At what age should I start bringing my child to see the dentist?

Children's Dental care helps your child develop good oral habits from an early age. We recommended children begin visiting the dentist at the age of 2.

Will regular cleanings help detect and prevent gum disease?

Yes. Regular dental visits are an essential part of taking care of your general health. The hygienist and dentist will determine what your treatment needs are. Regular cleanings will assist with early detection and prevention of gum related issues, including Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the initial phase of gum disease; the signs of gingivitis are red gums which bleed when brushed and flossed; it is reversible with good oral hygiene and treatment by your dental hygienist. Prevention has always been the motto of the dental community, and this is where it starts with gum disease.

Does gum disease cause bad breath?

Yes. There can be other reasons to have bad breath, but if you have gum disease, you will have bad breath.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Each patient’s needs are different. The hygienist and dentist will determine what your treatment needs are. In a well-maintained, healthy mouth, 6-month infection control cleanings are standard. Some patients will require a shortened interval.

What is a “deep cleaning”?

A deep cleaning is referring to more advanced forms of cleaning when the dental hygienist needs to clean bacteria, tarter and other debride that has built up under the gumline.

Should I use a hard or soft toothbrush?

It is essential to use a soft bristle toothbrush. Hard toothbrushes can do extensive damage to the tooth and gum surface. Together with flossing, a gentle circular brushing motion along the gum line and on the tooth surface is all that is required to remove plaque.

How often should children visit the dentist?

As for adults, all children should visit the dentist every six months. This will allow the child to become accustomed to a regular dental routine where they can be educated about taking responsibility for their dental health and the dental professional can monitor any changes or concerns.

Can I use mouth rinse instead of floss?

No. Mouth rinse is a great adjunctive treatment for some higher risk patients but it does not clean between our teeth in the same way as what floss does. Bacteria within plaque are protected and highly resistant to any removal agents. Flossing allows us to disrupt the plaque film, exposing the bacteria and allowing easy removal.

How often should I floss my teeth?

No different to brushing, flossing is required twice a day to keep our teeth and gums healthy. Plaque accumulation between our teeth can not be removed in any other wary. Gently slipping the floss between our teeth and stroking all the way down the tooth to just below the gum level allows us to loosen the plaque film which can then further be disrupted while we brush. Make sure to floss behind your furthest back tooth as this area is often missed.

Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?

When used properly great results can be achieved with both an electric and a manual toothbrush. However cleaning well with an electric toothbrush is easier and can help prevent harsh brushing that may damage teeth and gums. Electric toothbrushes are also a great aid when trying to encourage children to brush their teeth well.

What are sealants?

Your Dentist may recommend sealants at any point of your child’s dental development. Sealants are a non-invasive method to protect teeth which may be prone to cavity formation. This can be due to poor enamel quality or deep grooves on teeth. Several material options are available and your Dentist will select the correct option for the particular scenario.

Should baby teeth be flossed?

Yes. Like adult teeth, baby teeth can often be positioned close to one another causing plaque accumulation in between which can lead to cavities. It is also beneficial to introduce flossing habits early on and encourage it to become a habit.

What will the dentist do when I take my two year old for their first visit?

At two years of age many baby teeth are already present. Your Dentist will gently try to have a look at all of these teeth and make sure there is no early reason for concern. It will also be an opportunity to answer any question you as a parent may have regarding dietary and oral hygiene habits. Your Dentist will also take some time to introduce your toddler to a few of the components of the dental chair.

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