Preparing for your dental visit as a new patient makes your experience smoother for you and your dentist.
Prepare any information you think your dentist may require:
- List of any current medications
- Medical history – any relevant operations or illnesses experienced, past or present
- Your doctor and/or specialists details
- Dental insurance details/Medicare CDBS details (if covered)/Veterans Affairs details
- Any concerns, anxieties, or past problems with dental treatment you may have experienced. Discussing this with your dentist is valuable and we can help reduce your concerns or anxiety to help make your experience as pleasant as possible.
- We will confirm your appointment the day prior via SMS or telephone call.
- Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This give you time to fill out any forms that may be required, and to sit and relax, and get comfortable in our surroundings.
A visit to the dentist is thankfully very different nowadays compared to 20-30+ years ago. Most children now enjoy coming to the dentist, and even ask their parents when they can come back!
We recommend that when your baby/toddler shows the first signs of teeth, to bring them in for a ‘ride in the chair’. This gets them used to the surroundings from an early age.
Your child’s first dental visit should be a pleasant experience, and we are here to make sure your child is at ease and happy.
Visiting your dentist every 6 months should be a regular routine, as dental health can affect your overall health and wellbeing. It is important that children are well educated from a young age regarding their dental health. The choices you make for your child about their dental health and education when they are young, influences the child’s own patterns in dental health when they grow into an adult.
It is important to talk to your children about coming to the dentist, and counting their teeth. You can role play dentists at home with your child and their teddies, so they know what to expect. Set a good example for your child by having your check up at the same time they come in for their first check up. This can help reassure your child that visiting a dentist is normal and a positive experience.
It is important to associate relaxing, pleasant and positive memories of the dentist for your child.
Make sure you have a list of any current medications, health insurance details, or Medicare details (if applicable), and any relevant medical history details you think your dentist may require for your child’s first dental visit.
Dentures should be cleaned daily with a soft toothbrush and denture paste, or a mild soap and water. It is a good idea to run a basin full of water, or place a towel over the basin, and clean your dentures over this, as this will avoid breakage if you accidently drop them. You mouth, gums and tongue should still be brushed, even though you have dentures.
Regular checkups should also be performed by your dentist, to check your gums and soft tissues for any changes or abnormalities. Your dentist will show you how to correctly insert and remove your dentures. Never place any force on your dentures. Remove you denture/s overnight to allow your soft tissues to rest and to prevent grinding.
If they are new dentures, your mouth will take a little while to adapt to them, just like a new pair of shoes. Start with eating soft foods. Similarly, speech takes time also to adapt. If you develop sore spots, contact us to arrange an adjustment. This is perfectly normal.
If they become very sore and you would like to remove them for a while, just make sure you wear them for a few hours prior to the adjustment appointment, so the dentist can see exactly where the adjustment is needed. Oral ulcer cream may be used to relieve discomfort. If the soreness does not improve with this, please make sure you contact your dentist.
A gauze pack will be placed in the area when you leave the surgery. Keep the pack in the mouth with biting pressure for approximately 20 mins. You can then discard the gauze. Do not rinse for at least 12 hours following the extraction.
After the 12 hours, GENTLY bathe the area with warm salt water mouth rinses. (1 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water.) Continue to rinse 2-3 times a day, especially after meals, for 3 days.
The extraction site may ooze blood for the remainder of that day. If it is any more than an ooze, take a sterile gauze from the pack supplied, roll it into a small pad and place over the area. Bite with pressure for 20 mins. Repeat if necessary. If the bleeding persists, or you have any other concerns, do not hesitate to call the surgery.
If the blood clot is washed away from the socket, or does not form properly, then a ‘dry socket’ may occur. This may cause severe pain and sometimes swelling. It generally occurs 2-3 days following an extraction. If you think this may have occurred, please contact the surgery for management. Please refrain from taking any stimulants such as alcohol, smoking or heavy exercise for at least 12-24 hours following an extraction. This may cause the area to bleed, or, can increase the risk of a dry socket.
(General information for Children 0-11 years of age. Covers topics such as babies, toddlers, kids, CDBS, fluroride, cleft palate scheme and more.)
(General information for Teens 12-17 years of age. Covers topics such as brushing, flossing, lifestyle risks, teeth straightening, mouthguards and more.)
(General information for Young adults 18-30 years of age. Covers topics such as Whitening, Dental tourism, grinding, pregnancy, private health insurance and more.)
(General information for Adults 31-64 years of age. Covers topics such as brushing, flossing, fillings, X-rays, Cancer treatment and oral health, Dept of Veterans Affairs, and more.)
(General information for Older adults 65+ years of age. Covers topics such as dentures, X-rays, crowns and veneers, brushing, flossing, lifestyle risks and more.)