• Your hygienist

    Your Cameron&Co hygienist is a specially trained member of our team who works with your dentist to provide fully integrated dental care.

    The hygienist provides you with individual oral hygiene care and advice:

    • to maintain your dental health;
    • to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat gum disease, tooth decay and other oral ailments.

    Keeping you smiling in four ways
    The hygienist performs four key functions:

    • teaching you oral hygiene techniques and providing you with a personalised dental heath care program;
    • checking your gums and teeth;
    • scaling and polishing your teeth;
    • applying decay prevention agents, such as fluoride treatments or sealants.

    After thoroughly examining your mouth and teeth, the hygienist will develop a personalised course of treatment for you, explain how dental disease occurs and how it can be prevented.

    The hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque, tartar and stains. A fluoride treatment or preventive sealant may also be applied to help prevent decay.

    Why doesn’t my dentist do the work?

    Your hygienist is a qualified specialist in the maintenance of oral health and hygiene.

    Dentists today will typically refer a patient to the hygienist for specialised oral care. Your dentist remains dedicated to providing you with complex restorative and cosmetic procedures. 

    Your hygienist works under the supervision of your dentist, and provides important feedback to your dentist on your oral health and hygiene.

    The importance of home dental care
    As your hygienist will explain, caring thoroughly for your dental health and hygiene between visits is essential. Prevention is better than cure. And dental disease can be easily prevented with the right care. 

    Thorough home plaque-control techniques will help you to prevent both tooth decay and gum disease. The hygienist will show you how to effectively and easily care for your dental hygiene.

    Your Cameron&Co hygienist will help you to maintain your natural smile for life.

  • Hygiene Plan

    Hygiene Plan

    Visiting Cameron&Co for a regular check-up – every six months – is an essential part of maintaining your natural smile for life. But it’s just part of the plan. What you do between visits is also crucial.

    Here’s a personal dental hygiene plan that’ll keep you smiling.

    Flossing removes plaque bacteria from between the teeth and below the gum line, where the brush can’t reach.

    • Floss at least twice daily.
    • Choose waxed, Teflon-coated or fluoride floss or tape. There are special products for use with bridgework and orthodontic appliances, such as Oral B Superfloss. Cameron&Co's hygienist will recommend the product best suited to you.

    Brushing removes plaque bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth.

    • Brush at least twice daily.
    • Choose a soft, compact head toothbrush. Gently brush all surfaces of the teeth in a circular or up and down motion. Try holding your toothbrush like a pencil. And don’t forget to brush your tongue. Better still, use a tongue scraper – ask your hygienist for details. Electric toothbrushes – such as the Oral B Triumph electric toothbrush range – can be more effective and easier to use than manual brushes.

    Wooden sticks, such as Oral B Dental Woodsticks, also remove plaque bacteria from between the teeth and below the gum line.

    • Use once daily, or as required.
    • Moisten the stick and use in a gentle in-out motion.

    The Interdental Brush and Piksters (from Oral B) are like a cross between a toothbrush and dental floss. They are deal for orthodontic patients and provide a thorough interdental cleaning.

    • Use in a gentle in-out motion once daily, or as required.

    Maintaining a smile-friendly diet
    The type of foods you eat, when and how frequently you eat, can all impact on your dental health. Acidic and sugary foods, and sugar/starchcombinations (biscuits, cakes, fast foods), promote tooth decay.

    • Cut down on acidic food and drink, such as citrus fruit, juices and cordials.
    • Cut down on sugary food and drink, and baked goods, such as biscuits and cakes, especially between meals.
    • Rinse teeth after consuming acidic or sugary food and drink.
    • Avoid sugary or acidic foods such as chewing gum, softdrinks or chewable vitamin C tablets.
    • Favour tooth-friendly snacks, such as nuts and cheese.

    Choose the right toothpaste
    There is a wide range of toothpastes on the market. Cameron&Co’s dental hygienist will recommend the toothpaste best suited to you. The following products are widely used by Cameron&Co staff and patients:

    • Oral B Tooth and Gum Care/Colgate Total – anti-plaque and fluoride treatments
    • Sensodyne with Fluoride/Oral B Sensitive/Colgate Sensitive – for heat- and cold-sensitive teeth
    • Colgate Gel – for porcelain veneers
    • Baking soda toothpastes – to neutralise acid
    • Closys II – for halitosis (bad breath).
    • Don’t rinse after brushing – just spit out the excess foam. This will leave you with a mini fluoride treatment every time you brush.

