FAQs 2017-08-15T04:08:04+00:00

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What Causes Tooth Decay? 2017-08-15T04:08:04+00:00

Several specific types of bacteria that live on the teeth cause decay. When carbohydrate is consumed, the bacteria metabolize or digest the complex or simple sugar and then excrete acids that dissolve the teeth and cause an infection in the tooth. This infection is called decay. (These acids also cause gum infections manifesting as swollen, bleeding gums).

Most of the time cavities are due to a combination of inadequate daily brushing and flossing, and a frequent ‘grazing ’diet, high in simple or complex carbohydrates.

Some tips for cavity prevention are:

Limit the frequency of meals and snacks… and no snacks or drinks (except water), and avoid liquid or chewable medicines or vitamins within 1 hour of bedtime.

Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

Watch what kinds of liquids you drink.

Avoid sticky foods.

Make treats part of meals.

Choose nutritious snacks.

When should children begin brushing? 2014-10-09T05:40:49+00:00

Wipe infant’s gums before any teeth appear to clean and massage their gums and to help them prepare for future regular teeth cleaning at bath time. You can use a clean washcloth and clean water. When teeth begin to appear, continue. As babies grow, and 3-4 teeth erupt, use an infant toothbrush, beginning to use a very small dab of (children’s) toothpaste once they are about 1 1/2 years old. Do not let your child apply their own toothpaste… It is a drug and they can get too much toothpaste and/or fluoride. This can injure or even cause enamel damage to unerupted permanent teeth. Generally children will swallow all toothpaste until they are about 5 years old.

For most toddlers, getting them to brush their teeth can be quite a challenge! It can be a good idea to create a “tooth brushing routine” and stick to the same routine each day.

How should we take care of children’s teeth? 2014-10-09T05:41:03+00:00

Children need to use toothbrushes designed for children. Both adults and children should use brushes with small heads and soft, rounded bristles for gentle cleaning. Change to a new brush about every three months.

Studies have shown that NO child, until at least 10 years of age, has the ability to brush their teeth as well as an adult. Brushing in 3 dimensions is much more difficult than cursive writing in two dimensions… To demonstrate, have your child wash your car and see how accurate they are around small nooks and crannies. Children need an adult to brush their teeth at least once per day until at least 9-10 years old, and an introduction to flossing is recommended

Hold the brush at a 45 degrees angle towards teeth and gums. Move brush back and forth with short strokes, about a half tooth wide. Never try to brush top and bottom teeth together… You will miss the gum lines. Brush the inside and outside surfaces of each tooth. Hold the brush flat on top of the teeth and brush the chewing surfaces. Gently brush the tongue to remove debris. Introduce the idea of flossing between teeth daily.

When do teeth erupt? 2014-10-24T03:55:50+00:00

The first baby teeth to erupt are the typically two bottom front teeth. You will notice this often when your baby is about six to eight months old. It is not unusual for the eruption of the first teeth to be earlier, or even later. If no teeth are present by the time a child is 12 months old, we recommend a dental evaluation to rule out a problem with the development or eruption of the baby teeth. Broad variations in the timing of first tooth eruption from newborns with “Natal Teeth” to 19-month-olds with finally, normally erupting baby teeth.

At around 2-1/2 years old, your child should have all 20 primary, or “baby” teeth. Between the ages of five and six, the first permanent teeth may begin to erupt around 6. All baby teeth are eventually replaced by permanent teeth. Surprising to many people, only the front 4, upper and lower incisors are lost between 5- 8 years of age. The 12 baby canines and molars are usually not lost until the permanent canines and premolars erupt, somewhere between 9-14 tears of age. Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth, but they are important to chewing, biting, speech, and appearance.

For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.

My child is thumb sucking, should I worry? 2014-10-09T05:41:19+00:00

Digit sucking is not uncommon in infants. In fact, children are often visualized on ultra-sound examination sucking their thumbs before they are born. Children usually give up digit sucking by one or 2 years of age. Often children continue thumb or finger sucking as a habit, and over a long period of time it can result in growth or positional abnormalities of the teeth and boney areas of the gums and jaws causing skeletal open bite or other undesirable facial growth. Severity varies depending on a child’s nasal and oral airway, genetic, skeletal facial type, musculature and how often, how strong and how the thumb or fingers are positioned in the mouth. If the habit is alive and well as the child reaches school age, and the permanent dentition is beginning to appear, we have some effective and positive ways to help your child break the habit.

Do you accept new patients? 2014-10-09T05:41:27+00:00

New patients are always welcome. Please contact our reception staff so that we may be able to answer any questions you may have and organise an initial consultation for you. This way your dentists can prepare an itemised treatment plan specifically tailored for you and discuss any proposed treatment options.

