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Is it time for a Dental Check Up?

With the New Year already started and holiday season sadly coming to an end, it is time for a dental check up. A dental check up is a consultation appointment where the patient can express their concerns about their dental issues. Firstly a “Check-up” is conducted whereby:

  • All soft tissues are examined inside and around your mouth to assess for any lesions or abnormalities
  • Gum pockets are measured and analysed for your risk of gingivitis or periodontal disease
  • Teeth are examined for any diseases, broken or decayed teeth
  • All previous fillings are assessed
  • Finally any dental appliances (such as dentures or plates) are checked for fitting, comfort and retention.

If the clinician requires further insight to aid with their diagnosis, X-rays may be required:

  • To check between the contacts of your teeth
  • Positioning and Presence of teeth
  • Presence and size of decay or broken teeth
  • Presence of wisdom teeth
  • To check under/or around fillings, crowns and bridges

How do you know if you need a dental check up? Here are 8 signs that mean you need a dental check up:

1 – Tooth Pain

People often suffer with toothache that may occur from eating, drinking and daily activities. Soon these everyday and normal activities became difficult. Call your local dentist for an dental check up appointment. Any form of tooth pain should be taken as a warning sign.

2 – Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is having some degree of pain or discomfort in teeth to certain stimuli. This can be from hot or cold temperatures. Having this pain or discomfort is often an indication of tooth decay. Treating tooth decay as soon as possible can help prevent the tooth decay from developing into something worse that will cost more to treat.

3 – White Spots on Teeth

Having white spots on your teeth may indicate tooth decay. Tooth decay is often not noticeable, however with regular dental check ups it can be detected and treated in it’s early stages. If you see white spots on your teeth, book a dental check up with your local dentist.

4 – Constant Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a condition where the salivary glands, located in your mouth, do not produce enough saliva. This can cause serve tooth decay and gum disease if it is left untreated. Therefore, if you are experiencing this often, you should call your dentist to book a dental check up for your dentist to have a look and advise a treatment plan.

5 – Chronic Headaches

Chronic headaches are often not linked with dental issues. However, common issues like grinding or clenching can cause headaches. This can also lead to neck pain, which in turn can cause back pain. If you feel like you grind or clench your teeth, then you should also call your dentist to book a dental check.

 6 – Swollen Gums and Frequently Bleeding Gums

When you floss and brush your teeth daily, you  may notice your gums either bleeding and/or inflamed/swollen. If you experience these symptoms, you may have a build up of hardened plague around your gum line. A dental check up would be beneficial to help clear up this hardened plague.

7 – Sores in the Mouth

A dentist can help figure out the cause of the sore and advise you a treatment method that is best suited for you. If a sore lasts more than a week, schedule an appointment  with a dentist as soon as possible.

8 – It has been more than 6 months since the last visit

Has it been over six months since the last dental check up? If this is the case, then a dentist appointment is even more critical. A dentist can clean between the teeth and discover the signs of an infection before it can spread.

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Botox? What is it? What is it used for?

What is Botox ® ?

Botox ® is actually the trade name for Botulinum Toxin Type A (BTx-A). BTx-A is a purified natural protein that is administered through the skin to work on the underlying muscles of the face. Over years of repetitive and sometimes hyperactive contraction, these facial muscles cause wrinkles in the overlying skin. BTx-A relaxes the muscle contractions and allows the skin to become smooth again – regaining a more youthful appearance. However results are temporary and last 3-6months.

What is dento-facial aesthetics?

As we age, there is a decrease in the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid that give support and volume to our skin. Wrinkles, lines, grooves, depressions and a sunken appearance are the result. With facial aesthetic treatments your dentist can help smooth out the wrinkles and fill in the folds. Your beautiful, improved smile will be framed by a more youthful looking, but still age-appropriate, you. This is a true “smile makeover”.

Why your dentist is ideal for the job…

As health practitioners, your dentist will tailor minimal treatment for each individual to restore natural beauty without looking obvious; just enough for friends and family to comment how refreshed and rejuvenated you look, without ever knowing just what has changed. As a result of thier university training, dentists graduate with a thorough understand of facial structures and anatomy to achieve the best results, but also avoiding potential complications. Dentists have the expertise to deliver profound anaesthesia so that you experience the treatment in total comfort. Dentist can now treat previosly complicated dental problems quickly and easily like gummy smiles, chronic jaw joint pain, facial pain and tooth grinding.

