Do you have a question about our practice, treatments or dentistry in general?

Please feel free to read through our frequently asked questions to get a better understanding of our practice and the treatments we offer here.

If you cannot find your question bellow please don’t hesitate to call 07 4162 1008 or contact us online.

How often should I brush my teeth?

Children and adults should brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Children up to the age of 8 years old often find it very difficult to brush their teeth by themselves, so it is a good idea to let them brush their teeth first, followed by a thorough brush by yourself, to instill good habits early in their lives.

How can I prevent cavities?

Cavities occur for many reasons, some which may be out of your control, however to help prevent the spread of bacteria and keep your mouth clean and healthy here are some tips to follow at home:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day.
  • Limit the intake of sugars and eat a balanced diet. Limit snacking.
  • Drink water! Children should never be sent to bed with a bottle or drink of juice or cordial, as sugars left on teeth overnight will quickly attack teeth.

Visit our dental practice on a regular basis.

How often should I visit the dentist?

We recommend that patients visit us on a regular six monthly basis for an examination and clean, as the earlier our dentists identify any problems the less difficult and expensive they are to treat. In the examination we look for new cavities, broken fillings and potential problem areas.

Why do I need professional teeth whitening?

Today there seems to be teeth whitening solutions in every grocery store and newsagent, but are they safe to use? It’s best not to take the chance! While many products can produce the result you may be looking for, they may be damaging to the enamel on your teeth. By receiving a professional treatment here at South Burnett Dental Group you are ensuring that your teeth are safe and your whitening treatment is effective.

How long can I have my dentures?

Dentures typically last 5-10 years. Even though your teeth are gone, your mouth and gums will continue to change shape for the rest of your life. Because dentures are artificial, obviously, they will not change with the shape of your mouth, and you will need to have them replaced or adjusted. Also, make sure you see your dentist regularly to avoid any major problems you cannot identify yourself.

Will dentures affect the way I look?

Getting dentures for the first time is an adjustment, to say the least. There are many things you’re going to have to practice to get comfortable with your new teeth- and speaking is one of them. Don’t worry – it’s not like relearning how to speak completely. You may experience some lisping at first, but it shouldn’t take long to re-teach your tongue and lips where they go to regain you original speech patterns.

How do I clean my dentures?

Like teeth, we recommend brushing your dentures after every meal. Obviously, this is not always a practical option. But you should clean your dentures soon after you eat if possible. Take the dentures out and hold them with your thumb and forefinger. Make sure wherever you’re cleaning them; it’s never over a hard surface. Put a towel down on the vanity, or make sure the sink is full of water. If you drop them, they won’t break. Get a good denture brush and denture cleaner, both available in every day chemists and brush thoroughly, as you would if the teeth were in your mouth. Avoid using bleaching agents, as they will discolour the pink acrylic for the gum line.