• Avoid a dry mouth

    Avoid a dry mouth

    19 May 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Even if you're not thirsty, it's important to sip, swish and swallow water frequently throughout the day.

    A dry mouth causes foods to stick, bacterial levels to rise and the mouth to become acidic which increases the risk of acid erosion, tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

    Rinsing your mouth well with water is especially important for people with asthma. Medicines used to treat asthma dry the mouth, which is further exacerbated by a tendency to breathe through the mouth. If you're living with asthma, remember to rinse your mouth with water after using your inhaler.

    Here are some more things everyone can do to help protect their oral health from the risks of a dry mouth:
    Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva
    Be vigilant about brushing, flossing and sticking to a healthy diet
    Visit us regularly to detect and treat dental problems early

    We are committed to keeping you comfortable, happy and healthy. To learn more give us a call.

  • We want to keep you safe

    We want to keep you safe

    13 May 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    When you make an appointment with us, remember to let us know about any allergies that affect you. Have you ever had a reaction to local anaesthetic? Are there any antibiotics you can't take? Do you suffer from seasonal or food allergies?

    Perhaps less well known is an allergy to natural rubber latex. It is increasingly common in people who work with latex a lot, such as healthcare and foodservice workers.

    Rubber and latex are, of course, used routinely in a dental office, so here is how we keep our allergic patients safe:

    • Your patient notes are suitably identified with latex allergic status
    • We schedule you earlier in the day to lessen your exposure to airborne latex particles from glove powder
    • The treatment room is prepared by staff wearing non-latex gloves who clean every surface and piece of equipment to reduce airborne latex particles
    • We wear non-latex gloves, masks and we avoid using rubber dam, rubber mouth props, rubber polishing cups and syringes with rubber

    Whatever allergies or concerns you may have, please share them with us and we will work with you to provide you with the most comfortable care.

  • Avoid tooth decay

    Avoid tooth decay

    10 May 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Even as the coronavirus restrictions are starting to lift, most of us will continue to spend a lot of time at home. While we watch TV, text friends, play games and work on our laptops, many of us make frequent trips to the kitchen for snacks and drinks. Unfortunately this means we are putting ourselves at risk of tooth decay.

    Tooth decay is a diet-related bacterial disease. It’s not just about how much sweet foods or drinks we consume but how often, for how long and when. You can brush twice a day and still get decay, so we'd like to share some simple tips for a tooth friendly diet.

    • Limit distractions while you eat
    • Eat meals and not more than two snacks a day
    • Eat healthy foods not junk foods
    • Keep sugary foods and drinks for special occasions (remember agave syrup and honey are sugar too)
    • Drink mainly tap water
    • Make the hour before bed sugar-free

    We are currently rescheduling appointments that were postponed while the practice was closed. Get in touch with us to make a time to check your oral health. We're here to keep you safe, happy and healthy.

  • Minimal Intervention Dentistry

    Minimal Intervention Dentistry

    05 May 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    One reason people put off their check up is a fear of fillings.

    That's why it is a relief to know that at Cameron&Co, we practice minimal intervention dentistry. This modern approach allows teeth to heal with the right saliva pH, the right diet, the right toothpaste and the right dental treatment including concentrated fluoride varnish and fissure sealants.

    It is the least invasive and the most patient-friendly treatment for preventing, stopping or reversing early decay.

    Our commitment is to keep you comfortable, happy and healthy. To learn more give us a call or have a chat with our dental team at your check-up.

  • Good oral health = Good overall health

    Good oral health = Good overall health

    27 April 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Now that the restrictions have been eased, we’re pleased to say that we're open from Monday to Friday to take care of your oral health.

    So if you are overdue for a check-up, contact us to make a time for our team to screen for problems of the teeth, gums, tongue and lining of the mouth.

    In the meantime, if you've let it slide lately, recommit yourself to keeping your mouth healthy. Good oral hygiene is an essential part of maintaining good overall health. In fact, it can help you avoid numerous chronic conditions such as diabetes, cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease.

    Remember to:
    • Wash your hands before touching your mouth
    • Rinse and gargle for 60 seconds with a mouthwash containing hydrogen peroxide. Look for rinses containing a concentration of 1.5%.
    • Clean between teeth with floss, small interdental brushes or a water flosser
    • Brush with a power toothbrush for at least 2 minutes twice a day
    • Run your tongue over your teeth and if they feel furry, clean again to remove plaque
    • If you see any bleeding, clean again to remove plaque
    • Spit out after brushing but don’t rinse to give your teeth a mini-fluoride treatment
    • Wash your hands again

    Call us on 4729 5777 or email hello@cameronandco.com.au for your check up and clean. We are here to keep you safe, healthy and happy.

