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Dental FAQs

How often do I need to see the dentist?

We recommend a check up and clean every six months so we can spot any problem areas before they become more serious. Having a regular professional teeth clean and polish removes the plaque that accumulates on the teeth, eventually causing decay.

How do I know if my teeth are healthy?

Chipped, cracked or discoloured teeth, bleeding gums, bad breath and tooth or jaw pain are all indicators of unhealthy teeth. We highly recommend you to arrange a dental assessment with us so we can address the cause.

How can I improve my oral hygiene?

In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, we encourage flossing and brushing minimum twice daily. Eating a healthy diet which limits sugary food and soft drinks can also help.

Do I really need x-rays?

X-rays enable your dentist to detect decay between and inside your teeth, and so are a valuable tool in preventative and diagnostic dentistry.

We recommend having bitewing x-rays taken at least every couple of years, to detect any changes within the teeth. If you have a problem with a specific tooth, a peri-apical x-ray (PA) can be taken which looks directly at that particular tooth and its roots.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, or a loose lower denture, dental implants may be right for you, but there are many aspects to consider. The health and condition of your gums and bone play a major role in the decision process. That’s because, without the healthy structure in place, the implants will not be able to thrive. If you would like to speak to us about implants, please make an appointment with Dr. Moore.

At what age should I start bringing my child to the dentist?

Whilst every child is different, some may develop teeth quickly and need to see a dentist as early as six months old. It is important to create good oral habits as soon as possible. Seeing a dentist regularly for check up and cleans is a key part of ensuring these habits form successfully. Familiarising your child with the dental environment from an early age can also be paramount to preventing ‘dentist anxiety’. This can be as simple as bringing your child with you to your appointments from an early age.

Should I be concerned about the safety of tooth whitening?

Teeth whitening is rising in its popularity and so discussion about its safety is warranted.

What are the main teeth whitening products? How effective and safe are they?
Each product makes different claims about the results they can achieve. So, let’s examine the main types of teeth whitening products currently available and how safe each one is: over-the-counter whitening products, take-home whitening kits and in-chair whitening.

  1. Whitening toothpastes are available at supermarkets and pharmacies and are typically more expensive than regular ones. In most cases, these can help to slow down the effects of staining, but their ability to change the shade of your teeth is debatable. The results are generally not as predictable or uniform as the two methods discussed below and as a result they can deliver a less natural looking whiteness. The minimal colour change that these products can produce can also mean that people can over use them. This continual application can damage the tooth’s enamel, particularly when using more abrasive whitening toothpastes. However, these over-the counter whitening solutions remain the most affordable methods.
  2. Take-home whitening kits provided by dentists involves wearing custom-made bleach trays or guards that you place small dollops of bleaching agents into for each use. The most common ingredient in these products is hydrogen peroxide or carbonate peroxide. These kits contain a low-concentration peroxide agent which means you are able to use them at home once approved by a dentist. This low-concentration means you will require more instances of treatments in order to achieve the same whitening result as a highly concentrated gel solution, but this does not make this treatment option any less safe.
  3. In-chair tooth whitening is the best solution if you want instant teeth whitening. This involves the dentist coating your teeth with hydrogen peroxide gel and then shining a high-intensity light source over the top to enhance the whitening process. Hydrogen peroxide is the primary active ingredient responsible for the lightening and whitening effect. This professionally applied gel contains a higher hydrogen peroxide concentration than the take-home bleaching agent – from 25% to 40%. Dentists are the only professionals authorised to handle gels solutions with the higher hydrogen peroxide concentrations (such as Zoom!TM in-chair teeth whitening). As licensed healthcare practitioners, dentists are required to follow stringent safety protocols, including employing gum and lip shields when applying the gels so that the soft tissues in your mouth are protected from burns caused by the highly concentrated gel solution. This strict adherence to safety requirements is what makes teeth whitening in a dental surgery, particularly as opposed to in any other business, the safest option.

To find out more about the tooth whitening solutions we offer click here.