Your First Visit
It’s a daunting task picking a new dentist! That is why your first visit with us is very important to us as well. Prior to your first appointment, you will need to fill out a new patient form so we can better understand your past medical and dental history. To save time, you can print out our new patient form and bring it with you to your appointment. (please email us for a copy). Otherwise, please arrive around 10 minutes early to fill in the necessary paperwork.
On your first visit, we will sit down with you and discuss all your questions and concerns, so feel free to ask as many questions as you like. Your dentist will then complete a comprehensive examination of your mouth and teeth, and take X-rays and photos if necessary. This helps us provide you with dental care tailored to your concerns, needs and habits. Many patients require ongoing treatment for specific dental procedures, and we want to ensure you understand the full range of options and choose the best treatment for you.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is very important and will shape how they feel about going to the dentist for life. With a relaxed and open approach, children respond very well during treatment and can even be calmer than many adults. At Mascot Dental Clinic, we are committed to making your child’s dental experiences fun and comfortable.
Importance of Regular Checkups for Kids
Most parents don’t realise that even kids need regular dental check-ups. The Australian Dental Association recommends that a child’s first dental visit should be when their first tooth becomes visible or when they reach 12 months old, and then every 6-12 months depending on their risk of decay. This way, any problems with your child’s mouth, teeth, gums and lips can be identified early. Developing a routine with regular check-ups helps to familiarise your child with our team and our clinic, and will help us get to know them as well!
Did you know that...?
- Baby teeth are more porous than adult teeth and so decay progresses a lot quicker
- Premature loss of baby teeth can lead to space loss and crowding of adult teeth when they arrive.
- Baby teeth are instrumental in assisting jaw development.
- Habits such as thumb sucking or prolonged use of dummies can cause teeth alignment problems.
- Incorrect teeth alignment can lead to speech problems and less effective chewing
On their first visit, we will do a thorough examination of your child’s teeth, gums and mouth and will be able to advise you on how you can help look after their teeth and prevent decay.
We provide a full range of treatment for your children, including:
- Oral examination and X-rays
- Scale and clean to remove tartar, plaque and stains
- Fillings, fissure sealants and extractions
Tooth Decay (Caries)
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems. It generally can occur in anyone, but is almost entirely preventable.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth convert sugars left on the tooth surface into acid, which slowly erodes the tooth. Over time, more and more of the tooth structure is dissolved and a cavity develops.
Tooth decay can be prevented with good oral hygiene, appropriate fluoride exposure and a sensible diet. The dentists at Mascot Dental Clinic can show you how to brush and floss to help reduce the amount of bacteria left on the tooth surfaces. Use of a fluoridated toothpaste and rinsing your mouth with water after food can make teeth more resistant to acid attacks. Minimizing sugary or acidic food and drinks can also help prevent decay.
Tooth decay can be painful, or it can be entirely symptomless. As the disease progresses, the tooth becomes weaker and the nerve may become infected. That is why it is important to have periodic check-ups and X-rays to ensure that any initial decay is identified early to prevent symptoms and stop progression.
Gum Diseases: Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gum disease describes a range of conditions that affect the supporting structures of the teeth. Of these, the most common are gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth. It is a common and reversible condition. The inflammation is caused by bacteria and their by-products irritating the gums, causing redness, bleeding, swelling and pain. If left to progress, it can lead to periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a more chronic condition, also caused by bacteria. It occurs when bacteria burrow into the space between the tooth and the gum and cause permanent damage to the underlying bone and ligaments. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to progressive loosening of the tooth and eventually tooth loss.
In recent years, poor gum health has also been linked to higher incidence of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Good oral hygiene is one of the most important factors in preventing gum disease. The dentists at Mascot Dental Clinic will show you proper brushing and flossing techniques and identify any areas to monitor. With gingivitis, usually a clean is sufficient to remove plaque and calculus from the tooth surface. In periodontitis, you may need to have a ‘deep clean’ to remove debris from deeper within the gums. If necessary, we may also refer you to a periodontist (a gum disease specialist).