Do I need a filling?
Often fillings are small and painless in the beginning. But over time as the filling gets larger it can start to become painful. Just like any dental treatment, it is best to get a filling done sooner rather than later. That way a little problem doesn’t turn into a big one.
If you are experiencing any pain or sensitivity to either hot or cold we recommend you book an appointment with us as soon as possible.
How much does a filling cost?
One of the most common questions regarding fillings is how much a filling costs. This will vary greatly depending on the size of the filling (how many surfaces), position of the tooth and the type of material used. We recommend you book an appointment time with one of our dentists to get an accurate price.
How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?
Be enthusiastic and Make it fun! kids want to do the things their parents do. If your children see you brushing your teeth and displaying excellent dental habits, they will follow. Getting your children to brush starts with taking them to the dentist at an early age.
What age do I bring my child to their first dental appointment?
All children should be seen by their first birthday or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth. This ensures your child’s teeth are developing correctly. These initial visit may only be brief and can be combined with your check up and cleans. At Happy Smiles our dentist aim to work with you to make trips to the dentist a fun experience for your child.
Why should I floss?
Flossing reduces the amount of bacteria that lives inside your mouth and contributes to good dental hygiene. It lifts and removes plaque and food in between your teeth. Brushing also removes plaque and food debris because the bristles of a toothbrush just can’t reach in between the teeth to remove it all!
If you don’t floss, you allow plaque to remain between your teeth and eventually it will harden and turn into tartar. Plaque can be removed by brushing but only the dentist can remove tartar.
Ask one of our dentists to show you the proper way to floss at your next dental appointment!
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. It is commonly used in dentistry to strengthen enamel, making it more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in your mouth, preventing tooth decay.
Fluoride is also beneficial to teeth because it helps to:
- rebuild weakened tooth enamel
- slow down the loss of minerals from tooth enamel
- reverse early signs of tooth decay
- prevent the growth of harmful oral bacteria
For more information, one of our dentists can discuss this with you at your next dental visit.
Why should I go to the dentist regularly?
Tooth decay often does not hurt until it gets close to the nerve of the tooth. It is not uncommon to see a patient with a huge cavity who has never felt a thing. The dentist can usually detect a cavity 3-4 years before it shows any symptoms. This early detection can help you prevent root canal treatment. This is why having regular dental visits (also known as preventative treatment) are recommended every six months.
Pro-longing dental appointments may not seem like a big deal, but oral issues can develop and progress extremely quickly whether you notice it or not.
By keeping on top of your dental cleanings and check-ups you’re doing yourself a huge favour in the long run.
To book an appointment for your 6 monthly check up and clean, please call our helpful team on 02 9477 1803.