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What to Do in a Dental Emergency?

We know dental emergencies can be painful and often frightening, but we are here to help and make every effort to see people in discomfort or pain quickly. Some situations are more urgent than others, for example:

Severe toothache
Gum or facial swelling near the affected tooth
Jaw injuries
Knocking out or loosening a permanent tooth
Bleeding that fails to stop after applying gentle pressure for fifteen minutes

If you do lose a tooth, store it in a little milk and come and see us immediately as we might be able to save the tooth. Swelling affecting your mouth or face can be relieved using a warm saltwater rinse made by dissolving a teaspoon of salt in a mug of water. However, you must still see a dentist urgently as you could have a severe infection that may even become life-threatening.

Other situations might be unpleasant, but may not need emergency dental care and include:

Losing a filling or crown
Cracking or breaking a tooth where there isn’t severe pain
Food trapped between teeth
Damaging or breaking braces, a retainer or nightguard

We are still open for dental emergencies. Contact us for more detailed advice over the phone, and we can get you booked in to see our dentist.

Periodontal Disease and the Connection to Systemic Diseases

For decades it was thought that diseases affecting the mouth were completely separate from those affecting the body. However, we now know that oral health and particularly periodontal disease is closely connected to systemic health. Periodontal disease or gum disease is now linked to serious systemic conditions including Type II diabetes, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease amongst others. It can also adversely affect pregnancy.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding teeth and which occurs when bacteria in the mouth build up in dental plaque, usually because of poor oral hygiene. The body’s inflammatory response to this bacterial buildup can destroy the tissues around your teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. There are several stages of periodontal disease, ranging from reversible gingivitis to chronic periodontitis.

One of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease is bleeding gums, and these open wounds allow bacteria in the mouth to enter the body. Once these bacteria get into the bloodstream, they can travel virtually anywhere, and oral bacteria have been found in arteries of patients with cardiovascular disease. Periodontal disease can make conditions like diabetes harder to control and may increase the chances of developing Type II diabetes.

The good news is that periodontal Read More

Our Top Tips for Staying Active while Self Quarantining

The pandemic is disrupting every area of our lives, including our exercise routines. We can no longer simply go where we would like, visit the gym or play team sports. It is tempting to sit at home and spend more time on the couch and binge-watch favourite TV shows. However, physical inactivity is a major risk factor for developing a serious disease, and even before this pandemic, many of us failed to take enough exercise. While self quarantining, make it your mission to move more. There are plenty of things you can do at home, such as catching up on your gardening; if you have exercise equipment at home or a swimming pool, use them. Otherwise, take a look on YouTube to find a good home workout routine suited to your fitness level.

Muscle strengthening exercises are especially important to do at least twice weekly. You don’t need special weights; you can fill a water bottle or milk carton, or use your bodyweight. You’ll find plenty of ideas for bodyweight exercises online.

Avoid sitting for long periods by taking regular breaks and walking around your home. If you are on the phone, get up and walk around as you talk. While watching Read More

We Celebrate World Oral Health Day in March but What Does This Mean for You?

Regular visitors to City Dental will already know we are passionate about helping patients achieve their very best level of oral health. During March, we celebrate World Oral Health Day, during which dental health professionals pledge to inspire their patients to look after their mouth correctly. Despite the efforts of dental professionals, many people suffer from gum disease and tooth decay, both of which are preventable. Both these diseases can have a serious impact on dental health, making it tricky to eat comfortably and embarrassing to talk and smile with others. Also, it’s becoming increasingly evident that poor oral health affects overall health, and it’s linked with many serious problems that include cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia and diabetes.

This month we hope people will take a few moments to think about their oral health, making sure they don’t take it for granted. It’s so important for helping you to enjoy life fully, so this March, if you haven’t seen a dentist for a while, make that appointment to come and see us. Our dedicated dental team can work with you, helping you achieve your healthiest and best smile. The nice thing about good oral health is that once you have Read More

How to Give Your Little Bunnies That Perfect Easter Hunt This Year

An Easter egg hunt is a very traditional part of many peoples celebrations, and it’s a lot of fun, but there are lots of different things you can do other than just hiding eggs around your home or in your garden.

Fill Their Eggs with Activities

Instead of traditional chocolate Easter eggs, write out some fun activities like a movie night or playdates and stuff them in eggs for your kids to claim.

Hunt for the Rainbow

Hide eggs in every colour of the rainbow. Your little bunnies will need to locate one of each colour to get a complete set and claim their prize.

Let Your Kids Plan an Easter Egg Hunt for You

Turn things on their head and let your kids hide Easter eggs for the parents. Instead of chocolate eggs, these eggs are filled with special coupons such as picking the film for family movie night, or choosing a special meal or skipping a chore. Parents have to grant whichever wishes they fail to find.

Search for the Golden Ticket

Hide eggs with a special golden ticket that can be swapped for a larger prize at the end of the Easter egg hunt. Make sure you hide enough eggs, so each child receives one.

Looking after Your Teeth This Easter: How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too!

You know all that Easter chocolate and other Easter goodies are bad for your teeth, but we know they are hard to resist. Instead of cutting out all sweet treats, we’ve got a few easy tips on how to have your Easter cake and eat it too.

Snack on Healthy Foods After Chocolate

After eating chocolate, make sure you eat something healthy such as celery, apple or carrot, or cheese. Crunchy fruits and vegetables stimulate saliva flow and help to scrub your teeth slightly while cheese contains tooth hardening calcium. Ideally, make sure you and your kids enjoy chocolate treats as part of the main meal as snacking on the frequently increases the risk of damaging your teeth.

Drink Lots of Water

Many people don’t drink enough water, so make it your mission over the Easter holidays to increase your intake of H2O. Swishing your mouth with water after eating sweet treats helps to rebalance pH levels while washing away loose particles of food.

Make Sure You Still Brush and Floss Your Teeth Regularly

If you are out and about or visiting friends and family, it’s easy to forget about your regular oral care routine. However, when you are eating lots of sweet goodies, it’s even Read More

Links Between Oral Health and General Health

Did you now that poor oral health has been linked to over a dozen very serious and common heath problems? Download the article below for a very interesting report that explains this in more detail.

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.

Regular checkups here at City Dental help to detect any dental health issues Read More

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