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Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist: What to Expect

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist: What to Expect

If your baby’s cute gummy smile is gone and the first teeth have arrived, you might be wondering when it’s time to book your child’s first appointment with the family dentist. The answer is as soon as possible. The Australian Dental Association recommends that the initial checkup happens when a tooth becomes visible or when the child turns one, whichever comes first. Here’s what you can expect during your first visit. What will happen during the visit? The dentist will check all of your child’s teeth for spotting or decay, as well as assess potential problems with gums or jaws. In most cases the examination won’t take long at all and your child won’t be required to sit still for a long time.  Your dentist will then discuss with you how to care for your child’s teeth. You’ll learn techniques for effective brushing, as well as some ways to deal with reluctant kids, who try to avoid brushing at all cost. You’ll have all your questions answered about dental hygiene, decay prevention, your child’s sucking habits, teething and suitable nutrition. Make a note of everything you’d like to ask in advance, so that you don’t forget.   Will it be stressful for your child? Family dentists have been trained to work with babies and children. They know exactly how to get children’s attention and how to distract them when needed. There may be a few toys that will keep your child occupied and you may even come out with a little gift like a sticker or a new, special tooth-brush. These early visits are important not only as a way to monitor your child’s dental health, but also for developing trust and a positive relationship with the dentist. When there’s a real problem, dental treatment will be less stressful for your child if it’s done by someone they know well and they’ve shared lots of laughs with. How can you prepare? Let your child know in advance what’s happening, while not making a big deal out of it. Stay positive when you’re talking about the family dentist and don’t use the dental visit as a threat when your child is not keen on brushing. If you have any fears or distressing memories of your own, be careful not to pass them on. Most adults aren’t looking forward to their dental appointments, but for your child a visit to the family dentist may very well become an exciting adventure.  For more information, contact a family dentist like DC...

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How to enhance your smile

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to enhance your smile

People’s teeth affect both their physical and psychological well being. In addition to helping them to smile, and to speak clearly and coherently, they also enable them to break down the food they eat, so that their body can begin the process of digestion. Additionally, the condition of a person’s teeth can affect their overall physical appearance; missing teeth can actually altar the shape of the face, causing skin bunching and sunken cheeks. Moreover, severely discoloured, crooked or chipped teeth can often negatively affect a person’s perception of themselves, and lead to low self-esteem. For all of these reasons and more, it is essential to look after your teeth; here, we offer a few pieces of advice on how to do this. Master the basics A consistent and thorough daily dental hygiene routine is an absolute must if you want to prevent oral diseases, and keep your smile in tip-top condition for the rest of your life. The website Dental Health recommends that people brush their teeth at least twice a day, using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Additionally, you should use floss or inter-dental brushes each night, to clean out any food particles between your teeth that your toothbrush may not have caught. Pay a visit to your dentist Regular trips to your dentist for check-ups and teeth cleaning will also greatly enhance your smile, by helping to reduce the risk of stain build-up and tooth loss.  During a check-up, your dentist will carefully examine your teeth, looking for things such as tartar, cavities, gingivitis and other signs of decay and oral disease. Depending on what they find, they may then recommend further treatment. They will also usually carry out a teeth cleaning, during which they will remove tartar build-up and polish the teeth to remove stains. Ideally, you should visit your dentist for a routine check-up and cleaning every six months. Keep your teeth pearly white Whitening your teeth can have a surprisingly significant effect on your general appearance, and is a relatively simple way to enhance your smile. The first step towards a brighter smile is to avoid drinks like red wine, tea and coffee, as these contain tannins which can cause staining. However, whilst this can help, the most effective way to lighten your teeth is to book an appointment with your dentist for a professional whitening treatment. They will typically do this usin a solution of hydrogen peroxide, which they will then apply to the teeth using a custom-made tray. In some instances, where a person’s tooth discolouration cannot be addressed using standard whitening treatments, veneers may be a better alternative. WebMD explains that these are extremely thin tooth-shaped covers, usually made from porcelain, which can improve the appearance of a tooth’s colour, size and shape. For tips on dental health, contact your local...

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Will Breastfeeding Affect Your Baby’s Dental Health?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Will Breastfeeding Affect Your Baby’s Dental Health?

