• Defending our oral health

    Defending our oral health

    14 July 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Saliva is the main body fluid which spreads the coronavirus when we talk, laugh, cough or sneeze. Physical distancing is important because the closer you are, the bigger the spray of large droplets while tiny droplets can reach you up to 4 metres away.

    But while saliva is a reflection of the body’s disease status, it’s also the defender of our oral health. Saliva stimulated when chewing is 60 times more powerful than resting saliva when it comes to neutralising acids from foods, plaque, dry mouth and reflux which damage teeth.

    So chew your meals well and chew sugarfree gum or raw foods between meals to stimulate saliva production for better teeth protection.

  • Contact us to make a time that suits you

    Contact us to make a time that suits you

    12 July 2020 . Posted by Sarah in What's new

    Just a heads up that we have updated our hours. We open at 8 am weekdays and close at 5 pm Monday and Tuesday, 3.30 pm Wednesday, 4 pm Thursday and midday Friday.

    Whether you need a check-up and clean, want to find out how we can alleviate your headaches, or are interested in straightening and whitening, contact us to make a time that suits you.

    Our team continue to uphold meticulous standards of care and are committed to making your visit safe and comfortable.

  • Protect your health with Vitamin D

    Protect your health with Vitamin D

    08 July 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Vitamin D is an important nutrient which promotes the growth and maintenance of teeth and bones thus helping to reduce the risk of bone loss and bone fractures.

    We acquire it from adequate exposure to sunlight and from sources such as oily fish, eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil supplements.

    Vitamin D also offers antiviral protection from flu or colds so researchers are optimistic that it might be a way to moderate the severity of viruses like COVID-19.

    Along with hand hygiene and social distancing, Vitamin D could prove to be another easy, inexpensive way to protect our dental health and overall health.

  • Everyone's needs are different

    Everyone's needs are different

    06 July 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    There are so many options these days that choosing the right toothpaste can be confusing.

    Everyone’s dental needs are different so some toothpastes address gum disease and bad breath while others help tooth sensitivity.

    If you are an adult or teen at high risk for tooth decay there is a high strength fluoride toothpaste just for you called Neutrafluor5000 Plus, available at the pharmacy counter.

    You may be deemed a high risk decay patient by your dentist if:
    • You have a dry mouth with low or poor quality saliva
    • You have a diet with frequent sugary drinks or foods
    • You have sticky decay-causing bacteria
    • You have gum recession with some exposure of the root surfaces
    • You have braces for orthodontic treatment
    • You have dexterity challenges or cognitive decline

  • Clean your tongue

    Clean your tongue

    30 June 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Cleaning your tongue can be a frustrating experience if you have a gag reflex.
    However there are millions of bacteria that like to live on the tongue such as the bad breath bacteria.

    We now know that the COVID-19 organism can be prevalent on the tongue and as well as in the saliva.

    It’s important to clean the tongue so here are some suggestions to help:
    Use a flat tongue scraper which has a lower profile than a toothbrush
    • Open wide, take a big breath then scrape from the back of the tongue to the tip when you exhale
    Rinse the tongue scraper under running water after each stroke
    Store the tongue scraper upright to dry as a damp tongue scraper fosters germ growth

  • Limit your sugar intake

    Limit your sugar intake

    14 June 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Sugar in processed foods & drinks has replaced salt & fat as health’s public enemy #1 according to the UN World Health Assembly. It causes tooth decay and weight gain which leads to ill health.

    The WHO recommends limiting sugars to no more than 6 tsp or 24 grams a day.

    If you read the nutrition information label on a 375 ml can of Coke, you’ll see there are 40 grams of sugar in the can.

    Since 4 grams equals 1 teaspoon, the can contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. If you wouldn’t eat 10 teaspoons of sugar, would you drink it?

  • Ask us how to enter the draw

    Ask us how to enter the draw

    08 June 2020 . Posted by Sarah in What's new

    You deserve a spa day! That's why we have partnered with Tropical North Day Spa to offer one fortunate winner a luxurious seven hour spa package. The complete retreat includes a warm stone body massage, manicure and pedicure, hair and scalp treatment, full body exfoliation and a relaxing lunch.

    Simply come and visit us at Cameron&Co and ask about our promotion for your chance to go into the draw to win this package valued at $795. The lucky winner will be announced at the end of July.

  • Toothbrush tips

    Toothbrush tips

    07 June 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Selecting a toothbrush is a bit like buying a car – do you prefer an automatic or a manual one?

    With brushes, that’s not where it ends because technique is everything.
    Power toothbrushes with round heads are used one tooth at a time, following the curve of the gumline and tipping in between teeth.

    Manual toothbrushing involves placing a soft brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth and vibrating the brush in short back-and-forth strokes or small circles.

    It’s important to brush for at least 2 minutes with a small pea-sized amount of low abrasion fluoride toothpaste and avoid heavy-handed scrubbing to prevent tooth wear.

    Remember: it’s not just what you use but how you use it.

  • Reduce Gum Disease

    Reduce Gum Disease

    02 June 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and lean protein is vital to our overall health but also can be a big benefit for our oral health.

    The effects of Vitamin C on the prevalence and treatment of periodontal disease known as gum disease have been studied in depth.

    One of the randomised clinical trials in 2018 looked at kiwi fruit which is high in Vitamin C, minerals and polyphenols.

    Researchers discovered that participants eating 2 pieces of kiwi fruit a day for 5 months had significantly reduced gum inflammation, compared with the control group.

    For years we’ve known that 5 veg & 2 fruits a day is good for us but now research says it’s good for our oral health too.

  • Try brushing your lips

    Try brushing your lips

    27 May 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Chapped, dry lips are common problems in the cold, dry winter months.

    The next time you pick up your power toothbrush, try brushing your lips first before you apply toothpaste to clean your teeth.

    Exfoliating with a power toothbrush quickly removes dead skin cells, improves blood circulation and promotes a smoother appearance.

    Your lips also need lots of hydration so remember to drink plenty of water as well.

    Don’t forget to use Vitamin E lip balm with sunscreen to moisturise frequently during the day.