When you arrive for your first visit you will be asked to complete a medical information form that will assist us to begin your dental treatment. On future visits it is very important to advise your dentist of any changes to your medical history.
We all want to remain healthy throughout our lives including keeping all or most of our natural teeth. Common oral conditions can include tooth decay, gum disease, tooth wear, dry mouth and tooth sensitivity. Your dentist can assist you with your concerns.
Helpful hints to reduce your risk of tooth decay
- Avoid sipping soft drinks throughout the day. Instead drink sugary drinks in a short time with food or as part of a meal.
- Drink sugary drinks in moderation. Even diet drinks contain acid that will attach the teeth and result in decay.
- If you can’t brush, rinse your mouth with water after drinking a soft drink.
- Never drink soft drink or juice before bedtime or put them in a baby’s bottle because the liquid pools in the mouth and coats the teeth with sugar and acid that can result in decay.
- Drink water instead of soft drink since it has no sugar, no acid and no calories.
- Eat foods that are high in sugar or are sticky and more likely to cause tooth decay during meals rather than between meals.
- Brush and floss regularly to remove the plaque that can lead to tooth decay and ask your dentist about the use of fluoride products to lessen further decay.
If you knock a permanent (second) tooth out:
1. Recover the tooth making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse root in saline or milk (if required) but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Replace the tooth, if possible, without handling the root of the tooth.
2. Otherwise place the tooth or any tooth fragment in saline or milk and proceed to a dentist as quickly as possible. Deciduous (first) teeth are not usually re-implanted as this may cause damage to the permanent tooth which lies underneath it.
Payment is due on the day of service. We have HICAPS and EFTPOS facilities. The following forms of payment are accepted: Mastercard, Visa, Cheque or cash.
At your examination appointment if further treatment is required a treatment plan and quote for costs will be organised. If you have a private heath fund and you require a list of item numbers to check your rebates with your insurer please ask. We would like to emphasize that as dental care providers, our relationship is with you, not your insurance company. All charges are the responsibility of the patient. You must present your health insurance card on the day of treatment if you would like to utilize the convenience of HICAPS.