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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My gums hurt at the back of my mouth on one side. Mum thinks it could be a wisdom tooth coming through. What are wisdom teeth and what should I do?

Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to come through, right at the back of the mouth.  They usually appear when you are between 17 and 25. Adults can have up to 32 teeth but 28 is often the most we have room for.  This means that there may not be enough space for the wisdom teeth to come through properly.  If you experience any pain or inflammation you should visit your dentist.  They will assess the situation and if need be, take x-rays to check on whether a wisdom tooth is the cause and whether there is room for it to come through without a problem.  Only if it is causing a problem, will it need to be removed. 

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