Dental Health Week 2017

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It's here! Dental Health Week runs from August 7 to 12 this year and is targeting women's oral health, & 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 your life. 

As part of that campaign this year we have been featuring women's oral health issues here on the Blog. In case you missed them, here are the links.

For further information, or to schedule an appointment with any of our dentists, contact us. And have fun maintaining your oral health and enjoying the benefits throughout your life, no matter what your age!

Women's oral health through life - Dentures

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To round out our women's oral health focus in time for Dental Health Week next month, we're back with oral care tips for dentures. But don't forget to look back at our other Women's Oral Health posts in case there were any you missed.

Oral care tips for dentures:

  • Don't let dentures dry out - place in denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when they're not being worn. Never use hot water, which can cause dentures to warp.
  • Brush your dentures - brushing daily will remove food and dental plague and help prevent dentures from becoming stained.
  • Take care of your mouth - brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft bristled brush before you insert dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plague.
  • Consult your dentist - immediately if dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don't be tempted to adjust them yourself; this can damage them beyond repair.

Book an appointment online if you have any concerns with your dentures or you want advice on having dentures fitted.

Losing teeth is not an inevitable consequence of aging. Older women have been identified by public health agencies as a group highly vulnerable to poor oral health, including dental decay, gum disease (periodontitis) and oral cancer. But it doesn't have to be this way, treatment now concentrates on prevention of dental disease. This means that you can keep your teeth for life, and they no longer need to have large unsightly fillings.

At Bays Dental Clinic, we aim to help our older patients maintain and improve their oral health and keep their teeth.

Over 50's can maintain good oral hygiene by:

  1. Visit your dentist at recommended intervals which suit your dental condition and age, to screen for dental disease and more serious diseases of the mouth. Tell your dentist about any general health problems and any medication you are taking as this may affect your dental health and treatment.
  2. To prevent decay of the necks of the teeth near your gums, pay strict attention to tooth brushing (at least twice a day, especially after meals) with a fluoride tooth paste and floss between the teeth to remove plaque. 
  3. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid sweet food and drink between meals to prevent the need for dental fillings or tooth loss. 
  4. If you have full dentures, clean your mouth and dentures thoroughly each day and have both checked by your dentist every few years.
  5. If you're experiencing tooth ache, sensitive teeth or dry mouth, book an appointment to see your dentist, who will be able to recommend treatment. If in pain, see your dentist immediately.

Our friendly team can provide you with an individualised diagnosis and preventative treatment during a consultation, as well as providing many effective ways to repair and replace your teeth and restore your appearance. Book an appointment today.


If you’re going through menopause, which most women undergo between the ages of 47 and 55, you may have noticed a pronounced decline in your hormone levels, accompanied by a range of oral health effects including inflamed gums, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and dry mouth.

  • The inflamed gums stem from a condition called menopausal gingivostomatitis. It’s hard to miss, marked by shiny, pale to deep red gums that bleed easily. The good news is that it can be managed with medications suggested by your dentist.
  • You may also find you’re more sensitive than normal to hot and cold food and drinks, and that everything tastes a little odd, either really salty, peppery or sour, or bitter & metallic. This can be a by-product of what’s known as burning mouth syndrome (BMS), which can be every bit as unpleasant as the name suggests. Usually brought on by hormonal fluctuations, BMS can make the front part of your mouth, lips, inside cheeks and tongue feel like they’re burning, tender, hot & scalding, numb or tender. Your dentist will be able to suggest an appropriate course of action.
  • You may experience dry mouth or xerostomia. This occurs when you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth, making eating and swallowing difficult, as well as increasing your risk of tooth decay (saliva keeps the germs that cause decay in check). Your dentist can help you manage this particular condition.
  • Osteoporosis can also affect your teeth and gums post-menopause. It can cause the bone in your jaw to recede, leading to gum reduction and tooth loss.

There’s no need to suffer through these hormonal fluctuations, seeing your dentist regularly will ensure these conditions can be managed effectively. Book an appointment with our dentists today.


The way in which periods and hormonal fluctuations may affect the teeth and gums are quite varied for women and girls of all ages.

  • Three to four days from the start of your period you may experience increased soreness in your mouth, with swollen gums becoming more prone to bleeding. Increased hormones can also lead to a build-up of plaque. A temporary form of gingivitis is characterised by gum redness and swelling and sores on the tongue and inside cheeks. Fortunately, it usually disappears once your period starts.
  • However your mouth reacts to your period, the best advice is to keep brushing and flossing as normal. If you experience increased sensitivity or soreness, and are tempted to pull back from your usual oral health routine as a result, see your dentist who can suggest the best treatment.
  • If you’re on oral contraceptives, which contain progesterone, you may find that the increased levels of the hormone in your body trigger the same kind of gingivitis often seen in pregnant women. Known as “pregnancy gingivitis”, it’s marked by swelling and redness, caused by increased blood flow to the gums. It may be present in the first few months after you go on “the pill” and if it worsens, it’s a good idea to look at an alternative.

While you can undergo dental treatments at any time, there is an emerging school of thought that suggests certain dental treatments are best carried out at particular times of your period. For instance, the increased gum puffiness and inflammation of your gums means that a professional cleaning by your dentist will be most comfortable about a week after your period ends. Similarly, you might find that the days right after your period are the least sensitive time to get a filling or have a tooth extracted.

Book an appointment online if you have any concerns or need advice about your teeth and gums.

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.