• Do whitening toothpastes work?

    Do whitening toothpastes work?

    16 May 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Most whitening toothpastes don’t actually penetrate the enamel and change the colour of your teeth.

    They have stronger polishing agents which can make your smile brighter by removing more surface stains from coffee, tea and red wine.

    The whitening toothpastes with small amounts of peroxide can eventually whiten but it will take time.

    However whitening toothpastes can be useful to maintain your bright smile after a professional treatment.

  • As an adult, do I still need fluoride?

    As an adult, do I still need fluoride?

    09 May 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    The maximum benefits from fluoride are obtained in children’s teeth from the beginning of tooth development until tooth eruption.

    However fluoride continues to promote enamel remineralization, reduce tooth decay and inhibit decay bacteria throughout our lives.

    When you drink fluoridated tap water and use toothpaste or rinses with fluoride, you top up the teeth with minerals.

    Fluoride protection is particularly helpful for older adults at higher risk for decay from dry mouth conditions caused by medications or health problems.
    So the answer is… yup, you do. It’s not just for kids.

  • A smart senior’s solution

    A smart senior’s solution

    02 May 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Recently a patient showed me the very pretty box that she keeps beside her comfy lounge chair - her toolkit.

    It contains everything from heel balm and nail files to dry mouth gel and floss.
    She finds it very convenient to use these things as she relaxes in front of the television.

    And she has all her own teeth as she’s worked out a way to make flossing part of her daily routine.

    Well done, and thanks for the tip.

  • Unhealthy eating may shrink your brain

    Unhealthy eating may shrink your brain

    27 April 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Unhealthy foods and drinks with heaps of sugar are blamed for everything from tooth decay to bulging bellies.

    Australian university researchers recently studied the brains and diets of Aussies aged 60 to 64 years.

    They found that unhealthy diets negatively affected the memory and mental health of older Australians while diets rich in vegetables, fruit and fish improved mental fitness.

    Healthy diets: good for mental health and great for the teeth too.

  • A spoonful of Manuka honey

    A spoonful of Manuka honey

    18 April 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Manuka honey has been used by the indigenous people of New Zealand for many years.

    It’s widely known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties so is used as a dressing for wounds, burns, bites and cuts.

    However it’s not to be consumed by small infants because of its spore content. Diabetics also have to limit their use of the honey due to its high glucose levels.

    Unfortunately it’s also a risk for those who use it regularly as a sweetener in tea because honey is a sugar that contributes to tooth decay.

  • Apple cider vinegar risks

    Apple cider vinegar risks

    12 April 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Some folks claim apple cider vinegar helps digestion, reduces cholesterol and works wonders for constipation.

    However for those with worn enamel, gum recession and exposed roots, acetic acid in vinegar can cause acid erosion, making the teeth quite sensitive.

    Treat it as you would with any acidic drink:

    • Rinse your mouth well with water
    • Delay brushing for at least ½ hour
    • Lightly apply a finger smear of fluoride toothpaste to harden enamel

  • Dry mouth dilemmas

    Dry mouth dilemmas

    06 April 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Do you have trouble swallowing during the day or suffer an annoying cough at night?

    Often it’s related to a dry mouth and the absence of saliva due to dehydration and /or medication side effects.

    However there’s a simple solution found at chemists in the dental products department: dry mouth gel.

    The gel is used to lubricate the mouth and throat by placing a dab on the tongue, spreading it around the mouth then swallowing.

    Just drink more water and use the gel when required and the problem is solved.

  • Mouthwash to the rescue?

    Mouthwash to the rescue?

    28 February 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    While it’s not necessary for a healthy mouth, it may be recommended for those with special needs.

    Mouthwashes with extra ingredients can make the difference for those who are at risk for tooth decay or dry mouth.

    However here are a few things you should know:
    • Mouthwashes that contain alcohol can dry and irritate the mouth
    • You need to swish a mouthwash for 1 minute so the ingredients can work
    • It’s best to use mouthwash before brushing so the fluoride in toothpaste can soak in, or use it when you can’t brush

  • Is whitening safe?

    Is whitening safe?

    22 February 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Whitening is one of the easiest ways to improve your smile.

    It’s safe if used in a healthy mouth as directed by your dentist.

    In some cases tooth sensitivity may be a possible short-term side effect but that can be easily managed.

    If overused or improperly used, whitening can cause damage to gums and teeth.

    Have a chat with us for more advice and guidelines about whitening treatments.

  • Shaggy dog toothbrush?

    Shaggy dog toothbrush?

    15 February 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    You should ditch your toothbrush at 2-3 months or sooner if your brush starts to resemble a shaggy dog.

    When the bristles are flattened or splayed, they can’t access the grooves and sweep away germs or food particles.