It’s common to observe habits such as thumb sucking or dummy sucking in young kids.  They can be a way of soothing stress or anxiety for kids.  In many cases, kids will grow out of these habits naturally.  However, if such habits persist beyond 3-4 years of age, they will adversely affect teeth development and negatively impact on speech.  It’s best to seek the opinion of a children’s dentist or speech therapist at this stage.

For some people, it may not be necessary to remove all wisdom teeth.  If there is enough room in the mouth to accommodate all wisdom teeth and they are easily accessible for cleaning purposes, wisdom teeth can be treated as any other teeth, and may not require extractions.  Usually, wisdom teeth erupt around 17-21 years of age, so it’s quite common for young people to have wisdom teeth problems around this time.  They should be assessed on a case by case basis, before extractions are planned.

Yes, it’s very safe to visit the dentist during pregnancy. In fact, due to hormone changes, you may notice more gum bleeding during this time, so it’s advisable to have teeth and gum checked regularly.  Procedures such as fillings even extractions can also be performed during pregnancy as long as dentist has been informed and precautions can be taken with anaesthetics.

That depends. Most people should see a dentist regularly every six months. Depending on your oral hygiene, the dentist may recommend you come in every 12 months. Sometimes, patient need to have a check-up and clean every 3-4 months if there is gum disease.

We would like to see your child around 2 ½ years of age. It may be a quick visit to have a ride in the chair. It’s important at the age to ensure all milk teeth have come through, there is no decay and your child’s bite is developing nicely.

Yes. Your gum specialist may see you on a regular basis, sometimes even every 3 months, but your general dentist will still need to check your teeth for cavities, broken down feelings etc.

While using baking soda on teeth will not damage your enamel, it does not contain fluoride which offers cavity protection. The taste and texture of baking soda in the mouth is not pleasant. Why not find a commercial product which contains baking soda and has the benefit of both worlds?

Unfortunately, whitening toothpaste is good with removing surface stains on teeth but will not change the colour of your teeth. If you want to whiten your teeth, you need to use a peroxide based bleaching agent.

First, check with your dentist and make sure there is no cavities, then consider using a toothpaste targeting sensitive teeth such as Sensodyne or Colgate Sensitive. Avoid acidic foods and extreme hot or cold beverages.

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