FAQs

FAQs 2017-09-22T13:27:34+00:00
Should I use a mouthwash regularly? 2014-12-04T06:04:11+00:00

We are faced with a multitude of choices as regards to mouthwashes. At MDS we prescribe the mouthwash best suited for your needs.

Long term use of ethanol based mouthwashes should be discouraged given recent evidence of a possible link to oral cancer.

Which tooth brush / paste should I use? (a question we hear quite often-with a simple answer) 2014-12-04T06:04:52+00:00

Your toothbrush is a vital aid in maintenance of your oral hygiene. One brush or a brand is not suitable for everybody.

At your regular check-ups at Mosman Dental Surgery, the dentist will recommend a brush most suited to your needs.

Can I use chewing gum without concern for my gums / teeth? 2014-12-04T06:05:24+00:00

Chewing gum has multiple beneficial effects on both gums and teeth. Apart from the cleansing effect it massages the gums, stimulates salivary flow and therefore reduces sugar and acid-levels which may be present in the mouth.

Xylitol based chewing gums have proven efficacy against decay producing bacteria.

How often should I brush my teeth? 2014-12-04T06:06:01+00:00

We recommend at least two times a day. Brushing before going to bed is most important.

Do not brush immediately after consumption of aerated drinks or citrus food as food acids can have an adverse effect on the enamel. Instead brush 30 mins after consumption of such foods.

Should I consider using an electric tooth-brush? 2014-12-04T06:06:32+00:00

Electric brushes have proved to be more effective than conventional brushes. But the technique of use is slightly different. After your Check & Clean appointment the MDS dentists will demonstrate the use of these devices.

Up to what age can I have braces? 2014-12-04T06:07:13+00:00

There is no set age limit to it. More adults are having orthodontic adjustments done than ever before. Generally good results are quicker and easier to achieve during formative years.

I am grinding my teeth at night, what can I do? 2014-12-04T06:07:42+00:00

Your dentist can help you with a night-guard which will protect your teeth and may ultimately disrupt the habit.

Can I hurt my gums when flossing? 2014-12-04T06:08:15+00:00

Flossing is the single most important accessory next to brushing. The more often and regularly you floss, the more skilled you will become.

Ask your dentist for a demo at your next visit if you feel insecure.

My gums are bleeding slightly when I brush my teeth, what can I do? 2014-12-04T06:09:29+00:00

Your gums are inflamed (Gingivitis), so call your dentist for a thorough scale & clean and some sound advice, even if it’s less than 6 months since your last visit.

Should I have my Wisdom teeth extracted? 2014-12-04T06:10:19+00:00

A question often asked by many. While it is generally accepted by most dentists that Wisdom teeth should be extracted the timing of their extraction can differ from person to person. Un-erupted Wisdom teeth have shown to have propensity for cyst formation in later years.

Hygiene is much better if you don’t have those wizzies in an awkward area, making it hard to get your brush to reach them.

I am afraid of Dentists. What are my options? 2014-12-04T06:11:09+00:00

Well, you are not the only one. Most people don’t enjoy coming to the Dentist. But at the Mosman Dental Surgery we take utmost care to provide you treatment in the most relaxing environment. Every effort is made to keep it pain-free.

For extremely phobic patients we offer oral sedation and also organise IV sedation by a specialist, if need be.

Why do I need a Root canal Treatment? 2014-12-04T06:12:01+00:00
  1. Most common cause of dental pain is due to decay reaching and infecting the nerve in the tooth. The only way to save such a tooth is by RCT.
  2. Infection from the gum can find a way its way into the tooth infecting the nerve inside. To get rid of the infection a RCT needs to be performed.
  3. The nerve in the tooth, which has an old crown or deep filling could turn non-vital and infect the surrounding bone. A RCT is done to save such a tooth.
Can you briefly explain the Root Canal Treatment procedure? 2014-12-04T06:13:36+00:00

Step 1: Initial assessment with X-ray followed by making the tooth numb.

Step 2: Placement of a rubber dam.

Step 3: Gaining access in the tooth and cleaning and irrigating the infection out.

Step 4: Filling the root canal with a root canal filing material.

Step 5: Placement of a provisional filling.

I have heard I will need a crown after the RCT. How true is it? 2014-12-04T06:14:16+00:00

Most of the failures of root canal treated teeth are due to cracks. These teeth need to be protected after a root canal and it is imperative to have either a full crown or inlay/onlay.