FAQ's

The food and drink that you consume usually contain sugars and the bacteria in your mouth can use these sugars to live. Some of these bacteria are growing on your teeth and this is called plaque. When the bacteria have used the sugars they excrete acid as a by-product and it is this acid that dissolves enamel and can cause tooth decay if not treated.

Proper cleaning with a tooth brush and dental floss plus a proper balanced diet with out too much processed sugar can prevent tooth decay.

When you are younger your teeth have more enamel on them and enamel is naturally white in colour. Underneath the enamel layer is a layer of dentine and this has a yellowy brown colour. This layer grows as you age and the enamel layer gets thinner due to wear from eating and drinking. This is why your teeth start to look darker and more yellow.

Luckily, most people are suitable for tooth whitening, a simple process that brings the colour back to a more youthful look.

In most cases YES! Most teeth have gone darker because of natural aging processes and these changes can be reversed with a simple whitening process. If you have crowns or veneers on your teeth, they would need to be assessed as to the suitability of whitening for you. Some staining from medication taken as a child may make whitening difficult.
For most people a 6 monthly check and clean by a dentist is the correct frequency. This allows the dentist to check for any loose or cracked fillings, check on your cleaning habits and to remove any disease causing plaque and calculus on your teeth. For some people, 3 months cleans may be needed, for others 12 months may be OK but your dentist can advise you the correct timing for your mouth.

Bleeding gums usually indicates that you have gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) The most common reason for gums to bleed when you brush you teeth from a lack of flossing between your teeth causing the gum between your teeth to swell up and to bleed readily if touched as when a toothbrush bristle touches it.

Proper hygiene will solve this and your dentist can advise you how you could improve this.

 

If you are having sensitivity with a tooth it would be best to consult with a dentist as there are many possible causes that could be presenting as sensitivity. The 3 most common causes are a missing filling, tooth decay or gum recession. It is often difficult for a patient to work out the exact cause so a visit to a dentist is well worth while to prevent further problems later on.

Possible solutions may be as simple as changing your tooth brush and toothpaste, so don’t delay, give us a call.

There are several ways that gaps can be closed to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Orthodontic treatment may be an option, especially if the teeth are also crooked. If you were considering a more immediate correction, veneers may be an option. These can either be in composite or porcelain and would be a good option if the colour or shape of the teeth was also unaesthetic.

For a simple gap with the teeth having a good shape and colour, most likely some simple bonding could be done. Examples of veneers are in our before and after gallery.

When a baby is born, the deciduous (baby) teeth are forming under the gum and will commence to erupt at various times, sometimes surprisingly early. It is a good habit at bath time to introduce the concept of “mouth washing” even if there are no teeth. Run the washer gently over the gums to give the baby the idea that this is a regular part of cleaning.

As the teeth start to come through, continue to use the washer and progress on to a soft piece of gauze. After a few months a very soft baby tooth brush can be introduced with little fuss. At first use no tooth paste as this can cause anxiety. It is probably best to wait until the child can spit out before you use any paste on the brush.

Bleeding gums usually indicates that you have gingivitis ( inflammation of the gums) The most common reason for gums to bleed when you brush you teeth from a lack of flossing between your teeth causing the gum between your teeth to swell up and to bleed readily if touched as when a toothbrush bristle touches it.

Proper hygiene will solve this and your dentist can advise you how you could improve this.

If you are having sensitivity with a tooth it would be best to consult with a dentist as there are many possible causes that could be presenting as sensitivity. The 3 most common causes are a missing filling, tooth decay or gum recession. It is often difficult for a patient to work out the exact cause so a visit to a dentist is well worth while to prevent further problems later on.

Possible solutions may be as simple as changing your tooth brush and toothpaste, so don’t delay, give us a call.

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