General Dental

Prevention is Better Than Treatment

While fillings are a simple and effective way to deal with tooth decay, as with many things in life, it’s better to prevent problems from occurring whenever possible.

  • The key to avoiding fillings is to maintain good oral hygiene by caring for your teeth and gums on a regular basis and getting your teeth checked by a dental professional every six months – or as recommended.
  • You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. The ideal time to brush your teeth is about 30 minutes after a meal.

The proper method for brushing your teeth is holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and focusing on each individual tooth as you move the brush in small circular movements. Be sure you cover all surfaces of your teeth and consider setting a timer – a thorough brushing should take at least two minutes.

It’s also a good idea to replace your toothbrush every two to three months – many have bristles that change colour as they’re used to let you know when they need to be replaced.

  • Flossing is another important part of preventing tooth decay and the need for dental fillings, so you should be sure to floss at least once a day between each of your teeth.
  • Other things that can help you avoid the need for dental fillings include using a mouthwash containing fluoride and maintaining a healthy diet. Foods and beverages like sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate, fruit juice and white bread can all increase your risk of tooth decay.

These issues, and more, can be discussed with your dentist during your regular examination. Dentists and dental hygienists can also demonstrate the correct methods of brushing and flossing to help ensure you’re doing it correctly.

White Fillings

As one of the most common types of dental treatments, fillings are most often used to treat cavities in your teeth caused by tooth decay, although they may also be used to repair cracked, damaged or worn-down teeth.

At GlenHuntly dental we offer a wide range of services such as white filling to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition. We are well equipped with the latest tools and techniques to provide expert fillings and our team will work with you to help prevent future problems.



At GlenHuntly Dental we only advise removal of a tooth if there is no suitable alternative treatment.

Teeth may be removed if there is:

  • Extensive destruction from dental decay which cannot be restored
  • Excessive mobility as a result of advanced gum disease
  • Irreversible pulp disease and a patient does not wish to proceed with the alternative option of root canal treatment
  • Request from a patient’s Orthodontist to remove specific teeth as part of an overall orthodontic treatment plan
  • Unrestorable fracture resulting from deep cracks or traumatic events
  • Supernumerary tooth (unexpected extra tooth)
  • Associated pathology such as cysts or tumours
  • Problematic impacted third molar often called a wisdom tooth/teeth