    Use a home fluoride/remineralisation treatment
    Fluoride helps to inhibit tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are especially beneficial for inhibiting root cavities due to gum recession. 

    • Brush with Colgate NeutraFluor 5000 Plus toothpaste, as prescribed by your dentist or hygienist.
    • Rinse with Colgate NeutraFluor rinse, as prescribed by your dentist or hygienist.
    • Chew Recaldent Remineralising Gum.
    • Use GC Tooth Mousse morning and night to remineralise the tooth structure (especially children, pregnant women and patients with dry mouth or high erosion risk).

    Use a mouth rinse

    • A saltwater rinse, used daily for several days, will help to promote healing of gums. (Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in half a glass of warm water.)
    • Savacol or Curasept (alcohol-free) can be used periodically for the treatment of periodontal disorders and mouth ulcers.
    • Bonjela gel is also effective for the treatment of mouth ulcers. Mouth ulcers should be checked and diagnosed by your dentist.
    • A bicarbonate of soda rinse – half a teaspoon in half a glass of water – will help to neutralise acids.

    Wet your whistle
    Saliva is an important ingredient in oral hygiene. To overcome a dry mouth:

    • Take frequent sips of water. Aim to drink about two litres – about eight glasses – every day.
    • Chew sugar-free gum to promote saliva flow.
    • Chew hard, crunchy foods to stimulate saliva flow.
    • Avoid smoking and caffeine, which suppress saliva.

    How to prevent halitosis (bad breath)

    • Brush and floss thoroughly and regularly to remove bacteria.
    • Brush your tongue, or use a tongue scraper – ask your hygienist for details.
    • Keep your mouth moist. Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.
    • Use rinses that are alcohol-free and inhibit the bacteria that cause bad breath – such as Closys II.
    • Visit your hygienist for a professional scaling and education in dental hygiene.

    Where to buy
    Dental hygiene products, such as toothpastes, flosses and rinses, aregenerally available from most chemists and supermarkets. More specialised products, such as NeutraFluor, are sold through chemists only.

    Dental hygiene appliances, such as the Braun Oral B Plaque Remover, are generally available at major department and electrical appliance stores. The Oral B Interdental Brush is available at larger chemists. 

    If you can't find what you're looking for, ask us and we'll track it down for you.

  • Preventing gum disease

    The most common form of periodontal disease is gingivitis – an inflammation that only affects the gums.

    Less common, though far more serious, is periodontitis – a deeper inflammation that also affects the bone and ligaments that support the teeth. 

    Left untreated, periodontitis can degenerate gum, bone and ligament, ultimately resulting in the loss of teeth.

    Research indicates that people with periodontal disease are more at risk for systemic diseases such as diabetes.

    There is no cure for periodontitis, but the disease can be controlled and the symptoms managed.

    Causes
    Periodontal disease, like tooth decay, is caused by plaque bacteria building up in the mouth – on the teeth, gums and below the gum line. This is due to infrequent or improper brushing or flossing. 

    Anyone can develop periodontal disease, though it becomes more prevalent as people age.

    Certain factors can aggravate periodontal disease. These include smoking, diabetes, pregnancy, changing hormone levels, stress, poor nutrition, certain medications, immunosuppressant conditions and genetic predisposition. 

    Signs
    The signs of potential periodontal disease include:
    • bleeding gums (after brushing or flossing)
    • red, swollen or tender gums
    • bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
    • receding gums
    • loose teeth
    • changes in the spaces between the teeth.

    Prevention
    Again, like tooth decay, periodontal disease can be easily prevented through regular check-ups and good dental hygiene.

    • Regular check-ups will detect gingivitis early, treat gum inflammation and prevent the onset of periodontitis.
    • Good dental hygiene habits include regular scaling treatments, daily brushing, flossing and the use of interdental brushes
    • Thorough daily plaque removal and treatment will control bacteria levels and prevent periodontal disease.
    • Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet, and avoid sugary foods.
    • Vitamin and calcium supplements may also be beneficial.
    • Avoid smoking.
  • Treating gum disease

    Gingivitis – inflammation of the gums – can generally be successfully treated with scaling performed by your dentist or hygienist. 

