Tooth-Brushing Techniques For Sparkling Teeth

Tooth-Brushing Techniques

Tooth-brushing techniques for sparkling teeth.

If you’ve never really thought about your oral hygiene routine, it might be time to learn how to clean your teeth effectively and efficiently. A quick scrub before you head out the door may help keep your breath fresh, but a proper clean and floss will remove the little bits of food which can cause real problems down the track.

Good cleaning techniques are even more important if you’ve had crowns or bridges, and other dental work. The right flossing method or a particular little dental brush can make all the difference to keeping your teeth in great condition after treatment.

The best way to clean your teeth!

If you stopped paying attention, after you no longer needed a parent to help you clean your teeth, there are some things you might not realise. Did you know you need to brush for at least two minutes, morning and night? And that’s after you’ve finished breakfast, not before you put your makeup on and pick up a coffee and croissant for breakfast at your desk.

If you’re too frantic in the morning, take a toothbrush kit to work with you and clean your teeth after your morning tea break. If you’re too tired in the evening to pay attention, brush straight after your meal and skip the late-night snacks.

If you are having your teeth straightened using Invisalign, you need to clean your teeth and aligners immediately after having any food or drink, except for plain water.

Floss every day!

Did you know that almost half the surface area of your teeth is between them? That’s why it’s vital to make sure you floss at least once a day, as it cleans where your toothbrush can’t. If you sometimes forget, floss before you brush your teeth. Don’t forget that flossing is also important for fresh breath as it gets rid of any nasty bits of food hidden away in your teeth.

If you have a bridge or braces, you may need to use special little dental brushes as well to get around those tricky areas. Your North Shore Dentistry dentist will show you how to clean with them and discuss the best brush options for you.

Do I need mouthwash?

Mouthwash isn’t a substitute for cleaning your teeth or curing bad breath. It can do a whole range of things from making your breath smell fresher for a little while, to special therapeutic mouthwashes that help with certain oral problems. If you have bad breath, you need to see your dentist in case you have an underlying dental problem or need to develop better oral hygiene skills.

Saliva protects your teeth and gums, and is the body’s natural mouthwash. If you aren’t producing enough saliva, acids in food and natural bacteria of the mouth can start to damage your teeth. If you have problems producing enough saliva, which can happen with certain illnesses and medications, make sure you drink plenty of water and talk to your dentist about available treatments.

And don’t forget to see your North Shore Dentistry practitioner every six months for your dental check.

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Get The Best Value From Your Extras Benefits This Year

Make the most of your extras benefits

Make the most of your extras benefits!

If you’re paying for extras insurance, make sure you’re getting the most from it before the end of the year. When did you last get your dental checkup? Could you be needing some treatment soon? Are you thinking about whether you could improve your teeth with a whitening treatment or would you like to have them straightened?

Now is the time to talk with your North Shore Dentistry practitioner to see what can be done by the end of the year to improve your teeth and make the most of your extras benefits. Even though nothing seems wrong, that doesn’t mean your teeth are necessarily fine. Regular checkups are vital to maintain good oral health.

How long before your cover resets?

While most people know there are payment limits to various treatments, your extras cover also resets annually, most often at the end of the calendar year. First, check when your plan resets and what is still covered if you’ve already had dental work done earlier in the year.

If you’re unsure, check your insurer’s website or give them a call. If you leave it too late to make an appointment, you may not be able to make the most of the extras’ benefits.

Don’t let your rebates disappear for the year!

If you’re overdue for a checkup, book it now and see whether any further treatments are needed. It’s always better to treat issues early. Even if complex treatments won’t be completed by the year’s end, if you start now you may be able to finish it early next year for a second chance at rebates. If you’re considering having cosmetic dental treatments, such as teeth whitening or Invisalign, then talk with your practitioner about a treatment plan and what can be achieved before 2020.

By talking with your North Shore Dentistry dentist now, they can help you maximise your benefits and plan a schedule.

Your North Shore Dentistry dentist can help!

If you’re behind with checkups or treatments, talk with your North Shore Dentistry dentist about the reasons why you’ve held off. If you’re feeling nervous about visiting the dentist, we can help you overcome your fears with different techniques and procedures, such as sleep dentistry.

Book your appointment with us now so you can make the most of your extras insurance.

DIY teeth aligners fraught with risk

DIY teeth aligners fraught with risk

Straightening your teeth without the supervision of a dentist is the current trend in America and it’s on its way to Australia. The practice of sending teeth aligners to people’s homes for unsupervised use is fraught with a multitude of risks. If the teeth are moved too quickly or the patient wears the aligners infrequently, the teeth may be forced to move at a rate that is risky to dental health. The roots of the teeth may become resorbed, causing irreversible damage and the possible loss of teeth. Orthodontic movement of teeth is a precise procedure that must be monitored and controlled by a qualified dentist or orthodontics.

