Plaza Dental Care

Frequently Asked Questions: Preventive Dentistry

How can we help you?

We are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures. We believe patient education is crucial so that you can make the best decisions about your oral health and dental care. Because there are some questions that are common among our patients, we have included some of them below. But if your question isn't answered here, we invite you to give us a call. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help.

Preventive Dentistry

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors and can affect different parts of your teeth.

woman grimacing with teeth sensitivityLayers of the Tooth

Enamel: The hard layer that covers the top part of the tooth is the enamel. The enamel is hard and dense and protects the underlying layers from the external environment.

Dentin: This is the layer underneath the enamel and the dentin makes up the majority of the tooth structure.

Pulp: This is the inside of the tooth that contains the nerve and blood supply.

Factors The May Lead to Tooth Sensitivity

There are many factors that could lead to the development of tooth sensitivity, including:

  • Worn tooth enamel from using a hard toothbrush or using too much force while brushing the tooth. 

  • Gum recession often leaves the root surfaces exposed. This may be caused by gum disease or by brushing too hard.

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth can wear away your tooth enamel. Grinding usually occurs at night while you are asleep.

  • Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and drinks, or stomach acid due from reflux or vomiting. Pregnancy, eating disorders and conditions relating to reflux disease can increase your risk of erosion so you should take extra care with your teeth in these situations.

  • Chipped, broken or decayed teeth can cause the nerve in the tooth to become irritated and sensitive. 

We Welcome Your Call to Our Modbury Clinic

It is important to remember that some tooth sensitivity is caused by more serious problems and a professional diagnosis by your dentist is recommended. We invite you to reach out to our Modbury dental clinic to learn more about tooth sensitivity and how we can help treat it.

At Plaza Dental Care, we strive to make each patient feel comfortable and relaxed before treatment, including dental cleans. 

To preserve a patient’s best individual level of oral health, we recommend patients of all ages get regular dental cleans and exams. Usually, we suggest that patients visit our dental clinic every six months unless your dentist recommends otherwise.

woman smiling in dental chair after a dental examWhat to Expect During a Dental Cleaning in Modbury

During the dental cleaning, you can expect Dr Narelle Van Velzen or one of our hygienists will do the following:

  • Review all medical and oral health records 
  • Discuss any oral health-related concerns or goals 
  • Take x-rays and intraoral photographs, if needed, to check for any signs of decay, disease, abnormalities, bone loss, and teeth grinding
  • Clean the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth 
  • Clean between the teeth to remove plaque and tartar
  • Provide a fluoride or sealant treatment, if needed
  • Bush and polish teeth to remove any lingering signs of staining 

After the dental cleaning, Dr Narelle Van Velzen will review her findings with you and develop a customised treatment plan to help keep your teeth and gums strong, healthy, and functional. 

Are You Ready to Book Your Dental Cleaning? 

Dr Narelle Van Velzen is a compassionate and skilled family dentist who enjoys helping patients maintain their optimal oral health. If you need a dental cleaning or exam, we invite you to arrange your dental check-up with us at our Modbury dental clinic. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Plaza Dental Care! 

Bleeding gums often indicate gingivitis or periodontal disease.

People tend to stop brushing or flossing as frequently and effectively because it may be painful or it may cause the gums to bleed more. However, when gums are inflamed, brushing is very important at this time, as it may help to reduce the inflammation by clearing build-ups of plaque and other bacteria that may have caused the disease in your mouth.

We Invite You to Call Our Modbury Clinic

It is very important to book an appointment to see your dentist if you experience bleeding gums. Your dentist will carry out a periodontal screening in order to determine the level of disease in your mouth and the best treatment options to pursue.

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Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.