How often should I visit the dentist?
For most people, a regular check-up with your dentist is recommended every 6 months. Regular dental
check-ups are important in maintaining your oral health, and will assist in the early identification of tooth
decay, gum disease, and other dental related issues. Identifying any problems early will ultimately reduce
the cost and discomfort that may be associated with dental treatments.
When should I start bringing my child to the dentist?
Teaching your child about the importance of oral health at an early age is extremely important, and will encourage a lifetime of healthy habits. As a parent, it is always best to trust your own instincts regarding whether or not your feel your child is ready to visit the dentist for the first time.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be stress-free and an opportunity for them to get used to the environment, meet their dentist, and sit in the chair. The team at Floss Family Dental employs a range of techniques to ensure your child has an enjoyable and memorable first experience at the dentist.
When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?
We recommend introducing a routine for brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as his or her first tooth appears. It is best to use a baby toothbrush to protect their teeth and gums. Toothpaste is not recommended for infants under 1 year of age, and after this stage, a children’s toothpaste should be used until your child reaches 6 years of age.
Why is flossing important?
Flossing is just as important as brushing in your daily oral health routine. Brushing alone will not remove plaque and debris from between your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
What is a crown?
A crown is like a precision made helmet that is specifically designed to fit over a prepared tooth. This is an ideal way to treat heavily filled, root canal treated, cracked, broken or worn teeth and helps to protect the tooth from further damage.
Placing a crown can dramatically increase the life of a tooth that you may feel is ready for the bin. They are made by a highly trained technical specialist in a laboratory using accurate models of your own teeth. This way the best fit, shape and bite is ensured.
What is root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment involves the nerve of a tooth being replaced by filling material and sealant. This treatment is necessary when the nerve of the tooth is irreversibly inflamed or dead.
Not all tooth aches need to end in a root canal treatment, and this is one of the reasons why we stress the importance of early intervention.
Not all teeth requiring root canal treatment will be painful. When the nerve of the tooth is dead, it is actually the buildup of infection under the tooth that causes the toothache. This may take some time to occur, and may not happen at all if an abscess (pimple on the side of the gum) has formed.
Having a root canal treatment will lead to the remaining tooth structure becoming brittle, and a crown is usually advised to protect what remains.
Why does my breath smell bad?
One of the main causes of bad breath is inadequate dental hygiene and the first step in combatting bad breath is to ensure good oral hygiene habits. If you brush and floss regularly and still suffer from bad breath, we recommend you discuss this with your dentist in order to further evaluate the cause and possible treatment options.
What should I do if I am scared of coming to the dentist?
At Floss Family Dental we find helping people work through and overcome their dental phobias very rewarding.
We understand that there are a wide variety of reasons for dental phobias and make sure that we take the time to understand your needs.
Dental technology and techniques are always advancing to become more patient friendly and we strive to remain at the forefront of these.
We have excellent communication and anaesthetic techniques to help make your visit as comfortable as possible.
At the first appointment we set aside 1 hour to evaluate your needs in a no stress, no obligation environment. We understand that finding the right team for you is very important and we are committed to helping you feel safe a well cared for.
I have a dental emergency. When can I be seen?
Tooth aches and dental emergencies can take a number of different forms, from broken teeth or dentures to painful and throbbing teeth. We know how debilitating toothaches can be and strive to resolve these problems as soon as possible.
We allocate specific time throughout the day to cater for unexpected emergencies, and in cases where these times have been filled, we will be as flexible as possible and endeavor to provide some relief that day.
In cases where further treatment is needed, the resolution of your dental emergency will be given top priority.
Is Floss Family Dental a preferred provider for my health fund?
Floss Family Dental is a preferred provider for HCF (More for Teeth Program).
Does Floss Family Dental bulk bill?
At Floss Family Dental, we bulk bill for children eligible through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (for children aged 2 – 17 years). Eligible families receive a letter confirming their eligibility from Medicare. Click here for more information on this schedule, or to check your eligibility.