Keeping Your Breath Sweet All Year Round

We know Valentine’s day highlights concerns about bad breath, but ideally, we want our patients to enjoy fresh breath year-round. However, the Australian Dental Association found that as many as one-third of Australians have bad breath (halitosis). If you think your breath is less than sweet, the good news is that there is plenty that you can do.

Halitosis is often caused by poor oral hygiene, so it might be that you need to pay more attention to your brushing and flossing routine. Other reasons include food choices, and especially if you have a liking for onions, garlic and spices. Although brushing your teeth will temporarily freshen your breath, the effect remains even after you digest these foods because the products are transported through the blood and into the lungs, where they are exhaled. Unfortunately, until this happens, you are stuck with food-related bad breath.

Smoking is well-known for causing halitosis and is terrible for dental health on so many levels, increasing your risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Some people don’t produce enough saliva, a condition called dry mouth and which can allow noxious smelling bacteria to thrive.

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How Vitamin D Can Help Your Oral Health

While regular brushing and flossing are crucial for good oral health, so is a healthy diet. You need a range of vitamins to help maintain healthy teeth and gums, and especially vitamin D.

Tooth Decay and Bleeding Gums

Tooth decay and bleeding gums are both chronic diseases and are unfortunately very common and can occur in people with a good daily oral care routine. One possible cause could be a lack of vitamin D, a vitamin that is absorbed in the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is needed for healthy teeth and bones, enabling your digestive system to absorb calcium. Calcium, along with phosphorus helps create stronger tooth enamel. Vitamin D is also crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system, helping to control which immune cells are formed. If you have low levels of vitamin D, your immune system is less able to protect and repair infected teeth and gums.

Getting Enough Vitamin D

One way to get enough vitamin D is to make sure your face and arms exposed to half an hour of natural sunlight each day. Otherwise, ensure your diet includes vitamin-rich foods such as organ meats, eggs, fatty fish, and butter, cheese and yoghurt. If Read More

Why Mouthguards Are So Important to Protect Your Teeth

Many Aussies are passionate about playing sports, and it’s a great part of a healthy lifestyle. However, a bad fall or blow to the mouth can crack, chip or even knock out teeth entirely. The consequences can be devastating, potentially leading to a lifetime of costly dental restorative work. The best way to reduce this risk is to wear a high quality, custom-fitted sports mouthguard.

What Is a Custom Mouthguard?

A custom mouthguard is made from a tough, tear-resistant, durable material, and we use products that are odour and taste-free. It is designed to fit closely yet comfortably over your upper teeth, providing excellent cushioning to help absorb any blows to the face. The design helps ensure that the force of a blow is dissipated over a larger surface area, protecting your teeth, lips, cheeks and jaws. Because the mouthguard is custom-made just for you, it will allow you to speak and breathe easily and will stay in place during all the action.

Custom mouthguards are easy to care for and should last quite a while, but we will check the fit during your regular dental appointments. Children’s mouthguards generally need replacing more regularly because a child’s teeth and jaws are still growing Read More

When is Sugar Hour? How Soon After Eating Should You Brush?

Eating sugary foods as part of a main meal is healthier for your teeth, but it is best to brush after eating. However, contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t brush immediately after you finish a meal, and here is why.

Why Wait Before Brushing?

After a meal, your mouth is more acidic as harmful bacteria that thrive on the leftovers create acid as a by-product. It is the acid that damages teeth, eroding and softening tooth enamel so that that over time, cavities can begin to develop. Your mouth remains acidic for at least half an hour after eating. If you brush your teeth at this stage, you are brushing softer tooth enamel, so your toothbrush more easily damages it. Waiting a while allows acidity levels to decline as your mouth becomes more alkaline. As this takes place, your tooth enamel begins to re-harden so you can brush safely.

How Frequent Snacking Affects Oral Health

Repeated acid attacks will eventually erode your tooth enamel, which is why it is better not to snack frequently on harmful, sugary foods or foods that are naturally acidic. If you can’t resist the urge, make sure you do wait before brushing, but in the meantime rinse your mouth Read More

New Years Resolutions to Make You Smile

At this time of year, many of us will be thinking about what we’d like to accomplish during the next 12 months and New Year’s resolutions are often an important part of this process. While many New Year’s resolutions often fail within a few weeks, we’ve put together some that will make you smile with good oral health and which are easy and straightforward and satisfying to keep.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

A busy lifestyle can mean regular dental visits are delayed indefinitely, but they are one of the most important things you can do for dental health. Regular cleanings and dental checkups help you maintain a healthy mouth and avoid larger bills in the future.

Eat Less Sugar

The link between sugar and tooth decay is proven, as it is the ideal energy source for bacteria that cause cavities. Instead, this year resolve to cut back on sugary foods and swap them for healthier, more nutritious foods.

