Frequently Asked Questions :
This will be my first visit to Beachmere Dental, what should I expect at my appointment?
The services we provide at Beachmere Dental during your first visit will be determined by your oral needs. Unless you have been booked in for urgent treatment, your first appointment at Beachmere Dental will usually involve an examination of your mouth, gums and teeth. Dental x-rays may be taken to help diagnose any dental issues and a clean may be performed to maintain healthy gums and teeth.
We are committed to helping you improve your oral health and smile, so if further treatment is required, our team will discuss with you all of your options and the associated costs in an easy to understand manner.
The Beachmere Dental team is committed to providing optimal health care in a friendly and stress free environment, so feel free to ask as many questions as you need. It is important to us that you feel comfortable in all stages of your treatment.
How often should I have a check up and clean?
While this can vary from person to person, the team at Beachmere Dental generally recommends a comprehensive oral examination and clean every six months (as per the Australian Dental Association). Prevention is better than cure, and it is important to have regular dental check ups to help maintain good oral health.
By coming in for regular check-up and cleans, the friendly team at Beachmere Dental can assist in removing dental plaque, one of the main factors behind both caries (dental decay) and gingivitis (gum disease). If not removed, dental plaque can impact negatively on the health of both your teeth and gums.
A six monthly examination will allow our team to manage emerging dental issues before they become more serious. In addition to this, we can also give you individual advise on how to care for your mouth to prevent these issues from occurring again, making subsequent visits much easier to manage.
My teeth and gums don’t hurt. Do I still need to see a dentist every six months?
Tooth and gum problems don’t always cause pain. Often, you can have a decayed tooth or gum disease without any symptoms, and when you experience pain, it may be too late to treat the issue simply.
At Beachmere Dental, we understand that life can get busy, and sometimes the dentist can fall of the priority list. As such, we will send you a recall card when you are next due, or give you a telephone call or email if you wish, reminding you when you are due for your next check up. We care for all off our patients, and take active steps to assist in the management of your dental appointments when it is most convenient for you.
I brush and floss regularly; do I still need to get my teeth and gums professionally cleaned?
Brushing and flossing daily will certainly assist in keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy. In fact, it’s no known secret that those who brush AND floss daily usually have less decay and gum issues than those who don’t. However, over time, plaque and calculus (tar tar) build up will still occur. This build up of bacteria will inevitably lead to caries (dental decay) and periodontitis (gum disease) if left long enough.
Gum disease is a condition in which plaque (bacteria) build up causes the gums and bone to recede around your teeth (healthy or not). This process is a gradual one, and often, it is completely painless. Due to its asymptomatic nature, gum disease often goes undiagnosed in those who do not see a dentist for their regular check-ups, and this can lead to receding gums and bone around your teeth.
This can cause tooth sensitivity, increase the risk of dental decay and in some severe scenarios, lead to wobbly teeth that may require removal.
Having your teeth and gums cleaned every six months by the team at Beachmere Dental will reduce the risk of gum disease, and help maintain a healthy and great looking smile.
I am happy to look after my teeth and gums with regular check ups, but I am concerned about the cost.
It has been shown that those who have regular dental appointments often spend less time and money on their oral health. By coming in for your general check up and cleans, our team will be able to address oral issues before they become serious, allowing us to provide you with the best level of care in a minimally invasive and cost-effective manner.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
Dental x-rays help your dentist diagnose issues that cannot be seen with the naked eye, for example; decay between teeth, bone loss and gum infections. Early detection and subsequent treatment of dental issues can save time, money and unnecessary pain.
The frequency of which x-rays should be taken will vary from person to person. A high decay risk individual may require x-rays more often than those who have had no history of dental issues. Generally, dental x-rays should be taken every 18-24 months to allow for early detection of new oral health issues.
At Beachmere Dental, we have the latest digital x-ray equipment to minimise radiation exposure.
What causes dental decay?
Dental decay is due to dietary, oral hygiene and genetic factors. While your genetics or susceptibility to dental decay cannot be altered, good oral hygiene practice, a reduction of sugary foods and drinks as well as regular dental visits will help reduce your chances of tooth decay. Our friendly staff at Beachmere Dental will provide you with specific information regarding the condition of your mouth, and ways to improve your dental health.
How does fluoride help reduce dental decay?
Fluoride helps reduce dental decay by forming a more resilient layer on the enamel (outside) surface of your tooth. This strengthened enamel layer acts as a ‘shield’ and reduces the ability of acids (produced from bacteria) to effect and destroy tooth structure.
