How often should I see the dentist?
Usually every 6 months.
Bad breath is commonly a consequence of decayed teeth or unhealthy gums or both. One of our team can take all the necessary checks to find out for you and let you know how to resolve the problem.
Generally yes, dental x-rays are very safe. Often, dental x-rays have the same radiation exposure as eating several bananas or getting on a flight to Spain. There is always a risk, but usually this is outweighed by the benefit - the dentist should discuss this benefit with you.
A dental cavity is usually a hole in the tooth caused by tooth decay, which in turn is caused by certain bacteria in your mouth. A dental cavity may or may not be visible and maybe hidden within the tooth. The dentist will check your teeth and let you know if you have any cavities. Most cavities will need to be fixed, with a filling or metal or ceramic material, after removal of the decayed tooth.
It depends on the circumstance. Usually at home tooth whitening is the most effective and efficient way to whiten your teeth. To do this one of our hygienists or dentists will take impressions of your teeth and supply you with the custom made home whitening kit a week or so later.
Not only is the home whitening the best way to whiten your teeth, but you can also top up the whitening and control the colour of your teeth as you wish over many years.
In some cases tooth whitening treatment is not appropriate and other methods are required, such as veneers.
You should always have a check up and hygienist appointment before whitening your teeth.
We recommend that a child go to the dentist from age 1 or around six months after their first tooth comes through. Primary teeth begin growing from six months of age.