Q. What causes tooth decay and how do I avoid it?

SUGAR!!! Bacteria inhabit everyone’s mouth. Within minutes of consuming a sugary food, oral bacteria start to produce the acids that cause tooth decay. Oral bacteria then form organised colonies that are referred to as ‘dental plaque’. Ultimately, decay occurs in those areas where dental plaque accumulates on a tooth’s surface.

To prevent decay you need to minimise the exposure your teeth have to bacterial acids. Consume less sugar or reduce the number of times you eat sugary foods in a day. The less time you allow sugars to remain in your mouth, the better. To minimise how long sugars remain in your mouth, brush and floss or, at the very least, rinse with water promptly after consuming food.


Q. I worry that I have bad breath. What can I do?

We can all suffer from sporadic bad breath or ‘halitosis’ by eating certain foods like garlic, onions and cheese. High protein diets and highly acidic foods and drinks can also cause temporary bad breath.

If bad breath persists, it may be associated with general oral hygiene and the presence of gum disease. A build up of bacteria in the mouth will cause your breath to become offensive to others. Bacteria thrive on the tongue, around dentures, where there is decay and if there is gum disease or a plaque build up. As well, anything that has a drying effect on the mouth and reduces saliva can cause bad breath, as a dry mouth is an ideal environment in which bacteria thrive.

Simple ways to eliminate bad breathe:

  • Good oral hygiene practices – regular brushing and flossing is essential.
  • Brushing or scraping your tongue.
  • Regular scale and cleans by a dentist to remove plaque and tartar and prevent them from building up.
  • Treatment for gum or periodontal disease by a dentist or hygienist.
  • Meticulous cleaning of dentures, if used.

Q. Is the fluoride in my tap water safe?

Scientific studies show that fluoride in water, at or around one part per million, does not have any effect on the health of the body other than reducing decay in teeth. The World Health Organization, the Royal College of Physicians and major international health organisations support this view. According to the Public Health Association of Australia: “Water fluoridation has been demonstrated to be effective in preventing tooth decay … and should continue to be regarded as a safe and effective public health measure.”

Q. Where are your crowns and dentures made?

We are proud that all our crowns and dentures are made here in Sydney, from Therapeutic Goods Administration approved materials, by experienced technicians that we having been working with for more than 20 years. They have proven quality and durability and although more expensive than overseas made products, we believe strongly that quality is worth the bit extra.


Q. Who is involved in planning your treatment?

At Gordon Family Dentistry, we want you to be involved in planning the treatment you receive. This is essential if you are to achieve the outcome that you want.

We are trained to provide you with treatment options. We will discuss these with you and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure. The decision that is made for your treatment is tailored to suit you and your needs and expectations. Ultimately it is your choice and our role is to guide you in that process.