What can I do for an emergency appointment? 2014-10-09T05:41:37+00:00

We prioritise same day appointments for emergencies and if patients are in pain. If it is after hours or on the weekend, someone will still answer the phone or get back to you shortly as the surgery number is diverted to a mobile.

What can I do if I am interested in improving the look of my teeth? 2014-10-24T03:57:45+00:00

If you are at all interested in discovering your options regarding aesthetic dentistry ring and make a free consult. We offer the benefit of extensive experience in orthodontics at general dentist prices. Composite resin (adhesive resin) dentistry is another specialty at Caring Touch Dental. It requires no removal of sound tooth structure and is a very affordable option because it is priced as “fillings” for aesthetic reasons.

Do you have wheelchair access? 2014-10-09T05:41:52+00:00

Yes, we have wheelchair access and off-street parking

What makes Caring Touch Dental an exceptional choice for orthodontics? 2014-10-09T05:42:04+00:00

Dr Kim has spent years acquiring her unique skills at high-end orthodontic practices and can provide a high level of skill and insight whilst pricing as a general dentist. She offers clear brackets for braces and is invisalign accredited.

How many dentists work at Caring Touch Dental? 2017-08-15T04:08:04+00:00

Caring Touch Dental is primarily run and owned by Dr Kim Yoshinaga, and she works alongside the former owner of Whitebridge Dental Practice, Dr Caroline Davidson. We believe this is one of the strengths of our practice where you can be guaranteed of a high level of personalised, continuous care by a dentist you know and trust.

How can I find out if my children are eligible for the Child Dental Benefit Scheme? 2017-08-17T01:25:50+00:00

You will have received a letter to confirm eligibility. A child or teenager’s eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each calendar year and is valid for the whole of that calendar year. However, if you are unsure, contact Medicare on 132 011.

For more information please click on the link provided. http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule

Do you bulk bill? 2014-10-09T05:42:27+00:00

We bulk bill recipients of the Child Dental Benefit Scheme up to the value of $1000 worth of dental treatment up to a period covering 2 years (although you can use the $1000 worth of no out of pocket treatment within the first year.)

Do you cater for anxious and nervous patients? 2014-10-09T05:42:37+00:00

Anxious and nervous patients are a specialty at Caring Touch Dental. Dr Kim uses her breadth of experience and compassionate, caring approach to put even the most anxious patients at ease.

Apart from that, dental treatment with Nitrous Oxide (Happy Gas) or under General Anaesthesia is also available,

What is your special needs experience? 2014-10-09T05:42:45+00:00

As well as raising a child with special needs, Dr Kim has worked with many people with disabilities both while she was a Paediatric registrar and during her 15 years at an orthodontic practice.

When it comes to paediatric dentistry, what sets Caring Touch apart? 2014-10-09T05:42:54+00:00

For Dr Kim, the primary dentist of Caring Touch Dental, paediatric dentistry is a particular passion. She commenced a highly competitive specialisation in Paediatric Dentistry in Queensland, but after a year of gaining invaluable experience, was unable to complete the second half of the clinical doctorate because of her own experience of having a child with special needs. She has worked at the Royal Brisbane Women and Children’s Hospital as a Paediatric registrar, and in disadvantaged areas of Queensland treating children in rural areas (who had not grown up with fluoridated water) and New South Wales.

Why wear Elastics during orthodontic treatment? 2014-10-12T22:29:42+00:00

Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth. In order for this force to remain constant, elastics must be worn all the time and changed every day. Time missed in wearing your elastics makes your treatment longer.

You are responsible for placing the elastics on your braces between appointments. Make sure you wear them as instructed and only remove them when brushing your teeth, gums, and braces after meals. Then put them back on immediately. Always carry a few elastics with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away. If your supply is low, call us and we will mail you some more.

If you forget to insert your elastics one day, don’t double up the next day, just follow your regular instructions.

Elastics become worn out. When they lose their elasticity, they don’t provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. For this reason change them daily, even when they are not broken.

If your elastics break frequently, a wire or band loosens, or a hook breaks off call us. Don’t wait until your next appointment, these problems need to be corrected as soon as possible!

What are Removable Appliances? 2014-10-12T22:30:12+00:00

Removable Appliances are able to be taken in and out of the mouth by the patient.

Removable appliances may be used to move selected teeth, to hold selected teeth in place, to influence the growth of the jaws, and to influence tooth eruption. They are often used in conjunction with fixed appliances.

Removable appliances cannot be used to treat all orthodontic problems. It takes skill and experience to recognize conditions that can be successfully treated with removable appliances.

Because the patient can easily remove the appliance, good compliance is required to achieve the desired outcome.