Dental FAQ’s

Why is it so important to maintain dental health?

Your oral health will have an impact on your general health and well being. Whilst exercising, eating right and regular health checks are important, you must not forget that looking after your teeth and gums is also essential. Studies have shown a direct correlation between oral and general health.

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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 in the future.

When should I change my toothbrush?

To ensure your toothbrush’s effectiveness it’s advised to replace it about every three months. This may vary according to the way you brush your teeth – softer or harder and how many times a day.

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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 at Innovative Dental as this may indicate an infection in the tooth root.

How does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening also known as tooth bleaching, uses hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as the active ingredients to help whiten your teeth. The amount of hydrogen peroxide in the teeth whitening solution is very small, yet very effective. The ingredients are typically activated by water, air and/or UV light. The oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discoloured molecules in your teeth, which causes the discoloured molecules to break down. 

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What are impacted wisdom teeth and when should they be removed?

Wisdom teeth become impacted when there isn’t enough space in the jaw for them to emerge straight so they come through at an angle, get stuck and come through the gums partially or not at all. There are a number of reasons for removing un-erupted or impacted teeth. An x-ray may have shown that these teeth could cause problems for the adjacent teeth if left in place. There is also the possibility that you could develop such things as a cyst or abscess causing a major infection. It is best to remove wisdom teeth early to prevent these problems.

What is the best way to whiten my teeth?

There are various procedures for teeth whitening, ranging from in-chair whitening, a take home kit or a combination of both. Book an appointment with Dr Eshak for a proper assessment on which treatment would be suitable for you.

Do you clench or grind your teeth?

Clenching and grinding of teeth, mostly during sleep, is known as Bruxism. Many scientific studies demonstrate this to be a major factor leading to headaches, damage to teeth and filling, and neck pain for over 50% of the population. Teeth are not supposed to make contact when you are not chewing. Most people are unaware that they clench their jaws while they are sleeping or during the days. If you have any of the above symptoms contact the surgery for a consultation.

What Can Discoloured Teeth Lead To?

It’s not just all about the outside. Discoloured teeth can affect you on the inside too. Feeling ashamed of your smile can have negative effects on your mental health, making you feel less confidence in yourself and more prone to self esteem issues.

While tooth discolouration doesn’t have to be a sign of poor oral health, it’s also often an indication of other issues going on. This may be due to infrequent dental check ups or lifestyle choices like smoking and a poor diet. Left unaddressed, discoloured teeth can lead to further staining, decay and in severe situations, even the removal of teeth.

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