• Do you have a dry mouth?

    Do you have a dry mouth?

    02 January 2017 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    A dry mouth is dangerous because the mouth becomes acidic and the harmful germs thrive.

    Acids dissolve the protein pellicle layer on the teeth, making it easier for stains to stick.

    That includes coffees, teas and just about anything that would stain a white shirt.

    It also means that your lipstick sticks more easily to your teeth so here’s what you can do:
    • Drink plenty of water even if you’re not thirsty and rinse frequently
    • Apply lipstick with a lip brush then blot your lips with tissue
    • Use a straw when drinking sweetened liquids or liquids that stain

  • Time for something different

    Time for something different

    26 December 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Do you find scale quickly builds up inside your bottom front teeth?

    Scale acts like a coral reef hotel for germs which can cause gum disease.

    Why not try something different - use a dry brush to clean the inside of the bottom front teeth first.

    You’ll brush longer because you’re not drooling toothpaste everywhere and the flavour doesn’t distract your tastebuds.

    As well, your tongue can really feel if the teeth are clean.

    Then brush your whole mouth with toothpaste for a mini-fluoride treatment.

  • Xylitol’s amazing dental benefits

    Xylitol’s amazing dental benefits

    19 December 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Xylitol is a natural plant sweetener which is added to sweeten some gums, mints and lollies.

    You can also buy it as a sweetener to add to coffee or tea.

    Xylitol reduces bad bacteria, makes plaque less sticky, blocks acid production and promotes healthy bacteria.

    It’s perfect for promoting healthy gums, teeth and breath if chewed or sucked after eating or drinking.

    You can find Xylitol online or at health food shops.

  • Easy tip for terrific teeth

    Easy tip for terrific teeth

    12 December 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Dehydration and a dry mouth lead to an increase in tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and acid erosion.

    Saliva helps protect the mouth by flushing food particles, neutralising acids and delivering minerals to the teeth.

    I recommend that you sip a cup of hot tap water upon rising in the morning to kickstart the saliva glands which are least active at night.

    Swish each mouthful around the mouth and through the teeth then swallow.
    It’s a simple idea and life is amazingly good when it’s simple.

  • Probiotics to the rescue

    Probiotics to the rescue

    05 December 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Probiotics are the good germs that hang out in the digestive system to protect us against harmful germs.

    Found in foods such as yogurt, they are recommended by health practitioners to ensure a healthy gut.

    Dental probiotics and gut probiotics share a common goal which is to promote good bacteria.

    American dentists and hygienists are now recommending dental probiotics to promote healthy bacterial balance in the mouth.

    Dental probiotic tablets are taken twice a day for 10 days after a professional cleaning appointment then once a day thereafter.

  • Time to revise your routine

    Time to revise your routine

    28 November 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Time-poor folks struggle to balance work, family, social commitments and finding time to clean their teeth in the bathroom.

    Some prefer to floss at the computer, in front of the television or while riding the exercise bike.

    Others use a power toothbrush in the shower and tiny brushes between teeth instead of floss.

    They use fluoride toothpaste when they can brush and fluoride mouthwash when they can’t.

    It’s time to think outside the square and work smarter to keep your beautiful smile in tip-top shape no matter where you are.

  • Brush morning and night

    Brush morning and night

    21 November 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    So which is more important - morning or night? Both are, actually.

    Very little saliva is produced as we sleep at night to trap the germs so it’s party time in the mouth.

    Just think of it as schoolies’ week in your mouth every night.

    When we clean before bed, we reduce the number of party-goers while brushing in the morning is like cleaning up after the big event.

    So don’t rush your brush and turn schoolies’ week into a safe night’s sleep.

  • Saliva: the convenient tool for diagnostics

    Saliva: the convenient tool for diagnostics

    14 November 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Saliva is proving to be the perfect choice for in-office dental testing to detect diseases early and monitor health.

    Testing saliva is easy, comfortable and quick.

    A salivary diagnostics company is now offering two tests for periodontal (gum) disease for Canadian dental patients.

    One test identifies the type and concentration of bacteria in the mouth known to cause gum disease.

    The other identifies the patient’s genetic susceptibility to the disease. Better the devil you know, as they say.

  • Have you checked your tongue lately?

    Have you checked your tongue lately?

    07 November 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Bad breath is most often caused by a dry mouth and a coated tongue.

    However those with bad breath are usually the last to know.

    The tongue holds more germs than any other part of your mouth.

    The smelly germs are easy to see: check the back and centre of your tongue for a white or yellow build-up.

    A tongue scraper to clean the tongue is less likely to trigger a gag reflex than a brush.

    Just exhale as you scrape from back to front and you’ll breathe easy again.

  • Hate having your teeth cleaned?

    Hate having your teeth cleaned?

    31 October 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Here’s a tip from a patient who has sensitive teeth due to enamel loss and gum recession.

    A month before her regular appointment for a professional cleaning, she brushes her teeth twice a day with sensitive toothpaste.

    She spits but doesn’t rinse so the ingredients can be absorbed into the tooth surface to plug the tubules and desensitize the nerve endings.

    She swears by it and says her scaling and polishing are always comfortable.