Dental FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Care
Our dental FAQs are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive on a regular basis from our patients. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our frequently asked questions, then please feel free to contact us by telephone or email.
Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Health and Dental Care
How often should I visit my dentist?
Regular visits to the dentist are essential to maintain good oral health. A dental check-up enables our dentists to monitor your dental health and check for signs of diseases such as oral cancer. In addition, regular dental check-ups allow for early detection of many problems meaning simpler and less expensive dental treatment. An example is that in general, over a 6 month period, decay in a tooth has grown half a millimetre, gum disease can have already shrunken your gum by 1.5mm.
With this in mind, children, teens, and adults should visit the dentist at least twice a year. With specific dental problem maintenance such as gum disease, you might need to visit us every 3 months until the gum stabilises.
Why are my gums bleeding?
Fortunately, gum disease in its early stages can be easily reversed. Dental treatment often consists of regular scaling and root planing to remove plaque that’s stuck on your teeth. You will be shown how to improve your brushing and flossing skills too. We go through the best dental creams, toothpastes, mouthwashes and ingredients that we think are most suitable for you. With good dental care at home and regular visits to your dentist, your gums should soon return to normal.
What’s the best toothbrush to use, manual or electric?
If you’re regularly missing areas of plaque or have poor dexterity, then an electric toothbrush may be a better choice for you. However, we find that some patients who have moved on to using an electric toothbrush tend to lose their manual dexterity when they go back to their manual toothbrush. In these cases, we recommend using an electric toothbrush in the morning and a manual toothbrush at night.
Why is dentistry so expensive?
Think of it this way…for the cost of a night in a hotel, you could have a filling that will last you for 10 years or more, and you’ll be using this tooth hundreds of times every day. Now that’s what we call great value!
At what age should my child start visiting the dentist?
Why is oral health so important?
Hopefully, our dental FAQs have proved useful and addressed a few of your oral health concerns but if you want to know more, feel free to contact our team for further information.