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How to Protect Your Holiday Smile

This holiday season, make it your mission to protect your smile with these easy ideas.

Carol When Cleaning Your Teeth

Creates a playlist of your family’s favourite holiday songs or hum a carol while you brush your teeth. Usually, these songs are about two minutes long which is perfect for ensuring you brush teeth thoroughly. You get extra points for being nice to your teeth if you include another song for flossing.

Don’t Open Your Presents with Your Teeth

A surprising number of people crack or chip teeth while opening Christmas presents or using their teeth as tools. It’s much easier and cheaper to spend the extra few seconds fetching the proper tools.

Make a Welcome Gift Basket for Houseguests

Many people have guests to stay, and nothing is more welcoming than a personalised gift basket. Include items like favourite snacks or cosy socks, and a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss make an especially thoughtful touch. These items are frequently forgotten when travelling.

Whiten Your Teeth with Lipstick!

If you didn’t have time to whiten your teeth professionally before the holidays, use a pink or red lipstick with a blue undertone that will help make your teeth look instantly brighter and whiter.

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Have You Been Naughty or Nice to Your Teeth – Looking after Your Oral Health this Silly Season

We hope you have been nice to your teeth this year, but the New Year signals the time for overhauling habits and making new resolutions. We’ve listed a few tips to help enhance your oral care routine for Christmas and beyond.

Refresh Your Brushing Technique

While brushing your teeth, make sure you hold the bristles as a 45° angle so they can reach right down to your gum line and just below the gums where plaque tends to build up. Don’t use too much pressure when brushing your teeth and some electric toothbrushes have built-in sensors. When you brush your teeth too hard, it can damage your teeth and gums. Lastly and most importantly make sure you spend at least two minutes cleaning your teeth. You need this long to clean all tooth surfaces.

Ensure You Floss Thoroughly

Make sure you floss your teeth once a day, taking the time to clean each tooth separately using a clean section of dental floss for every tooth. Slide the dental floss right down to just below the gum line, wrapping it around the tooth in a C shape and moving it up and down several times to remove as much plaque as possible. If you aren’t Read More

Eight Reasons Why Flossing is So Important

Flossing is the most effective way to maintain good dental health. We’ve listed eight reasons as to why you should make daily flossing part of your oral hygiene routine.

Reducing your risk of gum disease. Dental plaque contains harmful bacteria that will cause inflammation and infection in your gums. Gum disease can cause tooth loss as it destroys the structures holding your teeth in place.
Reducing your risk of cavities. Flossing removes food and plaque in-between teeth. This is an area where tooth decay can easily develop.
Protecting your heart health. The inflammation caused by gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease because harmful bacteria can enter your bloodstream through infected gums, potentially affecting your heart health.
Avoiding diabetes. Gum disease has also been linked with diabetes as it can increase the risk of developing this condition or may make it harder to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Maintaining fresh breath. Unless you remove impacted food, it will gradually rot, increasing your risk of halitosis.
Preventing tartar build-up. Plaque soon hardens into tartar which is a yellowish substance containing bacteria and which can also cause gum disease. It can only be removed during a regular scale and polish.
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Meet the team! Dr Farzana Nazerali BDS (Hons), RCS MFDS (Edin)

Dr Farzana Nazerali was born in the West Midlands, England (UK). The first to go to university from her family, her desire to pursue dentistry was inspired by the complex practical nature of the profession, underpinned by problem solving and scientific application. She graduated from Cardiff University Dental School in 2011 (UK) with Honours going on to work in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery within hospital, Community Dental services and General Practice.  After relocating to Sydney in January 2020 with her husband and beautiful daughter, Dr Farzana cannot wait to attend to all aspects of general dentistry.

She loves to work with anxious patients providing relaxed environment and unhurried appointments.

In her spare time, Dr Farzana loves to shop, is a total foodie and cannot wait to explore the beauty of Australia along with her family.

Is It Time for Your Regular Dental Checkup?

Most people need to see a dentist at regular six-monthly intervals and it’s important to stick to this routine even if your teeth seem perfectly healthy. These regular checkups allow us to detect any problems at a much earlier stage, when treatment will be quicker, less invasive and more cost-effective. This preventative approach towards your dental care helps to preserve your natural teeth and your smile.

Using Up-To-Date Technologies to Detect Even the Smallest Problem

City Dental has sophisticated technologies to help detect even the smallest issues including digital x-rays and in-house orthopantomography, which is equipment that can take a complete x-ray of your teeth, upper and lower jaw bones and your sinuses. We also have a specialised laser pen called DIAGNOdent and which can precisely diagnose any small areas of decay that require treatment. If we do see anything wrong, our intraoral cameras take high-quality digital images inside your mouth. These images are displayed on the screens in our treatment rooms, enabling our dentists to more fully explain the problem and all possible treatments.

