Frequently Asked Questions

At what age should my child see the dentist for the first time?

Sometimes parents are surprised that young children need to see the dentist, as their baby teeth are going to fall out and be replaced by their adult teeth in the future.  It is important to look after these baby teeth as they will help maintain the space needed for the adult teeth to erupt and like adult teeth, cavities can form in them, potentially causing pain and infections.  Some of these baby teeth may stay with your child until they are 12 years of age, so a baby tooth with a cavity in it will often require dental treatment to avoid problems occurring for the remainder of its time in the mouth, which could be many years.

It is recommended that your child first sees the dentist at about the age of 1, or within 6 months of their first tooth erupting.  From my experience, I find that anytime between one and two years of age is also fine to bring your child in for their first visit.  Of course, if you have any concerns, it is best to bring your child in earlier.

 

What will be done at my child’s first dental appointment?

The first appointment involves just quick look inside your child’s mouth using a dental mirror and light and is nothing to be worried about!  Children can often be apprehensive but we are all very gentle and friendly at Everything for teeth and will try to make your child feel relaxed and calm.  We use this time to familiarise your child with the unusual dental office setting and strange equipment.  We will usually show your child how the check up is done by first performing a check up on our lovely little bear with teeth so your child knows what to expect, before checking their own teeth.

It is wonderful that as a parent, you are concerned with your child’s dental health and it is fantastic so see so many parents bringing their children in for the recommended 6 monthly visits.  As time progresses and your child becomes more and more comfortable with visiting the dental office, we may introduce things such as the air blower, fluoride, a polish of their teeth and eventually build up  to a clean.  During your child’s visit, we will check for any dental problems that have arisen, along with checking their bite and assessing for future orthodontic requirements, soft tissue problems and give advice on toothbrushing techniques etc.

We love to see our little patients leave with a smile and they often do, as they are able to choose a prize from our prize drawer if they have been a good patient!  Your child will also be given a toothbrush pack containing an age appropriate toothbrush, toothpaste and floss at each recall appointment.  We’d love to see you and your child at our dental practice in West End.  Call us to book on 3844 4447.

 

How can I whiten my teeth?

This is a question I often get asked when I’m out socially and someone finds out that I’m a dentist!  There are plenty of options on the market such as tooth whitening toothpastes and tooth whitening kits that can be purchased from the chemist.  The tooth whitening toothpastes are often abrasive and the trays you will get from a chemist kit will not fit your teeth well and the concentration of active ingredients will be lower.

I feel that the best and most effective way to whiten your teeth is by having a custom made bleaching kit made at the dentist.  This will involve two short appointments.  At the first appointment, the dentist will check your teeth to make sure that your teeth are suitable for bleaching.  Exisiting fillings won’t whiten along with your natural tooth structure and cavities should be ideally restored.

If your teeth are suitable, impressions or moulds, will be taken and these will be used in the lab to create your custom made bleaching trays.  At your second appointment, we will provide you with your custom made trays, bleaching gel kit and instructions on how to whiten your teeth.   Our trays will generally need to be worn for about 45 minutes each day for two weeks, but this depends on the formulation of gel you receive, and on your teeth.  Teeth whitening is safe and does not damage tooth structure.  Our kits are just $290.

Another option is the in office zoom whitening treatment which is great for people who need fast results and do not have the patience or motivation to do the treatment over the 2 weeks.  Call us now on 3844 4447 to book your appointment

 

How often should I see the dentist?

We recommend that you attend the dentist every 6 months for a routine check up and clean.  Some patients will need to come more frequently and some less frequently, but for the majority of patients, 6 months is ideal.  At your appointment, we would you advise you how frequently you would need to attend.  It is important to attend for regular checkups so we are able monitor your teeth, gums and oral cavity for any changes.  If problems are detected early on, this makes treatment much easier and more straightforward.  It is definitely better to have a small filling done than to have to have the tooth extracted or root-treated if a cavity was left unchecked for too long!

At your check up, we will carefully check your teeth for any signs of decay, trauma or wear.  We will also check the health of your gums and soft tissues.  Your oral hygiene will be assessed and we will advise you on any improvements that might need to be taken for better oral health.  Radiographs or x-rays are generally recommended every two years so that we are able to see if there are any cavities in between your back teeth.  A thorough scale and clean will remove any calculus and plaque from your teeth, leaving them fresh and perfectly clean.