    • It is then essential to maintain a thorough dental hygiene plan – brushing and flossing at least twice daily.

    Periodontitis – advanced gum disease – can permanently damage the teeth and gums, as well as the bone and ligaments that support the teeth. 

    • The teeth may become loose and fall out or need to be extracted. Left unchecked, periodontitis can result in the loss of many or all of the teeth.
    • There is no cure for periodontitis. However, the symptoms can be managed, slowing down the progression of the disease and deterioration of the teeth and supporting structures. 
    • Treatment will result in a mouth and smile that look and feel cleaner and healthier. Your Smile dentist or hygienist may treat your condition, or we may refer you to a periodontist – a dentist who specialises in the treatment of gum disease.

    Periodontal treatment procedures

    • Scaling – removing bacterial plaque and calculus or scale (calcified plaque) from the teeth, both above and below the gum line.
    • Periodontal debridement – removing deep bacteria, calculus and toxins from the roots of the teeth using specialised instruments. This procedure eliminates inflammation, controls the infection and  may involve several visits. A  local anaesthetic may be required.
    • Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need to take a course of antibiotics to halt the progression of the disease and promote healing.
    • Deteriorated fillings may exacerbate the condition, and may need to be removed and replaced.
    • A personal dental hygiene plan will be prepared to maintain your oral health and prevent further periodontal disease. This will involve regular maintenance visits to your dentist or hygienist, combined with the best possible daily home care.
    • Removal of risk factors for the disease such as smoking
    • If you have lost teeth, or some teeth have become loose, you may require a denture, bridge or dental implant.
    • In severe cases, periodontal surgery may be required.
  • Fluoride treatments

    Fluoride has a long history of preventing and inhibiting tooth decay. In fact, fluoride has proven so successful in maintaining dental health and hygiene, you’ll find it’s a common ingredient in toothpaste and even tap water.

    Fluoride treatments applied during your regular hygiene visits to Cameron&Co provide a powerful booster in cavity prevention and control.

    Cameron&Co recommends fluoride treatments in a wide range of cases, such as:

    • children and young adults with evident cavities
    • adults with gum recession, worn enamel or exposed root surfaces
    • patients wearing orthodontic appliances
    • patients with reduced saliva flow.

    Fluoride treatments may be applied at Cameron&Co by rinsing, painting or using mouth trays containing fluoride gel or foam.

    You can maintain your fluoride treatment at home by using Colgate NeutraFluor gel, toothpaste or rinse, as prescribed by your dentist or hygienist.

     

  • Dental sealants

    Molar teeth have grooves and pits on their surfaces. These can be a breeding ground for decay-causing plaque bacteria. 

    Dental sealants are highly effective in providing a protective barrier for molars. A thin layer of a plastic compound is “painted” onto the grooved surfaces of the teeth. The compound is set and sealed using ultra-violet light. 

    Dental sealants are best applied as soon as the adult teeth have fully erupted.

  • Dentures

    The following information will help you to care for your denture as an integrated part of your personal dental hygiene plan.

    Your denture is a customised, precision-made device. It is constructed specifically to the shape and contours of your own teeth and mouth. 

    It’s therefore important to look after it well. With a little care, your denture will retain its fit and continue to function correctly. 

    • An unclean denture is neither healthy nor comfortable. To clean, remove the appliance and brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
    • Clean your denture whenever you clean your teeth – at least twice daily. Use a gel toothpaste or pH neutral handwash and a soft toothbrush – harsh abrasives and hard brushes may damage your denture.
    • Remove and clean your denture after meals whenever possible.
    • Brush your teeth as well before reinserting the denture.
    • Your denture should be removed before going to bed and soaked overnight in a cleaning solution, such as Steradent.
    • Be careful not to drop the denture on a hard surface, as it may break. Before you clean your denture, it’s a good idea to fill the sink with water – so if you drop your denture, it’s less likely to break.
    • You may find wearing your denture a little strange at first. But you will soon get used to it.
    • Your saliva flow may increase during the first few days of use. This will soon taper back to normal.

    Denture-induced stomatitis
    Stomatitis or oral thrush is inflammation of the tissue lining the mouth. Stomatitis may become evident on the upper palate, where the denture-bearing areas appear red and inflamed. 

    Maintaining good oral hygiene – including your denture – will prevent stomatitis. A fungicide may be prescribed to treat stomatitis.

