These days we’re all trying to strike a healthy balance in our lives. At Cameron&Co, we think balance is also the key to a beautiful smile that goes far beyond your teeth. Pop in or call to find out how to reveal a more relaxed and confident you.
Like noxious weeds, harmful germs grow along the gumline. And if you don’t do a spot of gardening, they can be a real danger to your breath and gum health.
If you use an electric toothbrush with a round brush head, that’s great because it will do all the work. The key to brushing well is to guide the brush slowly from tooth to tooth, following the contours of the tooth, curve of the gums and tipping slightly in-between the teeth.
So get rid of the weeds and your mouth will look and smell its best.
E-cigarettes have intriguing flavours like pina colada and are a popular trend right now. But how harmful are they from a dental standpoint?
The devices are battery powered and heat liquids laced with nicotine which contacts the mouth at its hottest. This may result in dry mouth, dry cough, mouth ulcerations or even chemical burns.
And then there’s the addictive nature of the nicotine, a vasoconstrictor which raises blood pressure.
Is it really worth a try?
Townsville’s fluoridated tap water is the cheapest, easiest and tastiest mouthwash around.
Everyone knows that it prevents tooth decay by making the enamel more resistant to plaque acids.
But fluoride also has antibacterial properties which reduce plaque activity and plaque acid production.
So sip, swish for 1 minute around the mouth and between the teeth then swallow after meals, snacks and smoko.
Kids may be at risk for tooth decay due to inadequate parental supervision, according to a UK health organization.
While risks from sugary foods and drinks are well-known, the lack of brushing supervision is also seen as a risk factor.
Brushing your child’s teeth twice a day from an early age is an effective way for parents to reduce the risk of cavities.
And even after the age of seven, it’s wise for parents to check on kids to ensure they do it correctly and for 2 minutes.
Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes is recommended by dental professionals.
Now there’s a new toothpaste to motivate youngsters to do just that. Colgate Total Proof is a germ-fighting toothpaste that’s a little different.
The white paste turns to a blue foam, reaching its maximum colour at 2 minutes. It motivates kids to brush longer and helps parents see if it’s long enough.
Check it out. It’s at chemists, supermarkets and online.
Some interesting links have emerged between the mouth and the eyes.
A study of 8,208 adults determined that gum disease is associated with those who have age-related macular degeneration and are aged 60 years or younger.
Another study suggests that gum disease is linked to a risk for open angle glaucoma.
As research continues, it’s best to have regular dental check-ups and take care of your mouth to protect your vision.
• Have a chat with our dental staff about ways to cope with dental stress.
• Ask lots of questions as fear of the unknown can fuel anxiety.
• Choose a time when you’re less anxious, avoiding alcohol and caffeine before appointments.
• Take a stress ball and squeeze regularly as you’ll feel 18% less anxious.
• Use earbuds and music as a distraction device.
• Consider pre-treatment calming medication or happy gas (nitrous oxide).
Saliva is nature’s miracle in the mouth. It stops foods from sticking, buffers acids and delivers minerals to the teeth.
It also catches germs in a net of mucin and protects us from pain.
Saliva contains a morphine-like painkiller called opiorphin.
Opiorphin is secreted in the mouth when we chew to protect us from sensitivity.
For your baby fussing over erupting teeth jabbing the gums from underneath, a teething ring to stimulate saliva may be the best option.
• Wash your hands before taking the aligner trays in or out
• Change your aligners on time
• Use your smartphone to remind you to replace your aligners after eating
• Take a selfie every time that you change your aligners so you can see the changes in your smile
• Resist snacking or drinking things that stain the teeth or aligners
• Follow the white smile diet