Frequently Asked Questions

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At Glebe Dental we provide informative advice so you can enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile for life. Here we have answered some of our most Frequently Asked Questions, if you have a question about your oral health that we haven’t answered below, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the friendly Glebe Dental team.

 

How should I treat a toothache?

There are many causes of a toothache. Over the counter pain relief medication will often alleviate any discomfort and the pain should subside within a few hours.

If you have a toothache that is causing severe pain for more than 24 hours call and schedule an appointment with one of the Glebe Dental team as this may indicate an infection in the tooth root.

 

How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?

Always remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once. Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities.

Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities) and avoid tobacco (this can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and oral cancer).

By brushing your tongue, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.

 

At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

It’s recommended children first see a dentist as early as six-months-old and no later than one-year-old. During this time, your child’s baby teeth will be coming in and our dental team can examine the health of your child’s first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.

 

How often should I see a dentist?

Early detection and intervention is the key to long-term oral health. By having a regular check-up every six months potential problems can be diagnosed early and minimise the need for lengthy and costly restorative treatment.

 

When should I change my toothbrush?

To ensure your toothbrush is effective it’s advised to replace it every three months, with the change of seasons is a good way to remember. If you’re using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions because you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks to keep any bacteria from spreading.