How often should I brush my teeth?

It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day, for 2-3 minutes.

An interesting topic related to this is, is it best to brush your teeth before or after breakfast?

It is personal preference. Some people prefer to brush their teeth before breakfast as their bad breath may affect the taste of breakfast.

Others prefer to brush after so that their teeth maintains a clean and smooth feeling that you get after brushing til their next meal. Please remember to make sure you wait 30 minutes after eating before you brush as you could do more damage to your teeth. (30 minutes gives enough time for the enamel to stabilise again)

Why are Xrays taken?

Xrays are great diagnostic tools. They allow the dentist to see areas that cannot be seen clinically (for example in between teeth, under the gums and underneath fillings). From xrays, dentists are able to diagnose, plan treatment and carry out treatment.

Xrays for teeth to be extracted are useful for determining how many roots there are on the tooth, the curvature of the roots and whether the dentist will have to take any precautions as to not traumatize existing surrounding structures.

For regular check up and cleans, it is recommended to take routine xrays every 2-3 years in order to pick up decay and problems when they are small.

We do not take xrays unneccessarily

At Champion Family Dental we use digital xrays which have a lower dose radiation than conventional film xrays

When is the best age to see a dentist?

By age 2-3 years your child will have all their baby teeth. This is a good time to bring them to see the dentist so that they can get use to coming and knowing what goes on at the dentist.

At Champion Family Dental, we want to make visiting the dentist fun for kids. We explain everything to them, and make the feel comfortable. We usually start with a check up first and with each visit and as they get older and more confident, we progress to cleans and other treatment as required.

All our dentists love to see kids and believe that oral health education should start at a young age.

During your child’s dental visit we will:

  • Check to make sure that there is no decay in your child’s mouth
  • Check your child’s mouth and jaw for misalignment, if need be refer to an orthodontist for assessment
  • Instruct on brushing, diet and general oral health tips

Do you do wisdom teeth extractions?

Sometimes wisdom teeth can do more bad than good. Many people don't really have the space for them to erupt in the mouth and when this happens, they may need to be taken out.

Wisdom teeth are funny teeth that do not like to follow rules. Sometimes they have very curved roots, different shaped anatomy or are just growing in the wrong position (often into the next tooth), requiring them to need extraction.

At Champion Family Dental, Our dentist, Dr Darren Chai, specialises in wisdom teeth extractions. He is very gentle and patient. Please book an appointment to see him for all wisdom teeth enquires

When do I start practicing good oral health with my child?

A good time to start practicing oral health with your child is when your child gets their first tooth, even if it is just to copy mum and dad. Get them used to letting you brush their teeth with a tooth brush and water while also letting them have a go. Slowly make it a routine in the morning and at night you can also sing songs and make it a fun time with mum and dad. Once your child is 2 years of age you can start introducing children’s toothpaste that doesn’t contain as much fluoride as they tend to swallow the tooth paste instead of spitting it out and fluoride can upset their stomachs (up til about age 7, then they can use adult toothpaste). Remember after they brush their teeth to get them to come and show you after so you can make sure that they haven’t missed and spots especially near their gums. Most children still need help until about 7 years of age to make sure they are doing it correctly as well as regular dental trips to their dentist to make sure everything is going great, so we can have smiles all around.

At what age should I bring my child in for their first dental visit?

A great age to start bringing you child to the dentist is anywhere from 2 and older. This is more so your child gets used to the dental chair and to meet and become friends with their dentist. We normally start with a check-up to count their teeth. Then once old enough, we introduce scaling/cleaning to get the stubborn plaque that a toothbrush can’t get off. We strive to make it a fun and memorable experience for everyone so no tears are in sight!

What is a crown?

A crown is like a helmet, it is a porcelain and metal fused cap for your tooth. Crowns are great for teeth that have broken, keep breaking or have previously had root canal treatment. Crowns help protect your teeth but still allow you to use your teeth like you normally would, while looking aesthetic

What is included in a dental check-up and clean?

A dental check-up is something we do for all our patients every six months. This involves a variety of things. First we will do a thorough check-up of all your teeth and check every surface to make sure that all your teeth are healthy and happy. We also check the soft tissues to make sure there are no unusual lumps or bumps. Once we have completed the check-up we also do a clean this involves using a special instrument that uses water to remove any stubborn stains and plaque from your teeth and gums. Once your teeth are looking and feeling clean, we then polish your teeth to get any small stains and to make them feel very smooth to your tongue.

Every two to three years we also recommend getting x-rays on each side of your mouth to check for any early cavities that may be forming in-between your teeth as they can be very hard to see with just your eyes. The dentist may also recommended a fluoride treatment for your teeth if they think it will benefit your teeth as an individual. If there is any problems with your teeth that the dentist may see we will then make a treatment plan to get all of the problems fix so you are dentally fit so you don’t get any bigger problems or toothaches

How often should I go to the dentist?

You should make a habit of making regular trips to see us here at the dentist we recommend at least twice a year so that’s every six months. This is to make sure you are dentally fit and that your gums are kept healthy. If it happens that the dentist thinks you should come in more regularly they will let you know as everyone’s mouth is different and everyone requires different treatment.