Quit Tobacco

Smoking stains your teeth and gives you bad breath and increases your risk of gum disease greatly. Also, your risk of other serious health problems like oral cancer and lung disease is higher. Ask your friends and family to help you quit or use apps and Read More

Things to Do in Sydney This Summer

Make the most of warm summer night and days in Sydney. We’ve listed a few things you can do.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Sydney is the perfect place to celebrate as it’s one of the first cities in the world to reach midnight. The parties are always the best in the world! Just be sure to plan ahead to get the best vantage spot for welcoming the new decade. If New Year’s celebrations aren’t appealing, what about the Sydney Festival?

Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival runs from 8 January to 26 January and is a celebration of theatre, art, dance and music. Catch a cabaret or watch some theatre, as there is something for everyone, including awe-inspiring illusions with the mentalist.

Lunar Festival

Welcome the year of the rat with Sydney lunar festival and this year it includes the first-ever Lunar Lanes street party in Haymarket. The Lunar Lanterns are at Circular Quay. Don’t miss seeing the eight 2.5 m high rat sculptures at World Square. Of course, there is the traditional lion dance that is unmissable.

Australia Day

You can’t forget to celebrate Australia Day on Sunday, 26 January and which includes the ever-popular Ferrython.

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Celebrate the Holidays with a Mouth Manicure

Clean and tidy nails show you care about your appearance, and so does a clean and tidy mouth so why not give yours a bit of a manicure for the holidays? We’ve put together a few easy tips to help you overhaul your oral care routine.

Celebrate the season with a new toothbrush and especially if it’s been more than three months since you last bought a new brush. An old and worn toothbrush cannot clean your teeth thoroughly and make sure you don’t share it with anyone. Sharing a toothbrush is the best way to share harmful bacteria!
Replenish your dental floss as ideally you need a length of approximately 45 cm every time you floss your teeth. If you aren’t happy with your current floss, experiment with a new brand or ask us for help and advice. Also, if you struggle with flossing, we’d love to help you and can show you how to floss effectively in just a few minutes.
Book a dental visit for your family to make sure you begin the new decade with healthy teeth and gums. Everybody needs to see a dentist regularly for preventative dental checkups and cleanings. It’s by far the easiest and most Read More

Have You Been Naughty or Nice to Your Teeth? How to Maintain Oral Health This Season

During the holiday season, it can be really hard to maintain good oral health and especially when there are tons of festive treats around. However, with a bit of thought, you can look after your teeth and still enjoy the celebrations.

Focus on Tooth Friendly Treats

Instead of choosing sugary treats, look for other foods that are good for your teeth and which can be equally as indulgent. The cheeseboard is a great place to start as cheese is packed with calcium and helps prevent tooth decay. Other tooth-friendly choices include freshly shelled nuts and seasonal fruits and veggies.

Make the Most of Tooth Brushing

It takes at least two minutes to clean your teeth thoroughly, and it’s worth making the most of every second. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and concentrate on brushing all tooth surfaces methodically. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as this can harbour bacteria.

Stock up on Oral Care Supplies

If you are going away on holiday, stock up on oral care supplies before you go. Make sure you pack a toothbrush, dental floss and fluoride toothpaste, and maybe a small bottle of mouthwash. There is nothing more frustrating than finding you have forgotten your toothbrush and must shop Read More

Sugar-Free Countdown During the Silly Season These Holidays

During the holidays, it is easy to become distracted and perhaps not pay as much attention as you should to oral care. One useful approach is to plan for a sugar-free celebration actively. Even if you don’t manage to avoid all sweet treats, being mindful will reduce your consumption. One useful trick is to make some healthy changes based on our beautiful summer weather. It’s ideal for exercising outdoors, and there is a huge range of delicious fruits and vegetables. When barbecuing, swap fatty meats for fresh grilled fish and a green salad, and seafood is also excellent as it is high in protein and omega-3.

When enjoying Christmas dinner, fill up with a cold salad or soup or even just a big glass of water before you have the main meal. Make sure there are plenty of veggies on the table that are low in calories but packed full of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Ideally, aim to fill at least half of your plate with vegetables. You can still enjoy a Christmas roast dinner, but make sure to cut off excess fat and roast vegetables with a light spray of oil. Instead of a heavy dessert, try refreshing fruit sorbet Read More

Your Saliva Can Reveal Interesting Things About Your Oral Health

Most of us don’t think about saliva and take it for granted, but it can be used to detect a wide variety of health issues. Over the past decade, there have been tremendous advances in saliva testing, and it can reveal a great deal about your health, including important indicators of disease.

Recent research has focused on RNA, a cellular messenger that makes proteins and carries out instructions given by DNA. We now know RNA is very sophisticated and saliva contains some of the same RNA found in human cells. Remarkably, scientists discovered over 300 new forms of circular RNA while studying saliva. In the future, testing saliva could help to detect people at risk of diabetes or who have the early stages of pancreatic or oral cancer.

On a more down to earth note, we can help and advise people who have saliva problems such as oral thrush infections or who don’t have enough saliva. A lack of saliva is an extremely common issue called dry mouth or xerostomia, and it can increase the risk of dental diseases like tooth decay and gum disease. We can offer useful help and advice on how to cope with this condition, helping you to Read More