DENTAL SEALANTS

Dental Sealants significantly reduce decay problems in the back of the mouth.

Our back teeth have an uneven upper surface. This surface, which is used for chewing, tends to accumulate debris. This can lead to problems with decay, especially if there are small pits and fissures in the tooth. Dental sealants are an invisible coating applied to the upper surface of the molar teeth. This sealant fills in any gaps, pits, fissures or unevenness in the tooth surface, prevent problems with accumulating debris. This keeps teeth cleaner and healthier.

Children who have dental sealants applied to their back teeth have significantly lower decay problems. Cavities are reduce by 60% to 80%. This saves both the teeth and considerable money in the long term.

Modern sealants are either resin or glass ionomer based. They usually last four years, but some have reportedly lasted nine years before they needed replacement.

Wisdom Teeth Dundas

If the mouth is kept in good health there are fewer problems later in life. Wisdom teeth are one of the few exceptions to this. There is often insufficient room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to emerge properly.  Nonetheless a healthy mouth will lessen in problems that develop here.

Invisalign Dundas

Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth. It will effectively treat minor and moderate alignment problems, and has an advantage in being far less noticeable than braces. Both traditional braces and Invisalign benefit from a mouth that is free from any other issues.

Implant Dundas

Implants consist of an artificial tooth attached to the jaw with a titanium post. They are an idea method of replacing a lost tooth. Optimal dental health will reduce the need for dental implants. Keeping natural teeth is always the best option.

 

Sealants are not a permanent solution. But they will protect a child’s teeth for several years, after which time the child is in a better position to look after their mouth.

 

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Avoid Common Brushing Mistakes

  • Reusing the same toothbrush for too long. A recent internet hack has been to restore the toothbrush with boiling water, but this resorted brush doesn’t last very long.
  • Our tooth enamel is slightly softer after many meals; if we brush straight away we risk damaging the teeth. Gargle with water, and brush 30 minutes later.
  • Clean the tongue as well. This harbours bacteria and causes problems like bad breath.
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride, or have some fluoride on your teeth with a mouthguard.
  • Hard bristles and hard brushing damage the teeth. Use a soft bristle brush and be persistent but gentle.
  • We don’t need that much tooth paste. Brush more often, but with less paste.
  • It makes all the difference as about 30% of the tooth area is between the teeth’ easily the most common place for debris to get caught.
  • Missing any section of the teeth. They are all prone to problems, and they all need cleaning.
  • Brush two to three times a day. Any more than this might be too often.
  • Clean the brush with hot water after use.
  • Always store the toothbrush with the bristles facing upward, so the moisture can drain away.
  • Keep the toothbrush away for any source of air pollution, like a toilet.
  • Ignoring any pain in the mouth is an issue.

Brushing prevents most dental issues, but not all. Teeth cannot be straightened by brushing, and wisdom teeth can will cause problems no matter what we do, often requiring extraction. But keeping our teeth clean will benefit the procedures that rectify crooked teeth and problems with partly emerged wisdom teeth.

 

Wisdom Tooth Removal Sydney

It is not uncommon for our mouths to have insufficient room for wisdom teeth. Talk to the dentist about wisdom tooth extraction.

 

Dental Implants Sydney

Implants can replace lost or severely damaged teeth. If you suspect that you need a dental implant Sydney had may fine dental practitioners.

 

DENTIST ON VICTORIA – Types of Braces

Traditional Braces

These are the metal brackets that first come to mind when we talk about braces. They have always been quite effective, even for severe dental problems, but they were also quite intrusive; they were quite bulky in the mouth and could not really be hidden from sight.

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Pros –

  • Reasonably Cost Effective
  • They perform well and effectively correct almost all orthodontic issues.
  • Only moderate upkeep, reasonably durable.
  • Reasonably fast acting.
  • Certain types of food cannot be eaten.
  • Some colour bands available.

 

Cons –

  • Initially painful, but this is common in orthodontics. The pain soon passes.
  • They cannot really be concealed.

 

Ceramic Braces

These are an improved version of traditional braces, but with colours that blend in with the teeth. Clear wires further help this blending in.

Pros –

  • As effective as traditional braces
  • Less noticeable than traditional braces.

 

Cons –

  • More expensive than traditional braces.
  • Prone to staining, with more thorough cleaning required.
  • Certain types of food cannot be eaten.

 

Lingual Braces

These are like traditional braces, but placed behind the teeth, facing the tongue.

Pros-

  • Almost impossible for other to see.

Cons-

  • More expensive
  • Difficult to maintain
  • Cannot be used for all types of orthodontic treatment. Not for severe problems
  • Initially more painful than other methods.
  • Require time consuming appointments.

 

Invisalign

These are a type of plastic mouthpiece than move teeth into place. A series of these mouthpieces is needed for full treatment, each being replaced after about two weeks. They are popular with adults.

Pros –

  • Largely unnoticeable.
  • Food and drink can be consumed as per normal

 

 

Cons –

  • Only suitable for minor or moderate dental problems
  • More expensive than other options.
  • The mouth piece can be easily lost.
  • Effective results may take some time.

