Important COVID-19 UpdateMore Info

Dear Valued Aardent Dental Centre Patient, It seems that all we hear and talk about these days is COVID-19(Coronavirus). Nevertheless, we want to reassure you that we are taking extra measures in addition to our usual stringent hygiene practices. The health of our patients, staff and anyone who enters the building is of paramount importance to us. We are taking a multitude of precautions as recommended by the appropriate health authorities (and some of our own). These include,

  • Spacing of waiting room chairs by a minimum of 1.5meters.
  • Removal of magazines, newspapers and children’s toys from the waiting room.
  • Offering patients to wait in their cars if they prefer.
  • Insisting that all people who enter the building use hand sanitiser (provided).
  • Asking all people to practice high levels of cough/sneezing hygiene.
  • Requesting that anyone with a temperature/flu like symptoms contact us and postpone their dental appointment.
  • Regularly sanitising building surfaces like doorknobs etc.
  • Requiring patients for some procedures to rinse with 1% hydrogen peroxide solution (known to kill coronavirus in the mouth).
  • Availability of non-contact body temperature devices for patient screening if the situation escalates.

Please rest assured that we are open for business and able to continue our excellent level of treatment for you.

As you will be aware the situation is ever changing as will be our response. We will endeavour to keep you informed along the way.

Kindest regards,

Richard Williams

and the

Aardent Dental Centre Team

Cavities are the most common dental issue most people face. Around half the teenagers and a quarter of adults in Australia are likely to experience a cavity. 

Identifying the early signs of tooth decay is essential to prevent cavities from forming.

Read on to learn how to recognise cavity symptoms early and improve your dental hygiene. 

What are cavities, and how do they form?

Cavities, or holes in your teeth, occur when bacteria eat away at the tooth’s surface. Typically, cavities start at the outermost layer of the tooth, the enamel, and work their way toward the middle layer, or the dentin. 

What causes cavities?

Sticky or sugary foods and drinks are the most significant risk factors for causing cavities. Bacteria in your mouth consume the sugar and then produce acid, which strips calcium away from your teeth. This calcium stripping makes teeth more susceptible to decay. Smokers are also more likely to experience cavities as tobacco decreases and thicken saliva.

Signs you may have a cavity 


Discoloration on your tooth: these can be white, yellow, brown, or black—the darker the colour, the more severe the decay. If you spot a discolouration, call your dentist in Perth.

You notice a rough patch on your tooth: a rough texture can be the first indication there’s an issue with your tooth. 

There’s a hole in your tooth: sometimes cavities form in the grooves, between teeth, or under fillings. If you notice a hole, call your dentist. 

You have a missing piece of tooth: feeling a hole in a tooth can point to tooth decay, and your dentist must inspect your tooth.

Your tooth is painful or sensitive: sensitivity to hot and cold food or drink can indicate a cavity. Exposed dentin has little tubes that allow what you consume to reach the tooth’s nerves, causing pain. Cavities can also expose a tooth’s internal nerve, causing a toothache and shooting pain.

When to see a dentist 

If you recognise these signs, visit your local oral health centre in WA. The earlier you identify an issue, the easier and less invasive the treatment will likely be.

Generally, we recommend visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and clean. However, depending on your oral health risk factors, you may need frequent appointments.

Our dentists will help educate you on how to prevent serious dental problems from arising in the future and help you feel confident with a beautiful, healthy smile.

Dentist in Victoria Park

If you are looking for a dentist, our specialist team at Aardent Dental in Vic Park are experts in treating tooth decay. 

Our dentists have a wealth of experience in cosmetic and general dentistry, and we pride ourselves on our service.

Please book an appointment with us today by calling our practice on 6330 8666.