Mouthguard Awareness

Mouthguard Awareness

Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year thousands of people, including young children, are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or  at least minimised by wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard.

It doesn’t matter what type of sport you are playing, you should always wear a protective mouth guard, even during training sessions.

With the upcoming football and netball seasons fastly approaching, now is the time to get your mouth guard. All it takes is one simple appointment where a mould is taken of your upper teeth. This mould is then sent to a specialist laboratory where a custom fitted mouth guard is made in a colour of your choice.

If you already have a mouth guard, we recommend that you have it assessed every 12 months by your dentist to ensure that it has optimal fit and protection.

Mouth guards should be stored in a rigid container and kept away from heat. Ensure your mouth guard is rinsed after each use and stored correctly to improve its longevity.

So why spend the money on a custom fitted mouth guard when you can get one cheaper over the counter at a chemist you may be asking. Over-the-counter mouthguards provide inadequate protection against dental injuries, and the potentially significant costs associated with dental injuries means investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard is worthwhile.

For more information please visit the website below or to make an appointment call Clare Dental on 08 8842 29999

Six Tips For Toddler Taming

If your toddler resists brushing or cannot sit still for two minutes, then try these suggestions:

1. Distract them – Consider a battery powered brush, which adds novelty to cleaning thier teeth.

2. Entertain them – Sing nursery rhymes or play a favourite song while you help them brush thier teeth.

3. Bribe them – Offer a rewrad every time your toddler allows you to brush their teeth for two full minutes. (This should not be food, but could simply be a visit to the park)

4. Lead by example – Encourage your child to practise teeth cleaning (under your supervision) to install good oral hygiene habits from an early age. Use a combination of ‘show and tell’ methods.For example, you could brush your teeth as your child imitates you; then next time, tell your child how to brush while you watch.

5. Dazzle them – Make brushing and flossing as much fun as you can to avoid any negative association or resistance.

6. – Tell them you do it – Children tend to imitate their parents behaviours. If oral hygiene and dental care are important to you, they will be important to your child. Talk to your child about the importance of healthy teeth. A child who undertsnads that teeth have to last a lifetime is more likely to take care of them. Visit your dentist regularly to maintain your own oral health, which will in turn benefit your child.

Issue #5,  Smile Magazine

7 Causes of Bad Breath

1. Poor dental hygiene: If you don’t brush and floss often enough, bits of food will start to cause decay inside the mouth

2. Infections in the mouth: Periodontal (gum) disease, usually caused by plaque bacteria  accumulation at the gum line.

3. Respiratory infections: Throat, sinus or lung infections can cause an accumulation of mucus in the throat

4. External agents: Garlic, onions, coffee, cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol and some spices can all cause halitosis

5. Dry mouth (Xerostomia): Caused by salivary glands problems, medicines or mouth breathing.

6. Systemic illnesses: Diabetes, liver, kidney, lung, sinus and relfux diseases, renal infections and others

7. Psychiatric illness: Some people believe they have bad breath when they do not. This is called halitophobia.

The above information was sourced from Smile Magazine, Issue #4, 2009.

9 Top Toothbrush Tips

1. Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles

2. Clean your teeth, gums and tongue every morning and night

3. You should have your own toothbrush: don’t use anybody else’s

4. Store toothbrushes in a clean, dry, airy place so that they can dry out between uses

5. Store toothbrushes seperatley so they do not touch other toothbrushes

6. After brushing, the toothbrush should be rinsed thoroughly under running water to remove toothpaste, bits of food and plaque. Then shake off the water from the toothbrush to help with drying.

7. Replace toothbrushes regularly and when they become ‘shaggy’ or clogged with toothpaste.

8. Also replace toothbrushes after illness such as colds and flu or after mouth infections.

9. As an alternative to the traditional plastic toothbrush, why not try the latest environmentally friendly toothbrushes that are now on the market. With no more plastic, these new-age toothbrushes were developed and designed by Dr Taylor and are made from Bamboo. Why not change to a sustainable and biodegradable toothbrush today!

(Most of the above information was sourced from Smile Magazine,  Issue #4, 2009 )

Facts about fluoride

Using fluoride toothpaste twice a day is very effective at reducing tooth decay

Teach children to spit the toothpaste so they don’t swallow and ingest too much fluoride

Don’t rinse! Keep the fluoride on your teeth after brushing

Do not use fluoride toothpaste on children under the age of 18 months.

Have we made your Mouth Guard?

Playing certain sports can put players at risk of having a tooth or teeth damaged or knocked. Injuries such as this can have life long consequences.

Professionally made mouth guards are highly recommended for athletes who play contact sport. Mouth guards should be worn during training as well as games.

They are available in a wide range of shades, including multi colours to suit your team.

Call to make an appointment today!

Digital OPG Machine – No more trips to Adelaide!

Clare Dental has just installed a brand new Digital X-ray machine that not only takes x-rays of the whole jaw, but can also take single x-rays of either side of the mouth (bitewings) ,cross-sections and TMJ images. This cutting edge technology allows us to take the required images immediately and means no more waiting time for you as the developing time and messy chemicals are no longer needed.

The Planmeca ProOne uses minimal amounts of radiation compared to that used in the past. The community of Clare and the surrounding districts are very fortunate to have access to such innovative technology.