Answers to the most commonly asked dental questions

Monday, 5 August 2019
Answers to the most commonly asked dental questions

This week is dental health week. Being one of the largest dental clinics in Victoria we see thousands of clients every year. Here are some of the questions we get asked about the dental services we provide at Inspiro. Going to the dentist can be a little scary for many people, but it doesn't need to be if you understand why dentists do what they do. Some questions we get include can I go to the dentist when I am breast feeding, some ask about cost and others are more general in nature.

  • Should you rinse your mouth out after brushing?

Answer: FALSE! No rinsing is required! Spitting out and not rinsing leaves a protective layer of fluoride on your teeth.

  • Is mouthwash always good for you?

Answer: FALSE! Regular brushing & flossing is usually all that is needed for healthy teeth and gums.

Answer: FALSE! Calcium is not taken from the teeth during pregnancy. If calcium intake is too low, mum will lose calcium from her bones.

  • If I am unemployed or on benefits and can’t afford to pay can I still get my teeth fixed?

Yes, you can! We are local dentists who care about your situation. Call us to discuss on 03 9028 0153 or 

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  • Why is going to a dentist important?

7 reasons you should attend the dentist, even if you don’t feel tooth or gum pain:

1. Oral Cancer Detection – this is a serious issue that effects many people.

2. Plaque, tartar and cavities – plaque and tartar build-up is inevitable, regardless of how well you brush your teeth and small cavities that you are unaware of can become big issues if left untreated. 
3. Find problems that are under the surface with X-rays.

4. Get your gums checked for gum infection and gingivitis.

5. Have a smile you’re proud of! Get rid of stains and yellow teeth by getting your teeth cleaned.

6. Find out what you are doing that is working and what is not. The dentist can tell you by examining your teeth whether your hygiene habits need to be changed.

7. Cost! If you go to the dentist once a year for a check-up and clean you’re far less likely to need expensive, time consuming and possibly painful dental care.

  • How often should I go to the dentist?

People with good healthy teeth and little risk or history of cavities or gum disease are usually able to see their dentist either once or twice a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or more depending on past history, the state of their teeth and their dental hygiene routine.

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  • How often do you need to get your teeth cleaned at the dentist?

It is recommended that your teeth should be cleaned at the dentist twice per year.

Yes, yes it is. That is of course unless you want false teeth when you're 60.

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  • Should I go to the dentist when I am pregnant? Does the dentist do filling’s when pregnant?

Getting a dental check-up during pregnancy is safe. We recommend you have your teeth cleaned and get procedures like cavity fillings done before your baby is born. Our dentists can also help you with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms you might be experiencing. Make sure you tell our appointment booking team and your dentist when you arrive that you are pregnant.

  • Can you go to the dentist when you’re pregnant in the last trimester? 

In the last trimester, we don’t do anything that can stress you, lying back can be uncomfortable, so for those reasons it’s better not to do anything in the last 3 months. But if something urgent has to be done and you are in the last trimester let us know immediately.

  • When should my child be checked by a dentist?

It is recommended that your child should have their first check-up at one year of age. We don’t charge children under the age of 12 for dental work or dental check ups so it is 100% free!

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  • Can I go to the dentist when I have a cold?

Yes you can. But if the cold is particularly bad we recommend waiting until your symptoms subside. 

  • Can I go to the dentist when breastfeeding?

Both x-rays and drugs used for local anesthesia are considered to be safe for breastfeeding.
Most medications used for oral and IV sedation are considered compatible with breastfeeding.

  • Should I go to the dentist when I am sick?

Don’t go to the dentist if you are sick! Wait until you are better.  


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  • Can I go to the dentist if I have cold sores? 

We don’t recommend it. Unless you are in agony wait until you are better. Avoid seeing a dentist if you have cold sores.

  • Can I go to the dentist if I have a stomach bug / gastro / ‘the runs?’

It’s hard to sit in a chair for an extended period of time when you might need to run to the toilet at any second. Call us to change your appointment time.

