• Kids who grind their teeth at night

    Kids who grind their teeth at night

    24 August 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    There are lots of theories on the subject. Some think that deep bites and retruded lower jaws are the culprits.

    Others say that kids grind to equalise pressure in their ears due to blockages from enlarged adenoids.

    Then there are those who point the finger at toothaches, earaches and teething pain.

    But the bottom line is that grinding can damage the teeth and cause discomfort for your child.

    Talk to us if you have any concerns.

  • Tooth-friendly pacifiers

    Tooth-friendly pacifiers

    17 August 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Pacifiers can be a source of comfort for crying infants.

    However, if sucked for too long or too hard, pacifiers can lead to orthodontic problems such as an open bite.

    It’s a situation where there’s an obvious gap between the front teeth when the back teeth are closed together.

    The good news is that tooth-friendly pacifiers like the Dentistar Pacifier work in a similar way to breastfeeding.

    Available in many colours, they offer natural development for kids’ teeth.

  • Snack Attack!

    Snack Attack!

    10 August 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Tooth decay depends on several things but the main culprits are the bacteria in our mouths and the sugar in our diets.

    Every time we have snacks processed with sugar, the bacteria “eat” too.

    They create acids from sugary foods and drinks which make the holes in teeth.
    And that includes natural fruit sugars as well as lollies.

    It’s best to limit snacks and avoid constant nibbling or sipping all day. 

    Nurturing a love of wholesome foods and sticking to mealtimes are better ways to avoid decay.

  • Ready, set…BLOW!

    Ready, set…BLOW!

    01 August 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Breathing through the nose to filter and humidify the air is a necessity but kids with blocked noses often turn to breathing through the mouth.

    Chronic nasal congestion and mouth breathing can result in high plaque levels and undesirable facial growth. They can also contribute to obstructive sleep apnoea.

    Depending on the severity, sleep apnoea can result in a child’s IQ dropping up to 20 points. He or she may also be at higher risk for ADHD.

    It’s imperative to remove breathing obstructions early so kids can have optimal physical and cognitive development.

  • Sleep apnoea self-test

    Sleep apnoea self-test

    27 July 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Try this: stand with your back, buttocks, shoulders and head touching the wall. Say, “hello” then swallow and breathe in. Can you do these things easily?

    If not, you may have obstructive sleep apnoea which can affect your health, your job and your relationships.

    It can also wreck your teeth as sleep bruxism or night time teeth grinding is associated with sleep disorders. The good news is that weight loss can improve your sleep, your health and the condition of your teeth.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    20 July 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Eating a lot of fruit contributes to tooth decay so limit yourself to 2 pieces a day.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    13 July 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Breathing through your mouth causes higher levels of bacterial plaque on teeth so practise keeping your lips together and breathing through your nose.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    29 June 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Coffee can stain teeth more than smoking so remember to use water as a mouthwash to swish & swallow after a cuppa.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    29 June 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Lemon drinks, sports drinks and soft drinks are the most erosive for teeth so if you can’t avoid them, finish ‘em in one go and don’t sip ‘em.

  • Why prevent tooth decay in kids’ teeth?

    Why prevent tooth decay in kids’ teeth?

    22 June 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    There are heaps of reasons! 

    • Drilling and filling doesn’t prevent future tooth decay. And fillings will need replacement over time which can get expensive.

    • For teeth with extensive decay and infection, fillings are not always possible; extractions may be required, possibly under general anaesthetic.

    • It’s better to prevent the initial decay with wise diet choices and strict teeth cleaning routines.