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Jun28

2021

Do your kids hate that minty toothpaste taste? postByDental
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Trouble getting your children to brush?

We are happy to report that Maxam kids strawberry toothpaste is back in stock at Taree Dental Care!   

It’s formulated with extra fluoride to help protect children’s teeth from decay and strengthen tooth enamel. This toothpaste always sells out quickly so grab a tube next time you visit.

It may be just the thing that will get your kids to brush their teeth – morning and night – with no arguments!  It really is $3 well spent.

May20

2021

I have a sweet tooth, so how do I avoid decay? postByDental
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Yes it would be easy for me to say “just avoid sugar”.  But in an age of fast food, chocolate thick-shakes and Donut King, how does one do that?

We live with sugar. It’s here and it is  not going away.

Here are my top three tips for preventing tooth decay if you have a sweet tooth.

Tip Number One: ORAL HYGIENE

Brush your teeth twice a day.

Small circles, angled at 45 degrees to your teeth and gently massage your gums while you brush. This mechanically removes any food residue still stuck to your teeth.

Use floss to clean the areas between your teeth. This is important as a toothbrush cannot reach these spots and food can easily get lodged and sit here for days causing bad breath, decay and gum infection.

When using floss make sure you contact the surfaces of your teeth to again mechanically remove bits of food stuck to them.

Tip Number Two: SUBSTITUTION

If you cook your own cakes and biscuits and jams, then try substituting white sugar with things like Xylitol.

This is a natural sugar and many studies have come out recently showing it actually STOPS decay from progressing through your teeth. It doesn’t spike blood sugar or insulin, starves the plaque-producing bacteria in your mouth and feeds friendly microbes in your digestive system.

There are also sugar alternatives out there for bodybuilders and diabetics so have a look at these products and see if they are suitable for you.

Another tip is avoid fruit juices and swap for the raw fruit version. Have an apple instead of slowly sipping on apple juice. Sugary juices are not great for your teeth. 

Tip Number Three: TIMING

Lots of studies have shown it is not necessarily the AMOUNT of sugar you have, but rather how FREQUENTLY you have it.

This is because when you frequently consume sugar throughout the day, you are not giving your saliva enough time to replenish itself and buffer the mouth from the acidity created from consuming the sugar.

So if you are going to have sugary foods and drinks, try and consume them during or after a main meal. Once you have had the sugary meal or drink, then that is it.   Don’t snack on sugary foods all day.

Of course during the course of every day, make sure you are having lots of veggies, protein and water.

I hope you have found this blog helpful.  These 3 tips are simple and pretty easy to follow.

 If you need a caring dentist that won’t make you feel bad about having a sweet tooth, then give us a call at Taree Dental Care on 6550 0960

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Mar31

2021

White Fillings versus Silver. Which is better? postByDental
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Replacing mercury fillings with white fillings

Can you believe that those silver-coloured fillings called ‘amalgam’ have been around since 1812?   Yep, they were created by a British chemist more than 200 years ago!

Amalgam is a very specific mixture of metals.  It consists of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy of silver, tin, and copper. They bind together to form a putty, which quickly sets. After being positioned in the tooth hole, it sets to form a strong filling.

These days, many clients request to have their old silver amalgam fillings replaced with white fillings, mainly for aesthetic reasons but sometimes for a perceived health risk.

Is there a safety issue with amalgam fillings?

No, there is no safety issue.

The issue that concerns many people is the health risk of leaking mercury from the silver fillings. However, the mercury of the amalgam is bound together to the tin and copper, so once it’s set, there’s no liquid mercury present anymore.

At Taree Dental Care we see hundreds of amalgam fillings every week.  Many of them have been in mouths for 10 or 20 years.

Rest assured, amalgam doesn’t pose a health risk. It’s safe for adults, as well as children who are six and over. The Australian Dental Association continues to support the use of amalgam fillings. However, they suggest minimising their use in pregnant or breastfeeding women, by children under 6, and by people with kidney disease.

