Frequently asked questions about the Dentist

Posted by on 20 January 2016 | Comments

A lot of people seem to have a lot of questions about the dentists, so here we are with the ultimate guide.


Will it hurt? With advancements in dental procedure you can now have a pain free experience. When anaesthetic is administered there can be some pain, but numbing cream can be provided so that you won't even feel that.

At what age should I take my children? Before their first birthday, or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth.

How often should I take my children? Children under the age of 18 should be taken to the Dentist at least once a year.

How often should I visit? You should be aiming to visit you dentist every 6 months for a check-up. Even if you think your teeth are in tip-top condition, it's important to check for any problems that may have symptons and complications that only your dentist might notice. 

How do whitening toothpastes work and are they worth the money? Whitening toothpastes contain a mild abrasive that helps to remove stains when brushed over the surface of the teeth. Some contain chemicals that assist in this removal, but they only remove surface stains. However they are nowhere near as effective as getting your teeth whitened by your Dentist.

How often should I floss? The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day

How often should I brush my teeth for? The average recommended time is 2 minutes.

How safe are Dental X-rays? Exposure to any kind of radiation is harmful and can lead to cancer; however the amount you are exposed to in X-rays is small.

What is plaque? And why does it damage my teeth? Plaque is a film of bacteria covering your teeth. Hardened plaque is called tartar. These bacteria cause harm by irritating the gums themselves, but they also release toxins. Plaque can cause bad breathe, gum disease and gingivitis. 

When will drill-less dentistry become common practice? There are alternatives to using drills but it will be a while until these are used in every practice. The alternatives are called air-abrasion and micro-abrasion. Air-abrasion is used to remove tooth decay and stains to the teeth.

What is better an electric or manual toothbrush? A manual toothbrush can compete with an electric if it is used properly. This is brushing for two to three minutes and with proper technique. It is good to give children electric toothbrushes as they don’t tend to brush correctly.

That concludes our list for this time, watch this space for more.