Dental Health Week

This year our focus is on the sporting sins including gym supplements, sports drinks, missing mouth guard’s and the risks these pose to your oral health.

Our Experienced team is available to provide advice and treatment to help promote strong healthy teeth for life.

Can Medications Have an Effect on My Oral Health?

Can Medications Have an Effect on My Oral Health

Many medications  have a range of oral side effects with dry mouth being the most common. Ensure you tell your dentist or dental practitioner about any medications that you’re taking, even medicines that you purchase without a prescription. Also remember to let  your clinician know if you have stopped taking any medication, changed medications or have started something different.

Below are a list of medications that will often produce dry mouth:

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Pain Killers                                                                                                                     
  • Diuretics
  • High Blood Pressure Medications
  • Antidepressants

Other medications may cause abnormal bleeding when brushing or flossing, inflamed or ulcerated tissues, mouth burning, numbness or tingling, movement disorders and taste alteration. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your dentist or physician.

Tooth Trauma – What to do when the unforseen happens?

With the festive season just around the corner, this is a common time of year for dental accidents. The kids are all excited, running around with their new toys and BAMM…

What to do if a tooth is chipped, partially dislodged or completely knocked out:

  • If you break or chip a tooth, keep the pieces and rinse with some warm water. Once any bleeding stops, apply a  cold pack or ice to the area and see your dentist as soon as possible. It may or may not be possible to reattach the pieces, but bring them with you to your appointment just in case.

  • If your tooth becomes partly dislodged,  put a cold pack or ice on the area to decrease swelling. Go to your dentist as soon as possible.
  • If a  tooth becomes completely dislodged, find the tooth (if possible)  and pick it up by the crown end, not the root. Rinse the tooth under running water but do not scrub it as it is important  to preserve any tissue fragments. Teeth that have been knocked out have the best chance to be saved if they are put back in place within an hour of the accident. Try to put the tooth back in place (be sure that it is facing the correct way) but don’t force it. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, place it in a small container of milk, or water with a pinch of salt. Seek dental care as soon as possible.

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 )