Overseas dentistry comes with risks

Overseas dentistry comes with risks

The internet is flooded with ads from overseas dentists offering free holidays and airfares along with a cheap smile makeover. Sound good? Yes, but at what risk? Major dental work such as implants or veneers come with a high risk of infection and require follow up checks with the dentist. If this is done over a two-week stay overseas, you may find that when you come home a local dentist may not be too keen to rectify any issues that arise. Where does that leave you? Angry and frustrated. Overseas dentistry is often a lot cheaper because they don’t have the strict infection control standards that we practice here in Australia. They may also use inferior materials and products. So, while it’s ok to have treatment done overseas, it does come with risks.

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Are children still suffering from dental decay?

Are children still suffering from dental decay?

We are still seeing as much as 70% of children in Australia suffering from dental decay.

The main cause being the increased consumption of sugary treats and sugar sweetened soft drinks.

Halloween has become increasingly popular in Australia and we see large amounts of lollies being consumed in a short time during this period.

Decay (or cavities) in children’s’ teeth can form fairly quickly if they are constantly sipping on sweet drinks or sucking on sticky lollies.

The frequency of sugar intake is directly linked to the increase in cavities in children.

It is best if they are to have lollies, to have them with a meal, drink water or brush their teeth afterwards.

Despite the fluoride in the water we are seeing more and more children drinking bottled water.

Bottled water does not have fluoride in it.

Fluoride protects teeth from cavities, and if children are drinking non-fluoridated bottled water they are going to miss out on its benefits.

So in short, if you want to protect your child from cavities, limit the lollies and soft drinks, or have them with meals, get them to drink fluoridated (tap) water and encourage them to brush their teeth twice a day.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and your teeth

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and your teeth

Hormonal changes during pregnancy and breast-feeding can result in ‘pregnancy gingivitis’ where the gums become inflamed and bleed. This can be kept under control with meticulous oral hygiene – brushing twice a day and flossing once daily. But factor in bouts of morning sickness and the general overall exhaustion many women feel, and these good hygiene habits can fall by the wayside. If a woman suffers from gum disease – gum inflammation and associated bone loss leading to loose teeth – prior to falling pregnant, this condition can worsen during pregnancy. Studies also show that women can go into pre-term labour, thereby risking the health of the baby. A nutritious, well-balanced diet and brushing and flossing daily while pregnant is a must.

Are amalgam dental fillings toxic?

Are amalgam dental fillings toxic?

Amalgam was once the choice of material for dental fillings. Today we use composite resins or porcelain, but baby boomers born before the introduction of fluoride in the water would have numerous amalgam fillings. So, are these fillings toxic? Amalgam is an alloy containing mercury which can leach out and be absorbed into the body during chewing and clenching. Studies have shown a slight increase in the development of Parkinson’s disease in those with a higher number of amalgam fillings. Mercury can also leach out during procedures involving electro-magnetic waves such as MRI’s. As the population ages, mercury toxicity is likely to increase. In the 90’s the National Heart and Medical Research Council advised that amalgam fillings not be placed in pregnant women and children. Are these grounds for removing your amalgams? Absolutely! If they can be removed safely, it makes sense to replace them with a more biocompatible material.

Is Oil Pulling everything it’s cracked up to be?

Is Oil Pulling everything it’s cracked up to be?

Oil Pulling is an alternative practice where typically sesame, sunflower, olive or coconut oil is ‘swished’ around the mouth for 20 minutes to disinfect the mouth and prevent tooth decay and gum infections. While Oil Pulling is a growing trend, it’s nothing new – it’s actually a type of Ayurvedic medicine that dates back 3000 years. Although there are some studies to show a decrease in bacterial levels in the mouth from Oil Pulling, research is limited, and questions have been raised about the purity of oils used. The Harvard Medical Schoolfound that one out of five Ayurvedic herbal products produced in south Asia contained harmful levels of lead, mercury or arsenic so choosing organic, extra virgin oils for this practice is essential. Needless to say, Oil Pulling should never replace tooth brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist.

Fruit only diets and your teeth

Fruit only diets and your teeth

A recent article in the New York Post, features a young couple who have embarked on a ‘fruit only diet’ and haven’t brushed their teeth for two years, claiming that the fibre from the fruit cleans them. Before you try this at home, let’s look at the facts when it comes to the health of your teeth. Fruit is high in acid and fructose – both of which can soften and destroy tooth enamel. Not brushing your teeth allows bacteria to grow and can damage and decay your teeth. While eating only fruit will undoubtedly shed excess weight, a diet based on fruit alone lacks major nutrients such as protein, vital minerals, fats and amino acids. The safest diets are those that have been scientifically researched and are not purely anecdotal.

Charcoal for teeth whitening – does it work?

Charcoal for teeth whitening – does it work?

You’ve probably seen loads of social media for teeth whitening using charcoal. But does it really work? Activated charcoal anecdotally does seem to whiten teeth. However, there are no published studies to prove that it actually does. The Australian Dental Association hasn’t approved charcoal for use on teeth either. There’s a risk of damage to healthy teeth when whitening, whether it’s with charcoal or other whitening products if conducted at home, unsupervised by a dentist. If an abrasive charcoal is used, it may actually erode the healthy enamel of your teeth. In short, talk to your dentist before you spend money on whitening products sold over the internet. It’s going to be a much costlier and possibly painful experience should you end up damaging your teeth.