  • Pregnancy

    As you may have gathered by now, being pregnant does the strangest things to your body. It’s almost as if there’s someone else living inside you.

    Some of the side effects can impact on your dental health. And your dental health can impact on your pregnancy.

    Recent research has revealed that women with periodontal or gum disease are seven times more likely to have low birth weight pre-term babies. It is understood that bacteria from diseased gums produce an enzyme that triggers an early labour. 

    It is therefore crucial for expectant mothers—and potential mothers—to maintain their dental health with regular visits to the dentist and a stringent hygiene plan.

    Drugs and X-rays
    Because of foetal sensitivity, it is wise to avoid drugs and X-rays during pregnancy. Certain drugs, such as tetracycline antibiotics, can affect the baby’s developing teeth. If it is essential that you have an X-ray, special care and protection should be taken. The safest period for dental work is the second trimester.

    Gingivitis
    There is an increased risk of gingivitis during pregnancy. This is caused by an excess of bacterial plaque compounded by hormonal changes. This can be prevented by meticulous flossing, brushing and rinsing, and a visit or two to Cameron&Co.

    Decay
    Changes in your diet, due to nausea or cravings, can lead to an increase in tooth decay. Snacks that are low in sugar, salt and fat, yet high in fibre, help to prevent decay and promote general health.

    Erosion of the tooth surface may occur if there is frequent vomiting of gastric acids due to nausea or “morning sickness”. A low-acid diet is advised – cut down on fruit juices, sports drinks and softdrinks.

    After an acid attack, rather than brushing, rinse with plain water or a bicarbonate of soda solution (half a teaspoon in half a glass of water).

    A daily home calcium remineralisation treatment may be necessary. Smile will advise.

    You should avoid fluoride supplements during pregnancy.

    Gagging
    Gagging can sometimes occur when brushing your teeth. If so, try using a small toothbrush and very little toothpaste. Try holding your breath and closing your eyes, or inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth while you brush. 

    Bacteria and baby
    At birth, your baby does not have decay-causing bacteria in the mouth. These are passed on, usually by the parents, through kissing, food tasting or cleaning a pacifier in their own mouths. It is essential for parents to maintain meticulous oral hygiene to reduce the transfer of these bacteria.

  • Babies & kids

    Whether your child has grown-up teeth, baby teeth or no teeth, there are important oral hygiene considerations.

    Teething to six months

    • Soothe sore gums by rubbing with a cold spoon or teething ring, or massaging with a clean finger or cloth.
    • Teething gels and gum gels, such as Bonjela, are recommended for treating sore gums.
    • Teething biscuits can contain sugar, and may contribute to tooth decay.
    • Do not “sweeten” a teething ring or pacifier by applying sugary food or drink.

    Feeding

    • Water should be given after milk, juice and sweetened food and drink to rinse acids and sugars from the mouth.
    • Fill bedtime or comfort bottles with water only – acidic or sugary drinks can cause nursing bottle cavities.
    • Once your child is able to drink from a cup, avoid bottle feeding. Drinking from a cup is more tooth-friendly than from a bottle.

    Diet

    • Avoid sweet foods as first solids.
    • Encourage a healthy, balanced diet of fresh, natural, chewy foods.
    • Limit sugary processed foods – offer raw vegetables.
    • Limit frequency of snacks – sugar eaten with meals causes less cavities than sugar in snacks.
    • Eat sweet foods at one time of day only – do not spread throughout the day. Encourage brushing after.
    • Avoid foods that last in the mouth, such as hard lollies and mints, which give plaque bacteria more opportunity to cause cavities.
    • Limit starchy foods and sugar/starch combinations (biscuits, cakes, fast foods) – starch is as harmful to the teeth as sugar, and sugar/starch combinations are more cavity-causing than sugars alone.
    • When serving juice or Ribena, dilute well with water – these are as harmful to the teeth as softdrink.
    • Do not allow children to snack or sip all day.
    • At 12 months and over, lift the lip regularly! Check the teeth monthly for early signs of decay: snow-white or yellow-brown marks along the gum line.

