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.