How can we help you?
At Ayar Dental, we focus on patient education because we know that patients who are better informed can make more confident decisions about their oral health. Dr Robert Ayar is never too busy to take the time to thoroughly explain why he might recommend a specific procedure and how it can benefit your oral health.
We also encourage our patients to ask questions when they need more information or when something isn’t clear. Our entire team is happy to find the answers you need.
Below, we’ve shared some of the common questions we hear most often, but we welcome your other enquiries.
No, it is not. There is fluoride added to your drinking water in our local area, and it is actually good for your oral health when used properly.
There are two ways fluoride helps the teeth. When people consume fluoride in water, it enters the bloodstream. In children, this will become a part of their permanent teeth. When fluoride is swallowed, it also becomes part of the saliva, so it helps protect the teeth from the acids that can cause tooth decay.
The other way fluoride helps teeth is when it is applied directly to the teeth, such as with a fluoride toothpaste or fluoride treatment. This helps with a process called ‘remineralisation,’ which helps strengthen tooth enamel.
At our Ramsgate Beach, NSW dental clinic, we sometimes recommend children receive fluoride treatments as a routine part of their dental care programme. It helps protect kids from developing cavities in both the primary teeth and permanent teeth. Fluoride rinses can be purchased in shops, and we recommend that children over the age of six use these routinely.
If you have questions about the use and safety of fluoride, we welcome your call to Ayar Dental.
Dental x-rays provide us with a crucial diagnostic tool because it enables Dr Robert Ayar to see issues that are invisible to the naked eye. In fact, without the highly detailed images, we wouldn’t be able to provide you with the highest standard of dental care you deserve.
Digital radiographs are used to check for cavities in their earliest stages. We can also use x-rays to see the tooth roots and the gums, so we can detect any signs of infection or gum disease before you experience any pain or discomfort.
Patients who are concerned about the safety of dental x-rays should know that digital radiographs emit much less radiation than the traditional film x-rays that we used to use. We also use a leaded apron to further ensure patient safety during the process.
For most patients, we recommend a set of x-rays once every year, but depending on your needs and current oral health, Dr Ayar may advise more or less frequent x-rays.
Has it been longer than six months since your last dental examination and clean? It’s easy to schedule a booking, and we warmly welcome new patients. We look forward to seeing you.
When it comes to dentistry, preventive care is crucial for keeping your mouth healthy. Going to the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings is the best way for your dentist to detect problems while they are still small and less invasive and less expensive to treat. If you wait until you are in pain or having some other issue, it might be too late to easily correct it.
For example, if you have a tiny bit of tooth decay, you probably won’t even notice it. If you went to the dentist for your six-month appointment, however, your dentist would either see it or spot it through a dental x-ray. A small filling would fix the issue, and you wouldn’t have to give it another thought.
If you don’t go to the dentist, the tiny spot of decay will continue to grow. At some point, it might start to hurt. If you continue to let it go, it could result in an infection in the root of your tooth. You would probably develop a painful, unbearable toothache, and you would go to the dentist where you would likely get a root canal.
In our example, not visiting the dentist regularly for an examination meant that what could have been a quick filling turned into a root canal and a tooth that needed a dental crown.
This is why it is so important that you visit your Ramsgate Beach, NSW dental clinic every six months for check-ups and cleans.
For most patients, getting their teeth cleaned is not a painful procedure. A dental cleaning consists of your hygienist removing plaque and tartar from all the tough-to-reach places in your mouth that even the most diligent brushing and flossing cannot get rid of. Some patients might find this part of the appointment somewhat uncomfortable but not really painful.
Next, your hygienist will polish your teeth. This gives your teeth that smooth, clean feeling that most people enjoy after a tooth cleaning. Because the paste used for polishing is somewhat gritty, your hygienist will usually follow this part of the cleaning with a thorough flossing.
This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about keeping your teeth clean at home. If you have questions about products, your hygienist will be happy to answer them.
If you are feeling anxious prior to your dental cleaning because you are worried about the process, or if it has been some time since your last dental cleaning, we invite you to give our Ramsgate Beach, NSW dental clinic a call. We can answer any questions you might have; sometimes just knowing what to expect can go a long way toward alleviating anxiety or fear about the procedure.