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Oral Hygiene Tip of Month – April

As you may have heard the mouth ‘serves as a window to the body’. This means that many signs noted in the oral cavity may further explain a general health condition or disorder occurring.

For example; changes to the composition/appearance of teeth may indicate bulimia or anorexia, ulcerative oral lesions may be a sign of cancer or HIV infections and colour and texture of your gums may reflect the health of your blood.

For a while now research has been conducted to prove that links between general health and dental health are linked. Certain bacteria from the mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body and vice versa.

The best way to ensure you have the best oral health is by having regular check-ups with your dental professional, performing good oral hygiene techniques, drinking plenty of water and keeping a healthy diet!

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Oral Hygiene Tip of the Month – March

A mouthguard is a device used to prevent oral injuries to the teeth, mouth, cheek, tongue and jaw.

Without the use of a mouthguard, common injuries such as chipped or broken teeth, fractured crowns, lip/cheek injuries, root damage to the teeth and fractured jaws can occur.

Mouthguards are required for all sports where an individual may be at risk of incidental contact. Benefits of using a professionally made mouthguard as opposed to a store-bought is that it provides the individual with a better fit and seal specific to their teeth. There are heaps of different colours to choose from as well!

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Oral Hygiene Tip of the Month- February

Are you at high risk of dental decay? Research shows that using toothpaste with a high amount of fluoride when applied to the teeth can assist with protection and prevention against dental decay.

Colgate NeutraFluor 5000 contains a high concentration of fluoride and is often recommended by your doctor or dental health professional.  This toothpaste is used in place of your regular toothpaste, however you should not eat, drink or rinse for 30 minutes after for best results.

Colgate Neutrafluor must be prescribed by your dental professional, therefore speak to yours today in regards to whether this toothpaste can help you in the prevention of dental decay!

 

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Are you only cleaning 2/3rds of your teeth?

Each tooth has five surfaces: brushing only cleans three of these surfaces (the front, back, and biting surface) whereas flossing cleans the remaining two (the sides of the tooth adjacent to neighbouring teeth).

Floss is a string-like structure that helps remove acid-producing bacterial biofilm aka plaque from the sides of the tooth that are inaccessible by the bristles of your brush. The buildup of plaque can lead to cavities and also early gum inflammation aka gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, periodontitis may occur causing destruction of gums and bone, leading to loosening of teeth.

The Do’s of flossing:

  1. Get a 15cm to 18cm (approx. elbow length) long piece of floss and wrap it around your fingers
  2. Use your index finger and thumb to manoeuvre the floss between your teeth to make a C-shape against one side of the tooth
  3. Move the floss up and down gently between the gum and the tooth
  4. Don’t forget to make a C-shape to adapt the floss on the neighbouring tooth
  5. Floss before you brush your teeth at least once a day

The Don’ts of flossing:

  1. Do not use a see-sawing motion (back-and-forth) to floss your gums. This will damage the edges of your gums.
  2. Do not stop flossing if you see bleeding. This bleeding means that your gums are inflamed from plaque buildup.
  3. Flossing cannot remove hardened dental plaque aka calculus

If you are having any problems with number 2 and 3, do make an appointment with your dentist or dental hygienist for a professional clean every 6 months and a comprehensive screening for periodontitis.

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Do you feel like your teeth need to be whiter?

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Well fear no more, for this month only we have a ZOOM in-chair whitening offer for all the special Dads out there! Give your dad a reason to smile this Father’s Day! ZOOM In-chair whitening (plus additional take home kit) is ONLY $550! This offer is valid till the 30th of September – be sure not to miss out!

Over-the-counter products can’t match the power of professional whitening. Turn to the people you depend on for all your dental care: your dentist and dental hygienist. Only your dental professional has access to the most powerful professional-strength products for whitening and the knowledge to ensure your safety and comfort.

A two-hour appointment can remove organic stains and/or discolourations. As time goes on, your teeth darken with a yellow, brown, grey or green tone. These can be caused by aging, certain foods, and tobacco. The consumption of certain foods can cause colour changes to teeth. Some of these certain foods include: coffee, red wine, soft drinks and dark-coloured vegetables and fruits. In addition to food, the use of tobacco also encourages colour change to teeth; since there is nicotine and tar in tobacco.

During a two-hour appointment, in three 15-minute-cycles, a special light activates the whitening gel. These cycles may lead to some sensitivity, hence your dental professional can provide local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort during the procedure. Teeth sensitivity can also last from 24 to 48 hours, but your dental professional will provide you with special relief gel to manage the sensitivity.

The procedure can lighten teeth by 2-3 shades, depending on what type and severity of baseline discolouration. Bleaching trays (included in your treatment) can be used for 2 weeks after the in-chair procedure to ensure whiter teeth. If you want fast results safely, the in-chair whitening is the way to go. Be sure to consult your dentist or dental hygienist today for treatment options for the whiter brighter teeth you want.

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