Filling the Gap

Giving back has always been important to Dr Meades, Filling the Gap is a well-organised and much-needed charity run by the Australian Dental Association. They collaborate closely with other charities to identify people who deserve their help, selecting candidates from a range of different backgrounds and situations.

Our dentist, Dr William Meades, is a member of the Australian Dental Association and mentors for them. He supports Filling the Gap because it represents the fundamental reason why most dentists chose the dental profession as they wish to help others.  Filling the Gap enables William to help people who may be in dire need of dental care and as someone interested in people, William greatly enjoys meeting and helping others.

As a boy, he spent a week every summer volunteering. William has enjoyed charity work in Laos, Kenya and Mozambique since he was an undergraduate and was keen to get involved locally since moving to Sydney. He finds volunteering enormously rewarding and always encourages others to volunteer if they have the opportunity, knowing that helping people in serious need can make an immediate difference, producing a positive and lasting impact.

The entire team at City Dental participate in direct charity work at the clinic, providing Read More

Our top tip on letting your kids eat candy this Halloween

Are you one of those people who typically hordes their Halloween treats for months on end? Here is some surprising news, as it can be better for your dental health to eat all your sweets at once! Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean eating lots of sweets is good for you, but it is better for your teeth.

Whenever you eat something sweet, bacteria feed on the leftover sugars and starches, forming plaque and creating acid as a byproduct. Eventually, the acid weakens tooth enamel, creating cavities in teeth that gradually grow larger over time. The longer your teeth are exposed to sugars, the greater the damage, and therefore it is better to have one large indulgence than spreading your Halloween haul out over several weeks or months. Although eating lots of sweets all at once isn’t good for your overall health, it doesn’t really matter from an oral health perspective. The bacteria in your mouth will reach a threshold where they cannot work any harder to produce more acid.

An alternative approach is to eat only a select few of your favourite sweets and to donate the rest. Whichever approach you take, remember to brush and floss afterwards, but wait at least half Read More

Learn the Secrets of Having a Healthier Smile

Having a beautiful, healthy smile could be simpler than you think by following our easy tips.

See Your Dentist Frequently

Most people need to see their dentist at least twice yearly, but some will benefit from more frequent visits. It’s a preventative approach that can save your teeth, not to mention a lot of money and time.

Don’t Wait Until You Feel Pain

Unfortunately, some people will wait until they have a dental problem that causes pain before seeing the dentist. By this stage, treatment is most likely more invasive and more expensive, or worse we may not be able to save your teeth.

Dental Checkups Could Save Your Life

Gum disease, a common dental problem is associated with other serious health problems, including heart disease, and the bacteria that cause gum disease have been found in heart arteries. Seeing the dentist frequently helps to protect your overall health.

Scared of Seeing the Dentist? Change Your Dental Practice

If you are scared of seeing the dentist, you are probably visiting the wrong dental practice. Here at City Dental, we are experienced in helping people overcome deep-seated dental fears and anxieties and treat every person with compassion and respect. Our gentle dental team can work with you to find Read More

Tips for Adjusting to Wearing Fixed Braces

Any new dental appliance requires a period of adjustment and braces are no exception. These easy tips will help you get used to your new braces.

Coping with Any Discomfort

Initially, your teeth may feel a bit tender. Any discomfort can be relieved using over-the-counter medication. You may also find that your lips, cheeks and tongue feel sore for the first one or two weeks as they adjust to your braces. It can help to use orthodontic wax to cover any part of the brace irritating your mouth. Using a warm salt water rinse will help your mouth feel more comfortable.

Eating with Braces

The first few days after fitting, stick to eating softer foods that are easy to chew until your mouth feels entirely comfortable. You will need to avoid any foods that are very chewy, crunchy or sticky, as well as hard foods that could damage or break your braces. Foods that you usually bite into, such as apples or corn on the cob can still be enjoyed if you cut them into smaller pieces so you can chew them using only your back teeth.

Good oral hygiene is crucial while wearing braces but don’t worry, we will show you how to brush Read More

Is Your Mouth Too Dry?

Most of us take saliva for granted but it plays an important role in keeping the mouth fresh, clean and comfortable. Dry mouth, a condition called xerostomia is caused by insufficient saliva which can be due to a variety of reasons, including medical conditions and medications. Whatever the cause, City Dental is here to help you.

Treating Dry Mouth

It is important to get treatment for dry mouth because it increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We can discuss ways to manage this risk which may include more frequent professional cleanings. Our dentists can prescribe artificial saliva to help your mouth feel more comfortable and we can talk about self-help measures, including sucking sugar-free sweets or gum and remaining well hydrated. If we think the problem is due to prescription medications, we might suggest you see your GP, but please don’t stop taking any medications without first talking to them.