Patient Information

Patient Information

Dentistry is our profession, but people are our focus.

Are you having dental pain?

If so, please call us IMMEDIATELY. If you wish to speak to Dr. Meena, you can call her on 0422788314. At dental Lifeline, your wellbeing is our primary concern. We will try to find time for you ASAP.

Dental pain could be very uncomfortable experience. Dental pain can occur for many reasons – however the most important outcome is to immediately alleviate the pain you are experiencing and then determine a permanent solution to ensure you remain pain free.

Do You experience dental pain occasionally ?

Dental pain can occur in response to eating or drinking hot or cold or on chewing certain kinds of food or when you brush your teeth. Never ignore the pain as this suggests something needs attention. “Stitch in time saves nine”. Attending to the problems early can save you time, more pain and expenses and treatment can be simple.

See us for a FREE CONSULT and we will explain why it’s happening and what needs to be done.

When should you visit the dentist ?

We recommend all our patients come in for a check-up and clean every six months, just to make sure there are no problems that need to be addressed. We do a thorough examination, clean, X- rays if required and fluoride.

If you are visiting the practice for the first time, see our “NEW PATIENT OFFER”, and we assure it won’t be the last time. However, Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are the golden rules for good dental health. Daily brushing and flossing keeps healthy mouths healthy.

What to expect on your first appointment ?

Your first appointment is an opportunity for us to gain an understanding of your special wants and needs.

During this time, Dr Meena or our associate dentists will provide a full comprehensive exam, take a series of x-rays in order to gain an accurate diagnosis along with a consultation.

We will do a detailed examination and give you a good clean and apply fluoride on your teeth. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. At the conclusion of your consultation, Dentist will also put together a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for you outlining the scope of prospective treatments, duration and fees involved so you will have a thorough understanding of your dental status.

Is bleeding from gums normal ?

No. Bleeding gums are common but not OK. In a healthy state gums do not bleed. Bleeding is often an indication that the gums are inflamed. The most common cause of bleeding gums is Gingivitis. Also known as inflammation of the gums, gingivitis is a disease of the soft tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a bacterial infection caused by microbes in plaque which is allowed to settle and grow around the gum edges.

The bleeding may also arise from Periodontitis or traumatic cleaning. Bleeding gums are sometimes associated with serious medical conditions. A dental practitioner should check bleeding gums.

What age is a good time to start bringing your child to us ?

The process of establishing good dental care should start early. It’s a good idea for a child as early as the age of three to accompany a parent to one of their check-ups. This will give the child an introduction to the dentist in a comfortable manner, helping to establish a positive relationship. Often the child will volunteer to sit in the chair for a ride! After the initial introduction, it’s a good idea to bring the child in for his own first preventative visit, and continue this habit every six months. It is crucial that all children visit the dentist at five or six-years-old, when their first permanent teeth begin coming through. In this way, they will begin caring for their new teeth and prevent future problems.

How do you look after your children teeth ?

Many babies have no trouble when teething, but if your baby shows signs of discomfort during teething, seek advice from your doctor or dentist.

Baby teeth start erupting at about six months of age, usually the lower front teeth.

Permanent molars erupt behind baby molars around six years of age and a lot of care should be taken to keep these molars decay free.

Avoid giving your baby a bottle as a pacifier while baby is sleeping.

If your baby requires a bottle to go to sleep, take it away as soon as possible and replace with bottle containing water.

Fluoridated water is good for teeth.

As soon as the baby’s teeth appear, start cleaning them with a small soft brush and water.

When baby is a little older, and learns to spit, use a pea sized amount of junior fluoride toothpaste on a soft toothbrush.

Clean baby’s teeth at least once a day.

Dental floss should be used after the age of eight.

It is a good idea that your baby/child should have the first visit to the dentist as early as possible to familiarise the child to the dental environment. This is best done by bringing them to one of your check-ups.

How do you brush your teeth ?

Always use a soft brush with a small head. We don’t need to scrub our teeth. Give your gums a good gentle massage. Change your toothbrush every 3 months.

How much the treatment costs ?

We make every possible effort to help our patients with the treatment costs. Our aim is to provide the best possible dental experience to our patients. Our dentists always strive to give a comprehensive treatment plan including all costs involved before commencing your treatment. We accept almost all health funds. The surgery has HICAPS facility to make on the spot claims. So, no more hassles for our patients.

Do you offer payment plans ?

Yes, we understand the financial constraints affecting families in today’s world. We offer multiple options and methods of payment to make dental treatments accessible to more patients. Please speak to one of our friendly staff about the available payment options.