    Brushing

    • Prior to teething, wipe the gums with a soft, clean cloth or gauze to remove plaque bacteria.
    • After teeth erupt, brush with a child’s toothbrush – without toothpaste –twice daily, especially before bed.
    • Be a good role model – children learn by imitation.
    • At 18 months, help your child learn to brush with a smear of low-fluoride toothpaste, explaining that it must not be swallowed.
    • Encourage your child to hold the toothbrush like a pencil.
    • Stand behind your child when helping with brushing – it’s easier and your child will find it less intimidating.
    • Encourage your child to simply spit out the excess foam, rather than rinsing.
    • Supervise brushing until around the age of nine.

    Flossing

    • Any teeth that touch should be flossed.
    • We suggest flossing at bedtime. Combine it with a good story and your child will enjoy the process.
    • Have your child practise with Flossettes or Flosspiks.

    Fluoride

    • As Australia’s water supply is typically fluoridated, it is generally not necessary to give fluoride drops or tablets to your child. However, water filters may remove fluoride from tap water – check the manufacturer’s specifications. Consult your dentist if you use a water filter or have a non-fluoridated water supply.
    • A children’s low-fluoride toothpaste is still recommended.

    Visiting the dentist

    • Encourage a positive attitude towards visits to the dentist.
    • Starting dental visits from the age of one will enable us to identify any potential dental problems early. It will also start your child on a personal dental hygiene plan that will help to ensure healthy teeth and gums for life.
    • Talk to your dentist prior to your child’s teething to discuss special diet considerations.
  • Seniors

    Maintaining good oral health is vital to ensuring our overall health and wellbeing. Healthy teeth and gums enable us to continue eating the wide variety of foods we need.

    Lack of preventive dental care can lead to problems ranging from nutritional deficiencies to communication problems to debilitating diseases. 

    Careful attention to your dental health and hygiene will keep you smiling. Follow your hygiene plan and visit your dentist or hygienist for regular check-ups.

    Dental cavities can be prevented by improving bacterial plaque control, using fluoride (contained in certain toothpastes, rinses and gels) and cutting back on sugary foods. Using an electric toothbrush, such as the Braun Oral B Plaque Remover, is advisable.

    Gum disease is the single leading cause of adult tooth loss and can be prevented by meticulous bacterial plaque removal, using antibacterial rinses and toothpastes, and maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet to boost the immune system.

    Oral cancer can be combated by early recognition, treatment and preventive procedures, such as giving up smoking and reducing alcohol consumption and sun exposure.

    Dental stomatitis – the irritation of the tissue under a denture – is best prevented by removing the dentures at night, and placing in a sterile solution, such as Milton’s Bleach or Steradent. Brush the gum under the denture, and rinse with Savacol or warm, salty water.

    Dry mouth – often due to medications, smoking, caffeine, illness and dehydration – can be treated by altering medication (consult your doctor) or using saliva stimulating or artificial saliva substances, such as Biotene toothpaste, rinse or moisturising gel (available from your chemist).

    Erosion of the teeth – often due to acid – can be easily prevented by avoiding or reducing sugary or acidic food or drink. It is advisable to rinse rather than brush after consuming sugary or acidic food or drink.

    Sensitivity results from worn enamel or receding gum tissue. Brush gently with a soft toothbrush and a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. 

    Consequences of oral disease
    The same bacteria that cause dental cavities and gum disease can infect other tissue in the mouth.

    These bacteria can enter the bloodstream and infect tissue throughout the body. They can enter the lower airways and cause aspiration pneumonia.

    These bacteria can cause brain abscesses, disease of the heart valves, joint infections and fever. Dental disease caused by bacteria has recently been identified as a risk factor for stroke.

  • Sugar

    You’ve heard it ever since you were a kid: sugar’s bad for your teeth. Though we may never give up sugar altogether, we can at least control our intake by knowing how much sugar is contained in the different food and drink we consume.

    You should also watch your intake of sugar and starch combinations – such as biscuits, cakes and fast foods. Sugar/starch combinations are more cariogenic than sugars alone.

    The following list shows the approximate amounts of sugar added to some common types of food and drink. And, bear in mind, natural sugar is often already present in the ingredients.

    You’ll be surprised just how much added sugar there is in your life.

