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2/20, Aberdeen Road,
Macleod, Victoria 3085
(03) 9459 7190

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Which toothbrush should I choose?

We recommend using a softer toothbrush as opposed to a hard bristled toothbrush as they tend to cause less damage to your teeth. This is also dependant on the brushing method or technique followed and the amount of force applied while brushing.

Why do I need dental x-rays?
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There are different types of x-rays or radiographs. They shows in depth detail of your teeth and the surrounding tissues that cannot be seen visually during your clinical examination.

They are required to make a more accurate diagnosis. We can detect early signs of decay, which helps us to make a decision on the treatment protocol for each patient in order to prevent further damage.

We usually take x-rays every 2-3 years, unless needed otherwise, like in cases of trauma, soft tissue infection, abscess, cysts etc.

What is a fissure sealant?

Fissures are the anatomical grooves on the biting surfaces of your back teeth. Food and bacteria can get trapped in the deep grooves of your teeth, often leading to decay. Fissure sealant is a part of preventative dentistry, where we use a clear or white material to seal these grooves.

This procedure usually won’t need injections and is generally done on children when a new tooth has erupted.

What is the best age to take my child to the dentist?

Most children have their baby teeth erupt between 2 to 3 years of age. So 18 months to 2 years is generally considered the right time to have their first checkup.

At The Dental Retreat we look forward to make your child’s first visit to the dentist as easy as possible.

Why should I floss?

Brushing removes debris from the surfaces of your teeth, but leaves plaque and bacteria in between your teeth where it’s not reachable. In turn, the leftover plaque and bacteria can cause decay and inflammation of your gums. Using the right type of floss and mastering the correct flossing method can help maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Are you the preferred provider for any private health insurance funds?

Yes, we are preferred providers for HCF, NIB, Australian Unity, GMHBA, Healthcare, myOwn, Peoplecare, Frank, AIA Health Insurance and Health.com.au.

Do you Bulk Bill for Medicare Child Dental Benefit Scheme?

Yes, we do cover the Medicare Child Dental Benefit Scheme for eligible children. The claim can be processed on the spot with your Medicare Card.

Do you do braces at this practice?

We do metal braces and clear braces/ Invisalign at our practice. Make an appointment for a consultation with our Dentist to discuss your options.

Do you have payment plans?

We do have interest free payment plans where you pay a fixed percentage of the entire treatment plan fees initially, and the remaining amount can be paid over up to a two year period.

Why is fluoride important for dental health?

Fluoride is a naturally available mineral found in food and water. Fluoride helps prevent dental decay by making your tooth enamel harder and more resistant to bacteria. Some natural sources of fluoride are fish, tea and spinach. If your drinking water does not have enough fluoride, supplements are available, especially during the developmental stages of teeth.

What can I do if I knocked out a tooth?

Take it to the dentist as quickly as possible. The earlier you do, the better the chances of a successful re-implantation of the tooth. Do not scrub its surface to remove dirt but rinse the tooth gently under running tap water.

If it is an adult patient, it is recommended to leave the clean tooth in the patient's mouth between gum and cheek in saliva until you reach the dentist.

If it is a child patient, immerse the tooth in a container of the child's saliva, milk or saline until you reach the dentist.

Will teeth whitening give results?

Smoking, drinking tea, coffee and red wine, or consuming other acidic foods can discolour your teeth more quickly. Your results from our teeth whitening procedure can last a few years, however it may need to be topped up from time to time to maintain the best results.

When should I use a mouthguard?

It is always best to have a mouthguard custom-fitted by your dentist. This is applicable even if you are wearing braces. You benefit from wearing a mouthguard when playing any contact sports, either professionally or only on weekends.

Commercial mouthguards are available at most sporting goods stores, they are relatively inexpensive but not as comfortable and effective as custom fitted ones.

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