This year our focus for dental health week is bleeding gums!
Do your gums bleed?
If your gums are bleeding it may be a sign something is happening within your body.
Disease causing bacteria can cause your gums to become inflamed, you may develop a form of gum disease if you ignore these symptoms.
Dental health week is focusing on women’s dental health and hormonal fluctuation experienced during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause.
The team at Clare Dental will be happy to educate patients and advise how their teeth and gums are affected during these phases of a females life.
Our team at Clare Dental aim to educate patients from an early age to brush, floss and have regular dental visits to help maintain a healthy mouth for life.
In supporting Women’s Oral Health we have 100 pamper packs for our female patients.
On the 23rd April 2016, the Australian Government announced its intention to close the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) from 1 July 2016. As the legislation was not passed by Parliament before the Government entered into caretaker arrangements on 9 May 2016, the CDBS remains open.
Contact us and we would be happy to help you or visit the myGov website at my.gov.au for more information on your CDBS eligibility and available balance.
From childhood we are told to brush our teeth twice a day to avoid the misery of painful cavities and rotting teeth.
Now research suggests cleaning our teeth properly may also help ward off particularly vicious form of cancer.
Scientists have discovered that pancreatic cancer is linked to two types of bacteria also known to cause gum disease.
A team in the US found that people who had these bugs in their mouths were up to twice as likely to develop pancreatic cancer over the next decade.
The scientists said the findings offered an “accessible” means to prevent the disease. It could help people reduce cancer risk, and give doctors a cheap and easy way to screen for the disease, they said.
Copyright 2016 The Advertiser
A healthy diet combined with good oral hygiene and regular dental appointments can help keep teeth healthy.
What is tooth decay?
Every time we eat or drink, our teeth are exposed to an acid attack. The bacteria in the mouth(plaque) ferments food or drink to make acids, and if teeth are exposed to these acids long enough, cavities develop, this is known as tooth decay. Consumption of sugary foods and drinks on a regular basis is the number one cause of tooth decay.
Why is saliva important?
Saliva is the body’s natural defence against tooth decay. It helps to dilute and wash acids and sugars from the mouth and reduces the effects of the acids produced by plaque bacteria. If “acid attacks” occur too often, your saliva won’t have enough time to repair the damage and a cavity will eventually develop.
What is tooth erosion?
Enamel is the hardest material in the body, it covers the outside of teeth in order to protect the inner layers of the teeth. Tooth erosion occurs when acidic foods and drinks dissolve away tooth enamel, leading to the loss of tooth structure and the need for dental treatment.
Looking after your teeth is a lifelong commitment, here are some tips for good dental health :
-Drink tap water rather than bottled water, as it usually contains a higher level of fluoride.
-Offer children milk or water-as these are the only recommended drinks for children.
-Eat a small amount of hard cheese after meals to help protect teeth from dental decay.
-Limit intake of sugary and acidic drinks, such as fruit juice, cordials, fruit drinks, energy drinks, soft drinks, wine and diet or artificially sweetened soft drinks.
-Always use a fluoridated toothpaste.
-See a dentist for a check-up at least once a year.
Help stop the government axing the Child Dental Benefit Schedule!
Call your federal member and express your concerns.
Call us to see if you are eligible for this free dental service.