Dentist FAQs

Dentist FAQs: A collection of questions our patients frequently ask.



Is home dental care important?

Yes! If you practice proper tooth cleaning techniques at home, this greatly reduces your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. You will not only have a fresher breath but also clean, sparkling bright teeth!

Eliminating gum disease and tooth decay means less serious problems as you get older. This in turn means less time consuming, and costly dental work.

How can I prevent cavities?

You can take the following precautions at home to help prevent cavities:

  • 1) Brush two to three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • 2) Proper flossing daily.
  • 3) Eat nutritious and balanced meals while limiting snacking. If unable to brush after a meal, a good rinse with a glass of water or eating a small piece of cheese may help. Chewing sugar free gum will enhance saliva flow and provide short term “freshness”.


Why does good dentistry cost?

All businesses including The Smile Company have a wide range of costs to keep the company running. These include the general upkeep of the building, heating, electricity, gas, water, team wages and office supplies.

Provision for modern technology is often forgotten.

Unfortunately your fees do not just go straight into the dentists pockets. We at The Smile Company choose to provide excellent service and high quality care, in a comfortable and low stress environment.
This demands spending the right amount of time to provide a service which works on time, first time, everytime. Laboratory charges for ancillary dental professionals such as dental ceramists, and technicians, who make your porcelain crowns and bridges, are included in your fees. With the advent of technological equipment to improve dental care, also comes the cost associated with maintenance.

We must insure the proper safe disposal of instruments and waste materials together with the sterilisation of instruments. You will appreciate the practice wanting a safe place for you and all the team, and the environment. Throughout the year, members of our team will also attend training and information sessions with the goal of advancing our treatment techniques. The end result is a better service for you and a more enjoyable visit, from a highly informed team. The bottom line is, good dentistry costs similar money to any other quality and highly technical service. The more durable the treatment, the better the investment!

Why do I need to floss?

The action of flossing between teeth is simply an improved method of additional cleaning where the toothbrush can’t reach.

You should floss once every day. Gum disease and tooth decay usually begins between teeth and under the gum line, in areas where only floss can adequately reach to clean. With a proper technique, it should only take a few minutes to floss everyday. Please ask for a consultation with our dental hygienist if you do not feel comfortable with your flossing technique.

Why replace a toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. But replace it sooner if bristles fan out. A brush with tattered bristles can cause unnecessary harm and stress to your gums. Children will sometimes tend to brush more vigorously, and their brushes will need to be replaced more regularly. Keep your brush dry between uses to avoid mould which will occur in a continually moist area.

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