We have put together a list of frequently asked questions for patients and prospective patients to peruse. Take a look to see if we have answered your questions. If we haven’t, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can address all your questions and concerns.
You can remove plaque thoroughly from all surfaces by daily brushing and flossing. Use a fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily because fluoride acts against the destruction of the tooth surface by acids. It also reduces the loss of minerals from the tooth and promotes repair of early decay.
We cater to anxious patients so that you can get the smile of your dreams no matter what with a range of treatments that are designed for anxious patients. We also offer a range of anaesthetic options including nitrous oxide and more.
Watch out for these early warning signs:
- Your gums are tender and swollen or red
- Your gums bleed when you brush or floss
- You can’t get rid of bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
If you think you might have gum disease, visit your dentist straight away for a professional examination and cleaning. If caught early enough, gum disease can usually be controlled.
While there’s no fail-safe procedure that will ensure you keep all your teeth as you age you can improve your changes by regularly brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting the dentist. Dental hygiene is the only way to ensure that you maintain your teeth for as long as possible.
Root canal treatment can save a tooth as well as preventing the other oral health problems associated with tooth loss and infection. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, root canal treatment is no more painful that getting a filling.
There are a number of situations where the use of radiographs (x-rays) is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment. This is because often times the problem with the tooth cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Here are a few things radiographs are used for:
- Locating the source of toothaches
- Determining where decay is hiding
- Assessing whether the underlying bone has been damages by gum disease
- Locating wisdom teeth if they are developed and seeing if they have impacted
- Determining the length and shape of the roots for root canal therapy
- Monitoring the success of a root canal treatment
The human eye cannot see the areas where many dental problems first begin. Radiographs however can reveal what is happening beyond the surface of the tooth and under the gums.
A cavity is a pit or hole on the surface of the tooth that is caused by the acids produced by bacteria. The protective top layer of the tooth, called enamel, tends to soften over time, causing a hole to be left on the tooth. The softening of enamel is called decay.
Tooth decay occurs when foods rich in carbohydrates and sugars, get lodged in the spaces between your teeth and are not properly removed by means of proper brushing and regular flossing. The bacteria in your mouth produces acids which eat away the tooth enamel, forming cavities. If left untreated, the cavities can become larger, eventually destroying the entire tooth.
- Certain foods and drinks: Foods that tend to get stuck in your teeth contribute to tooth decay. Sugars, starchy foods, milk, honey, raisins and honey promote the build-up of plaque.
- Having receding gums: With receding gums, plaque can form near the roots of your teeth not protected by enamel. This makes your teeth more susceptible to decay and cavities.
- Snacking at regular intervals: Regardless of the kinds of food you eat, frequent snacking gives the acid in your mouth more time to cause damage. It is therefore, best, to brush after each snack/meal.