Let us put your mind at ease with these answers to some commonly asked dental questions.

This information is sourced from the Australian Dental Association.

When should my child first see the dentist?

As a rule of thumb it is time for a dental visit when your baby’s first tooth becomes visible or they reach 12 months old – whichever comes first. If you notice anything you think is out of the ordinary before this time it’s better to be safe than sorry, so book an appointment straight away. The earlier your child visits the dentist the better. Prevention is better than cure and early dental visits will help protect your child from tooth decay.

How often should I see the dentist?

A dentist should be seen every six months for regular exams and cleaning.

Is flossing essential?

Nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies between them and if you’re relying solely on brushing you’re not effectively cleaning a large portion of your teeth; so, flossing should be an essential part of your oral care routine and not an optional extra. By using floss to remove the plaque from between your teeth, you’re helping to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and halitosis (otherwise known as “bad breath”). That’s a lot of upside for just a couple of minutes spent each day flossing between your teeth.