Frequently Asked Questions Take a look at some of the most common questions we receive here at Surf Coast Dental. If you have a question that you are unable to find here, or a question related to your specific treatment plan, contact our friendly team today! How often should I get a dental check-up? Ideally you should visit the dentist every six months for a check-up and clean. This may differ depending on the condition of your oral health. However, regular visits will help to prevent the development of serious oral health problems in the future. How do I know if my teeth are unhealthy? There are many signs to look out for that would indicate your teeth are unhealthy. Some warning signs are bleeding gums, discolouration on the surface of the teeth, chipping and cracking, bad breath, and jaw pain. If you notice any of these signs and they are persistent, contact Surf Coast Dental today for a consultation! How can I look after my teeth at home? At the very least you should be brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and flossing at least once a day. Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle and brush using a circular motion. For the inside surfaces of the front teeth, you should be brushing straight up and down, vertically. Be sure not to apply too much pressure as you can damage the gums and strip enamel from the teeth. When should my child first visit the dentist? Your child should attend their first dental appointment when you start to notice their teeth coming through. This is to ensure that we can monitor the eruption of the baby teeth and to help your child associate the dentist with a positive experience. How do I know when I have gum disease? Gum disease or periodontal disease is a very common ailment that can be quite difficult to detect without consultation with a dental professional. Often you may have developed the early stages of gum disease without experiencing any pain or noticing any visual signs. If not treated in its early stages, gum disease can progress quickly and become very serious. Unfortunately there is no cure for gum disease, however, symptoms do respond very well to treatment. For this reason, it is important that you visit the dentist regularly so we can monitor your oral health and provide preventive care for gum disease. How do I book in an appointment? It very easy! Simply head over to our contact page and fill out the form to request your appointment, or give us a call on 03 5218 5033 Does Root Canal Hurt? With modern technology, techniques and varying local anaesthetics, it is rare to feel any sensation in your tooth during the procedure. It is, however, common to experience some tooth sensitivity a for a few days after your treatment. What causes damage to the tooth pulp? Trauma and injury to the mouth and face can cause damage to the pulp of the tooth. Similarly, untreated tooth decay can erode your tooth to the point where it causes an infection of the pulp of your tooth. Cracks on your tooth can also lead to the development of an infection which makes its way to the pulp of your tooth. Is there an alternative to root canal? If you choose to forego a root canal treatment, you may need to have your tooth extracted. You will then have the decision of whether or not you would like to replace the missing tooth via various restorations such as dental bridges or dental implants. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.