Frequently Asked Questions

General Dentistry FAQ's

How Often Should I Visit The Dentist?

The vast majority of children and adults get a check up every six months.

People at a greater risk for oral diseases often have dental check ups more than twice a year. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that we takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check up.

Going to your regular check ups will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy as well as detect any early problems such as gum disease, oral cancer and cavities.

Electric or manual toothbrush?

With all the bells and whistles and hundreds of toothbrushes on the market, you've got to wonder, which is really the best toothbrush to buy -- manual or electric?

In short, the best toothbrush that you can buy is the one that you will actually use and your brushing technique when using it - it's really that simple.

Follow a routine of brushing your teeth twice-daily with a fluoride toothpaste, plus cleaning between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes coupled with regular checkup's works wonders, whatever type of brush you use.

So deciding whether to buy an electric or manual toothbrush basically comes down to what the user desires as far as comfort and convenience go. Whatever toothbrush that you decide to buy, remember that using it and foolowing a good oral health routine is what's really important.

When should I brush my teeth?

Brush your teeth in the morning, ideally at least 30-60 minutes after you have eaten breakfast and last thing at night before you go to bed (and ideally at least an hour after your evening meal).

Brushing your teeth straight after a meal can damage your teeth, especially if you've had fruit, fizzy drinks, wine or any other food that contains acid. This is because tooth enamel is softened by the acid and can be worn away by brushing.

Waiting an hour gives your saliva chance to neutralise the acid.

If you have any questions that have not been covered here or elsewhere on the site, please feel free to contact us