What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by the interplay of several factors. A diet high in sugar and acid, together with plaque left on teeth, will create an environment where “holes” can develop. Another factor of importance is the amount of saliva present. Many medications as well as caffeine and alcohol dry the mouth leaving the teeth susceptible to decay.

What is the best kind of toothbrush to use?

A toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles is usually best. With any kind of tooth brush proper technique is essential to keeping your teeth clean. Electric toothbrushes that oscillate are also very effective. Your dentist can talk to you further about a toothbrush or brushes to suit your individual needs.

Is it safe to whiten your teeth?

The simple answer is ‘Yes’. Tooth whitening has been used in dentistry for many years and no serious adverse affects have been reported. Tooth Whitening does not soften the enamel or tooth structure nor does it affect the quality of existing restorations.

When should I bring my child for their first dental visit?

We recommend the first dental visit from 2 years old when most children will have all of their primary (“milk”) teeth. Starting visits early helps children become familiar with the dental environment and greatly reduces anxiety that can be associated with the dentist. We aim to develop a lifetime of good dental habits from an early age.

How do I know if my teeth are healthy?

There are many indicators of unhealthy teeth. If you have red, swollen or bleeding gums, chipped or cracked teeth, discoloured teeth, bad breath, tooth or jaw pain, then we highly recommend you arrange an appointment with us today so we can discover the root of your problem.

What are the benefits of amalgam free fillings?

Amalgam free fillings, known as composite fillings, are designed to match the colour of your natural tooth so your dental work blends in and is virtually invisible. In addition to having aesthetic advantages, less of your tooth needs to be removed before being filled so your keep more of your natural tooth structure. Composite fillings are bonded into the tooth to improve the strength of your tooth unlike amalgam fillings. Above all, amalgam free fillings are safe and are not a threat towards your health.

How often should I visit the dentist to keep my smile healthy?

The team here at Cherrygum dental recommend our patients visit our practice every 6 months for their dental check-up. This way we can ensure little problems don’t become major dental issues that are costly to rectify.