• Hate the colour of your teeth?

    Hate the colour of your teeth?

    21 April 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Let’s look at some of the common reasons your pearly whites aren’t white.

    Black and brown stains on the teeth are usually due to smoking, coffee or tea.

    Green and orange colours come from a heavy build-up of plaque and fungi on the teeth.

    Greyish blue colours occur in the teeth if certain antibiotics are taken when the teeth are forming.

    Solutions range from professional cleanings to lightening, whitening and veneers.

    Why not have a dental check-up and smile assessment to see what your options are?

  • Soft Drink

    Soft drinks: tough on teeth and bones

    14 April 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Are teens who prefer sugary soft drink to milk more at risk for osteoporosis? 

    It’s a well-known fact that soft drinks are a huge risk for tooth decay. Researchers are saying that excessive consumption of soft drink is a risk factor for early osteoporosis.

    When the body becomes overly acidic, calcium is ‘stolen’ from the bones to restore the pH balance.

    And teens also fail to get enough bone-building nutrients by giving milk the thumbs-down. 

    So have a think about what you drink for stronger teeth and bones.

  • Oral piercings: consider the risk

    Oral piercings: consider the risk

    07 April 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Lip and tongue piercings are popular fashion statements but might change your smile forever.
    Oral piercings can result in:
    • Infection, swelling and pain upon insertion
    • Diseases such as hepatitis from unclean equipment
    • Uncontrolled bleeding
    • Allergic response
    • Gum recession
    • Cracked or chipped teeth while eating and talking
    • Choking on loose piercings such as studs, hoops and barbells

  • Latest diet buzz

    Latest diet buzz

    23 February 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Have you heard about the ‘Eat Clean Challenge’ or the ‘Real Food Pledge’?
    We are what we eat and when we commit to eating fresh foods, we are healthier, have more energy, sleep better and lose weight.

    Sugar is a hidden ingredient in most processed foods, often labelled as corn syrup, fructose, molasses, maple syrup or malt sugar.

    When we eat and drink foods in their most natural state, we also prevent aggressive tooth decay as well as obesity and chronic illnesses.

    These diets get the thumbs-up and the big, tooth-friendly stars from me.

  • Smiling is the best medicine

    Smiling is the best medicine

    09 February 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Did you know that smiling improves our overall health through the release of the ‘feel good’ hormones?

    And beautiful, healthy smiles are what dental professionals are all about.

    If you’re not happy with your smile, there are some ways to improve it:
    • Professional cleanings to remove unsightly stains, plaque and scale
    • White, tooth-coloured fillings
    • Whitening treatments (in-office treatment or take-home trays)
    • Discrete orthodontics (Invisalign® treatment for improved bite/appearance)
    • Porcelain veneers, crowns and implants for natural-looking teeth

  • Facial yoga: the new cosmetic workout

    Facial yoga: the new cosmetic workout

    03 February 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    We go to the gym, jog or do pilates to give our bodies a good workout but what about our faces?

    I’ve practised yoga for years and was delighted to find facial yoga exercises online.

    Regularly exercising the facial muscles is said to tone our faces and necks which enhances our smiles. 

    It’s just a natural extension of bodybuilding.

    My favourites are the bull-frog, fish face, lion, snake and hungry bird poses. Check ‘em out. 

  • Don’t ignore warning signs

    Don’t ignore warning signs

    27 January 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Sometimes a tooth can be a little sensitive because of receding gums, usually treated with sensitive toothpaste.

    But a tooth that aches or is painful should not be ignored.

    It may be due to an infection, an injury, a crack in the tooth or perhaps a broken filling.

    Prompt treatment can save the tooth in most cases and may help prevent more expensive treatment down the road.

    Simply call us about your concerns.

  • Loud snoring: a red flag

    Loud snoring: a red flag

    20 January 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Can’t get any shut-eye? Your partner’s loud snoring can be a warning of sleep-disordered breathing.

    Oxygen levels drop and the sleeper awakens frequently in order to breathe.
    The teeth can also be damaged by the accompanied grinding and acid reflux at night.

    Some strategies to stop snoring include weight loss, sleeping on one’s side, wearing a dental appliance or mask, nasal strips and allergy maintenance.

    A simple sleep test, done in your own home, is the first step in the evaluation for a disorder.

  • Regular maintenance: your car or your mouth?

    Regular maintenance: your car or your mouth?

    13 January 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    The answer is both. But do you have your car serviced regularly but only go to the dentist when it hurts?

    Undiagnosed periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in older adults.

    If your gums bleed more than 3 days in a row when you clean, you probably have gum disease.

    Problems detected early are easier to fix and maintain. Regular check-ups which include screening for periodontal (gum) disease are the answer.

  • Sink your teeth into this idea

    Sink your teeth into this idea

    06 January 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Curb your appetite and lose weight by brushing your teeth. Crazy idea? Well some nutritionists don’t think so.

    They say that brushing after every meal signals the body and brain that mealtime is over.

    And clean teeth with minty breath will give you the willpower to pass up snacks between meals.

    If you can’t brush, they suggest you chew minty sugar free gum because the taste of mint overpowers the urge to eat.

    Give it a go. What have you got to lose?