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Tooth Decay? What are they? How do they occur? Treatment? Prevention?

“Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel.” It can be caused by multiple things (diet is one of the main causes, alongside with not cleaning your teeth properly) and treatment can vary depending on how severe the case is. Tooth decay can also affect people of all ages. A “sticky film of bacteria” called plaque is constantly formed on your teeth; it is natural and this happens to everyone. However, when you eat or drink food that contains certain ingredients, such as sugar, the bacteria from the plaque can produce acids. These acids destroy the tooth enamel, which is the hardest and the outer most layer of the tooth, over time causing it to break down. This is when cavities can form. To treat tooth decay and cavities your dentist can apply concentrated fluoride, or you can get a filling. In severe cases, one can get crowns, root canal or even removal. There are ways to prevent tooth decay by followings these tips:*
  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner
  • Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking
  • Check with your dentist about the use restorative dentistry
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examination
Call us on 6255 7800 to book an appointment with your dentist or to get more information on ways to prevent decay
*All of our August posts are dental tips on maintaining that perfect smile.
References:
  • https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/decay
  • https://g.co/kgs/sNvwH

 

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Product of the Month – October

Most people find it difficult and tedious to clean the gaps between their teeth. If you are one of these people then InterBrush may be the product for you.

InterBrush has soft, gentle and flexible rubber bristles that are wire free. This product is ideal for those hard to reach spaces between teeth, orthodontic appliances, around bridges, and even those implants and crowns. InterBrush comes in different sizes, just like those spaces in between teeth.  We have the small blue (1.5mm – 3.5mm) and the medium orange (2.6mm –  4.4mm) ones; refer to the picture above for a visual reference.

Using these brushes is as simple as 1, 2, 3:
  1. Snap one InterBrush from the comb
  2. Carefully guide the InterBrush between your teeth
  3. Gently move the InterBrush in a backward and forward action*
Call us today on 62557800 to talk to your dentist for the right size for you.
*Do not push the brush with excessive force as doing so may cause the tip to break off!
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Dental Health Week Fun Fact – Flossing can be as easy as 123

  1. Learn the correct technique – A dentist can teach you the right technique so you can floss efficiently from the word go.

  1. Use a floss threader – Ideal if you have braces or a bridge, these are loops of fibre that thread floss into small places around your teeth.
  1. Use a floss pick – Made up of two prongs with dental floss strung between them, they’re perfect if you struggle with traditional flossing techniques.

 

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