Advice & FAQs

Cleaning, Prevention, Exams, Crowns, Fluoride…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Brushing and flossing

Brushing teeth is the best way to keep your teeth and mouth clean and reduce the risk of decay. You should brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before going to bed, and floss once a day – maybe before going to bed. Spit, don’t rinse.
Read a simple but informative guide on the correct brushing technique here.
Flossing can be tricky and at Pearly Whites Dental we are more than happy to show you the best way or you can use this guide.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in food, plants, air and water. It strengthens teeth against plaque acid attacks which are produced after eating or drinking anything containing sugar. Fluoride can also reverse the early stages of tooth decay.

For more information, please click here.

Oral Hygiene

There are all ways to brush your teeth, just remember to use a soft toothbrush and brush your gums as well as your teeth.

If your gums bleed brush them more, if your gums are sore brush them more.

Why? Because if you are not getting rid of plaque, the bacteria in the plaque will cause your gums to become inflamed, and if they are inflamed, they will bleed and be sore… so brush the plaque off and your gums will thank you for it.

If you find having your teeth cleaned is painful, please let us know and there are great anaesthetic sprays and gels that can make teeth cleaning as comfortable as possible.

Sugar is not your friend

There are more than 56 different names for sugar. Sugar gives us energy (kJ), but no nutrients. Too much sugar increases the risk of dental decay, obesity, and serious health problems.

Want to know how much sugar is in your food? Check out this fun chart.

For more information, please click here.

Your child’s first dental visit

Your child’s first dental visit is a way to meet the dental team in a non-threatening and friendly way. Ideally take your child for a dental check-up before they turn 2 years of age, especially if you think there may be a
problem.
For more information click here.

Early childhood tooth decay

Early Childhood Decay (tooth decay) can start soon after teeth appear in the mouth and can cause pain, sleeping difficulty, and eating problems. It is the most common and costly childhood disease in Australia. Here is how YOU can help prevent it.

Dry Mouth

Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while – if they feel nervous, upset, or stressed. A dry mouth is felt when there is not enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. If you have a dry mouth often, it can be uncomfortable and may lead to health problems.

For more information click here.

Crowns - not just for royalty

Do you know what crowns are made of or how they are made?

Check out all the useful information here.

Root canal treatment

We all try to avoid this one, right? At Pearly Whites Dental, we do our very best to help you avoid a situation where root canal treatment becomes the only option for you. Even then, we make sure you endure the least discomfort possible and make it short and sweet (but with no sugar).

Read more about root canal treatment here.

Using an electronic tooth brush

An electric toothbrush with a rotating head provides the right cleaning action, but it won’t do all the work for you. They are particularly useful for people who have trouble using their hands and people with braces. Kids may also think they are more fun and easier to use, however, younger children should be supervised by an adult.
Get your moves right by reading this short guide.

When a child refuses to brush teeth

Sometimes parents really need to get creative to get their children into brushing. At Pearly Whites Dental we specialise in children’s dentistry and can help you and your child.
You can download a fun brushing chart and read some great tips here.

Pregnancy and dental health

A clean, healthy mouth and a nutritious diet are essential for good oral health for you and your baby. You can read more about dental health while pregnant here.