Cavities, Bad Breath and Other Embarrassing Topics

Four Tips for Making Your Dentures Last

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips for Making Your Dentures Last

Wearing dentures allows you to restore your smile and eat what you want, even if you have missing teeth. Investing in a good pair of dentures is only the beginning; you need to make sure you take good care of them so they last. Here are some tips for making your dentures last as long as possible. Clean the Dentures Regularly It is very important that you keep up with cleaning your dentures thoroughly. You should clean your dentures just as often as you used to brush your teeth by removing them and scrubbing them twice a day. Either use water alone or a denture cleaning solution. Your dentist can give you recommendations for cleaners that are appropriate for dentures. Never use regular soap or detergent on the dentures, or any cleaner not approved by your dentist. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub the inside and outside of the dentures. It is also a good idea to remove the dentures after each meal and snack to rinse them and get rid of bacteria. By keeping them clean, you reduce having to replace them prematurely due to bacteria build-up. Keep Your Mouth Clean It is equally important to keep your mouth clean when you have dentures to remove your mouth bacteria. If you clean the dentures but don’t keep your gums clean, that bacteria can build up and cause damage to the dentures when you wear them. When you take out the dentures, set them in a safe place and gently brush your gums with a soft toothbrush and water. Also brush your tongue thoroughly. Make sure it is a different toothbrush than the one you use to clean your dentures. The bristles should be even softer when used on your gums than the ones used on the dentures. Treat the Dentures Gently It is can be tempting to set the dentures down too hard or to store them in the wrong place since they seem durable, but this is going to gradually damage them. They might not last as long if you are not rinsing the dentures and placing them in a dentures case. Avoid keeping the dentures on your bathroom counter where not only could bacteria transfer to the dentures, but they could get broken accidentally. It is also a good idea to keep them out of your mouth when you are sleeping. This helps prevent the dentures from falling out during sleep and getting damaged, as well s avoiding illnesses related to wearing the dentures. Make sure you also visit your dentist on a regular basis so the dentist can inspect the dentures. They might need to be adjusted if you experience bone loss, which is common when you don’t have natural...

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Should you choose tray whitening or laser whitening?

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should you choose tray whitening or laser whitening?

When it comes to teeth whitening offered in your dentist’s office, there are two main options: tray whitening and laser whitening. While these are both effective whitening products, as they are provided by a licensed dentist, they are not exactly the same. Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding which one is the better option for you. How much time do you have? This is a big consideration because laser whitening takes considerably less time than tray whitening. If you have a special occasion in just a few days, you might want to go with laser whitening. This is done in a single office visit, often in as little time as your lunch hour. Tray whitening is just as effective, but since custom trays are made, it can take weeks just to get your trays in. After that, you may use them for a few days before you achieve the desired level of whiteness. Do you want to repeat the process at your leisure? A benefit for tray whitening is that you can keep using the same trays over and over again. While there is longer to wait in the beginning, you will be able to keep those custom trays and repeat the whitening process as often as you want. If you get laser whitening and a few months later need a touch-up, you need to return to the dentist’s office. With the trays, all you need to do is purchase another bottle of whitening gel for the trays and you’re good to go. Can you handle teeth sensitivity? Due to the speed of the process and the high-intensity lamp used, the laser whitening process tends to cause a little more teeth sensitivity than trays do. While each of them may cause some sensitivity since the whitening gel is applied to the enamel of your teeth, you may find that you are much more sensitive to the laser process. If you are someone who already has overly sensitive teeth or thin enamel, you might want to try the trays first to see if you like them before attempting in-office laser whitening. What does your budget look like? Your budget is another thing to consider. Laser whitening is often around the same price as the initial visit for the trays, but since it is only done once, you actually spend more when you need touch-ups. With the tray whitening, once you have the custom trays made, all you need to pay for with future visits is more whitening gel. In the end, it ends up being less expensive. If you want to spend the least amount possible overall, you may prefer the trays. On the other hand, if speed is the most important consideration, you will prefer laser whitening. For more information about your options, contact a local...

