Dr. Attia and team at Evercare Dental Group are passionate in providing the very best in personalised dental care; to local Eltham, Bulleen, Doncaster, Balwyn North, Research, Templestowe, Rosanna & Diamond Creek residents.
From our front desk staff to our dental assistants , every member of our friendly and knowledgeable team at Evercare Dental Group are dedicated to ensuring the total comfort and satisfaction of each of our patients.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients. If you have any other questions, we would love to hear from you. Our friendly, knowledgeable and highly trained staff at Evercare Dental Group will be more than delighted to answer all your questions and needs.
Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many of us may not realise that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning.
There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.
What may cause bad breath?
What can I do to prevent bad breath?
In most cases, your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath. If it is determined that your mouth is healthy, but bad breath is persistent, your dentist may refer you to your doctor to determine the cause of the odour and an appropriate treatment plan.
Over the years there has been some concern as to the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. An amalgam is a blend of copper, silver, tin and zinc, bound by elemental mercury. Dentists have used this blended metal to fill teeth for more than 100 years. The controversy is due to claims that the exposure to the vapor and minute particles from the mercury can cause a variety of health problems.
Silver fillings are safe and studies have failed to find any link between silver containing mercury and any medical disorder.
The general consensus is that amalgam (silver) fillings are safe. The World Health Organization, the FDA, and others support the use of silver fillings as safe, durable, and cost effective. The only reason not to use silver fillings is when a patient has an allergy to any component of this type of filling.
There are numerous options to silver fillings, including composite (tooth-colored), porcelain, and glass ionomer fillings. We encourage you to discuss these options with your dentist so you can determine which is the best option for you.
You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits.
Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health. These include:
As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and to do so will require regular check-ups and cleanings.
Brushing our teeth removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from all tooth surfaces, except in between the teeth. Unfortunately, our toothbrush can’t reach these areas that are highly susceptible to decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (acids) that cause cavities and irritate and inflame the gums. Also, when plaque is not removed above and below the gumline, it hardens and turns into calculus (tartar). This will further irritate and inflame the gums and also slowly destroy the bone. This is the beginning of periodontal disease.
Daily flossing will help you keep a healthy, beautiful smile for life!
Since teeth whitening has now become the number one aesthetic concern of many patients, there are many products and methods available to achieve a brighter smile.
Professional teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel, and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Over-the-counter products are also available, but they are much less effective than professional
As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away, eventually revealing a darker or yellow shade. The colour of our teeth also comes from the inside of the tooth, which may become darker over time. Smoking, drinking coffee, tea, and wine may also contribute to tooth discoloration, making our teeth yellow and dull. Sometimes, teeth can become discolored from taking certain medications as a child, such as tetracycline. Excessive fluoridation (fluorosis) during tooth development can also cause teeth to become discolored.
It is important to have your teeth evaluated by your dentist to determine if you’re a good candidate for bleaching. Occasionally, tetracycline and fluorosis stains are difficult to bleach and your dentist may offer other options, such as veneers or crowns to cover up such stains. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is also important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. before bleaching begins. Once the bleaching is done, your dentist can match the new restorations to the shade of the newly whitened teeth.
Since teeth whitening is not permanent, a touch-up may be needed every several years to keep your smile looking bright.
The most widely used professional teeth whitening systems is the home teeth whitening systems: At-home products usually come in a gel form that is placed in a custom-fitted mouthguard (tray), created from a mould of your teeth. The trays are worn either for approximately 30 minutes per day. It usually takes a couple of days to achieve the desired results depending on the degree of staining and the desired level of whitening.
Teeth whitening can be very effective and can give you a brighter, whiter, more confident smile!
Tooth sensitivity is caused by the gradual exposure of the softer part of your tooth that lies under the tooth enamel, called “dentine”. Dentine has tiny tubes (‘tubules’) that lead to the nerve and are filled with fluid. Eating or drinking foods and drinks that are hot, cold or sweet can cause a change in fluid movement. This fluid movement causes the nerve endings to react in response, triggering a short, sharp pain.
Exposure of the dentin can occur due to a number of factors including:
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of factors. At Evercare Dental Group, your dentist will assess the cause of the exposed dentine and will cater a treatment plan accordingly.
Your dentist may recommend the use of a softer toothbrush and demonstrate to you how to correctly brush your teeth to prevent further loss of enamel. A desensitising toothpaste may also be recommended to decrease the sensitivity.
If the sensitivity is caused by a decayed or fractured tooth, then a filling will be required
Ultimately, whether you need an in-office procedure or over-the-counter product, the most important step is to seek dental advice so that the exact cause of the sensitivity can be determined and treated
Surprisingly, even a gentle knock can make a tooth fall out. Front teeth often take the full impact of a knock or bump. The upper front permanent (adult) teeth are the most likely of all teeth in children to be knocked right out. This is usually due to accidents
What should I do when it happens?
Knocked Out Baby Tooth: Contact us at Evercare Dental Group immediately. In most cases, no treatment is required, but we will assess possible damage to developing permanent tooth.
Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth: If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment.
Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health. Many toothpastes, and/or tooth polishes, however, can damage young smiles. They contain harsh abrasives, which can wear away young tooth enamel. When looking for a toothpaste for your child, make sure to pick one which contains fluoride and is age appropriate for your child.
Remember, children should spit out toothpaste after brushing to avoid ingesting too much fluoride. If too much fluoride is ingested, a condition known as fluorosis can occur, which affects the surface appearance of developing enamel. If your child is too young or unable to spit out toothpaste, use only a “pea size” amount of toothpaste.
Parents are often concerned about the nocturnal grinding of teeth (bruxism). Often, the first indication is the noise created by the child grinding on their teeth during sleep. Or, the parent may notice wear (teeth getting shorter) to the dentition. One theory as to the cause involves a psychological component. Stress due to a new environment, family changes, changes at school; etc. can influence a child to grind their teeth. Other times, there are no known contributing factors.
Unfortunately, for young children, there is no treatment which would help cease this habit. If bruxism continues in the permanent dentition then an occlusal splint would be recommended.
The good news is most children outgrow bruxism. The grinding decreases between the ages 6-9 and children tend to stop grinding between ages 9-12.
Sucking is a natural reflex and infants and young children may use thumbs, fingers on which to suck. It may make them feel secure and happy, or provide a sense of security. Since thumb sucking is relaxing, it may induce sleep.
Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of the permanent teeth can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and tooth alignment. How intensely a child sucks on fingers or thumbs will determine whether or not dental problems may result. Children who rest their thumbs passively in their mouths are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs.
Children should cease thumb sucking by the time their permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Usually, children stop between the ages of two and four. Peer pressure causes many school-aged children to stop.
A few suggestions to help your child get through thumb sucking:
Developing malocclusions can be recognized as early as 2-3 years of age. Often, early steps can be taken to reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age.
Stage I – Early Treatment: This period of treatment encompasses ages 2 to 6 years. At this young age, we are concerned with underdeveloped dental arches, the premature loss of primary teeth, and harmful habits such as finger or thumb sucking. Treatment initiated in this stage of development is often very successful and many times, though not always, can eliminate the need for future orthodontic or orthopedic treatment.
Stage II – Mixed Dentition: This period covers the ages of 6 to 12 years, with the eruption of the permanent incisor (front) teeth and 6 year molars. Treatment concerns deal with jaw malrelationships and dental realignment problems. This is an excellent stage to start treatment, when indicated, as your child’s hard and soft tissues are usually very responsive to orthodontic or orthopedic forces.
Stage III – Adolescent Dentition: This stage deals with the permanent teeth and the development of the final bite relationship.