Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of the common dental questions our patients ask.

What age should children start visiting the dentist?

Children should start visiting the dentist for preventative dental care when they are around 2 to 3 years of age. Our dentists can show them good brushing techniques, as well as keep an eye on any new or baby teeth. Early visits are about getting children comfortable in the dental setting and may be as simple as a look around or a ride on the chair.

What’s the best way to prevent cavities in my teeth?

Our dentists will help you care for your teeth by recommending good oral hygiene procedures as well as offering dietary advice. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day (flossing daily) and avoiding foods which may damage your teeth.

How often should I visit the dentist?

We recommend you visit every six months for a check up and clean. This way, our dentists can identify any dental issues before they become problems, as well as teach you good preventative dental care.

What’s the best way to whiten my teeth?

Tooth whitening has become a popular modern dental treatment. Ask your dentist at your next check up if this is the right treatment for you.

Why do I need X-rays?

X-rays are an important part of diagnosing potentially serious dental problems early in order to reduce the chances of extensive and expensive dentistry. They are an integral part of preventive dentistry and essential for diagnosis of dental disease.

Do I need my fillings replaced?

Your dentist will monitor your fillings as part of your regular dental check ups, and will let you know if any need replacing.

My tooth has been knocked out, what should I do?

If it’s a deciduous or ‘baby’ tooth there is no need to place the tooth back in the socket as this may damage the permanent tooth.

If it’s a permanent tooth (and if you can) put the tooth back in the space where it has come from. Do not touch the root of the tooth. If you can’t re-place the tooth, put it in a glass of milk or the inside of your cheek and see a dentist immediately. Don’t try to clean the tooth with water or any other substance.

Can I claim dental services on my private health cover?

Yes. If your health insurance covers you for dental we can process your health fund claim immediately using HICAPS. Please note we’re not directly affiliated with any particular health funds.