Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

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.

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?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 insurers 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 years 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 peoples 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 childrens 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 Parkinsons disease in those with a higher number of amalgam fillings. Mercury can also leach out during procedures involving electro-magnetic waves such as MRI. As the population ages, mercury toxicity is likely to increase. In the 90 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.