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New Trends for Teeth Whitening

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Trends for Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic dentistry is big business in Australia. The current trend for teeth whitening is swamping the market with an array of products marketed to give you that glowing whiter than white smile. Traditionally teeth whitening was a procedure carried out in the dentist chair. Now there is a constant race to find innovative new ideas to whiten teeth while saving you time and money. Here are just some of the new trends trying to achieve this. Have a party With the amount of people offering mobile teeth whitening the idea of friends getting together and getting it done collectively has started a new trend. Whitening parties work on the basis of quite a few people wanting it done but never really getting round to it but if a group of you come together then it is more likely to get done. Even offices are offering a whitening service to employees to come along and have some cosmetic dentistry on their lunch breaks. Brushing with charcoal Not what most people would imagine would help to whiten their teeth but this is the new natural way to brighten your smile. Simply by dipping your wet toothbrush into some activated charcoal powder and brushing for two minutes can work for your teeth. Activated charcoal is attracted to tannins, commonly found in teeth staining food such as red wine and coffee, while remaining very absorbent and soaking up any toxins in the mouth. Gargling coconut oil Oil Pulling is a new term in the teeth whitening market. The process of sitting around with oil in your mouth doesn’t scream ‘teeth whitening’ but oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method that was rediscovered by health enthusiasts. Every morning you need to swirl, gargle and hold a large mouthful of coconut oil in the mouth for about 20 minutes and then spit it out. The oil pulls off any dirt, stains and toxins from the teeth and mouth. You then need to give your teeth a good brush and after a couple of weeks you should see the results along with fresher breath and healthier gums. Away from the dentist chair and peroxide filled DIY kits these new trends have gained a following and are being inducted into the catalogue of teeth whitening products. There are so many ways to whiten your teeth. Contact local cosmetic dentistry clinics to learn more about these and other...

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Dealing With Dry Socket After Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dealing With Dry Socket After Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction

After having a wisdom tooth extraction, you will inevitably experience some pain and discomfort. If this pain becomes particularly intense or doesn’t resolve after a few days, you could be experiencing a symptom of dry socket (alveolar osteitis). This condition occurs in roughly two to five percent of patients and is highly treatable. When you have teeth pulled, a blood clot will form in the empty socket. The purpose of this blood clot is to protect the jaw bone and surrounding nerves. Dry socket forms when this blood clot dissolves or becomes dislodged. This leaves the bone and nerves exposed to air, food and liquid. Causes and Prevention Your risk of developing dry socket will greatly increase if you smoke, use birth-control pills or have a history of dry socket. Sucking too hard can also be problematic, as it could dislodge the blood clot. Therefore, eating food through a straw is not advisable until the bleeding is under control. Poor oral hygiene can enhance or prolong symptoms. Due to the sensitivity of the wisdom tooth socket after oral surgery, it’s not always possible keep the area clean. Rinsing your mouth with a salt water solution will help fight off infection and keep your mouth in good shape until you’re able to use a toothbrush again.  Dental Treatments Your dentist will thoroughly clean the empty socket of debris and fill it with a medicated paste that will promote healing at the end of your oral surgery. If the pain doesn’t naturally subside, they can repeat this process daily until the socket starts to heal. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics, which will prevent an infection from developing. If the socket is particularly sensitive, your dentist may administer more anaesthetic to dull the pain. Home Remedies While medical assistance should be sought if you suspect dry socket, there are various home treatments that could help relieve pain if a 24-hour dentist isn’t available in times of need. Placing a few drops of clove oil onto a gauze pad or cotton ball, and packing it over the area, can provide temporary pain relief. Over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, may also be enough to relieve the pain until the wound heals. Dry socket takes an average of seven to ten days to resolve. This is roughly the amount of time it takes for new tissue to grow over the socket. As long as dry socket infections are treated before they spread, there are no long-term...

