Women's oral health through life - Puberty

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You don't need us to tell you that there’s a lot of body changes going on during puberty. Lots can happen to the mouth when the body starts producing all those extra hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Hormones send more blood than normal to gums, increasing their sensitivity to plaque, and causing them to become more easily irritated by food particles. It’s a condition referred to as 'puberty gingivitis' and it’s hard to miss, leaving pre-teens with red, swollen gums that bleed more easily than usual.


  1. Take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily. 
  2. Have regular professional cleanings by a dentist. 
  3. Eating healthy foods is probably not the first choice when kids are together, but eating well goes a long way to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
  4. If you've got braces spend extra time properly brushing your teeth. Take out the removable parts of the braces, such as elastics and bands, & carefully clean around the wires, pins and brush all the areas of your teeth. Your dentist will be able to show you the right technique to make the job easier. 

If you have any concerns about your teeth and gums, don't hesitate to contact the team at Bays Dental


As a focus on women's oral health issues this year, we are looking at maintaining your teeth and gums at all phases of life, including oral health during pregnancy. If you're planning or already are pregnant, it's important to visit your dentist for regular check ups. Just like the rest of your body, your teeth, gums and mouth are affected by hormonal changes during pregnancy.

Things to look for:

  • Your gums will be more sensitive and may bleed more easily, commonly known as "pregnancy gingivitis." Though it's often temporary, as are many other oral health issues during pregnancy, it can seriously weaken the tissues that hold your teeth in place and shouldn't be ignored. It's important to maintain brushing and flossing routines.
  • You may also develop what's called "pregnancy tumours" (officially pyogenic granulomas), which are red lumpy lesions that appear along the gum line and between the teeth. Don’t worry - they're quite harmless, and usually go away once you've had your baby.
  • Food cravings are usually a fact of life for many women during pregnancy. If you experience cravings for sweets, try to limit sugary snacks and choose healthier options such as fresh fruit with natural or Greek yoghurt.
  • Morning sickness and vomiting can also affect your teeth as the acid can be very erosive, especially if you're experiencing symptoms multiple times a day. Don't be tempted to brush your teeth immediately as brushing within an hour of vomiting can cause more damage to your teeth by stripping away the enamel. Try rinsing your mouth with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mixed into 1 cup of warm water, chew sugar-free gum or try eating acid-neutralising food such as milk or hard cheese.
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia), which reduces the amount of saliva you produce, can be a problem since it plays a big role in keeping the bacteria that cause tooth decay in check. Gingivostomatitis is another condition that can affect some women - it's hard to miss, marked by shiny, pale to deep red gums that bleed easily. If you’re diagnosed with either condition, the good news is that they can be easily managed by your dentist.

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The effect these hormonal changes have on your oral health during pregnancy means your dentist should join your GP and obstetrician on your list of health professionals you consult regularly. Make regular visits to your dentist in the lead-up to, during and after your pregnancy a priority, contact our practice if you have any concerns with the conditions listed above.

Dental Health Week 2017

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Dental Health Week runs during the first full week of August and is the Australian Dental Association's major annual oral health promotion. It's from 7 to 12 August this year and is targeting women's oral health by encouraging them to take a more preventive, hands-on approach to their dental health and learn more about the ways our teeth, gums & mouth are affected during each of the pivotal phases of our lives. 

Many women are unaware of the significant impact various life stages and hormones can have on the health of their teeth and gums. The reality is that major life events like pregnancy, puberty, menstruation and menopause dramatically affect the state of a your dental health if you're a woman.

Dental health week campaigns in previous years:

  • 2016 - Healthy Teeth for Life
  • 2015 - Seven Sporting Sins
  • 2014 - The Sugar Bandit
  • 2013 - The Young Persons Oral Survival Guide
  • 2012 - Stop the Rot

To find out more, visit ADA Dental Health Week 

Check back next week as we begin our women's oral health focus this year in the lead up to Dental Health Week, and visit our downloads page for more relevant articles.

Safeguarding your smile for diabetics

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According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), having diabetes puts you at a greater risk of tooth decay, gum disease or dry mouth. ADA advises the best way to avoid teeth, mouth and gum problems is to go back to basics by brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, clean in between the teeth once a day, have regular check ups and rinse with water or chew gum after eating sugary foods. Also be on the look out for the following symptoms:

  • Tooth discolouration
  • Cavities
  • Pain when eating hot or cold sweet foods or drinks
  • Pain that lasts for a long time or causes your mouth to throb
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Gaps appearing between your teeth
  • A lingering bad taste in your mouth or bad breath

If you have any of the above symptoms or concerns about your teeth, even if you're not diabetic, make an appointment with one of our dentists today.

