Yes, you do. Gum disease and tooth decay are caused by the bacteria in plaque; a sticky substance that continually forms on your teeth. It’s important to eliminate plaque by brushing at least twice a day, but this won’t remove deposits from between the teeth. To ensure optimum oral health, it’s wise to use special tools to keep these hard to reach areas clean. These can include:

  • Dental floss
  • Interdental brushes
  • Single tuft toothbrushes
  • Dental sticks
  • Irrigation devices

Our hygienist will teach you how to use interdental tools for maximum cleanliness!

Ouch! Something hurts – what could it be?

There are many different types of oral pain, which can each have a variety of causes. These include:

Gum infection

Pain that occurs suddenly, accompanied by bleeding gums, a metallic taste and bad breath.
Caused by – bacterial infection between gum and teeth.


Soreness at the site leading to throbbing pain, accompanied by swelling and pus.
Caused by – bacterial infection from dead nerve within a tooth.

Impacted wisdom tooth

Pain in lower jaw focused around the back teeth, accompanied by swelling.
Caused by – a tooth that cannot emerge properly, which may have become infected.

Jaw disorders

Pain in the jaw muscles, joints and head.
Caused by – teeth grinding, badly aligned jaws, stress and certain diseases.

Mouth ulcers

Soreness, which may make it difficult to eat.
Caused by – localised injury or stress.

Sensitive teeth

Sharp tooth pain.
Caused by – dental erosion or tooth damage.


Sensitivity and sudden pain of moderate to severe intensity.
Caused by – decay or a cracked tooth.

Facial nerve pain

Short, sharp and similar to an electric shock sort of feeling.
Caused by – an uncommon condition of the nerves which tends to affect older people.

Whatever type of pain you are suffering from, we can help relieve your discomfort and treat the cause to prevent it happening again.