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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive and Family Dentistry

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Your questions are important to us because we want you to feel confident about the care we provide at Oasis Smiles Dental. Some of our patients’ most common enquiries are listed below. If you do not see the answer you are looking for, please feel free to contact our North Tamworth dental clinic to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members.

Preventive and Family Dentistry

Absolutely. Flossing is part of good oral hygiene. Your toothbrush can scrub away surface plaque, but floss is what keeps the areas between the teeth and just beneath the gumline clean. When you do not floss, plaque turns into tartar and collects bacteria. Bacteria in the gums and on the teeth lead to periodontal disease and tooth decay.

We recommend that you brush your teeth for two minutes every day using fluoride toothpaste and the proper technique. Be sure to brush every area of the teeth, including the chewing surfaces.

Flossing once per day, gently moving the floss up and down each side of the tooth, can help you prevent gum disease.

Signs of gum disease include bleeding gums, bad breath, red gums and sensitive tissue. Gum disease is linked to systemic issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Please give us a call to arrange your next dental exam. Healthy teeth and gums are great for your smile and your overall health.

Our patients with missing teeth each have different requirements and goals for their smiles. We offer both complete dentures and partial dentures in our North Tamworth dental office to help patients regain chewing function and their confidence.

While dental implants are considered the gold standard of teeth replacement options, many patients prefer an alternative or find the idea of restoring an entire arch of teeth cost-prohibitive. Bone quality and medical conditions may also limit who can have dental implant surgery successfully.

Complete dentures – Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth or both arches. In contrast with dentures from just a few decades ago, modern dentures look natural and fit better than ever before. Considerations for gender, facial structure and age all play a role in choosing denture teeth that will compliment your appearance.

For patients who want extra stability, dental implants can anchor the denture in place, often without the need for bone grafting or other additional procedures.

Partial dentures – Materials for partial dentures vary widely, offering a number of choices for our patients to replace missing teeth when some of their natural teeth remain. Chromium cobalt partial dentures have a durable metal foundation. Acrylic partial dentures are lightweight and natural looking. Flexible partial dentures provide a comfortable and lightweight option.

For more information about dentures in North Tamworth, contact Oasis Smiles Dental to arrange a consultation. Our dentists are dedicated to finding a tooth replacement option to give you your smile back.

Sealants consist of a flowable barrier that we paint onto the surfaces of back teeth where food particles and bacteria usually collect. By creating this invisible barrier, we can reduce the instances of tooth decay.

Sealants are effective for several years on average when we can replace them to continue protecting teeth from cavities. Because sealants are non-invasive and often less costly than fillings, many patients appreciate having them as part of their preventive dental routine.

We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect delicate gum tissue along with fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to angle the toothbrush toward the gum line as you brush your teeth to remove the plaque that collects there.

Brush teeth for two minutes paying close attention to cover the surface of each tooth. If you would like a proper brushing demonstration, just let us know. Our dental team loves sharing knowledge with our patients.

Even if you are a contender for the tooth brushing of the year award, tartar still develops in the tight places that your toothbrush cannot reach. Dental floss removes plaque from between teeth, but it is still possible for it to accumulate just below the gums and harden into tartar, also called calculus.

For most healthy patients, twice-yearly active maintenance dental visits that include a clean and check-up are enough to maintain oral health. Routine x-rays will identify decay that is not visible through a visual exam alone.

Your active maintenance appointments are also a perfect opportunity to discuss your goals for your smile and any cosmetic dentistry treatments you are interested in.

If you have missed a few dental appointments, there is no need to worry. Our team will never make you feel guilty. Instead, we will focus on helping you restore your oral health by organising a personalised treatment plan.

Each dental clean includes a scale an polish using precision instruments that remove tartar, plaque, bacteria and surface stains. Incidentally, if you are interested in whitening your teeth, immediately following your dental clean is a perfect time to get started. 

We welcome you to our Tamworth dental clinic and look forward to seeing your smile.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been proven to strengthen enamel to protect from tooth decay. We recommend fluoride on a patient-by-patient basis depending on the risk of dental caries (decay) and home oral health routines. Contrary to popular belief, fluoride is not just for kids. Adults, especially those with compromised dexterity, can also benefit from supplemental fluoride treatments.

At Oasis Smiles Dental, we customise treatment based on each person’s unique needs. In many cases, six-month dental visits can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Because we strive to identify any dental disease in the earliest stages, these regular visits play a vital role in your oral health.

In some cases when patients have gum disease or other conditions, we may recommend more frequent visits. Contact us to learn more about preventive and general dentistry. We warmly welcome new patients.

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