FAQS

  1. I brush my teeth constantly but still have bad breath. What can I do?
  2. When should my child first see a dentist?
  3. What are wisdom teeth?
  4. Why do I need X-Rays?
  5. What can gum disease mean for a diabetic?
  6. My tooth was knocked out , how soon should I see a dentist?
  7. When a tooth is pushed out of position:
  8. While biting hard food I broke one of my teeth. What should I do?
  9. What is periodontal disease?
  10. What happens if I just ignore getting my teeth professionally cleaned?
  11. What does periodontal treatment involve?
  12. Can I have my teeth straightened without having to wear braces?
  13. I have a number of black fillings, what can I have done to improve this?
  14. How can I help my children look after their teeth?
  15. How do I best look after my teeth at home?
  16. Should I fix my chipped and stained teeth?
  17. What's the best way to prevent gum disease?
  18. What sort of food is good for my teeth?
  19. What is Gingivitis?
  20. What are veneers?
  21. Why are patients choosing CEREC?
  22. Do you deserve a healthy smile?
  23. Why should you choose Active Dental?
  24. What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
  25. How can dentistry be pain free?
  26. Do you suffer from headaches or a stiff neck?
  27. What if I really can't afford to pay for the treatment I know I need?
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    I brush my teeth constantly but still have bad breath. What can I do?

    Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth that live in pockets around the teeth, the grooves in the tongue and especially on the back of the tongue. As the bacteria tries to break down the food left in the mouth it begins to release an unpleasant odour.

    Most mouthwashes give you temporary relief and just mask the odour until it comes back. Mouthwashes contain large amounts of alcohol and can cause other problems with excessive use. The best treatment is to see your dental hygienist ASAP to have the problem diagnosed and treatment started. No one wants the embarrassment of having bad breath and especially to have it pointed out by other people.

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    When should my child first see a dentist?

    The ideal time for your child to meet the dentist is six months after their first (primary) teeth erupt. This gives your dentist a perfect opportunity to carefully examine the development of their mouth and catch problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations and prolonged thumb-sucking early.

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    What are wisdom teeth?

    They're the last teeth to erupt in the back of your mouth. Usually, they erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Occasionally, though, they find their way our much later than that; some never erupt at all.

    Thanks to evolution, we're evolving into the proud ownership of smaller jaws; unfortunately our teeth aren't quite keeping pace. Most of our jaws only have room for 28 teeth; we have 32. Basically, this means that the last teeth to erupt, which are the wisdom teeth, have nowhere to go if there's not enough room remaining.

    If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    Why do I need X-Rays?

    Radiographic or X-ray examinations provide your dentist with an important diagnostic tool that shows the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones.

    X-Ray can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumours. X-rays can also show the exact location of impacted teeth. They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through visual examination (such as changes in the jaw bone structure as a result of systemic disease).

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    What can gum disease mean for a diabetic?

    Gingivitis is an infection within the gums caused by bacteria found in plaque. A diabetic's body doesn't respond as quickly to infection as a non-diabetic. If the infection persists, it can spread to the underlying bone that supports and anchors the teeth.

    It has been shown that diabetics who keep their condition under control and maintain good oral hygiene have a far better chance of combating infections than those who are poorly controlled.

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    My tooth was knocked out , how soon should I see a dentist?

    Immediately. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth. When a tooth is knocked out you should immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.

    Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment. Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub. Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and the gum to keep it moist.

    It is important not to let the tooth dry out. It is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk.

    If you have a dental emergency, we thoroughly recommend you contact us so we can help you.

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    When a tooth is pushed out of position:

    When a tooth is pushed out of position:

    * Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure, but do not force the tooth
    * Bite down to keep the tooth from moving
    * Your dentist may splint the tooth in place to the two healthy teeth next to the loose tooth

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    While biting hard food I broke one of my teeth. What should I do?

    If you are not in any pain then ring the dentist as soon as possible and make an appointment, but try and keep the tooth as clean as possible and avoid biting hard on that tooth. If you have pain, then you will need to go to your dentist immediately as an emergency.

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    What is periodontal disease?

    Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. If plaque is not regularly removed, it calcifies into a rough, porous deposit called calculus, or tartar. By products of bacterial metabolism irritate the gums, making them red, tender, swollen and more prone to bleed.

    Eventually, the supporting periodontal structures begin to breakdown. The result of this slow process is tissue loss, bone loss and eventual tooth loss. If you believe you may have periodontal disease we recommend you have an examination as soon as possible.

    If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    What happens if I just ignore getting my teeth professionally cleaned?

    As the plaque and calculus accumulate, the periodontal disease continues. Supporting tissues around the teeth (gums, periodontal ligaments, bone) are lost.

    Periodontal pockets form which trap additional plaque. Bad breath often accompanies this condition. Once the bone that supports the teeth is lost, it will not regrow without surgical intervention.

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    What does periodontal treatment involve?

