How often should I visit the dentist?

For most people, we recommend a visit to the dentist every six months. Regular check-ups and cleans are key to maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile and optimal oral health! We are able to identify early signs of decay, gum disease, and other dental related issues, and potentially save you from a costly, more invasive treatment.

When should I start bringing my children 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 you feel your child is ready to visit the dentist. Your child’s first visit should be a fun and positive experience, and an opportunity to get used to the environment, meet their dentist, and sit in the chair.

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.

How often should I brush my teeth?

To ensure happy, healthy teeth, we recommend brushing twice a day for approximately two minutes – that’s once in the morning, and once at night.

Why is it important to floss?

Brushing your teeth only covers approximately 60% of your teeth’s surfaces. Flossing helps to care for all areas of your mouth by allowing you to remove plaque and bacteria from the narrow spaces in between your teeth and down to your gumline. This can prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

Why does my breath smell bad?

One of the main causes of bad breath is inadequate dental hygiene. The first – and best – step to combatting bad breath is good oral hygiene habits. If you brush and floss regularly and still suffer from bad breath, we recommend you discuss this with your dentist to further evaluate the cause and possible treatment options.

I have a tooth ache. What should I do?

It is always best to visit the dentist as soon as you notice something doesn’t feel right, as this gives us the best possible chance of providing a simple and cost-effective solution. We allocate specific times throughout the day to deal with dental emergencies and in cases that these times have been filled, we will be as flexible as possible and endeavour to provide some relief that day.

Is Floss Family Dental a preferred provider for my health fund?

Floss is a preferred provider for the HCF More for Teeth Program. We – of course – accept all other private health insurances, you may just find there is a gap for your treatment.

Does Floss Family Dental bulk bill?

Floss bulk bills for children aged 2 – 17 who are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme. Eligible families receive a letter confirming their eligibility from Medicare. Click here for more information on this schedule, or to check your eligibility.