It is inevitable that if an emergency is going to take place, it will do so at a particularly inconvenient time. Often we experience dental emergencies when the likelihood of getting an immediate appointment is virtually impossible.
Many of our clients have experienced this exact scenario and have been able to access flexible and convenient relief from their dental emergencies with Somerset Dental. At Somerset Dental, we pride ourselves on our commitment to patient care and this extends beyond the normal appointments schedule.
With the summer season comes a dramatic increase in physical and social activities. This also increases the risk of a dental emergency occurring. Whether it is a tooth accidentally knocked out in the backyard cricket game, or a tooth ache that is exacerbated by sugary, hot or cold foods (in copious amounts), Somerset Dental can help alleviate your dental pain to get you back to your summer fun quickly.
Our emergency dental services cover a range of the most common issues including broken, chipped or knocked out teeth, tooth aches, sore gums, ulcers, or lost fillings. Our dedication to caring service can quickly relieve your pain for the immediate time, as well as prepare for any other more extensive dental work that may need to be done to comprehensively treat your emergency.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, or unsure if you what you are dealing with is an emergency, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff as soon as possible on 02 4648 0909.
Having a good family dentist at your disposal can make a huge difference to your family’s oral care. If you are searching for a reliable, trustworthy dentist, these tips will put you on the right path for dental success!
1. Locally Based
Finding a family dentist that is local is ideal, since it means you won’t have travel long distances see them. This can make your dental checkups and cleans and your other appointments much more convenient. It also means that if you run into any dental emergencies, your dentist will be quick and easy to get to.
2. Friendly Attitude
A good family dentist will value your comfort and state of mind when providing treatment. Great patient service is part of the dental care process and a friendly, caring dentist will make each visit much more pleasant and enjoyable. This is especially important for kids, who may dread going to the dentist, or for others who feel nervous or anxious about each visit.
Your family dentist should also be highly knowledgeable about all areas of dentistry and they should provide you with preventative and other solutions that will benefit your oral health in future. In short, don’t choose a dentist who only offers ‘quick fixes.’
You should also feel comfortable approaching your family dentist about any oral problems and it’s important that you trust their opinion. A good dentist will also have a working knowledge of dental fees and health care plans, so that they can help you manage your dental expenses, too.
4. Experience With Kids
If your kids are young and dislike dentist visits, look for a local family dentist who has experience working with children. These dentists will have a thorough understanding of kids’ dentistry and they will also go to efforts to make nervous children feel more at ease.
Having fun while at the dentist is important for kids too and simple things like child-friendly waiting rooms or take-away treats or ‘show bags’ can make each appointment more entertaining.
5. Range of Treatments
It is also in your best interests to ensure that your family dentist has a range of treatments available. This means that you won’t have to go elsewhere if you need to get a certain procedure done.
Common services can include basic checkups, cleans, fillings and teeth whitening as well as more complex processes like wisdom teeth extraction, root canal treatments, crowns and bridges fittings, ceramic restorations and braces/plates.
6. Emergency Dentistry
You never know when you might need emergency dentistry! A local family dentist who can also perform emergency dentistry procedures can be invaluable. This allows you to keep all of your dental work in one location (along with your dental documents, history and x-rays) and means that you won’t have to explain your dental history to a different dentist during an emergency.
At Somerset Dental Care we value your comfort and wellbeing and we’re passionate about dentistry! To learn more about what we do or book an appointment, contact us via our website or email us at [email protected].
Looking after your teeth and gums is one of the most important tasks in maintaining your overall health. A Personal Dental Care Plan will ensure your teeth and gums stay strong and don’t lead to gum diseases or tooth loss in future.
From checkups and cleans to recognising the signs of unhealthy teeth, check out these great tips for your personal dental care plan from Somerset Dental:
1. Find a Good Dentist
Having a strong, friendly relationship with a local dentist is essential in caring for your teeth. They will be able to provide you with valuable advice on how strong your teeth/gums are and what treatments you might require to get your mouth health back on track.
2. Checkups and Cleans
You should visit the dentist once every 4-6 months to maintain dental health, even if it’s only for a checkup and clean. During checkups and cleans, your dentist will remove excess tartar and plaque from your teeth and also take x-rays to make sure your teeth aren’t decaying. Checkups and cleans will go a long way in preventing tooth decay and gum disease, so make sure you visit your dentist regularly throughout the year!
3. Brush & Rinse Daily
Brushing for two minutes twice a day – once in the morning and once at night – should be part of your daily dental routine. Make sure you use an effective toothbrush, as well as toothpaste that contains the right level of fluoride. Forgetting to brush regularly or ignoring the importance of fluoride can lead to harmful acids and bacterial plaque building up in your mouth, which can cause serious gum disease. Don’t forget to clean your tongue as well, since many germs and bacteria can dwell here too.
Any dentist will tell you that cleaning between your teeth is just as important as brushing. Flossing can remove tiny pieces of food and plaque from beneath your gumline and between your teeth, which your toothbrush won’t be able to reach. Ensure that you floss daily during your brushing routine. Using a mouthwash or rinse at the end of your clean is beneficial too.
5. Limit Acidic Foods
Acidic, sugary or starch-based food and drink can speed up the tooth decay process. While you don’t have to stop eating these foods altogether, try to avoid consuming them between meals, when the saliva in your mouth is trying to neutralise acids. Cutting out excessive sugary or acidic foods (and drink) from your diet will also mean you improve your physical health overall.
6. Avoid Smoking & Drinking
Tobacco and alcohol can cause bad breath, tooth loss, gum disease and can lead to various mouth and throat cancers. Avoiding smoking and drinking will improve the health of your mouth (and body) significantly and will also reduce your risk of disease and oral cancers.
7. Know the Signs
Bleeding gums, tooth discolouration, chipped teeth, bad breath and sore teeth or gums can all indicate that your mouth needs professional attention. If you notice any irregularities in your mouth or if your teeth/gums are sore, head to your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can determine what is causing the issue and will advise you on what treatment is needed to make sure that your problem doesn’t escalate and become more serious.
Somerset Dental Care provides personalised dental services to patients in the Macarthur and Camden areas. To make a dental appointment with one of our friendly dentists visit our website or contact us at [email protected].
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