• Whitening or lightening? Which one is best for you?

    Whitening or lightening? Which one is best for you?

    15 September 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Whitening or lightening your teeth can give you a sparkling smile, but do you know which method is right for you?

    Whitening treatments are perfect for those who have teeth stained from smoking, tea or coffee. The solution penetrates the enamel and breaks down the stubborn stains inside the teeth.

    Lightening is an enamel micro-abrasion process which creates a smoother, more uniform and more reflective tooth surface. It’s recommended for those with white spots, mottling or enamel irregularities.

    Interested in finding out more? Call us on 4729 5777 for a complimentary consultation. Remember: our 10% off cosmetic services offer is still running until the end of September.

  • Turn back the clock with whitening

    Turn back the clock with whitening

    10 September 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Whitening is a great way to reverse the effects of smoking, coffee and tea. It’s a quick and simple fix that enhances the appearance of the teeth and boosts self confidence.

    We offer a number of different solutions for whitening and lightening. Call us on 4729 5777 for a complimentary consultation to find out which one is right for you. Get in touch soon to take advantage of our current offer of 10% off all cosmetic services. (Offer expires at the end of September).

  • Natural sugars are still sugar

    Natural sugars are still sugar

    03 September 2020 . Posted by Sarah in Tips and Tricks

    We see packaged foods with appealing slogans that say nature’s own or nice & natural but are they really good for our dental and overall health?

    Packaged foods often contain added or hidden sugars under different names so we may consume more than we think.

    There are over 50 kinds of sugar and the colour makes no difference – white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, honey and maple syrup are predominantly comprised of sucrose, glucose and fructose molecules.

    Product ingredients are listed by quantity from the largest quantity to the smallest so if any kind of sugar is listed in the first 3 ingredients, consider it a dessert.

  • Make exercise part of your routine

    Make exercise part of your routine

    17 August 2020 . Posted by Sarah in Tips and Tricks

    Regular exercise is a great way to keep fit and it appears that it’s good for your mouth too.

    British and American studies have found that people who eat nutritious foods, manage their weight and exercise regularly are less likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease. 

    Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. Exercise helps to reduce inflammation in the body and that includes gum inflammation.

    So floss, brush, drink water, eat healthy foods and make exercise part of your daily routine.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.