  • Why do dentists wear a mask?

Dentists are required by regulation to wear a mask. Dentists wear a mask so that germs and any other particles aren’t transferred and to ensure that hygiene standards are high. Your dentist’s mask, along with other hygiene measures, are all done with your health and safety in mind. Our dental clinic is also required to meet higher sanitation and hygiene standards than regular dental clinics.

  • Will the dentists remove or extract my teeth?

Dentists won't pull or remove teeth unless absolutely necessary. Dentists do often need to remove teeth but if it can be avoided whilst providing the best overall outcome then they will try to avoid it.

Dentists may need to remove teeth in situations involving advanced gum disease or gum infection, problematic wisdom teeth, tooth decay, infection, crowded teeth or tooth trauma.

When trauma or decay damages a tooth, your dentist will attempt to fix it, usually with a filling or crown. In some cases, a tooth can be damaged beyond repair, in these instances tooth extraction becomes necessary.

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  • Why are dentists not doctors? Are dentists called a doctor?

The movies and TV often poke fun at dentists, joking that they are not actual ‘doctors.’ However, contrary to Hollywood’s pervading belief, dentists are in fact doctors, just not doctors of medicine.  While dentists may not be doctors of medicine, they have earned the right to be called a doctor since their education and training has given them the knowledge and skills that qualifies them as doctors in their field. 

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  • Why do dentists use fluoride?

Demineralization of your teeth without enough remineralization to restore the enamel layer causes tooth decay. Fluoride helps thwart tooth decay by making the tooth more impervious to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It can also reverse early stage decay.

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  • Which dentist should I go to in the Yarra Ranges, Yarra Valley, Lilydale and surrounding area’s

Inspiro has dentists located at Inspiro Lilydale and we have clinics opening soon at Inspiro Healesville and Inspiro Belgrave. Our dental team consistently achieve and exceed high bench marked levels of client care that are over and above the state average.

  • Why are dentists so expensive and why do they charge so much?

Good question! And the honest answer is we don’t know!! Fortunately, here at Inspiro we charge very affordable rates that won’t leave you poor!

For more information about our dental clinic call 9028 0153 or click here: www.inspiro.our-service/dental

  • Why do dentists prescribe methylprednisolone or prednisolone?

We rarely prescribe methylprednisolone or prednisolone. These drugs are mostly used for autoimmune conditions.

  • Why do dentists use laughing gas?

Dentists use laughing gas for people with dental phobias and people with extreme anxiety as it helps to calm them down. It is very rarely needed.

  • Why do dentists check blood pressure?

We’re not sure where this question came from as it is very rarely necessary to check the blood pressure of a client unless they feel nauseuos or present with other unusual symptoms.

  • More about our services:

Inspiro are local dentists who care. We offer free dental for children and free dental screening of children, interest free loans, occupational therapy, adult and child development groups, general counselling, family counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, family violence counselling, youth counselling, counselling for anxiety, depression, loss and grief.
We also offer a wide range of dental services for adults and children, podiatry, speech therapy, dietetics and nutrition, diabetes assistance and physiotherapy.

If you live in any of the following suburbs you are eligible to use Inspiro's dental services: 

Badger Creek, Bayswater, Bayswater North, Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Boronia, Chirnside Park, Coldstream, Croydon North, Croydon, Croydon Hills, East Warburton, Emerald, Ferny Creek, Healesville, Heathmont, Hoddles Creek, Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth South, Kilsyth, Launching Place, Lilydale, Lysterfield, Macclesfield, Menzies Creek, Millgrove, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Narre Warren East, Olinda, Ringwood, Ringwood North, Sassafras, Selby, Seville, Seville East, Silvan, Tecoma, The Patch, Tremont, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey, Wandin, Wandin North, Warrandyte South, Warranwood, Warburton, Wesburn, Wonga Park, Woori Yallock, Yarra Valley, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction and Yellingbo.


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