Q How often should I see my dentist for a check-up?
A At Nundah Village Dental we recommend you see a dentist every six months. People that attend regular dental checks have been shown to have up to 60% less decay than irregular attenders. At your regular check up our dentists don’t just check for any problems with your teeth and gums. We like to make your there are no problems with your jaw. We check for oral cancer. We try to help you with any issues that affect your mouth and can discuss options to get you into the best dental shape you can be.
Q How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
A A professional clean from a dentist every six months in essential for most people to maintain healthy gums. Your gums attach to the teeth like a tight collar on your shirt. The tartar that builds up on our teeth between cleans causes damage to your gums and if left unattended too long causes gum disease where the collar becomes loose and the jawbone becomes infected. We all build up tartar at different rates and on occasion your dentist may recommend more frequent visits. This helps keep your teeth for life.
Q At what age should I bring my child for their first dental appointment?
A We would like to see mum while she is pregnant and discuss all the preventive measures available to avoid problems in the first place. Your child should see a dentist from when the first teeth erupt, with a full examination by the age of 2 and every 6 months after that. All children visits are highly discounted and most people in a health fund will have little or no gap to pay for children visits. We believe in maintaining dental health for life and they key to achieving this is prevention. Too often we don’t see children until they are in pain or due to trauma to the mouth which requires treatment. Getting your child familiar with the dentist from a young will aid in them having a positive experience if ever they require treatment.
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Q What is a fissure sealant?
A A fissure seal or sealant is a preventive treatment done to seal over the deepest grooves on the biting surface of our teeth. It stops germs sticking and growing in these grooves and prevents decay in the adult teeth by over 80%. We aim to place sealants over the six year old molars as soon as they have erupted though the gum and again when the twelve years old molars are present.
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Q How often do I need to brush my teeth?
A You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. More than 90% of dental decay is preventable! Studies show one of the most dramatic differences in outcome regardless of diet, health, type to toothbrush etc. is that those that brush more than 2 minutes have less gum disease and decay compared to those that brush less than 2 minutes. We brush our teeth to remove food and bacteria from our mouth. Bacteria eat the sugars in the foods and drink we consume which creates acid that dissolves our teeth and eventually causes a hole or cavity in your tooth. These bacteria are anaerobic – that is, they die in oxygen! so brushing and flossing gets oxygen in between the teeth and kills the harmful bugs. If you have fixed braces on you should brush your teeth after every meal.
Q Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?
A Yes! We recommend electric toothbrushes to patients for three main reasons- they have a two minute timer to make you think about how long you are brushing, a smaller head to reach difficult to get to areas, and they do not need to use a scrubbing action which helps reduce over-brushing habits that damage your teeth. They are also great for people with physical issues that can’t brush well.
Q How often should I floss my teeth?
A Everyone needs to floss their teeth once a day. It is important to floss every gap! Bacteria causing decay and gum disease die in oxygen – flossing gets oxygen between your teeth!
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Q Why do my teeth bleed when I brush?
A. Many people believe that bleeding gums means they are brushing too hard. Gums bleed because you have not been cleaning that particular area well enough and they are infected. Bacteria or plaque form the white fuzzy film that is left on your teeth when you have not brushed for a while. This infects the gums and causes them to become red and sometimes tender to touch. If not treated this will damage not only the gums but the jaw bone and your teeth can loosen or fall out. You should see a dentist if you notice bleeding.
Q Are you a preferred provider?
A No. We choose not to participate or become contracted to any particular health insurance companies. We feel it is more important for us to offer quality treatment to our patients and this can become compromised with preferred providers as the insurance company dictates what they will pay the dentist for the treatment. We don’t want to take short cuts that prevent us doing a fantastic job. We do have HICAPS which enables us to be able to process your claim on the spot leaving you with only the gap payment.
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Q How much will my health insurance pay for my dental treatment?
A As everybody has different health insurance providers and are covered under different policies it is near impossible for us to know how much they will contribute to your treatment. However at the end of your regular check up appointment if you require further dental work you will receive a printed out treatment plan from your dentist. On this plan will be all the individual item numbers for the planned treatment and you can then contact your insurance provider to see how much they will contribute to the treatment. Some funds allow us to give you a quote of what they will pay from our HICAPS machine. Ask our friendly reception staff.
Q How do I make an appointment?
A Please call our reception team on (07) 3260 6200 or alternatively you can email us at email@example.com
Q Do I need to have a check up before whitening my teeth?
A Yes. We recommend all patients see a dentist for a check up prior to bleaching their teeth. Not all teeth are suitable for bleaching and it is important to have you teeth assessed prior to commencing. It is essential for any active decay to be treated prior to whitening. It is also recommended to have a professional clean before whitening to remove any existing staining and chalky deposits (tartar) from your teeth as this can interfere with how well the product works.
Q Is your tooth whitening done at home or in the chair?
A At home. Research has shown that the safest way to bleach teeth is with a take home system from a dentist.
Q How long will it take to whiten my teeth?
A Most patients receive a result they are happy with in 2-4 weeks of home bleaching. Some teeth that are more yellow due to ageing can take longer. It is important to attend any review appointments with your dentist to monitor how your individual treatment is progressing.
Q I have heard laser tooth whitening is more effective is this true?
A Only for specific cases. Home bleaching may take longer but the results are generally just as effective as chair laser treatments.
Q What mouthguard do you recommended for contact sports?
A Custom made mouthguards from a dentist have be shown to provide up to5 times greater protection and comfort than a chemist bought ‘boil and bite’ guard.
Q How often does a mouthguard need to be replaced?
A Children aged between 4-18 years old should test the fit of their mouthguard at the beginning of every game. As children lose and gain new teeth and their jaws grow their mouthguard will need to be adjusted by the dentist or on occasion remade. This is much like them growing out of new shoes. We warranty and will remake mouthguards for children that have outgrown them within twelve months. With adults, the teeth and jaw bone are fully developed so adjustments during a sporting season to maintain the fit is less likely. We recommended bringing your mouthguard to your regular checks so the dentist can assess if the guard needs any adjustments.
Q Will my health insurance contribute towards the cost of a mouthguard?
A Most health insurance providers will contribute something towards a mouthguard to find out exactly what they will pay you will need to contact them directly with the item number.
Q I heard you do group discount mouthguard afternoons, is the correct?
A. Yes. Early in the year we offer limited afternoons where we reduce the cost of mouthguards by 50%. The discounted mouthguards are subject to appointment availability. Towards the beginning of the calendar year we release the date for the group discount afternoons. If you would like to be added to our emailing list and be notified about the deal please email us with your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q How long will my filling last?
A How long a filling lasts is very dependent on the environment it is in. Everything has a lifespan dependant on how much tooth is left, what kind of foods you consume, how well you brush and maintain your teeth, and how well the filling is placed. Most white resin fillings last about 10 years but in a healthy well maintained mouth may last over 20 years. Fillings can need replacing sooner in people that brush poorly, eat a high sugar or acidic diet, or grind their teeth a lot. You should see a dentist every 6 months to have your existing fillings checked.
If you didn’t find the answer to your question or you want more information on something you have read please call our friendly reception team on 07 3260 6200, send us an email at email@example.com or to submit your question to Dr Marc Miller click here.