Dental Health Week 2018

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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 6 to 12 August this year and is targeting WATCH YOUR MOUTH! to educate Australian's about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of their lives.

Things to consider:

  1. If you think brushing your teeth for 30 seconds will do the trick, think again!
  2. You are what you eat and drink, diet & nutrition impacts your dental health!
  3. Flossing is a key part of oral health, not an optional extra!

Dental Health Week campaigns in previous years:

  • 2017 - Women's Oral Health
  • 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. If you have any questions or concerns about your own oral health, please contact us.


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

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.

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.