    Food/drink Serving Teaspoons sugar
    Tinned fruit 200 g 6
    Fruit yoghurt 200 g 3.5
    Breakfast cereals 30 g 1 to 9
    Jam 1 teaspoon 1
    Honey 1 teaspoon 1.5
    Shortbread or tea biscuits 1 0.5
    Chocolate coated biscuits 1 1
    Madeira cake/Swiss roll 40 gram slice 4
    Rice pudding 200 g 4
    Ice cream 100 ml/1 scoop 2
    Drinking chocolate (powder) 3 teaspoons 1 to 3
    Bottled grapefruit juice (sweetened) 250 ml 0.5
    Bottled orange juice (sweetened) 250 ml 1
    Bottled blackcurrant juice drink 250 ml 6
    Cordial (diluted) 250 ml 3
    Sports drink 250 ml 4.5
    Lemonade 250 ml 3
    Cola 250 ml 5.5
    Tonic water 250 ml 3
    Tomato sauce 2 teaspoons 0.5
    Mayonnaise 2 teaspoons 0.25
    Chocolate/confectionery 125 g bar 6 to 20
    Liquorice allsorts 375 g pack 22
    Fruit pastilles 35 g pack 7
    Mints 35 g pack 7.5
    Toffees 125 g pack 20
    Chewing gum 1 stick/piece 1


    Sweeteners cause decay
    These sweeteners are all equivalent to or greater than sugar. 

    • Brown sugar
    • Corn syrup
    • Dextrose
    • Fructose
    • Glucose
    • Golden syrup
    • Honey
    • Maltose
    • Sucrose
    • Treacle

    Artificial Sweeteners do not cause decay
    When you buy a food or drink product, look for unsweetened or artificially sweetened alternatives. 

    • Acesulfame
    • Aspartame
    • Cyclamate
    • Isomalt
    • Lycasin
    • Nutrasweet
    • Saccharin
    • Sorbitol
    • Thaumatin

    However, some are suspected to cause other health problems. You may like to investigate the issues before reaching for the artificial sweetener.

     

  • Acid

    Acid erosion is the result of acidic chemicals attacking the teeth and mouth. This can cause a variety of oral health problems, such as tooth enamel and dentine loss, tooth discolouration and hypersensitivity, rampant cavities, dehydration and irritation of the soft tissue, and soreness and burning of the throat and tongue.

    Acid erosion can also accelerate the wear resulting from clenching, grinding and improper brushing techniques, such as scrubbing.

    What’s the cause?
    Diet is a major factor in the cause of acid erosion. Fruit juice, sports drinks, cordials, softdrinks, acidic or sweet lollies, chewable vitamin C tablets, citrus fruits and apples can all aggravate the condition.

    And it’s important to note that it’s not just what you eat and drink that counts, but also how and when you do so. Slow sipping, frequent drinking and swishing before swallowing are all habits that prolong contact between acid and your teeth. And the worst times are between meals, after physical activity and at bedtime. 

    Gastric disturbances, morning sickness, reflux and vomiting will also dramatically increase the levels of acidic chemicals in the mouth. A dry mouth will also aggravate the condition.

    How to minimise acid erosion

    • Don’t dwell too long on acidic drinks – this constantly tops up the acidic chemicals in your mouth. Try to finish them in one go.
    • Rinse your mouth with plain water immediately after consuming acidic food or drink.
    • Brush your teeth after 30 minutes or so. (Don’t brush immediately after eating/drinking, as the enamel is weaker.)
    • Brush with a baking soda toothpaste – this will help to neutralise the acid.
    • Use a soft toothbrush and a gentle motion – try holding your toothbrush like a pencil.
    • Drink with a straw – this will see most of the fluid bypass the teeth.
    • Avoid acidic rehydration. Cut down on acidic drinks, and totally avoid them when the mouth is dry – between meals, after physical activity and at bedtime.
    • Chew sugarless gum to promote saliva flow – saliva acts as a buffer against acids.
    • If reflux or vomiting occurs, make up a baking soda mouth rinse to buffer the acid—simply stir half a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water.
    • Your dentist may suggest using a neutral pH home fluoride treatment.
    • Check any medication to see if it causes nausea, vomiting or dry mouth.
    • Exercise extra caution when using a mouthguard, as this will hold the acid against the teeth.
  • White Smile Diet

    White Smile Diet

    If you’re looking to enhance your smile, start by taking a look at what you eat and drink. Basically anything that will stain your clothing will stain your teeth.

