How often should I have dental check ups?

Dental conditions often develop and progress silently without giving you any discomfort. You may be unaware that you have problems until you feel pain, or when much damage has already been done. Regular visits to the dentist are very important, they allow the dentist the opportunity to find early signs of disease so any issues can be prevented or resolved before they become serious.

We recommend six monthly dental examination and professional cleaning of teeth. Depending on the conditions of your teeth and gums, this may need to be tailored to your individual needs. With the right combination of home oral hygiene, good balanced lifestyle and professional care, you will be able to enjoy a healthy mouth for life.

When should my children start to see a dentist?

By the age of two or three, your child is ready for their first dental examination. We stand a greater chance of safe keeping our natural dentition by developing healthy habits early in life. Prompt detection, prevention and intervention of issues will improve prognosis of dental treatments.

Why are my gums bleeding?

Bleeding gums is an indicator of serious conditions like gingivitis and periodontal disease (disease of the supporting structures of teeth). If these conditions are left untreated, the supporting structures of teeth will slowly be destroyed, leaving your teeth unsupported. The teeth may become mobile, and may eventually result in loss of teeth. Call us for an examination if you have any concerns regarding the health of your gums and teeth.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Underneath the protective outer layer enamel of your teeth, lies the dentine. Dentine is made of tubules that connect to the internal vital structures of the teeth. When dentine is exposed, your teeth will become susceptible to triggers such as cold or sweet food and drinks, and respond as a sharp pain.

Exposed dentine can result from dental erosion, gum recession, tooth decay, broken teeth and other causes. Fortunately, sensitivity can often be managed fairly simply depending on the cause of the sensitivity.

Sometimes, sensitive teeth may be an indicator for more sinister conditions such as cracked teeth. When the sensitivity last for a prolonged period of time after the initial stimulus has been removed, there may be serious issues involving the pulp, which is the internal vital structures of the tooth (nerve and blood vessels).

It is important to have your dental problems addressed promptly to avoid greater problems in the future.

Why do I have bad breath?

Bad breath or halitosis can result from poor oral health habits and may be a sign of other health problems.

Bacteria produces odorous gasses that can lead to unpleasant tastes and smells in the mouth. Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth may be warning signs of gum (periodontal) disease. If gum disease is left untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.

Dry mouth (xerostomia) can contribute to bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralising acids produce by plaque and food products, and wash away food and dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums and cheeks. Dry mouth can result from side effects of certain medications, salivary gland problems, smoking and other causes. Depending on your condition, our dentist can recommend various products to assist in saliva production or relieving of dry mouth.

Many illnesses can lead to bad breath, such as gastric reflux, oral-nasal infections, liver and kidney diseases. It is important to see your medical practitioner to make the correct diagnosis and to bring these conditions under control.

We understand that you may be self-conscious about halitosis, but advising your dentist about your concerns regarding bad breath is a great beginning towards achieving a healthier mouth and confident smile.

Do I really need dental x-rays?

Dental x-rays are very important diagnostic tools, providing our dentist with underlying information that otherwise would be impossible to see. Such information may allow early detection of problems that can be prevented or intervened promptly to reduce the risks of future problems. Certain treatment requires dental x-rays in order to review the extent of the problems and to avoid complications during the procedure. There are various types of x-rays used in dentistry for different purposes to obtain information of the jawbone and joints, surrounding tissues of teeth, areas of decay and infection. It is important to discuss with our dentist should you have any concerns regarding dental x-rays.

At Be Well Dental, we use the latest digital technology to ensure that our dental x-rays deliver radiation at very low doses and is localised only to the area of the dental film.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Tooth whitening is a simple and safe cosmetic procedure when performed by trained dental professionals. It is important to see our dentist to ascertain your dental health and select a suitable whitening procedure prior to proceeding.

I am anxious about going to the dentist, how can you help me?

Our team understand and respect that a dental visit can be very difficult for some people. We will listen to your concerns and help you through every step of the way. Not everyone’s dental fear is the same, therefore we will work together with you to understand and alleviate your fears. There are many ways we can help you but we believe in beginning with honesty and trust.

Do you have after hour appointments?

Our standard office opening hours are:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8am-5pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 10am-7pm

Saturday: 8am-1.30pm

* After hours are available by appointment only.
Please contact our team to schedule the best time for you on 38462002 or 

Can I claim on medicare for dental treatment?

We DO accept and bulk bill Veteran’s affairs patients and those children eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS).

The Child Dental Benefit Schedule is an Australian Government initiative that may allow your child to seek basic dental treatment, such as check-ups, x-rays, fillings and extractions. Higher end services, such as orthodontic treatment are not included. The total benefit entitlement will be capped at $1000 per child over a two year period, however eligibility will need to be determined. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment. For more information, please visit the Medicare website

Otherwise, Medicare does not currently cover dental services by private dentists. There are government dental clinics throughout Brisbane for patients who are eligible for their services, but often with lengthy waiting times for appointments.

We also accept Dental Scheme Vouchers from Queensland Government dental clinics.

Contact our friendly team on 07 3846 2002 today.