Do you offer teeth whitening?

Yes we sure do, we offer a teeth whitening that you can do from the comfort of your own home. The teeth whitening kit we offer is a quick process that consist of doing some moulds of your teeth so we can make custom whitening trays. After the trays are made we supply you with a little package including information and whitening gels we will also explain in chair the process of teeth whitening. Then you take it all home and start the process of creating a whiter smile at your own pace. While at home you get to control and track your progress over a couple of weeks and stop when you’re happy with your bright smile.

Does teeth whitening last forever?

Unfortunately just like a white shirt after quite a few washes and wears the white starts to fade and go’s duller, this is just like your teeth. Things that effect your teeth’s colour are anything from drinking your morning coffee or tea, to a good curry night. But don’t worry you can always come in and get more refills of the whitening gel.

Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?

No, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. There are a lot of different reasons as to why wisdom teeth may become a problem - from not having enough room in your mouth or being too difficult to clean. Many people live all their lives with their wisdom teeth without any problems where others will need treatment. It all depends on the individual. So it is best to book in with your Armadale dentist on 9497 4777 so we can tell you how your wisdom teeth are going. We have dentists that are capable of doing wisdom teeth extractions.

Why is flossing important?

Flossing is very important for your gum health and to clean in between your teeth where a tooth brush can’t reach. Flossing is a great habit to get into as in between most people’s teeth a build-up of calculus or tartar occurs. Flossing can help dislodge and minimise/prevent this build-up and means you are less likely to get any holes that start between your teeth. Flossing also can be a great way to maintain fresh breath, by dislodging any food that is stuck in between your teeth

If you find it hard to floss or don’t know exactly how you’re supposed to, don’t hesitate to ask at your next check-up and we can certainly help you and show you!

What toothbrush should I use?

The toothbrush most suitable for you depends on personal preference and your needs. We recommend a soft toothbrush so you’re not brushing to hard causing more damage to your teeth than good.

A lot of people always ask is manual or electric toothbrushes better. Manual is very good as long as you are using it correctly and not pressing to hard. The benefits of an electric toothbrush is that is does all the hard work for you. Some can even let you know if your pressing to hard and some have an inbuilt timer you making sure you get the best out of your toothbrush. At the end of the day as long as the tooth brush and you are working together to keep your teeth clean that’s all that matters, as we want to see your teeth happy and clean.

What is the best toothpaste to use?

The best toothpaste is not about the brand or the cost. The most important thing you need to look for is if that tooth paste contains fluoride. Fluoride helps strengthen your teeth and can prevent holes from developing in your mouth.

Do you Bulk Bill?

Unfortunately we do not bulk bill dental treatment for adults as it is not offered here in Australia at private dentists. However, for children, they may be eligible for $700 worth of dental treatment over 2 years.

There are government clinics assessable for the public to attend, at a cheaper rate which is based on a walk-in and wait system. There are also different scheme available to eligible people from the government that allows us to see you at a subsidised rate (MDSS). For more information on both of these options you can inquire at your local government clinic or give us a call for any enquires. We can also check if your child is eligible under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS)

How much will I get back from my health fund?

How much you get back from your private health funds depends on many factors, the best thing to do is contact your health fund and ask them.

Unfortunately we cannot tell you over the phone as to how much your health fund will cover as everyone has different packages and benefits. However, we can do a quote in the clinic before any treatment is done if you wish to know how much out of pocket you will be.

This is a great feature that we can offer but only some health funds allow us to do this option but we can tell you if we can do it for your health fund. For most health funds though they will cover anywhere between 40-80% of your bill which can come in very handy.

We are preferred providers for HBF, Medibank, HCF and CBHS but also accept all health funds. We have on the spot claiming on our HICAPS machine and this will reduce the amount of gap you have to pay immediately

Do you do payment plans?

Here at Champion Family Dental, we are a privately owned and strive to do our best to help everyone. Regrettably, we do not offer payment plans as the minority have unfortunately spoiled it for others. We ask that payment occurs on the day of treatment

Please don't hesitate to ask the dentist for a quote prior to commencing treatment if you would like to know the cost.

I had a toothache and was told I needed a root canal, I was given antibiotics and now it doesn’t hurt do I still need a root canal?

It is great you are no longer in pain, but the answer is yes. Antibiotics are just like a bandaid. While they will help for a while, the pain will eventually come back and normally with a vengeance. So it is best to fix the problem before you experience the pain again.

What is Gum Disease

Gum disease is the collective term for a number of periodontal diseases. The condition of the mouth reflects the condition of the body. Most systemic diseases often have oral manifestations, so having good oral hygiene helps the body’s natural defences.

Gum diseases is relatively painless so is often ignored until serious damaged has occurred to the gums. You man recognise the term gingivitis, which is when the gums are inflamed. Periodontitis is the advanced stages of gingivitis. This is one of the major factors in tooth loss.

Some symptoms of gum disease are

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen and painful gums
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Loose adult teeth.
Having regular cleans and good hygiene at home can help prevent gum disease.

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