    In the earlier states of gum disease (mild to moderate periodontitis), most treatment involves scaling and root planning. The procedure aims at removing plaque and calculus from the surface of the tooth adjacent to gum tissue. The periodontal pockets around the tooth are cleans and all effect root surfaces are smooth. In the majority of early gum disease cases, treatment entails improved home care techniques and scaling and root planning.

    Advanced cases may require surgical treatment. If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you

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    Can I have my teeth straightened without having to wear braces?

    Wearing braces is always a great way to straighten teeth but there are other options available.

    Dental Veneers: One of the easiest ways to treat teeth that are too small or too big or have uneven surfaces is by placing a veneer over the tooth. Porcelain veneers are placed over the front on the teeth to create a lovely even colour and shape and give you the straight smile you have always wanted and deserve.

    Dental Bonding: By using resin bonding we can restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolour your smile.

    If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    I have a number of black fillings, what can I have done to improve this?

    The black filling material used in your teeth is amalgam. It has been used as a filling material for over a hundred years; it's still one of the strongest materials available.

    However, it's about as unattractive a filling material as you can get. There are a number of other tooth-coloured restorative materials currently available that can be used to replace old amalgams.

    If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation on replacing your amalgam fillings and find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    How can I help my children look after their teeth?

    Try to limit how much sugary food your children are eating and make sure they are brushing their teeth well. To ensure they are brushing well use an electric toothbrush. Studies have concluded that the oscillating rotating power toothbrush technology pioneered by Oral-B, is shown to be superior to manual toothbrushes.

    The review stated, "Brushes that worked with a rotation oscillation action removed more plaque and reduced gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes in the short and long-term”

    As well as regular brushing please bring the kids in for a regular Preventive Care appointment with the hygienist so he/she can remove the plaque that builds up on the teeth, that can't be removed with ordinary brushing. This combination of correct brushing, eating good healthy food and regular cleaning at the dentist will give your children the teeth they will want as adults.

    Are your children overdue for an appointment? If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you and your children.

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    How do I best look after my teeth at home?

    In between your six monthly preventive care appointment to have your teeth professionally cleaned and checked, you must clean your teeth properly.

    Brush your teeth and floss them morning and night after meals. If you have bad breath an antiseptic mouthwash is useful to reduce bacteria when needed. Carry some floss with you to keep a check on your teeth during the day. There is nothing worse than talking to someone who has food stuck in their teeth from lunch.

    Brushing at lunchtime is not always convenient but if you get the opportunity it will make your mouth feel so much fresher. Everyone loves to see bright shiny teeth and you will feel so much more confident during the day. The benefits of good home cleaning means less plaque build up to remove at your next hygiene appointment.

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    Should I fix my chipped and stained teeth?

    As a dentist, I see people every day who are embarrassed by their teeth. Like the patient I talked to recently who burst into tears when she told me how her little grand daughter climbed onto her lap and asked “Why are your teeth all yucky and brown?”

    It broke her heart that the little girl thought her mouth was ugly and it made her realise that grown-ups noticed her stained teeth too. They just weren't as open and honest as children are.

    Isn't it time to stop being embarrassed by your teeth? Half of all people surveyed say they'd love to have a better, more attractive smile.

    They'd like to have:

    * Brighter, whiter teeth with no stains or discolouration
    * Straighter teeth with no gaps and no crowding
    * Teeth that aren't too big or too small
    * Healthy looking teeth with no chips or cracks

    In other words they'd like the brilliant healthy smile they've dreamed of. This can be achieved in an amazingly short time. If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    What's the best way to prevent gum disease?

    Conscientious removal of plaque by flossing, brushing and regular professional cleanings will minimise your risk of gum disease.

    However, there are other factors that can affect the health of your gums, such as stress, diabetes, genetics and pregnancy.

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    What sort of food is good for my teeth?

    The type of food you eat is important in keeping teeth and gums healthy. Certain foods with sugars and starches can lead to tooth decay. Eating vegetables may be a healthy choice since they help in removing some deposits from the teeth.

    Soft and sticky foods should be avoided because they attach and get between the teeth providing a great place for bacteria to grow. Low fat choices like raw vegetables, fresh fruits, or whole grain breads are also good choices.

    Eating the right foods can help prevent tooth decay and other diseases as well as regular brushing and flossing and your six monthly preventive care appointment.

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    What is Gingivitis?

    Gingivitis is a dental disease that exhibits symptoms of bleeding, swelling and some pain.

    The cause is poor oral hygiene and bacteria from food that has not been removed from between the teeth. This bacteria then starts to attack the gums. This is where the real problem starts. The bacteria then causes the loss of bone that is holding your teeth in place and eventually left untreated the teeth will begin to fall out or need to be extracted.

    This is known as Periodontal Disease. It sounds scary and it is!!!

    No one really wants to lose their teeth. It is painful and expensive. At Active Dental we show our patients how to look after their gums at their hygiene appointments. You need to be the dental professional at home between visits as a lot can happen with your gums in 6 months.

