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FAQs

View MoreWhat causes bad breath and how do I prevent it?

Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the build-up of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem.


View MoreWhat is gum disease?

Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. Gum disease begins with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Gums in the early stage of disease, or gingivitis, can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided by daily brushing and flossing. One indicator of gum disease is consistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.


View MoreWhat is the problem with sensitive teeth?

Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth.


View MoreWhat are orthodontic problems and what causes them?

A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited, or some types may be acquired. Some causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, may cause malocclusions.


View MoreWhat are canker sores?

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents. The canker sore has a white or gray base surrounded by a red border.


View MoreWhat is the role of a hygienist?

At Preventive Dental Care in Deakin the Hygienist service is one of our most important areas, providing an essential service to patients of all ages. The aim is to avoid future decay and gum disease.

Our hygienists provide treatment for removing plaque and tartare (sometimes called calculus) from your teeth. Plaque is a soft, sticky substance that builds up on your teeth and is mostly made of bacteria. Plaque attacks your teeth causing them to decay. Tartar is hardened plaque and it cannot be removed by standard brushing and regular oral hygiene.

Our hygienists will use scaling and polishing instruments to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. These polishing instruments also remove staining from coffee, tobacco or red wine making it more difficult for plaque to build up on your teeth.


View MoreHow often should I see a dentist?

Our office agrees with the Australian Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommending visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning.


View MoreWhat should I expect during my appointment?

One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.

During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.


View MoreWill it hurt?

A. We take great pride in providing you dental care that is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.


View MoreWhat is "painless dentistry?"

Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.


View MoreWhat if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?

Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are colour-matched to the rest of your teeth.


View MoreCan the dentist whiten my teeth?

We offer two methods to whiten teeth. The first is an in-office treatment. Generally, this procedure takes about two hours. The second is an at-home method. For this type of bleaching we make and impression of your teeth and create a mouth guard that fits your bite. Each day you will fill the mouth guard with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear it at your convenience.


View MoreWhat if I have an emergency?

Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.


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