Looking after your dental health

It’s easy to have healthy teeth and gums for life if you follow a regular oral hygiene program.

Daily tips for oral hygiene

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Looking after your gums

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Kids dental health

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Principal dentist Dr Natalie Bowen graduated in 2002 from the University of Queensland with honours. Natalie spent her early career supporting the rural community in Charters Towers and surrounding regions for 4 years. She returned to Brisbane, working several years in private practice before establishing Murrumba Downs Family Dental in 2010.

FAQs

We accept all health funds and are preferred providers for Medibank Private, HCF, TUH and NIB.

Members of these funds have low to no out of pocket expenses for preventative services.

All health insurance policies are different and coverage for dental services can vary, so we recommend that you speak with your health insurance provider for details.

In Australia, children aged between two and 18 years may have access to a means-test basic dental care through the public system, all part of the Commonwealth-funded Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). To check if your child is eligible for the CDBS go to the Department of Human Services website.

Oral pain can happen for a lot of different reasons. Take note of some details of pain you’re feeling, like whether it’s dull, sharp, or throbbing. Also take notice of when the pain occurs, such as when you bite down. We have a number of ways to identify any problems, but extra information can help solve the issue more quickly.

Common causes for toothaches include:

  • tooth decay
  • gum disease
  • inflammation of tooth pulp (the tissue in the centre of your tooth)
  • impacted teeth (often caused by wisdom teeth)
  • dental abscess (a serious infection)

If you’re experiencing pain in your teeth or mouth, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Some problems won’t be noticeable to you at home, which is why it’s important to get regular check-ups (this is doubly true if you have a history of decay). For instance, gum disease often develops without people noticing and they may only act on it when they experience bleeding gums or severe discomfort.

There are some warning signs that you can spot yourself. Look out for:

  • gums that are swollen, tender, bleed when you brush or floss, or appear red (gums should be a pale pink colour)
  • oral pain, especially while chewing
  • persistent bad breath
  • loose teeth
  • consistent bad taste in mouth
    teeth that are unusually sensitive to temperature.

If you notice any of these signs, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Everyone’s needs are different, we can recommend how often you need to have your teeth checked based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. It’s recommended that children see their dentist at least once a year.

Generally, we may suggest six-monthly check-ups, or even more frequently if you are at a greater risk for gum disease or cavities. High-risk factors can include having diabetes, being a smoker, or a family history of dental problems such as plaque build-up and decay.

When you arrive, we’ll ask you to fill out a short medical history form. This ensures we have the necessary information to give you treatment that’s most suitable for you and your health needs. Our friendly staff will be nearby to answer any questions that you might have.

Your dentist will meet with you to discuss any needs and concerns before examining your teeth, gums, and jaw. Your teeth will be assessed for signs of decay. If you have any fillings, crowns, or other previous dental work, we’ll also check that they’re still intact and functioning correctly. Other areas that may be examined are the soft tissues of your mouth (such as your tongue and the inside of your cheeks), your bite, salivary glands, and lymph nodes. Essentially, your dentist will be looking for signs of any possible issues that could affect your oral and overall health.

Depending on your circumstances, we may take radiographs (X-rays), moulds, and conduct an oral cancer screening. Everyone is different, and some people may need more attention in certain areas; we’ll explain these steps to you beforehand, keeping you informed throughout the check-up.

Your dentist will explain the results of your assessment and develop a treatment plan for you. We’re always happy to discuss any questions you might have about your treatment plan, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Your dentist or dental hygienist may then professionally clean your teeth. We believe strongly in patient education, so we’ll also discuss oral hygiene techniques and recommend next steps in your oral health journey.

Your child meets the dentist and has an opportunity to get used to the dentist’s high-tech chair. This consultation mainly involves just a visual inspection, making sure there’s nothing unusual with the child’s teeth and gums. The dentist also counts the child’s teeth using the dental mirror – a fun game that we’ve found usually fascinates the patient!

The dentist will take time to answer any questions to create a gentle, positive experience that is often accompanied by plenty of giggles for both the child and the parent!

As well as doing an oral examination, the dentist assesses the child’s growth and development and identifies any risk of dental decay, as well as educating the child (and parent) on brushing techniques and the importance of healthy nutrition on teeth.

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We accept all health funds and are preferred providers for Medibank Private, HCF, TUH, and NIB. Members of these funds have low to no out of pocket expenses for preventative services.

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