Dental Therapist Q&A

We’ve asked our resident Dental Therapist, Ruth Lovering, to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on dental health.  We start with some of the more basic questions she is faced with during her busy day. 

We will be adding more questions and answers to the list.  However, if you would like to ask a question, please feel free to send them to us.

Q. When should I brush my teeth?

A. Everyone should brush their teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Once in the morning and last thing at night making sure that any drink consumed during the night is just water. Make sure you spit out after brushing but it is now recommended that you do not rinse thus enabling the fluoride in the toothpaste to help your teeth.

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Q. What is the best way to clean my teeth?

A. No particular technique has been shown to be better than another, however each person should check with their dentist/therapist or hygienist as their method may need to be modified to ensure all the teeth surfaces are cleaned every time.

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Q. My gums bleed when I brush my teeth.  Is this normal?

A. No, it is not normal in an otherwise healthy mouth.  Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gingivitis and you should visit your dentist/therapist or hygienist for a check-up. They will check your teeth and gums and remove any plaque or tartar that has built up.  They will also advise on the best way to clean your teeth, so that you can remove plaque build-up on a daily basis.  They may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine, such as Eludril.  It is important for you to seek help as if left untreated, gingivitis may lead to periodontal disease and this is more difficult to reverse.

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I'm nervous about going for dental treatment and keep putting it off. What should I do?

The first thing to say here is that you are not alone.  Many patients experience anxiety at the thought of dental treatment.  For some it results from a bad dental experience, perhaps in childhood.  For others, it can be a fear of injections or pain.
Firstly, talk to your dentist or hygienist and be honest about your fears.  Your dental practice may have dentists or hygienists that specialise in treating nervous patients. 

There are often simple things that can be done to overcome your concerns.  If the fear of pain is a problem, firstly I would say that dental procedures have advanced considerably and the local anaesthetics used today should prevent you feeling too much discomfort.  You should also develop a sign, perhaps raising your hand, to let your dentist/hygienist know that you are experiencing a problem.  If it’s the sound of the drill that makes you nervous, then you can wear headphones and listen to your favourite music during the visit. 

If you discuss these issues with your dentist/hygienist and still fell nervous about treatment, you could try relaxation techniques, hypnosis or counselling.  There are also alternative methods of sedation that can be used to totally relax you prior to treatment.

It’s important that you have regular dental check-ups and I would urge you to book an appointment soon.

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