Call us today to book a consult appointment with Dr Li Ann to find out if Botox ® is for you or not.

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Tips for Christmas Oral Hygiene

Tis’ the season to be jolly. While celebrating with family and friends during these holidays, we are all guilty of digging into those wonderful treats. So here are a few tips to help maintain that perfect smile for Santa and the new year ahead:

1- Set a Time.

It can be very easy to continuingly eat throughout the day, especially with those holiday tree nearby by. However, constantly eating puts your teeth in more risk of decay. This is due to the fact that after you eat, there is always a little bit of food left behind for bacteria in your mouth, leading to a toothache. Therefore, if you set a particular time to eat, you aren’t constantly eating those high sugary and high fatty holiday foods.

2- Watch the drinks.

Having drinks that are acidic affect your teeth. These drinks often contain a high sugar content that can be disastrous to your teeth. One simple solution is ice and using a straw. Ice makes the drink a colder temperature, reducing the amount of acid in the drink and risk of decay. On top of that, using a straw may decrease the risk of decay.

3-Brushing properly

Brushing your teeth for a minimum of 2 minutes is optimal. Ensuring to brush your tongue will also help with morning breath and reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth. Maybe play or hum your favourite holiday song while brushing, you definitely will hit that 2-minute mark without even noticing.

4- Be careful with candy

If you bite down on the hard candies, your teeth may crack causing you a great ordeal. If you really have to eat those hard candies, then make sure you let them dissolve in your mouth. Also ensure that you brush your teeth after all those sugary foods of the holiday season, and eat them in moderation.

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Oral Hygiene Tip of the Month – December

This month is all about tips on how to keep your smile white and bright!

  • Avoid smoking! Not only is this bad for your general health, but also for your gum health. Tobacco causes brown stains which penetrate into the grooves and pits of your teeth which is very difficult to remove with a toothbrush
  • Minimise foods that cause stains – this includes red wines, berries, sauces, tea and coffee. You don’t need to take these out of your diet, but drink more water whilst enjoying these foods.
  • Drink plenty of water! Not only will it keep you hydrated but also minimise stains staying stationary on your teeth.
  • Have a regular oral home-care routine. This includes at least 2 minutes ofbrushing twice a day and cleaning in-between all your teeth with floss, flossettes or piksters.
  • Lastly, have general dental check-ups and cleans! This is the easiest way to ensure your smile is kept white and bright.

If you’re interested in finding out more about how your smile can be whiter or brighter, speak to your dental professional today!

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Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is, as the name suggets, essentially making teeth whiter. It improves the look of one’s smile. Hence why it is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Teeth get their colour “depending on how light reflects and scatters off enamel”, the outer layer of the tooth, ” combined with the colour of the dentin under it.” A thinner enamel allows more of the colour of the dentin to show whereas a thicker enamel allows less of the colour of the dentin to show. Teeth can get stained by multiple things, however, some of the most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:

  • Tobacco
  • Dark-colour liquids: coffee, cola, tea and red wine
  • Not having proper brushing and flossing technique

If you are considering to have tooth whitening done, you should think about a few things before you get it done:

  • Filling and Crowns:

Fillings and Crowns can’t be whitened with this procedure. If you are planning on whitening your teeth, you will need to talk to your dentist about possibly getting your Fillings and Crowns re-done

  • Cavities:

“They will need to be treated before they are whitened because the whitening solutions can pass through decayed areas and reach the inner parts of your tooth.”

  • Receded gums:

“If your gums have receded, the exposed roots of your teeth may appear yellow or discoloured. Whitening products will not make them whiter.”

You should book an appointment with your dentist to find out if whitening is for you or not. Sometimes to improve the colour of your teeth can result from fixing your brushing and flossing technique.*

*All of our August posts are dental tips on maintaining that perfect smile.

Reference:

  • https://www.smilebrilliant.com/teeth-whitening-facts
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