Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’re Back and We’ve Missed Your Smile!

The smiles keep on coming! The Government announced this week that the States can begin to operate under Level 1 Restrictions.

Were Back and we have missed your smile

What does this mean for you?

This enables dental professionals to perform the full range of dental services whilst continuing to practice under the highest levels of safety and infection control including specific COVID-19 additional measures.

It is important to continue to maintain your regular check-ups with your dentist in order to avoid major and sometimes costly dental treatment in the future. If you have had an appointment rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions please call 02 9449 9366 or book online to reschedule your appointment. We’ve missed your smile!

What are the additional measures NDC Group have undertaken?

North Shore Dentistry; under normal circumstances operate under very strict levels of infection control including undergoing voluntary, independent a accreditation (QIP) standards as recommended by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) however, these extraordinary times require that additional measures are put in place to protect our patients and our people. Additional measures currently in place include:

  • Additional environmental cleaning of high touch surfaces such as door handles, reception desks and waiting areas.
  • Social distancing measures with reception and waiting areas.
  • Ensuring quality PPE for our team members.
  • Hand sanitiser available for patients.
  • Removal of magazines, toys and unnecessary items from reception, kid’s corners and high traffic areas within the practice.
  • Pre-appointment screening of all patients (as required by Level 1 Restrictions), to ensure any signs illness or feeling unwell is reported before entering the practice.

  • Patients are required to report the following symptoms before attending a dental appointment:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat

If any of the aforementioned symptoms are present the patient will be required to reschedule. The Government recommends any persons experiencing flu like symptoms isolate and by tested for COVID-19 immediately.

Additional Information

The Government recommends for the health and safety of the Australian community, to download the COVID-19 Safe App, to enable quick notification should you come into contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19. You can download the app here if you wish to.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

For up to date information on the current status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia please click on the below link:
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#learn-more-about-coronavirus-covid19

How is North Shore Dentistry managing the Coronavirus situation currently in Australia?

North Shore Dentistry maintains the highest standards of infection control and we are up to date with new recommendations, according to Australian Dental Association Guidelines.
See more at: www.ada.org.au

North Shore Dentistry has achieved accreditation from independent industry bodies AGPAL/QIP.

We have developed a comprehensive policy regarding Coronavirus. The well-being of our patients, providers and team members is of the utmost importance, and forms the basis of our management policy.

For more information regarding North Shore Dentistry’s Coronavirus Management Policy please email: [email protected]

How a Healthy Diet Can Improve Your Dental Health

How a Healthy Diet Can Improve Your Dental Health!

When you think about ways to keep your teeth healthy and strong, the first thing that comes to mind is probably brushing your teeth twice a day. However, aside from your oral hygiene routine, what you eat and drink plays a major role in the health of your teeth and mouth.

To ensure your dental health is in the best condition, it’s vital to maintain a healthy diet that provides the vitamins and nutrients your teeth need. Here are our top tips for keeping on track with your oral health by eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Healthy Diet and Teeth

Tips for a Teeth-Friendly Diet:

Consume enough calcium

Having enough calcium in your diet is an important factor for good dental health. Aside from strengthening the teeth, calcium also repairs damaged enamel. You can find calcium in dairy products such as milk and cheese, as well as in certain plant-based foods.

If you don’t think you’re getting enough calcium in your regular diet, you can talk to your doctor about calcium supplements to ensure you’re getting the right amount of this important mineral.

Eat a balanced, healthy diet

Making sure your diet includes plenty of vegetables and fruit will help to provide the vitamins and nutrients you need for healthy teeth. You should also aim to eat complex carbohydrates, which include foods such as grain bread. These type of carbohydrates release energy more slowly, which keeps you fuller for longer – meaning you’re less likely to reach for the snack jar.

Aside from the food you eat, you should also aim to drink plenty of water. Drinking water helps to keep your mouth hydrated, as well as washing away bacteria and acids to prevent these from building up on your teeth.

Don’t forget healthy fats

Did you know that not all fats are bad for you? Foods such as salmon and oily fish like sardines contain ‘good fats’ that are great for your teeth, as well as being naturally rich in teeth-friendly vitamin D.

Limit your sweet treats

Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you give up your favourite sweet snacks altogether, but keeping those sugary treats to a minimum will help reduce oral health problems such as tooth decay.

It’s also important to be aware that certain sweets can be worse for your teeth than others. For example, chewy lollies that stick to the teeth’s surface will keep them covered in sugar for longer.

