Q. What is Happy Gas?
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
Nitrous oxide sometimes called “laughing gas ” is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes, you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
Talk to us about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.
Q. How often should I visit my dentist?
We recommend for patients to receive a dental assessment on a regular six monthly basis. This ensures that you receive a professional clean to effectively remove plaque build-up so that oral hygiene is maintained. It also gives our dentists more time to identify any problems before they escalate into bigger issues.
Q. What really goes on in a dental assessment?
A typical dental appointment involves a careful inspection of your mouth, teeth and gums. Your dentist will be looking for any signs of tooth decay and cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged tooth fillings or gum disease. This is why a regular dental visit is a necessary part of preventative dental care coupled with flossing, brushing and a healthy diet.
Q. Why are regular dental assessments so important?
Dental assessments provide your dental practitioner with an opportunity to clean your teeth and detect problems as early as possible. A simple filling at the right time or identifying a cavity early could spare you from needing a root canal or tooth extraction later down the track. These more complicated dental procedures are known to be quite expensive, time consuming and could have been avoided with a simple biannual check up.
Q. How do I know if my teeth are healthy?
Chipped, cracked or discoloured teeth, bleeding gums, bad breath and tooth or jaw pain are all indicators of unhealthy teeth. We highly recommend you to arrange a dental assessment with us so we can address the cause.
Q. Why do my teeth appear to be yellow?
Discoloured or yellowed teeth can be the result of poor oral hygiene or simply due to using certain products that stain the teeth. Some of the leading offenders include coffee, tea, red wine, antibiotics and tobacco. If you’re concerned, call us today to arrange a consultation and learn about tooth whitening procedures on offer.
Q. How can I improve my oral hygiene?
In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, we encourage flossing and daily brushing to maintain proper hygiene. Using mouthwashes, cleaning your tongue and eating a healthy diet which limits sugary food and soft drinks can also help.
Q. Why is my tooth sore?
Toothaches are the human body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. This could be a cracked tooth, a dental cavity, an exposed tooth root or even gum disease. We recommend that you schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible if you happen to be experiencing tooth pain.
Q. What age is a good time to start bringing your child?
The process of establishing good dental care should start early. It’s a good idea for a child as early as the age of three to accompany a parent to one of their check-ups. This will give the child an introduction to the dentist in a comfortable manner, helping to establish a positive relationship. Often the child will volunteer to sit in the chair for a ride! After the initial introduction, it’s a good idea to bring the child in for his own first preventative visit, and continue this habit every six months. It is crucial that all children visit the dentist at five or six-years-old, when their first permanent teeth begin coming through. In this way, they will begin caring for their new teeth and prevent future problems.
Q. What is the difference between general and cosmetic dentistry?
General dentistry focuses on maintaining or restoring your oral hygiene through prevention, diagnosis and treating oral diseases. Cosmetic treatments focus solely on the appearance of your teeth and smile, so cosmetic procedures aim to enhance one’s appearance.
Q. How do you look after your children teeth?
- Many babies have no trouble when teething, but if your baby shows signs of discomfort during teething, seek advice from your doctor or dentist.
- Baby teeth start erupting at about six months of age, usually the lower front teeth.
- Permanent molars erupt behind baby molars around six years of age and a lot of care should be taken to keep these molars decay free.
- Avoid giving your baby a bottle as a pacifier while baby is sleeping.
- If your baby requires a bottle to go to sleep, take it away as soon as possible and replace with bottle containing water.
- Fluoridated water is good for teeth.
- As soon as the baby’s teeth appear, start cleaning them with a small soft brush and water.
- When baby is a little older, and learns to spit, use a pea sized amount of junior fluoride toothpaste on a soft toothbrush.
- Clean baby’s teeth at least once a day.
- Dental floss should be used after the age of eight.
- It is a good idea that your baby/child should have the first visit to the dentist as early as possible to familiarise the child to the dental environment. This is best done by bringing them to one of your check-ups.
Q. How do you Brush your teeth?
Always use a soft brush with a small head. We don’t need to scrub our teeth. Give your gums a good gentle massage. Change your toothbrush every 3 months.