Identity Dentistry Services

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.