Frequently Asked Questions
What's the best way to prevent gum disease?
To maintain the best gum health you should brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day to remove any food caught between your teeth that can’t be removed through brushing. You should also attend regular check-up appointments at Sydney Laser Dental Care.
When should my children visit the dentist for the first time?
We suggest you bring your child as soon as their baby teeth erupt, to begin familiarising your child with our team and the dental environment. It’s also a great time to educate you about fluoride, diet, your child’s oral development and their hygiene needs.
Why do I need x-rays?
Digital x-rays enable us to obtain important information about your mouth which we use when planning your treatment. X-rays show the condition of your teeth, roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial structure.
I brush my teeth, but still suffer from bad breath. What can I do?
The majority of bad breath is from bacteria found in plaque and tartar attached to your teeth or from tooth decay. The best first step is a consultation with Sydney Laser Dental Care to assess your teeth and gums, find the cause and treat it.
What are wisdom teeth?
Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth are the very last teeth to emerge, usually between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age. In some cases there may not be enough space for these teeth to erupt successfully, in which case we may recommend their extraction.
What should I do when a tooth is knocked out?
A tooth can be saved by quick action, but time is the most critical factor in replanting and it is important that the tooth is never picked up and held by the root. If the tooth is clean it can be replanted immediately using the other teeth as a guide. If the tooth is dirty either rinse in milk, if available, or briefly in cold water then replant and get dental assistance as soon as possible.
What is the link between gum disease and diabetes?
If you suffer from diabetes you are at a much higher risk of developing infections, including periodontal disease. In addition, if an infection occurs, it becomes more difficult to manage the insulin levels in your body. You should be diligent with your oral care routine and attend check-up appointments with Sydney Laser Dental Care regularly.