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Do you have sensitive teeth?

If you suffer from tooth sensitivity the following points may help explain why:

Brushing with too much pressure:

Sometimes teeth may become sensitive if you’ve been brushing with too much force or with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Over time, this wears down the protective layer of your teeth (enamel) and exposes the microscopic tubules in the dentine (middle layer of the tooth) that lead to the nerve in the centre of the tooth. When these tubules are exposed to hot or cold or to acidic foods, tooth sensitivity and discomfort can be the result. To help prevent this, switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles and try to be gentler when brushing. Often, sealing the areas of exposed dentine can also help prevent sensitivity.

Cracked tooth:

A chipped or cracked tooth can cause pain that goes beyond tooth sensitivity. We would need to evaluate your tooth and decide the right course of treatment, such as a crown to prevent the crack from propagating or an extraction in severe cases.

Decay around the edges of fillings:

As fillings get older they can weaken and fracture or leak around the edges. It’s easy for bacteria to accumulate in these tiny crevices, which causes acid build-up and enamel breakdown/decay. Replacement of the filling in these cases can fix the problem.

Gum disease:

Receding gums may be an age related problem or due to excessive accumulation of plaque around the gums. Following an assessment we may be able to seal your teeth along with treating the gum disease itself.

Teeth grinding:

Grinding your teeth can wear down the protective outer layer of the tooth (enamel). By doing so, you expose the dentine (middle layer of the tooth) which contains the hollow tubules that lead to the tooth’s nerve as explained above. We can help by constructing a custom made mouthguard that can stop you from grinding and seal the exposed areas of dentine.

It is best to arrange a visit with us at Dural Dental Practice so we can help to ascertain the cause of sensitivity and prevent further discomfort.

 

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Diet For Healthy Teeth

For healthy teeth and gums, just like for a healthy lifestyle it is important to think before you eat and drink. What you eat and when you eat can both affect your dental health. Try to eat healthy meals and limit snacks in between meals. If you do snack- choose healthy snacks like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese and drink plenty of water. Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.

Try to limit your family’s intake of acidic drinks including packaged fruit juices, soft drinks, energy drinks and alcohol -as these contain high levels of sugar that feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Instead, substitute these drinks with water and unflavoured milk as much as possible.

For good dental health, always remember to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. With regular dental care, we can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.

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ClearCorrect

ClearCorrect

Looking for an alternative to metal braces?

Clear Correct is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient and comfortable—every reason to smile.

With ClearCorrect, your dentist can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a syndrome which involves repeated episodes of airway obstruction during sleep, due to relaxation of the tongue and airway-muscles. Obstructive sleep apnoea has detrimental effects on sleep-quality, health (increases the risk of poor memory and concentration, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, depression, impotence, mood disorders, motor vehicle and industrial accidents) and poses a 7-fold higher risk of death.

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Dentures and Denture Care

Dentures and Denture Care

PARTIAL DENTURES & FULL DENTURES

Well-made dentures are a good way of replacing multiple missing teeth. Most complete dentures used to replace all the missing teeth in one or both arches are made of acrylic. Partial dentures are usually constructed using a combination of a metal framework (Cobalt-Chrome) for strength and acrylic teeth. Metal clasps are used on partial dentures to help prevent movement of the denture during function. In some cases implants may be placed into the jaw bone to help stabilise the dentures.

Dentures can help you to eat, restore your smile and confidence and improve your speech where you are missing front teeth.

When teeth are removed, the facial profile changes. The lower jaw moves forward making the chin look more protrusive. The lips become thinner, the corners of the mouth begin to droop and the cheeks develop a hollowed look making the face look more aged.

Wearing dentures improves the facial appearance and gives a more youthful look by replacing the teeth, gum tissue and jaw bone that may have shrunk down as a result of having missing teeth. Dentures can help prevent the wear and tear and movement of any remaining teeth that tend to drift into missing tooth spaces.

Dentures should be replaced every 8-10 years. Denture wearers should however continue to have six monthly or yearly check-ups to ensure the mouth remains healthy and to check the fit of the dentures and any remaining teeth.

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Sports Products and Oral Health

Sports Products and Oral Health

Tooth decay and erosion are on the rise amongst active Australians. This is linked partly to the increasing use of specialised sports products/drinks that are designed to deliver a compact and easily digested package of key nutrients and fluid during exercise. The acidity and sugar in these beverages, especially when consumed over long periods of time can cause “tooth erosion” and “decay”. Some of the sports products commonly used by athletes and active people are:

  • Sports drinks – compact and easy to digest carbohydrates for fuelling before, during or after exercise with added benefit of providing fluid and electrolytes. This allows athletes to meet both energy and hydration needs concurrently.
  • Intra workout supplements – used to promote “muscle building” environment during resistance training.
  • Sports gels & lollies – compact form of carbohydrates that are easy to digest.
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