Like many mothers, you probably read up on the benefits of breastfeeding before making your feeding decision. Most books and articles talk about how nursing lowers your baby’s risk of SIDS, allergies, viruses and infection. However, very few talk about the how breastfeeding relates to your baby’s gums and developing teeth. Did you know that nursing has an effect on your little one’s dental health? Many mothers don’t. Thankfully, breastfeeding has a positive impact on your baby’s teeth, but it’s not a miracle prevention for dental problems. Here are 2 positive dental effects to expect from breastfeeding, and 1 negative to watch out for. Upside: Lower Risk of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Tooth decay is often associated with eating sugary foods over a prolonged period of time, so many mums are surprised when they hear that their baby could be at risk too. While it’s true that mouth bacteria uses sugars to produce its harmful acids, it’s not true that unhealthy eating is the only culprit. In fact, a baby doesn’t need to be able to eat at all to get tooth decay — they can get it from their bottle. Aside from water, almost all drinks contain some level of sugar. This includes animal milk and infant formula, as well as fruit juices and other seemingly healthy choices. When babies drink from a bottle, this sugary liquid pools in their mouths and gives bacteria a field day. This is known as baby bottle tooth decay. Breastfeeding eliminates this problem because milk only flows from your breast when your baby is sucking and swallowing. Indeed, studies found that tooth decay was rare in babies before bottles and formula were invented. Some research even suggests that the proteins in breastmilk attack and kill decay-causing bacteria. If you’re a breastfeeding mum, rest assured that you’re lowering your baby’s chances of needing fillings. Upside: Lower Risk of Crooked Teeth No one wants their child to have crooked teeth. Aside from the aesthetic downsides, crooked teeth (known as ‘malocclusion’ to dentists) can have an effect on your overall dental health. Crooked teeth leave more places for bacteria to grow, and it’s harder to clean between all the teeth because of their positions. Malocclusion also leads to tooth wear, bad breath, and chewing difficulties. Luckily for breastfeeding mums, a 2015 study found that breastfed babies were 72% less likely to have crooked teeth and 44% less likely to have an open bite. Downside: Your Baby Can Still Get Dental Problems Don’t get complacent. While breastfeeding can help reduce your baby’s chances of tooth decay, cavities, and bite problems, it’s can’t prevent them completely. You still need to look after your baby’s teeth in the same way a bottle-feeding mum would. The best way to further decrease your baby’s risk of tooth problems is to begin cleaning them shortly after birth. Moisten a soft washcloth and use it to wipe your baby’s gums twice a day, preferably after feeding. When your baby’s first tooth comes through, you can begin using a soft toothbrush and a grain-sized amount of toothpaste. To prevent malocclusion, try to wean your baby off of sucking on a dummy or a finger before the age of 3 or 4. Remember to take start taking your little one for dental check-ups at...

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How to Avoid Going to the Dentist Unnecessarily

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Avoid Going to the Dentist Unnecessarily

Most dentists are probably not offended when someone tells them that they hate to see them, as a dental visit can sometimes be uncomfortable and unpleasant. However, you can typically avoid many dental problems if you take care of your mouth and teeth every day and are sure to manage your overall oral health properly. Note a few tips for how to avoid going to the dentist unnecessarily and how to keep your mouth and teeth healthy and strong. 1. Floss properly You may know to floss every day, but do you floss properly? This would include not pushing the floss into the gum line so that it causes cuts or abrasions, as these can then allow germs and bacteria to settle. In turn, you may be doing more damage with your floss overall. You also want to ensure you floss thoroughly; bend the floss in a C-shape around the front and back of each tooth, rather than just sliding it up and down between teeth. This will get the most food particles out of your mouth for a healthy smile. 2. Avoid drying agents Saliva is needed to rinse away food particles that may cause cavities and other health problems, so you need to avoid drying agents that cause your mouth to become dry and sticky. While you might enjoy the taste and fresh breath you get when using a mouthwash, note that if it has a high alcohol content, it might actually be doing more harm than good. Alcohol dries the skin and the mouth so that you cannot easily rinse away those stuck food particles. Opt for mouthwashes and other products without alcohol, or rinse your mouth with water after using them so that the alcohol gets rinsed away as well. 3. Protect your teeth Your teeth are meant to be strong enough to eat hard foods and to withstand some pressure when you hit something with your mouth, but they’re not unbreakable. Protect your teeth from becoming weak by avoiding foods and beverages that have a high acid content, such as colas and sugary foods. The acids in these foods will weaken tooth enamel so that the teeth themselves are more prone to cavities and breaking. Get into the habit of chopping up hard foods like carrots and apples so you don’t put unnecessary pressure on the teeth when you eat, and always wear bite guards when playing any sport or even when out biking, skating, or doing anything that increases your risk of falling and breaking a tooth. For more tips on the best preventative care for your teeth, talk to your...

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4 Tips for Relieving Pain From an Abscessed Tooth

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips for Relieving Pain From an Abscessed Tooth

If you have an abscessed tooth, which is an infection of the gums or roots of a tooth, it can be extremely painful. While you need to have it treated by a dentist, you might need to relieve the pain before you get into the dentist’s office. These tips will help to relieve your pain and discomfort until your appointment. Take Over-the-counter Pain Relievers There are many dental issues that can be relieved temporarily with simple over-the-counter pain relief medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Even if the abscessed tooth pain is severe, don’t try to combine multiple medications or take more than what is recommended on the bottle. You should also avoid taking any prescription-strength medications unless first directed by your dentist. You are not trying to treat the abscessed tooth, as you still need to see the dentist. You are just making it more comfortable until you can get your appointment. Get Antibiotics It is possible that your dentist can call in antibiotics if you let them know over the phone that you have an abscessed tooth. This is not going to be the end of the treatment for the infected tooth, but it can help you get through the night or weekend. Your dentist may be unavailable or out of town, but willing to call in a prescription to get you started on a round of antibiotics. That way, when you do get into their office, the treatment for the tooth can begin shortly. Rinse Your Mouth With Saltwater Getting rid of the bacteria in your mouth can be a great way to temporarily relive pain from an abscessed tooth. Aside from good oral hygiene, you can also do this by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater. Simply add some table salt to a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth like mouthwash. Do this for a couple minutes, then spit it out. Do this a few times a day until your dentist appointment, and it should provide some relief. Use Cloves Dry cloves and clove oil are an excellent way to reduce pain from an abscessed tooth and other types of tooth pain. If you have a whole clove or powdered clove, you can put it directly on the tooth to experience some relief. However, you really want the oil inside the clove. Get some clove oil and pour it on a cotton ball. Place this cotton ball on the gum tissue where the abscessed tooth is to start experiencing some relief. For more information, contact Runcorn Dental or a similar...

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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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