Source: Diabetic Living

Dental Health Week 2016

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Next week is Dental Health Week, 1 - 8 August, 2016. So to join in the fun and help parents & grandparents encourage their children to look after their teeth, we've provided the following ADA colouring in page. Enjoy!

The Healthy Teeth For Life Colouring In PDF can be found on our Downloads page.

Stop the Rot - Flossing

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Here's something you might not know - nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies between them! If you're solely relying on brushing to clean your teeth, you're not cleaning a large proportion of them, which can then affect your tooth and gum health.

Removing plague between your teeth helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Flossing is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine. Our dentists or dental nurses can help you with technique, but here are some basic tips:

Flossing tips:

  1. Wind about 45cm of floss around your middle fingers and rest it across your thumbs and index fingers.
  2. Always insert the floss gently using a gentle side-to-side motion to avoid traumatising the gums.
  3. To clean the “neck” of the tooth, which is the point at which it meets the gums, curl the floss and insert it gently under the gum.
  4. Begin flossing children's teeth as soon as they have two in contact. It's recommended parents floss their children's teeth until they are 10; rest their head in your lap to floss, or stand them in front of you and tip their head back against your chest.

Flossing should be an integral part of your dental health routine along with brushing. You should be flossing once a day, either in the morning or night, or even after lunch, for at least two minutes. For more information, download the flossing PDF, or talk to one of the professionals at our clinic.

Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule

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Bays Dental Clinic are committed to providing quality dental care as part of the Medicare initiative that covers dental treatment for children and teenagers aged from 2 - 17 years. More information can be found on the Medicare website but the CDBS basics are as follows:

  • Services that receive a benefit under the program include examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions.
  • Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
  • The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. If you do not use all of your $1,000 benefit in the first year, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year.
  • The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.
  • Call 132 011 to your child's eligibility to receive CDBS.

The friendly team at Bays Dental are experts at working with children and take special steps to ensure children have a positive experience. If you have concerns about your child's teeth, schedule an appointment today.

World Oral Health Day 2016

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Bays Dental and the ADA are urging all Australians to dedicate some of their time to oral health as part of World Oral Health Day, this Sunday 20 March 2016. The themes double meaning of "It All Starts Here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body" encourages us all to celebrate healthy mouths and all they allow us to do & enjoy.

For WOHD 2016 and beyond, look after your oral health by:

  • Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Have a balanced diet and limit sugary food and drinks
  • Chew sugar free gum after meals
  • Drink plenty of tap water
  • Stop smoking
  • Wear a mouth guard for sport
  • See your dentist for a check up and clean regularly

If you need to organise a check up, call through to the clinic to talk to our friendly receptionist, or schedule an appointment online.

New Year, New Oral Routine

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A New Year has rolled around, a time when we often make resolutions about things we want to change in our lives or health. Have you made any resolutions about your oral hygiene? There's a number of factors that contribute to tooth decay and adopting a few changes can make all the difference.

Our clinic recommends the 5:2 rule

  • Only eat 5 times a day (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) and only drink water between meals. This helps the teeth naturally fight the effects of sugar and acid on the teeth throughout the day. Remember it's the number of times teeth are exposed to sweet, sticky & acid foods during the day that is important, not the amount consumed.
  • Teeth should be cleaned 2 times a day with fluoride toothpaste. Preferably parents should clean the teeth of very young children (babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers) and supervise older (primary school) children. Colgate® Maximum Cavity Protection plus Sugar Acid Neutraliser is specially formulated to be 20% more effective in fighting tooth decay, and is recommended for people over 6 years of age.

If you or a family member have tooth ache and suspect cavities or tooth decay, schedule an appointment today. Our dentists aim to catch problems in the early stages to help avoid costly, time consuming treatments.

Oral health can impact health

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Did you know your oral health can impact your general health and well being?

It’s not very nice to think about, but our mouths are full of germs. The bacteria can form plaque which causes tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers have found that advanced gum disease (periodontitis) can cause tooth loss and is linked to other serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes.

Given this potential link, prevention of gum disease is an important step in maintaining overall health.

Brushing your teeth thoroughly, twice a day, helps to remove plaque. Flossing helps remove the plaque caught between your teeth.

A balanced diet, with limited snacks can also reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

Make sure you have a regular dental check-up too. A professional clean at the dentist will help remove the hardened plaque (tartar) that you can’t remove with floss or a brush.

The following can be early signs of gum disease. Tell your dentist if you experience:

  • bleeding, red, or swollen gums when you brush or floss
  • persistent bad breath
  • loose teeth
  • a change in your bite or the fit of partial dentures

Your teeth need to last a lifetime, contact us to book an appointment.