Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards

When out playing sports, any mouthguard is better than nothing.  But a good custom mouthguard can make the difference between losing a front tooth and never having a problem at all.

A mouthguard acts to absorb and spread a facial impact which might otherwise result in an injury to the mouth, teeth or jaws. Remember that the cost of an injury to your teeth or jaw will far outweigh the cost of a custom fitted mouthguard.

Brushing and Flossing

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, Mouthwash


  • Adults should use any toothpaste containing fluoride. The more expensive toothpastes are not necessarily any better.
  • If you have decay, or have had many fillings previously, talk to your dentist about using a high strength fluoride toothpaste.
  • Whitening toothpastes are more abrasive and can damage teeth, however are reasonably effective at limiting staining from smoking.
  • Toothpaste for children has a low fluoride content.
  • Children should use child strength toothpaste, until their adult teeth begin to erupt (6 years old).


The most important time to brush is just before bed; food left on your teeth will cause decay while you sleep. Whether you use a manual or an electric toothbrush, you should brush for 2 minutes at least twice a day.


Manual Toothbrush
Look for a toothbrush with soft or ultra-soft bristles. Never use a medium or hard brush.

Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes can be great for kids, people who tend to brush too hard or have manual dexterity difficulties.


Children need their teeth brushed for them until they can write their own name in cursive handwriting (8 – 9 years old).


“You only need to floss the teeth you would like to keep”

  • Find a floss that works for you!
  • If you are finding it difficult to get the floss between your teeth, try a ribbon or ‘satin’ floss.
  • If you can’t manage to floss, there are many widgets on the market to help including floss holders (Reach access flosser) and interproximal brushes (Piksters, TePe brushes).
  • Interproximal brushes are good for large spaces and braces.
  • Many people find it difficult to floss initially. Please ask your dentist to show you how.
  • Don’t flick the floss down onto your gums but gently rub the floss down the side of each tooth
  • Try and floss every time you brush.

Mouth Wash

Using a mouthwash never replaces brushing and flossing.  Most people do not need to use mouthwash regularly. However your dentist may suggest a specific mouthwash for you, for a short duration to help resolve bad breath after your teeth have been professionally cleaned.

Alcohol Free

  • If you do want to use a mouthwash, alcohol free is preferable.
  • Children should only use alcohol free.
  • Some mouthwashes feel like they are burning your mouth. Unfortunately, this does not mean they are doing a better job cleaning your teeth.

When to Use
After brushing, flossing and rinsing with water.

Routine Exam

Routine Exam

What To Expect?

Our commitment to comprehensive dental care is a great experience for new patients. It means that we don’t just tell you there is a problem. We explain what the problem is, how it came to be and how you can stop it happening again. We believe in giving all of our patient’s options, there is almost always more than one solution.

By dealing with both short-term issues and making you aware of any long-term implications, we feel we are giving you the highest level of care.

Scale and Clean

Scale and Clean

What To Expect?

Clean teeth like you have never felt before.  If you have sensitive teeth, don’t worry we also have happy gas and can even give you local anaesthetic if needed.  If it hurts, we will always stop immediately and discuss what the best option would be to make you comfortable.  We only use a combination of the gentlest ultrasonic scalers and where needed an air polisher to remove hard to reach stains.

How Often Should I Get My Teeth Checked?

It’s up to you, but generally between every 6-12months.  We will discuss your overall oral health risk profile and make a recommendation, then you can choose what fits your life.  Most health insurance policies pay for a check-up and clean every 6 months, as this saves them money in the long run, as people are less likely to get problems by seeing the dentist regularly.

Occasionally, we see people every 3 months if they have genetic predisposition to getting lots of calculus and scale build up on their teeth which causes their gums to become diseased and inflamed.  If you have a family history of tooth or gum problems, or have had problems in the past yourself please let us know.

Fissure Sealants

Fissure Sealants

Not all teeth form correctly.  Sometimes you can do everything right and still get a problem in the grooves on the biting surface of your teeth.

Fissure sealants prevent a problem before it occurs, by sealing deep grooves in the teeth which would otherwise develop into decay.  They are cheap and effective, and often no needles or drilling are needed at all.