I am in a private health fund. Can I do on the spot claims?
Our practice is fitted with HICAPS terminals so on the spot claiming is a feature that we do offer. This will eliminate the need to send receipts to your health fund and wait for reimbursement as it is all done instantly. We accept all major health funds at Beachmere Dental, so you are free to choose whichever health fund best suits for your family’s needs.
I have a toothache. What should I do?
Beachmere Dental has daily appointment slots available for patients experiencing toothache. Toothache is a serious matter and here at Beachmere Dental we promise that children with toothaches will be seen urgently as our first priority. Adults with severe toothache will be offered an appointment on the day of calling. Prior to your appointment, try to keep the tooth or cavity as clean as possible from debris and bacteria. If necessary, painkillers may be taken in conjunction with their recommended dosages. Remember, while painkillers may relieve the pain momentarily, they will not solve the cause of the pain.
If I have a broken tooth or toothache and it is after-hours, what should I do?
Still call Beachmere Dental and leave a message on our after hours recording service. Be sure to provide us with your full name, contact number and a description of the problem at hand. At the start of the next working day, our friendly reception staff will return your call and offer you an appointment as soon as possible, usually on the same day.
In the meantime, try your best to avoid irritating the area with your finger or your tongue. It is important you keep the area clean, either with a light brush after meals or a gentle salt-water rinse. Avoid hot or cold drinks and food, as this may cause the symptoms to intensify.
When should I start bringing my child to the dentist?
We recommend that you bring your child to the dentist from the age of three years old. Usually their first appointment will consist of a quick ‘ride’ in the dental chair. This helps your child to become familiar with the surroundings of the surgery and our friendly team, so they are prepared for subsequent dental visits.
Prevention is better than cure, and early intervention of teeth problems is important for your child’s wellbeing and is essential in maintaining your child’s oral health. Formulating a friendly and trusting relationship with your child is paramount at Beachmere Dental, and regular check-ups will achieve this. Beachmere Dental takes pride in providing premium health care for children (as well as adults) of all ages.
My child has just had a fall and broken their tooth/lost their tooth, what do I do?
If your child has had an accident, call Beachmere Dental immediately. Our team will always endevour to attend to your child’s needs immediately if possible.
In the case of a baby tooth being lost, it is not advised that you place the baby tooth back into their mouth. However, our team will still like to see your child as soon as possible to review the area and make sure everything is ok.
If an adult tooth has been bumped, loosened, moved or avulsed (“knocked out”), it is essential you call Beachmere Dental immediately. If an adult tooth has been knocked out of its socket, please let our friendly reception staff know this has occurred as time is of the essence. In this case, if the avulsed tooth is still in your child’s mouth, keep the tooth in their mouth and advise them to keep the tooth firmly pressed against their cheek with their tongue until they reach the surgery. This is important, as the tooth should be kept in saliva to help the long-term prognosis of treatment. Even if the tooth is on the floor, do NOT rinse the tooth in WATER. Simply pick the tooth up by the crown (the part you can normally see in the mouth) and remember NOT to wipe or handle the tooth by it’s root(s). Simply place the tooth in your child’s mouth for the best result (or if you do not wish your child to do this, you can rinse the tooth in MILK first to clean it, and then place it back into your child’s mouth as described above). DO NOT rinse the tooth off in water or wipe the root surface. The team at Beachmere Dental will then reposition the tooth correctly in its socket and have a discussion with you about what needs to be done, and what can be expected in the future.
If you are unable to reach Beachmere Dental within an hour, and your child has knocked out an adult tooth, it is important that the tooth is either cleaned/rinsed with milk or by saliva. At this stage, it is advised that you place the tooth back into the socket as best you can while waiting to see a dentist.
What happens if I can’t make my appointment?
Feel free to relax in our air-conditioned patient lounge. There are reading materials and a television available and the staff will be able to provide tea, coffee or a refreshing drink while you relax.
I’m scared of the dentist… Can you still help me?
Of course we can. Please talk to us and let us know why you feel this way. We understand that dental visits can lead to anxiety due to many different reasons. The more you tell the Beachmere Dental team, the more we can ensure that your dental visit will be a pleasant one. We at Beachmere Dental pride ourselves on our ability to treat everyone in a compassionate, kind and gentle manner. Our goal is to always treat patients in a calm and stress free environment. It’s a two way street; if you are relaxed, so are we!