Rest assured the weight of evidence doesn’t establish any association between amalgam and any adverse health effects.

If the old fillings are in good condition with no decay beneath them, we do not generally recommend their removal just for the sake of it.   

Current trend for white fillings

There are a number of reasons why amalgam fillings are not used anymore.

White fillings are definitely more aesthetically appealing. It’s not very attractive to have silver fillings in your teeth, particularly if they show when you smile.

With advancements in technology, these days dentists have more aesthetic materials on offer.  Composite resin and porcelain last just as long as amalgam if done properly.

If a client wishes to replace the old silver filling for aesthetic reasons  – particularly when it’s visible in a smile – then we are very happy to help with a new ‘tooth-coloured’ filling.

Dental aesthetics

Sometimes the old silver fillings start to break down as they come to the end of their longevity. This simply means that the interface between the filling and the tooth is starting to separate. If there are gaps occurring, this allows bacteria to get into that space and create a potential cavity.

So please don’t panic, it’s not the mercury that’s leaking — it’s just the fillings breaking down.

The best filling is no filling at all

There’s no real urgency in getting the old amalgam’s filling replaced unless the silver filling is not doing the job it was designed to do.

Most importantly, rest assured that you’re not going to be poisoned by the old style filling.

So the take-home message here is that the best filling is no filling at all!  Just remember daily brushing, flossing and practice good oral hygiene!

If you are concerned in any way about your amalgam fillings, or your teeth and gums in general, just call our caring dental team at Taree Dental Care on 6550 0960 or drop us an email info@tareedentalcare.com.au.  👍

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Jan27

2021

Gum Disease – the silent affliction postByDental
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You would not live with a chronic eye or ear infection, would you? Yet 45% of the population over 65 years live with a chronic infection known as gum disease, or periodontitis.

Most people don’t realise they have this disease – but it is a serious, and very treatable, infection.

If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and the infection can actually spread throughout the body.  Research shows that gum disease is associate with heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and even pre-term delivery in pregnancy. 

From these studies, it has been shown that men with gum disease are 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.  Very good reasons to take care of your gums.

The good news is that gum disease can be treated!

For years it was thought that the bacteria linked to gum disease was linked to other disease in the body.  Current research now shows that in fact it’s inflammation which is responsible for the link.  Therefore treating gum disease and the inflammation will not only help manage periodontal diseases, but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

Gum disease is often silent.  That means that the symptoms may not actually appear until the disease has advanced to a more severe stage.

What are the warning signs?

  •          Red, swollen, or tender gums – or other pain in your mouth
  •          Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard food (don’t panic, some bleeding while flossing is ok)
  •          Gums that are receding or pulling away from your teeth
  •          Loose or separating teeth
  •          Pus between your gums and teeth
  •          Sores in your mouth
  •          Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  •          A change to the way your teeth fit together in your mouth.

What is the treatment?

The treatment for gum disease depends on the severity. 

For starters, coming to see us at Taree Dental Care and having a full checkup with one of our dentists, is a great way to assess your gum health.

You can get your gums healthy again.  If you have mild to moderate gum disease, it can be treated simply with regular brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and regular check-ups with us including frequent dental cleanings.  It may also help to review your diet and lifestyle choices.  Quitting smoking would also go along way towards healthier gums.

With more severe cases, specific treatment is required.  The treatment can vary from sub gingival cleaning and in severe cases we may refer you to a periodontist for treatment of the infected area.

If a disease in your gums is not caught soon enough, sometimes it is necessary to replace natural teeth with implants, restorations, bridges, or even dentures.

And remember, gum disease IS preventable.  But lets catch it early.

If you are concerned in any way about the health of your gums, just call our caring dental team at Taree Dental Care on 6550 0960 or drop us an email info@tareedentalcare.com.au. 

Your teeth and gums are so important and we can help you to keep them in ship-shape.

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