• 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.

  • Gripping too tight?

    Gripping too tight?

    08 February 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    If your toothbrush is wearing away too quickly, maybe you should look at your technique. It’s not meant to be held with a Schwarzenegger grip!

  • Adding fruit to water bottles

    Adding fruit to water bottles

    01 February 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    It makes drinking water at the office all day a lot more fun but is it safe?

    Acid erosion or acid wear is a big risk for teeth as the result of frequent sipping of acidic drinks throughout the day.

    The tooth enamel slowly softens making it easier to brush away the enamel and leave sensitive, yellow teeth.

    And once the enamel’s gone, it’s gone forever.

    Plain tap water may be boring but why take risks with a beautiful smile?

  • Fallout from footballers’ study

    Fallout from footballers’ study

    25 January 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    A study of 187 footballers from several top UK clubs has been published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine.

    It found that nearly one in four players has tooth decay which could affect their match performance. Others reported pain or discomfort from gum disease infections and acid wear.

    Researchers aren’t saying the exact cause but suspicion falls on the consumption of sports drinks which are high in sugars and acids.

    Maybe it’s time for everyone including athletes to rethink their drink.

    Keeping the mouth healthy is a wise investment for our overall health and wellbeing.

  • Just chew more for better health

    Just chew more for better health

    18 January 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Research from Iowa State University says that doubling the number of times that you chew makes you feel fuller so you end up eating less.

    Nutritionists say it’s good for us because it improves the digestion of foods.
    Dental professionals love the idea because you stimulate saliva.

    Stimulated saliva is up to 60 times more powerful than resting saliva in buffering food and drink acids.

    So don’t bolt your food; chew more, eat less, lose weight and enjoy better dental health.

  • Itchy mouth culprits revealed

    Itchy mouth culprits revealed

    11 January 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    An itchy mouth or throat when eating may be the sign of an allergy called pollen food syndrome.

    It occurs because the proteins in some foods are similar to those in certain pollens.

    Which foods you react to depends on the pollens to which you are sensitive.
    Raw tropical fruits like mangoes, pineapple and watermelon are the most common ones in Australia, according to University of Western Australia researchers.

    And that might be a bit of a problem in tropical North Queensland.

  • Dehydration is dangerous

    Dehydration is dangerous

    04 January 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Hydration is the key to feeling good, looking great and having a healthy mouth.

    When you drink heaps of water every day, you provide the saliva glands with the raw material to make plenty of saliva.

    Saliva is nature’s mouth moisturiser which flushes food particles, buffers acids and delivers minerals to the teeth.

    In the hot tropical summer it’s easy to lose more water than you drink through exercise, lifestyle, diet and outdoor work.

    So the question is… are you drinking enough water?