    Follow these tips for a whiter smile

    • Minimise tea, coffee, cola drinks and red wine.
    • If possible, drink through a straw to bypass your teeth.
    • Drink lots of water and vigorously swish a few mouthfuls after eating or drinking.
    • Brush and floss as soon as possible after eating – especially after dark foods like beetroot, blueberries and raspberries.
    • Avoid snacking between meals.
    • Avoid prolonged sipping, unless it’s water.
    • Eat lots of raw veggies like carrots, cucumber and celery. They contain fibre and stimulate saliva, which combine to help keep the teeth clean and reduce staining.
    • Chewing sugarless gum also helps to stimulate saliva and clean the teeth.

    Tips for a perfect smile while out and about

    • Oral B Brush Ups are textured teeth wipes. The slim pack fits easily in your handbag or man bag, purse or wallet. Just rip one out, pop it on your finger, and you can give your teeth a quick brush and polish.
    • Follow up with a good rinse with water.
    • Brush Ups are also excellent for giving the lips and wine whiskers a quick buff! Girls, you can then touch up your concealer and lippy as required. Boys, you may like to touch up your lip balm afterwards.
    • You’ll find Brush Ups in your supermarket or pharmacy.
    • Carry a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and compact mirror in case of food debris/staining emergencies.
    • Follow the French and Italian tradition and eat salad AFTER the main meal. It’s a great healthy way to prevent staining. Just watch out for the greens in betweens!
    • Drinking milk before a meal can provide a protective coating for the teeth, preventing acid damage and staining. And a milk moustache is much better than Dali whiskers!
  • Lips & lipstick

    Caring for your lips

    • Drink plenty of water to nourish your skin.
    • Ensure you’re getting enough vitamin B and iron, which help to prevent chapped lips and split corners.
    • Avoid licking your lips too often. This removes the salivary enzymes and dries the skin.
    • Wear a vitamin E lip balm to bed to nourish the lips.
    • Calcium isn’t just good for your bones and teeth, it also offers a beauty benefit. Calcium can help to prevent the lips from thinning and turning inward – a sign of ageing.
    • Soften any fine lines by applying eye cream around the lips at night.
    • Apply lip balm in the morning before your lipstick, gently rubbing in.
    • Exfoliate your lips once a week with a gentle exfoliant or a soft toothbrush.
    • Most important of all, protect your lips from the sun and skin cancer by using lip balms and lipsticks with sunscreens and other nourishing ingredients.

    Choosing the right colour lipstick for your smile

    • Unless your teeth are perfectly white, lipsticks with brown, orange, yellow and certain red hues can detract from your smile.
    • If your teeth are creamy or slightly yellow in colour, or if you have amalgam restorations, you’re best to avoid these colours, as they can make your teeth appear darker.
    • Generally safe for all smiles are lipsticks with pink, rose or neutral shades.
    • If your teeth are bright white, a red or blue-red lipstick will accentuate your smile.
    • But much easier than worrying about which lipstick to choose is to choose white teeth! Teeth whitening will enhance your lips and your smile.

    Applying lipstick correctly

    • Use a lip pencil to define the outline of your lips. Then fill in with the outliner before adding your lipstick or gloss.
  • Cold & Flu

    It’s a common misconception that cold and flu viruses are transmitted by air-borne particles – from a cough in the car or a sneeze in the office.

    Recent research reveals that cold and flu viruses are most commonly transmitted by physical contact. 

    Good oral hygiene can help you to prevent catching the latest lurgy. 

    Here are some simple tips

    • Wash your hands frequently with antibacterial soap – especially before flossing.
    • Avoid touching your face after contact with someone who has a cold or flu – wash your hands first.
    • Don’t bite your nails or rub your eyes.
    • Store your toothbrushes in the open air, with the heads up, so they can dry well. Germs and viruses love a constantly damp environment.
    • Use two toothbrushes – one for the morning and one for the night – so the brushes dry thoroughly.
    • Change your toothbrushes regularly – especially after a cold or flu.
    • Don’t share toothbrushes.
    • Don’t allow your household’s toothbrushes to touch each other.
    • When you have a cold, disinfect your toothbrush with peroxide or an antiseptic mouthrinse (such as Savacol), then air dry.
    • Stick out your tongue and say ahhh. Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or your toothbrush.
    • If you use a mouthguard, night splint, denture or orthodontic appliance, disinfect with an antiseptic mouthrinse at least once a week.