How often should I visit my dentist?

This is one the most frequent questions which is asked from Dr Kia and it is very important question.

Regular dental check-ups are essential to have a good oral health. Dentist will check your teeth and gum and will evaluate the risk of oral cancer. Prevention and/or early detection of many dental problem will save your time and money. We are recommending visiting your dentist at least twice a year. In special conditions such as high risk of caries or gum disease, you may need to visit your dentist every 3 months.

What can I expect in a normal dental check-up?

At Distinct Dental Centre, we want you to have a cheerful dental experience. Feel relaxed in our comfortable waiting room from the moment you arrived. Your loved ones can watch their favourite movie on Netflix or YouTube. Our cute dental therapy dog “Winnie” enjoys giving free cuddles to ease any lingering anxieties. We can ensure you that you will be in safe hands, and during your dental check-up, you can enjoy watching movies or listening to your favourite music. You are our distinct guest at Distinct Dental Centre.

What dental insurance and payment plans do you accept?

We accept all Australian dental insurance and health funds. You can also use “after-pay” and “Zip-money” for your instalment. We also offer in-house payment plans to our patients and do our best to be flexible as much as possible to the best of your interest. Please kindly talk with one of our staff and they will prepare the best option for you.

Why is oral health so important?

Lack of proper oral hygiene can cause increasing the bacteria in your mouth and using the sugar found in foods to produce acids. Acid destroys the tooth and causing tooth cavities, gum disease and teeth infections. There so many general health problems like heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and pneumonia which are found related to poor oral hygiene.

Why are my gums bleeding?

Bleeding from gum when you are brushing is a sign that you may have gum disease. Gum disease is one the main cause of tooth loss so it’s critical to start the treatment right away. Without dental treatment, gum disease may progress and can destroy the bone and lose the teeth–, and most of the times there is no pain or warning until late stage.

Early detection of gum inflammation and treatment, including regular scaling and root planning to remove calculus will reduce the gum inflammation. We will show you how you can improve your brushing and flossing technique. We will go through the best dental materials, toothpastes, mouthwashes and ingredients which are most suitable for you. With good dental care at home and regular visits to your dentist, your gums should soon return to normal.

What’s the best toothbrush to use, manual or electric?

If you’re regularly missing areas of your teeth to clean, then an electric toothbrush may be a better choice for you. Recent research showed that Electric toothbrush can clean the teeth better specially in the area are not accessible with manual toothbrush.

Why is dentistry so expensive?

Consider a good oral hygiene and seeing a dentist as an investment in your overall health rather than an extra expense. Prevention is the best way to avoid expensive dental treatments. We restore teeth which last for a long time. The best materials and techniques such as using porcelain and Zirconia, in addition to high levels of regulations, world standard infection control, and the high standards of Australian dental treatment, all make dental care more expensive. However, it is invaluable when it helps you to smile brightly. In Distinct Dental Centre, we believe that the cost of regular dental treatment is all worthwhile.

At what age should my child start be visiting the dentist?

We recommend that children start to visit the dentist once they get their first tooth and no later than the age of one. Teaching children how to brush and floss are essential. Dentist can show you beloved one how to brush and floss in the first visit and it is also very important to supervise children when they are brushing/flossing and correct their technique underage of 9 when they motor skills improve and they can brush and floss independently.

Why primary teeth are important?

In the lack of proper oral hygiene and/or having a diet full of sugar, primary teeth can be destroyed very quickly.

However primary teeth are crucial for jaw development and should be maintained as much as possible since they can preserve the space for permanent teeth.

Moreover, early primary tooth loss might have an impact on children diet and chewing ability which might influence general health as well.

Why should I floss my teeth?

Flossing has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of gum disease. Nothing but floss can clean between the teeth and brushing is not a substitute for flossing at all

It is the best if you can floss your teeth daily. If you eat out, take some floss with you, and clean the gap between your teeth in the first available time.

Bleeding after brushing or flossing might be a sign of inflammation of gum, especially if you do not floss regularly. If the bleeding persists, please come to visit us to assess the condition.

Why should I take an X-Ray?

Dentists recommend taking a x-ray when it is absolutely essential in your diagnosis.

X-rays provide us with crucial information about your teeth condition and will show any small decay, extension of decay to the nerve of the tooth and/or problems with the roots of your teeth or any issues with your jaw bones.

I am getting anxious when I am seeing a dentist. What should I do for that?

First, you are not alone, many of us have unpleasant experiences in the past, which cause all sorts of anxiety when it comes to dentistry. Unfortunately, most of the times, these could be negatively reinforced by the media and movies.

However, talk openly about your anxiety and concern with your dentist, so they can consider your situation and recommend you the best option to help you.

We want to let you know that technology and new science have been developed in dentistry to reduce pain, so your experiences have already long outdated. Nowadays we use safer and pain-free technique methods to treat your teeth.

Avoiding dentist because of your anxiety is dangerous, because you will miss early detection of dental problems and they may turn into serious problems which need intensive treatments.

At Distinct Dental Centre, we have a few options for our valuable patients who have an anxiety such as taking premedications or using N2O (Happy Gas) during dental treatment.

How can I prevent dental problems?

To prevent dental problems, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, avoid sugary and acidic foods, and wear a mouthguard during physical activity. Regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and check-ups can also help prevent dental problems.

How can I find a good dental clinic?

You can find a good dental clinic by asking for recommendations from friends and family, checking online reviews, and researching the clinic's qualifications and services.

What should I bring to my first dental appointment?

You should bring your insurance information, a list of any medications you are taking, and any previous dental records if you have them. It is also important to let the dentist know if you have any specific concerns or dental problems.

I have dental anxiety, what can you do to help me manage my dental anxiety?

We can take several steps to help you manage your dental anxiety, including explaining the procedures and using less invasive techniques when possible,

offering visual distracting aids and music, offering sedation options, or referring you to a specialist who can provide more comprehensive care for anxiety.

What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is an Australian government program that provides dental benefits to eligible children between the ages of 2 and 17. The CDBS covers up to $1,000 in dental services over a two-year period for eligible children. You can check if your child is eligible for the CDBS by contacting the Department of Human Services or by asking us to check your child's eligibility.

What services are covered by private health insurance in Distinct Dental Centre?

We accept all Australian private health funds. The services covered by private health insurance depend on the policy you choose. Some policies cover general dental treatments (Examination and clean, x-ray, fillings, etc), while others cover extras such as major dental treatments (Root canal treatment, Crowns, etc), and/or Orthodontics (Braces, Invisalign, kids’ plates, etc). Usually, there is an out-of-pocket gap fee based on the level of coverage.

Do you offer any payment plan and how does a dental payment plan work?

Yes, we offer a different range of payment plans. A dental payment plan typically involves paying an initial deposit, followed by regular payments over a set period and may incur interest or fees. For more details, please speak with one our lovely staff on 02 8881 9995.

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