Q: At what age should I start taking my child to the dentist?
A: We like to start children off with a positive dental experience early. Children normally get their first teeth by age one. At about three years of age, we offer an introductory visit when they can meet the dentist and hygienist, sit in the chair, see the tools, and allow us to have a quick look in their mouth and at their teeth.
Q: When should I start brushing my child’s teeth and what type of toothpaste should I use?
We suggest you slowly introduce a finger toothbrush or tooth brush prior to their first tooth erupting to get them familiar with having something new in their mouth. Routine tooth brushing is important even for baby teeth, as decay can cause your child pain and discomfort and could threaten the health of their adult teeth. Most toothpastes are suitable for kids even those with fluoride but toothpaste aimed at children typically has a mild or more palatable taste to children making brushing time that much easier.
Q: What is the best time of day to brush my teeth?
A: Ideally, 30 minutes after eating. If that is not possible, once in the morning and once at night is the minimum we would suggest.
Q: How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
A: As a general rule of thumb, most people should have their teeth cleaned every six months but it really depends on your oral health. Some people with gum disease should get their teeth cleaned every three to four months and others may be on a nine-month schedule. Talk to your hygienist about what is best for you.
Q: Why do the dentist and hygienist recommend an electronic toothbrush?
A: While a traditional toothbrush can provide the necessary cleaning if used correctly, studies have found that an electronic toothbrush does a more thorough, consistent job.
Q: Why do so few dentists offer “laughing gas” (nitrous oxide) in Victoria when it has been around for over 100 years?
A: Nitrous oxide is not widely available in Victoria as it is costly to install and maintain and is highly regulated. Typically, it only makes sense to install throughout a clinic during construction. We have chosen to invest in the nitrous oxide system as it provides a safe, effective sedation method for nervous or anxious patients of all ages.