Arthur Street Dental | Coffs Harbour, NSW

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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Choosing a dentist for your family is a big decision. We want to assure you that your questions are welcome and if your question is not listed below, simply contact our surgery and our reception staff will be happy to help.

General Dentistry

Amalgam Fillings | Coffs Harbour, NSWIf you’re concerned about your dental fillings in Coffs Harbour, NSW, we would like to set your mind at ease.

Amalgam fillings are generally silver-coloured and sturdy. They tend to last for a long time and are not cause for concern. Amalgam fillings have been in use for decades and are still around today, in fact.

An amalgam filling relies on powdered alloy, which generally includes copper, silver and tin. This alloy is then coupled with liquid mercury for binding, which means a strong filling to protect your tooth.

Is Mercury Harmful in my Filling?

Despite controversy and fear over mercury ingestion, research suggests that mercury in your filling poses no harm. It is neither ingested nor absorbed into the body—nor does it “break away” to poison the blood as internet logic and legends suggest.

Many dentists no longer user amalgam fillings (and most will even replace these fillings upon request), but this is because newer resin materials offer a better filling and dentists may want to ease the minds of their patients.

When it comes to amalgam fillings, there is currently no evidence to suggest danger to patients.

Dental Fillings in Coffs Harbour

If you’re looking for dental care in Coffs Harbour, NSW, we invite you to contact our dental clinic.

dry mouth treatment | coffs harbour nswIf you’re experiencing dry mouth, our Coffs Harbour dentists want to help.

If you suffer from dry mouth only occasionally, it is probably not cause for concern. Try drinking water to rehydrate. If it is summer or you’re sweating due to an activity, this can also lead to dry mouth. Other culprits include:

  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Drinking too much coffee
  • Tobacco use

If you’re experiencing dry mouth more often than usual and hydrating yourself isn’t resolving the problem, you may have an underlying condition or issue that should be addressed by a healthcare professional or your dentist.

Conditions that cause dry mouth include:

  • Xerostomia—dysfunction of the salivary glands
  • Blocked salivary gland—often called a salivary stone
  • Sjögren's Syndrome—an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the cells that create tears and saliva
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension

Our dentists find that dry mouth is not generally a cause for concern, but if the situation does not improve, it is important to seek answers. In many cases, you may find that you’re not drinking as much water or hydrating as well as you should.

Chronic dry mouth may lead to tooth decay, plaque buildup, bad breath, and difficulty speaking and swallowing.

If you're suffering from dry mouth and would like to schedule an exam, we invite you to contact our dental clinic. 

brushing my teeth | coffs harbours nswWhen it comes to brushing your teeth in Coffs Harbour, NSW, the right toothbrush can make all the difference. You want a toothbrush with bristles that are not too stiff or abrasive. You also want to brush gently in a circular motion, hitting every tooth  all the way to the gumline. This includes the backs of your teeth, too.

Our Coffs Harbour dentists suggest brushing and flossing at least twice per day—when you wake up in the morning and just before turning in for the night.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

When you’re on the lookout for a toothbrush, the selection can be overwhelming. Our dentists in Coffs Harbour, NSW agree with the Australian Dental Association when it comes to toothbrush selection.

We suggest the following for optimal brushing results:

  • Soft bristles
  • Small head
  • Flexible neck
  • ADA seal of approval on the packaging 

You should also replace your toothbrush if you notice wear or missing bristles. Additionally, replacing your toothbrush three times per year may help reduce bacteria or the transfer of bacteria from your toothbrush to your mouth. In any case, make sure to rinse your toothbrush after each brushing.

If you would like more information, or if you’re ready to arrange a dental exam, we invite you to contact our Coffs Harbour dental clinic.

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