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All You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on All You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

If you want to improve your smile, your dentist may advise you to get dental veneers. The following will help you learn what veneers are, their applications and the procedure for getting them. Basics of  Dental Veneers Dental veneers, also referred to as porcelain veneers, are thin shells of tooth colored elements made for covering your tooth’s front surface to give you an improved appearance. Dental veneers change the shape, length, size and color of your front teeth. Dental veneers may either be made from resin or porcelain materials. Veneers made from resin material are thin and do not require a large portion of the tooth surface to be removed before placement. Porcelain veneers are thicker than resin and require a bit more tooth surface to be removed during placement. However, porcelain is better than resin in terms of resisting stains and reflecting light. Applications of Dental Veneers Veneers are used for fixing: Discoloured teeth Worn down teeth Broken or chipped teeth Misaligned, irregularly shaped or uneven teeth Teeth that have gaps between them Procedure for Getting Dental Veneers Diagnosis and Treatment Planning During this phase of treatment, you will have the chance to explain to your dentist what you want to achieve, e.g. correct misaligned teeth, hide discoloured teeth or fill gaps between teeth. Your dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth; they may make impressions of your teeth or take x-rays, to determine whether veneers are right for you. Preparation Some enamel will be trimmed off your tooth’s surface. The trimmed off enamel will be proportional in thickness to the veneer that will be applied to your tooth. Before this procedure, your dentist may give you some anesthetic for the pain. Next, an impression or model of your tooth shall be created. The model will help in the construction of a veneer that is a perfect match for the shape and size of your tooth. Bonding Before your dentist permanently cements the veneer to your tooth, they will place it temporarily to check its color and fit. Your dentist will repeatedly trim the dental veneer to achieve the right fit. He or she will clean, polish and etch your tooth to make it rough for bonding with the veneer. Your dentist will then apply special cement to the veneer and place it on your tooth. After placing the veneer on your tooth, your dentist will pass a light beam over the veneer to harden it. Finally, your dentist will remove excess cement, evaluate your bite and make any necessary adjustments to the veneers (such as additional trimming). For more information about dental veneers and whether they’ll work for you, contact a local cosmetic dentistry...

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Why the cost of Invisalign may seem a bit high

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why the cost of Invisalign may seem a bit high

The perfect smile is elusive to many people due to many reasons that can include accidents or just the normal morphology of their teeth structure. Dentists came up with ways to straighten these teeth so that the patient can have the perfect smile. These ways include the older use of braces and the relatively new use of Invisalign. The latter has been quoted as slightly more expensive as compared to the use of braces with the average cost ranging from six thousand to nine thousand dollars, according to Invisalign. The practice, however, does rightfully warrant its price due to its various advantages as compared to the traditional braces. Inconspicuous One of the chief reasons as to why people choose Invisalign over metal braces is the fact that they are transparent. This means that they fit neatly over your teeth and no one would be the wiser as regards to their existence, except you and your dentist. Braces, on the other hand, are very visible and can impact on self-confidence since the wearer would be extremely conscious of their presence whenever they talk or attempt to smile. Freedom and flexibility Invisalign gives the wearer freedom to eat whatever they want. Unlike braces where one has to abstain from certain foods like nuts, corn and candies among others, one can eat anything with the Invisalign on. Normal brushing techniques can apply because the Invisalign can be removed whenever desired. With the braces, one has to floss and brush extremely well since they offer many facets where food residue can accumulate and lead to various other dental issues like decay or plaque. The Invisalign dental aligners eliminate all this. These aligners are also more comfortable than the traditional braces treatment. Braces can lead to sores and general discomfort due to the brace wires rubbing against the inside of the cheek and the gums. Teeth can also break if the braces are fitted too tight, whereas the Invisalign is fitted just right according to the client’s morphological specifications. Wide range of defects The Invisalign also has the big advantage that it has the ability to correct a variety of dental cases that include improper spacing as well as misalignment of the rows of teeth. The aligners are made by a computer program working off the specifications of your dental morphology. This makes it able to efficiently iron out the small kinks in your dental...

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Could dental treatment lift you out of depression?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Could dental treatment lift you out of depression?

