sensitive
around the gum line. A soft bristle brush is always
best to use as they are gentle on the teeth. Electric
toothbrushes are fabulous with many different models
available with extra features like pressure sensors
and timers making tooth brushing that little bit easier.
5. I have a fear of the
dentist, is it painful to have a filling?
Dentistry has changed considerably over the years, and technology
has allowed us to make dentistry as quick and pain free
as possible. Our dentists are very gentle and understand
your fears, enabling us to provide you with expert dentistry
and a pleasant experience. If required, we will anaesthetise
the area of your mouth needing work which will enable
you to undertake pain free treatment.
6. How can I prevent cavities?
• Brush twice a day with a fluoride tooth paste and
floss once a day.
• Limit the intake of sugars and eat a balanced
diet. Limit snacking.
• Children should never be sent to bed with a
bottle or drink of juice or cordial as sugars left on
teeth overnight will quickly attack teeth.
• Visit a dentist on a regular basis.