How often should I visit the dentist?
The benefits of visiting your dentist regularly are significant. It's advised you visit your dentist every 6 months. We're always accepting new patients at The Dental Practice, so please call our friendly if it is time for your check-up.
I brush my teeth constantly but still have bad breath, what can I do?
Brushing and flossing are definitely the first steps to eliminating bad breath. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria responsible for creating bad breath (odorous sulphur compounds) by removing the food particles they feed on. However, bacteria hide not only on and around the teeth but also on the tongue under a layer of mucous. Here they are free to create odours.
The oral bacteria in the mouth are the root of most dental problems, with several different types of bacteria in the mouth at any one time. So the next time you brush and floss your teeth, remember that you need to clean not only food and debris, but remove this bacteria as well.If you concerned about your bad breath, it could be time for a check-up. Call us today to book an appointment.
What is the best way to prevent gum disease?
Conscientious removal of plaque by flossing, brushing and regular professional cleanings will help minimise your risk of gum disease. Read more about gum disease here.
Why is oral health important?
Research suggests the oral bacteria in your mouth, causing gum inflammation and gum disease, may correlate to other general health problems you suffer from. It is now believed that heart disease, clogged arteries and increased risk of stroke are all conditions with can be exacerbated by infections in the mouth. Find out more about what foods can protect your teeth and gums here.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is an appliance permanently fixed in the mouth to replace missing teeth. It uses remaining teeth to support the new artificial tooth or teeth, normally with crowns on either side of the missing tooth.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns (also sometimes referred to as ‘dental caps’ or ‘tooth caps’) cover over and encase the tooth on which they are cemented. Dentists use crowns when rebuilding broken or decayed teeth, as a way to strengthen teeth and as method to help improve the appearance of a tooth. The type of crown your dentist recommends will depend on the tooth involved and on your preference.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease or gum disease as it is commonly known, is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. If plaque is not regularly removed, it calcifies into a rough, porous deposit called calculus, or tartar. By-products of bacterial metabolism irritate the gums, making them red, tender, swollen and more prone to bleeding.
If you have further questions that we haven't answered here, please feel free to contact our friendly front desk team on (02) 6331 3699.