In Australia alone, there are three million people suffering every day from depression or anxiety. This is a huge number, and the issue is extremely complex. Neither the causes of depression nor of anxiety can be boiled down to one thing, and the causes will also differ from person to person. But with that said, there is a growing body of evidence supporting the idea that dental health is linked to mental health. This means that making an appointment with your dentist at the first sign of tooth pain, or investing in orthodontic treatment could actually make you feel better on the inside., as well as giving you aesthetically pleasing teeth. Smiling will promote your happiness. Many people think that when you are happy, you smile. Yes, this is true, but it also works the other way around. Proactively choosing to smile will also make you a happier person. A study conducted by Dr Robert Zajonc found that smiling has a direct effect on activities in the brain associated with happiness. The science behind it is that a cooler brain leads to happier feelings. Smiling cools down the blood that is sent to the brain, and the result is a wave of happiness. But, of course, you would be less likely to smile if you felt self-conscious about your teeth. This is a great reason to visit a cosmetic dentist and feel more confident with your smile. Stop your teeth grinding. One of the main reasons that people grind their teeth is because of anxiety. And unfortunately, these people are caught in a difficult situation because anti-anxiety medications that abate the effects of anxiety can actually increase teeth grinding. This means that an alternative route to try is dental treatment. Dentists can identify teeth grinding (which is also known as bruxism) and supply patients with mouth guards to stop them grinding their teeth, enabling them to take anti-anxiety medication safely. A connection between dental health and depression. A recent survey of more than 10,000 participants also found that a person’s dental health is directly related to their level of depression, so the more dental problems a person has, the more depressed they are likely to be. Scientifically, this is thought to be the case because depression is linked to inflammation and poor dental health can also be a source of inflammation. This means that visiting your dentist could be a way of managing...

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Uncommon Treatments You May Require From a Dental Clinic

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Uncommon Treatments You May Require From a Dental Clinic

Many people consider their smile their most attractive asset. However, chronic teeth problems will not only affect your aesthetic appeal, but can also have adverse effects on your overall health. Common visits to dental clinics tend to include teeth cleaning, filling in of cavities and more. Here are some of the uncommon treatments you may require to ensure that your teeth and overall health remains in good condition. Laser dentistry There are several reasons why one may need to undergo laser treatments at a dental clinic. For one, this procedure is used to scale teeth that are encased with hard tartar. Since this tartar cannot be eliminated by regular brushing, and if left undeterred can ultimately change the shape of your teeth, the dentist will us a laser to eliminate it. Laser treatments are also recommended for individuals who may not be able to have general anaesthesia to undergo surgical procedures at the dental clinic. You may also find a dental clinic using laser treatment when filling in cavities, as this works best for individuals who may be prone to excessive bleeding during a regular cavity filling procedure. Air abrasion Air abrasion is another treatment that works in the same lines as laser treatment. Thus, if the dental clinic does not have laser technology available, the dentist may opt for air abrasion for scaling the patient’s teeth or removal of hardened tartar. Another application of air abrasion is as a pre-treatment before one undergoes cosmetic dental procedures. Apicoectomy This type of treatment is opted for when one undergoes a root canal and it was not successful. One of the common reasons for unsuccessful root canals is if the infection was much deeper than previously diagnosed. With the apicoectomy, the dentist will remove the tips of the tooth and cut away some of the patient’s gum to ensure the offending root is exposed and treated accordingly. Temporomandibular joint treatment The temporomandibular joint refers to the hinge that connects your skull to the temporal bones that are located in your jaw. Problems with this hinge can lead to a myriad of symptoms such as tenderness in the jaw, inability to open and close your mouth properly, pain while chewing and more. If left unchecked, temporomandibular problems could lead to migraines, shoulder pain, earaches and more. Before undergoing TMJ treatment, the dentist will have to take x-rays of your jaw to pinpoint where the problem lies.  TMJ treatment requires oral surgery to ensure that the hinge is remedied, thus restoring its function. For more information, contact a local clinic like Bruce Stevens...

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Should you whiten your teeth?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should you whiten your teeth?