  • From 27 April

    From 27 April

    24 April 2020 . Posted by Sarah in What's new

    Over the past month we've been providing emergency care but we're pleased to say (in accordance with Australian Dental Association regulations) that we'll be reopening the practice from next week to take care of your oral health, too.

    We want to assure you that we uphold meticulous standards as a QIP accredited practice and are committed to providing you with safe and comfortable care. The infection control safety standards in our treatment rooms protect both you and our team, and include:
    • Following the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene Protocol
    • Wearing sterile gloves, face masks, eye protection and scrubs
    • Using risk-minimisation techniques such as pre-procedural rinses & rubber dams
    • Using sterile instruments and devices
    • Changing gloves & masks between patients or sooner if required
    • Cleaning & disinfecting the treatment room surfaces & equipment between patients with TGA-listed disinfectants
    • Cleaning, sterilising & tracking all instruments including dental drills
    • Using disposable products where appropriate and never re-using materials intended for single use only

    We'll be open Monday to Friday from 27 April. Please call 4729 5777 or email hello@cameronandco.com.au if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment. We're here to keep you safe, happy and healthy.

  • Try to destress

    Try to destress

    23 April 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Even the calmest amongst us have been stressed lately. If you're feeling overwhelmed, keep an eye out for signs of sore jaws, sensitive teeth and frequent headaches caused by bruxism.

    Bruxism or teeth grinding/clenching is a classic reaction to stress. Long term grinding or clenching can chip, wear down and crack teeth or fillings.

    Try to de-stress with yoga, facial massage and warm baths. And remember, give yourself a break from the news.

    Your best friend is a custom-fitted bite guard called a night guard or occlusal splint which is worn at night.

    It’s not sexy and it doesn’t treat the underlying causes of bruxism but will stop you damaging your teeth and you’ll feel a whole lot better when you wake up in the morning.

    So if you’ve got a bite guard, please wear it at night. Don’t let it gather dust on your bedside table.

    If you don’t have a bite guard, have a chat with our dentists. We'll be open again on Monday. More news on that soon!

  • Strengthen your immune system

    Strengthen your immune system

    20 April 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    If there is one thing most of us feel right now, it is a lack of control. But there are still things we can do to ensure we are in the best possible condition to fight COVID-19.

    The healthier you are, the more likely the virus will stay in your upper respiratory system and not travel to your lungs.

    Try to:
    • Focus on the good things in your life to lower your stress levels
    • Eat well or take nutritional supplements to boost your diet
    • Control your blood pressure and blood sugar
    • Get your flu shot
    • Exercise daily
    • Get plenty of sleep
    • Quit smoking

  • By following these simple tips

    By following these simple tips

    16 April 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Aspiration pneumonia is a lung infection that develops as you aspirate (inhale) food particles and liquid from the stomach or saliva from the mouth or throat.

    Since pneumonia bacteria and the COVID-19 virus may be present in the mouth, it’s really important to clean the teeth, gums and tongue every day to lower germ levels.

    1. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds before flossing and brushing.

    2. Rinse and gargle for 60 seconds with a mouthrinse containing Hydrogen Peroxide. Look for rinses containing a concentration of 1.5%.

    3. Floss then use a power toothbrush twice daily for at least 2 minutes on teeth, gums and tongue.

    Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We want to help keep you safe, healthy and happy.

  • Using household chemicals

    Using household chemicals

    12 April 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    As health care providers, we are experienced in keeping surfaces meticulously clean and disinfected. Today, we'd like to share with you some common household chemicals that you can use to stay safe, happy and healthy in your home.

    It's important to make a daily habit of cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, sinks, taps, tables, phones and keyboards.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that chemical disinfectants such as bleach, alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are best at killing COVID-19.

    Household Bleach Dilute ¼ cup of bleach in 1 gallon of cold water. Household surfaces that won’t be damaged by bleach should get at least 10 minutes of exposure.

    Alcohol A 70% alcohol solution has been found to be most effective in killing the virus. The solution should be left on surfaces for 30 seconds.

    Hydrogen Peroxide It’s typically sold in concentrations of 3% and can be used as is or diluted to 0.5% concentration. It should be left on surfaces for 1 minute before wiping. It’s also used in dentistry as a 60 second rinse.

    It should go without saying that you should not drink or inhale any of these chemicals, and you should always follow the manufacturer's safety and dilution instructions. Always wear gloves (and protective eye wear if possible) when preparing solutions and while cleaning. Do your research and stay safe!