Swap your snacks

If you find your sweet tooth cravings are kicking in a little too often, you might find it useful to swap your usual sugary treats for healthier, more teeth-friendly options. Try chopping up some crunchy veg like carrots and celery, or opting for some healthy but delicious nibbles such as nuts or crackers – perfect for afternoon snack attacks!

Cut back on ‘teeth stainers’

Certain foods and drinks can result in the staining or discolouring of your teeth, so it’s best to reduce your intake to avoid a yellow-looking smile. This includes beverages such as tea, coffee, and red wine, as well as coloured food like red pasta sauce, curry powder, balsamic vinegar, coloured lollies, and berries. Rinsing your mouth with water after drinking liquids such as tea, coffee, and red wine can help to minimise discolouration.

If you’ve already noticed some discolouration of your teeth and are keen to whiten your smile, talk to your North Shore Dentistry practitioner about our fast, safe, and convenient teeth whitening options.

Of course, as well as eating a healthy diet full of teeth-friendly food and drink, it’s also crucial that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and keeping up to date with your 6-monthly dental check-ups. If you need to book in a check-up with your North Shore Dentistry practitioner, contact us today.

Does Mouthwash Work?

Does Mouthwash Work?

Whether you’re a regular mouthwash user or haven’t yet made it part of your daily routine, you may be wondering whether rinsing with mouthwash actually works. After all, can a 30-second swish-around really make a difference to your oral health?

While we’re all aware of the importance of brushing (which removes food, bacteria, and plaque) and flossing (to reach where your toothbrush can’t), most of us are unsure about the role of mouthwash and whether it can improve our oral hygiene.

We’re taking a closer look at this and concluding whether a daily rinse can really have an impact on the health of your teeth.

Does Mouthwash Work?

Firstly, the all-important question – does mouthwash actually work?

The short answer is yes, it can help to reduce certain dental issues like plaque and gingivitis.

However, it’s important to understand that mouthwash alone isn’t enough for good oral health. It’s not a cure for bad breath and it definitely needs to be supported by twice-daily brushing, proper flossing, and regular check-ups with your dental practitioner.

Here are some of the benefits that rinsing with mouthwash can bring:

  • It can provide an instant burst of freshness, leaving you with fresher breath and a healthier-feeling mouth.
  • Regular rinsing with a fluoride-based variation may help protect against cavities and gum disease. (Take care not to dilute a fluoride option with water, as this prevents the fluoride from coating your teeth).
  • In general it can help to lower the amount of bacteria and plaque in your mouth.

Understanding what’s in your mouthwash:

If you’ve ever browsed the supermarket shelves for a bottle, you’ll know there’s a huge range of products on the market. Understanding what ingredients your mouthwash contains can help you select the right product for your needs.

  • Alcohol (or other antimicrobial agents): Helps to kill bacteria and germs that can lead to tooth decay and bad breath
  • Detergents: Assist with removing food debris and loose plaque
  • Flavours and colours: Improve the appearance and taste
  • Preservatives: Stop bacteria from growing inside
  • Water: Dissolves the other ingredients
  • Fluoride: This can help improve teeth’s resistance to acid attacks and protect against tooth decay

How to choose the right mouthwash:

Feeling confused about the vast array of products on offer? If you’re struggling to select a mouthwash that’s right for you, you might find the following tips useful:

  • If you suffer from dry mouth…choose a product that’s alcohol-free, as alcohol is a drying agent and can make the condition worse.
  • If you want extra protection against tooth decay…opt for a product that contains fluoride (but take care not to swallow after rinsing, as too much fluoride can be toxic).
  • If you have issues with gum disease…consider a mouthwash with chlorhexidine (Savacol or Corsodyl), but be sure to talk to your dentist before purchasing an over-the-counter remedy.
  • If you’re after fresher breath…go ahead and pick a product you like the smell of.
  • If you’d like a bit of everything…you can find products that contain chlorhexidine and fluoride, and are also alcohol-free!

Did you know? You can find a list of approved mouthwash products on the Australian Dental Association website.

Using a saltwater mouthwash:

Rinsing with a saltwater mouthwash can be an effective short-term solution which is more natural than shop-bought products.

As salt is a natural disinfectant and can help to reduce tissue swelling, dental practitioners often recommend salt water rinsing after dental surgery (such as when you’ve had teeth removed), as well as if you’re suffering from an infection or mouth ulcers.

The use of a saltwater variation is usually recommended for a period of 2-3 weeks, as long-term use can soften and erode the tooth enamel, leaving your teeth more vulnerable to cavities and chipping.

If you need more advice on mouthwash to help with a particular dental or oral health condition, make an appointment with your North Shore Dentistry practitioner today.