North Shore Dentistry meets the highest levels of infection control standards.
We care deeply about the wellbeing of our people, our patients and the communities that we live and work in. We have been following the unfolding Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely both in Australia and internationally.
We would like to ensure our people, patients and the broader community that we operate the highest levels of infection control standards, meeting all requirements of the Australian dental industry governing bodies. This includes strictest of hygiene controls, care and cleanliness not only in our dental surgeries but also throughout our entire practices including Reception areas.
All our employed and engaged people are well trained in best practice infection control techniques. We will continue to keep this page updated, however please be assured it is business as usual.
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!
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, itâ€™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.
Tips for a Teeth-Friendly Diet:
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 donâ€™t think youâ€™re getting enough
calcium in your regular diet, you can talk to your doctor about calcium
supplements to ensure youâ€™re getting the right amount of this important
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 youâ€™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.
Donâ€™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 â€˜good fatsâ€™ that are great for your teeth, as well as being naturally rich in teeth-friendly vitamin D.
your sweet treats
Donâ€™t worry, weâ€™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.
Itâ€™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 teethâ€™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!
back on â€˜teeth stainersâ€™
Certain foods and drinks can result in the
staining or discolouring of your teeth, so itâ€™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
Of course, as well as eating a healthy diet full of teeth-friendly food and drink, itâ€™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.
Whether youâ€™re a regular mouthwash
user or havenâ€™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 weâ€™re all aware of the
importance of brushing (which removes food, bacteria, and plaque) and flossing
(to reach where your toothbrush canâ€™t), most of us are unsure about the role of
mouthwash and whether it can improve our oral hygiene.
Weâ€™re taking a closer look at this and concluding whether a daily rinse can really have an impact on the health of your teeth.
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, itâ€™s important to understand that mouthwash alone isnâ€™t enough for good oral health. Itâ€™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 whatâ€™s in your mouthwash:
If youâ€™ve ever browsed the supermarket shelves for a bottle, youâ€™ll know thereâ€™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 teethâ€™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 youâ€™re struggling to select a mouthwash thatâ€™s right for you, you might find the following tips useful:
If you suffer from dry mouth…choose
a product thatâ€™s alcohol-free, as alcohol is a drying agent and can make the
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
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 youâ€™re after fresher breath…go
ahead and pick a product you like the smell of.
If youâ€™d like a bit of
everything…you can find products that contain chlorhexidine and fluoride, and
are also alcohol-free!
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 youâ€™ve had teeth removed), as well as if youâ€™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.