Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Health

FAQs

Our FAQs are the most commonly-asked questions put to our Dental Helpline over the last year. If you have a question for us, you can ask our Dental Helpline by telephone or email. Alternatively, please take a look at our library of oral health information, which contains a wide range of oral health advice in an easy-to-understand Q&A format.

Can a dental hygienist do anything else?2022-02-06T19:08:05+03:00

Dental hygienists also take  dental x-rays. The dentist will use these to help diagnose problems and decide on the possible treatment. Dental hygienists can also place fissure sealants, apply fluoride varnishes and administer fluoride treatments. Other procedures may be carried out by dental hygienists depending on the laws that apply where they work.

Tooth whitening is also often carried out by the dental hygienist, under a prescription from your dentist.

What can I do to prevent dental erosion?2022-02-06T23:05:24+03:00

There are a number of things you can do:

  • Have acidic food and drinks, and fizzy drinks, sodas and pops, just at mealtimes. This will reduce the number of acid attacks on your teeth.
  • Drink quickly, without holding the drink in your mouth or ‘swishing’ it around your mouth. Or use a straw to help drinks go to the back of your mouth and avoid long contact with your teeth.
  • Finish a meal with cheese or milk as this will help cancel out the acid.
  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating. This will help produce more saliva to help cancel out the acids which form in your mouth after eating.
  • Wait for at least one hour after eating or drinking anything acidic before brushing your teeth. This gives your teeth time to build up their mineral content again.
  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with fluoride toothpaste. Use a small-headed brush with medium to soft bristles.
  • Children up to three years old should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm (parts per million). Three-year-olds to adults should use a toothpaste that contains 1350ppm to 1500ppm.
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse, so that the fluoride stays on your teeth longer.
What do I do if I suffer a mouth or facial injury?2022-02-04T00:12:52+03:00

Falls, slips, and trips anywhere can result in injuries to the mouth and teeth. Slipping over around the pool, a child falling whilst playing, or participating in sports or enjoying adventure activities can result in damaged, broken or completely lost teeth.

Our advice: Time is crucial in the case of damaged teeth. Try and retrieve a lost tooth and keep it in a sealed container of milk. For both lost or damaged teeth, you should call us straight away to make an immediate visit where we can attempt to re-implant the tooth or use a tooth dressing. We have all the latest x-ray technology to help us make the best repair possible.

Will antibiotics help treat my dental pain?2022-02-06T18:33:46+03:00

Antibiotics are often prescribed to treat bacterial infections. When it comes to toothaches, however, an antibiotic prescription should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. By understanding antibiotics, you can talk confidently with your dentist about what’s causing you pain and how to fix it.

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