FAQs

How often should I go to the dentist?

A regular dental check up is an essential part of your health regime. It is best to maintain a routine when going to the dentist by visiting every 6 months. You will benefit from regular dental visits along with your own regular cleaning and good oral hygiene which will result in good periodontal health.

Daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth is important as it removes plaque. If the plaque is not eliminated then it can continue to build up which will then feed on the food fragments left behind and can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

When plaque hardens it turns into calculus which is also known as ‘tartar’. As calculus forms near the gum line, the plaque beneath releases toxins causing the gums to become aggravated and inflamed. As a result of this irritation the gums can begin to pull away from the teeth and the gaps which have been created become infected. If gum disease is not treated quickly, the bone which supports the teeth can be destroyed and healthy teeth can be lost.

The easiest way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is by keeping a regular routine of brushing and flossing your teeth. Good eating habits and regular dental check-ups can also help prevent many dental problems. Your dentist or dental hygienist is able to remove any build-up on your teeth and treat any gum disease that has already appeared. In the meantime on a daily basis it is important that you create a daily dental care routine.

No, tooth whitening is not harmful and is one of the least expensive and least invasive dental procedures that can improve your smile.

There are various different causes, although persistent bad breath can usually be caused by sulphur-producing bacteria that generally lives within the surface of the tongue and in the throat. Some of the main causes of bad breath (halitosis) include dental factors such as periodontitis (infection around the teeth) or poor oral hygiene, dry mouth caused by certain foods, smoking and hormonal factors.

It’s vital to change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if the filaments become worn. When the bristles become splayed, they no longer clean properly and may even damage your gums.

You should always let your dentist know of any changes to your general health. This is particularly important if you are pregnant or have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or have ever had a stroke. You should also let your dentist know about any medication you are taking as this can affect both your treatment and the health of your mouth.