    Periodontal disease is now also linked to diabetes, arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, pancreatic cancer and pre-term low birth weight babies.

    We don't want any of our patients to have periodontal disease. If there is an area of your gum that is bleeding then you need to have it looked at ASAP. If you have bleeding gums don't wait to contact us tomorrow, you need to ring today for an appointment.

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    What are veneers?

    Dental veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, or spacing and chips or cracks.

    Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Even better, the translucent ceramic quality of today's veneers provides a more natural look than what's been available in the past. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, dental veneers can also serve a functional purpose by protecting the surface of a damaged tooth. In some cases, veneers may replace the need for a dental crown, eliminating the need for more invasive tooth preparation.

    If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    Why are patients choosing CEREC?

    CEREC tooth restoration isn't just convenient, it is also healthy. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam, gold, and other metals.

    With CEREC, your dentist can use strong, tooth coloured ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure. This means when you eat hot food and then drink something cold, the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. So, your tooth does not crack, and you can go on enjoying your evening.

    Also, the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, so your dentist can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth.

    If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    Do you deserve a healthy smile?

    We are all so busy working hard, looking after our families and trying to have a break or holiday that we forget to look after ourselves. We know that we must look after our teeth and most of us are brushing morning and night and maybe flossing occasionally. We then start to believe that we know what is happening inside our mouths.

    Unfortunately the only time we do know what is happening in our mouths is when we are in pain or discomfort. This then means you have an emergency situation which can involve more discomfort and often more expense.

    Make sure you do visit us every 6 months at the minimum to prevent any painful emergencies.

    Every patient we see after a dental emergency decides that now is the time to make the change and look after their teeth. They then come every 6 months for a Preventive Care Appointment where the hygienist professionally cleans your teeth and the dentist examines your teeth. We also love to see how you are.

    Preventive Dentistry is the best dentistry you can give yourself. If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    Why should you choose Active Dental?

    Your comfort is very important to us. As soon as you arrive at Active Dental you know you are in safe hands.

    On your first visit we will take the opportunity to find out a little more about you so we can meet your every need. Our friendly and professional staff will help you relax with a glass of water, tea or coffee before your appointment. We can then answer any questions you may have.

    At Active Dental we can also offer you various ways to help make your appointment more comfortable from happy gas to maybe listening to your favourite music during your treatment. We have all the latest equipment and materials to provide you with the most up to date treatment to help give you the winning smile you have always wanted. We will also provide you with various options to enable you to complete your treatment with ease and comfort.

    At Active Dental we pride ourselves on the after care service we provide all of our patients. We want you to love coming to see us to maintain that healthy smile and gorgeous teeth.

    If you have not made your regular 6 monthly appointment to have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined or if you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

    Everyone desires a beautiful, healthy smile and at Active Dental we can help you achieve this dream. Through our leading Cosmetic Dentistry treatments, Dr David Moffet can significantly enhance the appearance of your teeth and increase your general well-being.

    A beautiful smile is closer than you think!

    Cosmetic Dentistry techniques are designed to completely transform the appearance of your smile and will provide your teeth with a new lease of life; rejuvenating your smile both aesthetically and functionally.

    Each Cosmetic Dentistry treatment is specifically designed to improve the beautiful essence of your smile whilst increasing your dental health.

    Some of our Cosmetic Dental Services include:

    * Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
    * Tooth Whitening
    * Porcelain Veneers
    * Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
    * Porcelain Inlays & Onlays
    * Reshaping of Teeth
    * Gum Recontouring
    * Dental Implants
    * Instant Orthodontics
    * Tooth-coloured Fillings

    Dr David Moffet aspires to create beautiful, natural smiles for all of his patients. If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    How can dentistry be pain free?

    At Active Dental we know how important your dental treatment is and we want to ensure your visit is as relaxed as possible.

    When you make your next appointment please ask about our “happy gas”.

    Many of our patients prefer to have something to help them feel at ease.

    We also have IV sedation available for tooth extractions, which allows the patient to sleep through the procedure feeling well rested after their dental treatment. If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    Do you suffer from headaches or a stiff neck?

    Did you know that these symptoms could be related to your teeth and bite?

    The study of neuromuscular dentistry, which relates malocclusion (crooked teeth or bad bites) back to facial pain and head and neck pain, is a new advancement in dental treatment.

    Some people just live with facial pain and headaches. But new research has shown that this pain can be relieved by bite correction. You'd be surprised how many people out there are just putting up with head and neck pains as part of their lot. Now there's a simple treatment that can be life changing for some people and can be received at Active Dental.

    If you haven't visited us before, we thoroughly recommend you contact us for a consultation to find out how we, at Active Dental, can help you.

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    What if I really can't afford to pay for the treatment I know I need?

    At Active Dental we know how important your dental treatment is and we have different options that can help you pay for the treatment using various payment plans. We will work out a plan that best suits you so you can go ahead with the dental treatment and feel at ease.