 

 

Braces Dundas

For residents of Denistone, Ermington, Rydalmere, Telopea, Dundas and Oatlands Dentist on Victoria has a wide selection of dental and orthodontic options.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. It is a milder form of gum disease that can lead to far more serious gum problems such as periodontal disease. Gingivitis can be reversed with stringent oral hygiene and perhaps some further treatment by a dentist. Left untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, with subsequent loss of teeth and bone. Long term Gingivitis and periodontal disease has also been linked to circulation problems and increased risk of strokes.

 

Signs of Gingivitis:

 

 

Gingivitis issues stem from plaque build-up. Regular brushing and flossing prevents almost all gingivitis issues and subsequent problems. Powered toothbrushes seems to be more effective here than manual brushing.  Additional use of mouthwashes can also be quite beneficial. Occasionally hydrogen peroxide is used, or mouthwashes with anti-inflammatory agents and essential minerals.

 

Gum problems such as gingivitis should be easy to prevent or treat. See your dentist at the first sign of tender gums. Prevention today means avoiding more serious problems tomorrow.

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Adaptogens

Fatigue, weight loss and stress affect the lives of many people. We often try to treat these with energy drinks, coffee fixes or sugary food. Of course the dubious benefits of these stimulants are short lived, and we often find we have an energy crash afterwards. Those who suspect that the fatigue is actually caused by the stimulants look to be right. It’s a mild addiction, with our energy levels being compromised by the stimulants we use to (temporarily) boost them.

 

Adaptogens

The high sugar and increased caffeine intake we presently see is something not experienced many generations ago. It is a modern diet trend. Older generations, in some cases going back thousands of years, ate a more natural diet, at least when they had the opportunity to. They also know about adaptogens, substances that kept our physiology in good working order.

 

Adaptogens work to keep us functioning well, which basically means keeping in balance. Instead of providing short term energy an adaptogen will provide a sustained and steady energy reserve, and also allow the body to deal with changing situations. You can concentrate when you need to, and exert yourself should you have to. Adapogens allow the body to respond in an appropriate manner.

 

The Best adaptogens:

 

Some combinations also make effective adaptogens. Green tea has a combination of caffeine (in a low dose) and theanine, which allows green tea drinkers to have a relaxed focus rather than a jittery caffeine high.

Many substances like Korean Red Ginseng are best taken early in the day. They can cause insomnia it taken in the evening.

Self Defence and Avoiding Injury

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Self Defence when you alone are threatened with a confrontation.

  • Avoid dangerous situations in the same way you avoid rush hour traffic. If you don’t really need to be in high risk neighbourhoods or dark alleys, then there is less risk of a fight. If you can avoid unstable individuals, all the better.
  • Keeping your distance from an intoxicated or emotionally unstable person can help. Standing too close will violate their personal space, and that personal space might be several metres if they are emotionally unbalanced. This refers to a threatened person; a mugger will not allow you to move away.
  • Occasionally an upset person can be reasoned with. If you can convince them they have done nothing wrong, and convince then you are no threat, you might avoid a physical fight. But it is often better to avoid any unstable or unpredictable situation.
  • Ignore insults. You opponent doesn’t believe what they say any more than you do. Sometimes words are just ugly sounds that mean nothing.
  • If you can walk away, do so. But do not turn your back on them. You cannot risk them hitting you from behind.
  • Adrenaline will affect behaviour. This applies to both the attacker and the threatened individual. Some individuals automatically back off. Others unfamiliar with threatening situations find it difficult to withdraw once the adrenaline affects them. Those use to stress and adrenaline will understand themselves a little better and make a better decision.
  • If there is a way to have an advantage in a fight it is keeping a clear head. This is no easy task; we never know how we are going to react till we experience the reality of the situation. Some training is of benefit here. The skills learn in martial arts are useful, but learning to react well in crisis is more important. If you have learn defence moves so that they come automatically, and you find you respond automatically when threatened, then the training is doing a lot of good.

Warn others of any danger whenever necessary.

Some History of Deficiency

Study of skeletons several centuries old has given some insight into vitamin D deficiency. We have known for many generations that vitamin D was essential for our health, and we have known that this extended to our teeth. Lack of vitamin D definitely had some detrimental effect on our oral health. But as controlled experiments are not possible, we cannot deliberately deprive individuals of nutrients to see how they suffer, we must rely on historical studies to see how individuals in the past were affected by diet deficiencies.

 

In the past much research into vitamin D was conducted on the bones of skeletal remains. But as bones alter throughout life, and interact with environmental conditions after death, the research was limited, if not flawed. The situation is different with teeth, however. Unlike bones teeth are not completely remodelled over time. Rather, they form internal layers over time, rather like the rings inside a growing tree. These layers provide an ongoing record of the individual, and allow researchers to understand how the availability or lack of vitamin D (and some other substances) affects dental health.

 

The days of people suffering rickets from severe vitamin D deficiency are gone. Such diseases are now rare given that we have discovered their cause. But less than optimal vitamin D levels will still compromise health. The good news is that it is the cheapest supplement in the world! Sun exposure creates vitamin D in the body. Provided we don’t let ourselves get sunburnt is it possible to create sufficient levels of vitamin D with moderate amounts of outdoor activity. We recommend exposing arm and legs, rather than the face, to the Sun as these areas of our body usually receive the least light. Early morning Sun exposure will help the body’s sleep cycle and improve our dental health, at absolutely no cost.