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I worry about my Childs’ teeth…

From your childs’ first milk tooth to the visits from the tooth fairy to the development of adult teeth and wisdom teeth, there are some good habits that can be developed which can help your child to avoid oral health problems.  Here are some summary guidelines (more detail in the FAQ section) …

Establishing good habits can help your child avoid oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.  You can help them enjoy trouble free teeth for life and

  • Start a brushing routine as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through.
  • Change your Childs’ toothbrush regularly.  Best practice would be to change your toothbrush every three months.
  • We recommend a toothbrush with a small head and ultra-soft bristles.  Consider Eco Friendly toothbrushes.
  • Visit Vard Dental so that your child becomes familiar with our environment and gets to know us.  Dr. David can identify any oral health problems at an early stage.  Just opening the child’s mouth for the dentist to look is a useful practise.
  • From around the age of 7, encourage your child to brush their own teeth.  Keep an eye on their brushing to ensure they are bushing properly (more details in FAQ section).
  • Consider Fissure Seals for your Childs’ teeth as they give teeth an extra layer of defence.
  • Sport enthusiasts – a sports mouth guard should be considered for children who engage in contact sports.
  • Call us on 2855 841 for an appointment and we can discuss your specific concerns.
Why do my gums bleed?

Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are at risk of, or already have gum disease.  Make an appointment with Vard Dental so that we can examine your teeth and gums and provide you with an oral care plan.

Bleeding, redness, and painful or sore gums are symptom of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) that arises due to several different causes and may occur during brushing or flossing. The soreness can be accompanied by swelling of the gum tissues. Most commonly, gingivitis is the result of plaque build-up on the teeth around the gum line. Without adequate removal, the plaque hardens to become tartar, which worsens gingivitis and can, over time, lead to receding gums and even damage the bones of the jaws.

Vard Dental can provide you with a treatment or oral care plan for you to follow, which will relieve the symptoms of gingivitis, and, through regular follow ups to remove plaque, should remove the re-occurrence of bleeding completely.

Gingivitis can be reversed by your thorough removal of plaque daily and regular professional cleaning. If left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis and tooth loss

I’m unhappy with my teeth

Everyone is unique and everyone can have a different reason for being happy or unhappy with their teeth.

Come in and talk to Vard Dental about your teeth and we can help you to get and remain happy with your teeth or at least, to help you be happier with your teeth.

Read on to hear about some of the treatments which have helped others to be happier with their teeth…

  • “Bridge the gap” – there are a number of different ways to “bridge the gap”. They include restoring a tooth, to providing a denture, to building up the teeth. Call for an appointment so that we can discuss the best approach for you….
  • Stop the wear and tear of grinding – We can provide you with a night splint (sometimes called a mouth guard) which will reduce the wearing of teeth from grinding.
  • Repair the wear and tear of grinding – There are several different restorative treatments which you can elect to have e.g. cosmetic bonding.
  • Whiten your teeth – We can provide you with a whitening kit.  A whitening kit consists of a custom-made tray, which is unique to you, together with whitening gel. Dentists (along with anyone registered with the Dental council) are the only approved providers of whitening kits and in line with providing excellent customer service; Vard Dental will provide you with a whitening kit, information and advice which provides you with the tools to whiten your teeth to a level that you want to maintain.
How often should I change my toothbrush?

We recommend you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Consider getting a new toothbrush sooner if you have been sick, especially if the toothbrush is stored close to other toothbrushes. When in doubt, look at the bristles, if they are frayed, they won’t clean teeth as thoroughly and frayed bristles are a good sign that it’s time to replace.

What sort of toothbrush should I use?

There are two main styles of toothbrushes.   A manual with a plastic handle or an eco-friendly handle and the other main style is an electric toothbrush.

A manual toothbrush is portable and ready to use every time you need it. It makes no noise, and you will have complete control over the pressure it puts on your teeth and gums. Consider being eco aware within your dental care by using a toothbrush with a compostable handle rather than a plastic handle. Ask Vard Dental for more details on Eco Friendly Toothbrushes.

An electric toothbrush requires charging and might be a bit more cumbersome to take along when travelling.   However, the rotating movement of the bristles makes it easier to clean between teeth and at the gum line. Many electric toothbrushes have built-in sensors to make sure you don’t brush too hard and that you brush for the length of time recommended by dentists.

I think my breath smells bad

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, is a common problem. Bad breath is usually preventable. If any of the following factors are contributing to your halitosis, Vard Dental can identify them and work with you on a treatment or oral care plan: poor oral hygiene; gum disease; tooth decay; mouth infections.

Is now the right time to restore my broken tooth?

YES – the right time is now! Or at least come in to Vard Dental and let us examine your broken tooth and talk with you about the restoration option that you can choose e.g. Fillings (either silver or white), Composite veneers, which is commonly known as bonding, Porcelain veneers or Crowns. An examination which, will include an xRay, will allow us to identify if a root treatment or an implant is required.

Do the children need sports guards?

It’s always a good idea to protect your Childrens’ growing teeth through encouraging them to use a sports guard while participating in sports. You can choose to make the sports guard more interesting and fun through getting us to introduce colour to the sports guard (costs a little extra).

Should I use a night splint?

A night splint is a good idea if you are grinding your teeth. It can prevent further wear and tear of your teeth and it can also protect any restorative work which you decide to get us to do for you.

If you have damage from grinding, consider restoring your teeth by availing of our bonding service.

Family Visits

Here at Vard Dental we welcome family visits. The well-used adage comes to mind – ‘Prevention is better than cure’. We encourage parents to bring their children into us for a visit from around the age of three or earlier if you have any concerns.

Watch out for our regular promotion which have included:

Children under 6 having a free check-up once a year

8-16 years having a half price check up

Youths have had half price check-ups with an oral hygiene clean and plenty of advice

Students have been able to avail of half price check-ups and cleans

See the delight when we give treat bags or enter Youths into a draw for cinema vouchers.

Treat Bags include:

A Daily Tooth Brushing Star chart

Information on sugar content of treats regularly given to children

Top Tips for Healthy Teeth

Crayons, colouring pages, selection of novelty play items