How often should I visit the dentist?

Everyone is different with different needs. Some people only need a check up every 2 years or so while other people need to come every three months. Some people need to come very regularly because they tend to get large tartar (calculus) deposits on their teeth which causes gum disease. We have a hygienist who can clean this off for you in between visits to the dentist. She will advise you on how often you need it cleaned off. Some people have a high decay rate. These can be children, the elderly or people who drink a lot of sugary drinks. We need to see this group of people every 6 months.

Is it OK if my gums bleed?

No!! This is usually a sign that you have some kind of gum disease and is best to be dealt with as soon as possible. The dentist can check your teeth and then may refer you to the hygienist for thorough cleaning. Tartar deposits are the most common causes of bleeding gums. The hygienist can also help you understand the best way to take care of your teeth.

Is it normal to have sensitive teeth?

No!! Sensitive teeth are usually caused by decay, a broken or cracked tooth or filling, or brushing your teeth too hard!! It’s probably best to get a check up as soon as possible to find out the cause.

What is the best toothpaste to use?

We get asked this a lot! We don’t mind which brand you use as long as it contains fluoride. The main brands in New Zealand all contain much the same amount of fluoride. Just remember not to use too much…about the size of a pea on your brush is enough. Some people with a high decay rate need special toothpaste we can provide which contains more fluoride. Some people with sensitive teeth due to over brushing benefit from special toothpastes for sensitive teeth.

How often should I floss?

Ideally everyday. A ribbon shape floss is often easier to use. Dental floss with a mint flavour is divine to use!

Is dental treatment free for my children?

Yes!! Most dental treatment is free for 13 to 18 year olds at the dentist. There are fees involved if orthodontic treatment is required.