Teeth whitening has become a big trend in America, perhaps in part due to the dazzlingly white smiles of Hollywood we see plastered all over the screen. In Australia teeth whitening is also gaining in popularity. However there are a few factors to consider before you jump on board with the craze. While the general consensus is that professional whitening services are relatively safe teeth whitening really isn’t for everyone. So should you whiten your teeth? It depends on how you’re planning on going about the procedure, as well as the health of your mouth and the results you expect.  At home kits for teeth whitening can be bought relatively cheaply but not all solutions are created equal. Over the counter products must contain 6% or less hydrogen peroxide and 18% or less carbamide peroxide to be legally sold within Australia. Professional dentists will use a solution with much higher percentages so the procedure will be faster and more effective. Professional dentists will also mold the solution tray to the shape of your mouth, which should reduce gum sensitivity. Teeth whitening solutions can cause irritation, especially if your gums are already in poor condition. Teeth may also be more sensitive after treatment with some patients experiencing considerable discomfort. This is one of the reasons the health of your teeth should be assessed by a professional before using a teeth whitening solution. Teeth whitening may also produce unsatisfactory results in some patients. Teeth that have been capped or that have fillings and other preexisting dental procedures will not whiten evenly. The solution used on your teeth targets the enamel of real teeth only, so synthetic materials will remain discolored. This could lead to spots or patches of yellow staining on otherwise bright, white teeth. Women who are pregnant and adolescents are highly discouraged from using any teeth whitening solutions. Don’t forget that these chemicals can be dangerous if used incorrectly. If you are pregnant and considering a teeth whitening procedure, or if you are very young, consider holding off for a year or two.  Unfortunately teeth whitening does not last forever and most people will need to repeat the procedure within a couple of years to regain their pearly whites. But there is a danger in over whitening your teeth! Whitening your teeth too regularly could cause considerable damage to your teeth and gums and may even turn your teeth an unappealing off white color. Keep in mind that only a professional dentist should advise you on your suitability for teeth whitening procedures. If in doubt, make an appointment to discuss teeth whitening with your dentist at a place like Revesby Dental Centre, even if you plan on using an at home whitening...

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The Benefits of Using Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Benefits of Using Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Your teeth gradually become discolored or stained if you smoke or take beverages like coffee on a regular basis. Tooth whitening is one way to restore the original color of your teeth. You can buy a tooth whitening kit and use it at home or you can have your teeth whitened at the dentist’s office. This article discusses some of the benefits of whitening your teeth using a home kit. Monetary Savings One of the biggest advantages of using a home tooth whitening kit instead of doing it at the dentist’s office is the affordable cost. At-home teeth whitening kits are more affordable than having to pay a dentist to perform the whitening procedure. There are different teeth whitening kits on the market so you can choose the one that will deliver the results you want without exceeding your budget. Convenience You can order the teeth-whitening product online and have it delivered to your home. The home teeth whitening kits enable you to whiten your teeth at your convenience. You do not have to call your dentist in order to make an appointment. You do not have to drive to the dentist’s office in order to have your teeth whitened. This convenience may explain why at-home tooth whitening kits are very attractive to many people. Privacy Some people are uneasy about being seen going to a dentist’s office in order to fulfil an appointment to have their teeth whitened. This is particularly so for individuals who have to get permission in order to take a day or some hours off work in order to see the dentist. At-home tooth whitening kits provide a discreet way for people to get a better smile without letting others in on what they are doing. Control Many people love taking charge of matters affecting their health. Such people enjoy having control of the teeth-whitening process. This is because you can decide when to stop using a whitening product or when to change from using one product and change to another. All this is done without seeking the permission of anyone. At-home tooth whitening kits give you that control. Any product affecting your health needs to be used with caution. That is why it may be wise to involve a dentist even if you want to use an at-home teeth-whitening kit. Talk with a dentist at a clinic like Collins Dental Image to learn what the best kit for you is or even if at-home whitening is an option for you. This will save you from experiencing negative effects like tooth sensitivity stemming from overuse of whitening...

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