Frequently Asked Questions

Dental health FAQs

You should brush your teeth twice a day – morning and before bed. Brushing your teeth is important as it removes the sticky film build up on your teeth called plaque. The bacteria in plaque is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

This is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments and the most common asked for treatment. Discolouration of our teeth can be due to a variety of causes. Tea, coffee, red wine, other dietry choices plus smoking all impact the colour of your teeth. At Eastside Dental we are pleased to be able to offer a teeth whitening service which is safe, painless and cost-effective.  

A custom-fitted mouthguard is fabricated from an exact impression of your teeth taken by the dentist. They are specifically designed to fit the exact contours of your mouth, giving you the absolute best protection from serious dental trauma. A custom-fitted mouthguard allows you to talk normally, don’t restrict breathing and stay firmly in place. They should be considered a mandatory part of your sporting equipment.

Children get their first teeth anywhere from 4 months of age. It is recommended that you bring them to see the dentist approximately 6 months after they get their first tooth. Bringing your children to the dentist at a young age is important as we can identify any dental problems such as decay or developmental issues. We can also support parents, guiding you on how to best care for their child’s teeth.

At Eastside Family Dental, our fees are in line with the average fees as determined by the Australian Dental Association. What you can be assured of is that we have a transparent approach to our fees and they will be discussed upfront. We aim to educate you about your dental health, current problems and potential problems, and to present all of your options at the consultation.

We will never force you to have x-rays, however, you should be aware that these images are essential to help evaluate the health of your teeth and to identify problems such as decay, infections and impacted teeth. They are diagnostic but also can be preventative by helping a dentist diagnose potential issues in a patients mouth before they become a major problem. Very low levels of radiation are used to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums not visible to the naked eye.

To be eligible for the scheme, a child must be between the age of 2 and 17 years old, be eligible for Medicare and the family must receive an eligible payment at least once that year. You should receive a letter from Medicare stating your legibility but if you’re not sure, call the Medicare enquiry line on 132011.

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