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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

What Is a Cone Beam CT Scan and How Can It Help You with Your Dental Treatment?

A dental can beam CT scan is a special type of x-ray producing detailed 3-D images of your jaws and teeth, and soft tissues, as well as nerves and blood vessels. It is very safe as the radiation produced by the scanner is concentrated into a beam shape, so it is significantly lower compared with ordinary dental x-rays.

Why Would I Need a Cone Beam CT Scan?

A cone beam CT scan is routinely used when planning orthodontic treatments, and it is extremely useful in detecting and diagnosing impacted teeth, and for planning the surgery to remove them. We may suggest a cone beam CT scan if we think you have temporomandibular joint disorder, a potentially painful problem affecting your jaw joints. A cone beam CT scan is essential for accurate placement of dental implants as we can manipulate the 3-D images deciding precisely where to place each implant, creating a treatment plan that is replicated accurately during surgery.

You don’t need to do any special preparation for a CT scan, but you will need to remove anything that could interfere with the imaging such as eyeglasses, jewellery, hearing aids and any other metal objects. The scanner rotates around you, and you simply Read More

How Neuromuscular Dentistry Could Help with TMJ Disorder

If you have recently begun waking up with chronic headaches or jaw pain, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) which affects your jaw joints. Other symptoms include earache and facial pain that can extend into your neck and shoulders. It’s a condition often associated with teeth clenching and grinding, which is a problem called bruxism. TMJ disorder can occur if the relationship between your upper and lower jaw isn’t correct because this places unwanted stress on your jaw joints and facial muscles, causing pain and inflammation. Neuromuscular dentistry is a way of treating this disorder.

If you think you may have TMJ disorder, you will need a dental examination so we can gently examine your jaws, including the range of movement, and a CT scan can show any damage and inflammation in your jaw joints. We can also assess your teeth to see if you have signs of wear and tear indicating bruxism. Treatment for TMJ focuses on stabilising the bite and relieving pain and inflammation. Many different therapies can help this condition, and one of the least invasive is a night splint, a custom-made device that fits over your teeth, placing your jaw in the correct position and preventing Read More

Why It’s Better to Eat All Your Halloween Sweets At Once

If you prefer to gorge on sweet treats at Halloween, there is some good news as it could be better for you to eat all your Halloween treats at once. This might sound completely counterintuitive as many people will try to eke out their haul, only having one or two pieces each day. While this may protect your waistline, it’s not the best thing for protecting your teeth. Eating everything in one sitting and brushing your teeth afterwards is a better way to avoid cavities.

Whenever you eat something sugary, bacteria naturally present in your mouth feed on the sugars, creating plaque. The acid in plaque erodes your tooth enamel, forming tiny lesions and eventually cavities in teeth. The more frequently your teeth are covered in sugar, the greater the opportunity for bacteria to feed and thrive. When you eat all your sweets at once, these bacteria can only produce so much plaque and acid at one time, so it’s potentially much better for your teeth than parcelling sweets out over weeks or even months. If you prefer to make your sweet treats last, eat them during main meals when the damage to your teeth is reduced because your mouth is Read More

Are You Going to Halloscream at Luna Park This Year?

This year’s event, titled ‘Hell on the Harbour’, takes place over five nights at the iconic Luna Park in Sydney. Each day, as twilight falls, the gateway to hell opens, releasing lost souls and demons of the underworld, as well as a whole host of other freaky and scary beasties. This year there are three mazes to explore, each of which has its own terrifying story.

Ward 13 takes you through an old derelict hospital ruled by crazed Nurse Brenda. In another maze, encounter a gang of dangerous Aussie outlaws in the 1800s who are ready to kill to avoid capture. Enter the Japanese museum of Yōkai where supernatural forces are waiting for you.

Other activities at Luna Park include a satanic possession ritual, a mystery manor to explore, and a Luna Park’s mirror maze is taken over by an evil cult and is thought to be holding seances. The movie screening is the truly brilliant Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. If you have never seen this movie before, you are in for an absolute treat. You must have a Halloscream ticket to purchase a ticket to see this film and seats are limited.

Halloscream takes place from October 25th to November 2nd.

Natural Ways to Help Balance Your Blood Sugar

A healthy and balanced diet is very useful when managing an overall healthy lifestyle. Knowing how certain foods affect blood sugar levels allows you to make more informed choices about what to eat and when. We’ve listed some of the best foods for stabilising blood sugar levels naturally.

Non-Starchy Vegetables

These vegetables are a healthy addition to any diet and include carrots, squash, salad greens, cabbage, baby corn, bean sprouts, and cucumber. Aim to eat at least five servings of half a cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of raw vegetables every day.

Whole Grain Foods

Whole-grain foods have more vitamins and minerals and ideally, choose products that have 100% whole grain ingredients. Products include brown rice, pasta, quinoa, oatmeal or whole oats, bread, crackers and cornmeal.

Healthy Fats

Healthy fats can be polyunsaturated or monounsaturated or and omega-three is a good example. You can find these fats in avocados, nuts and seeds, olive oil and canola oil. Fatty fish like salmon is high in omega-3, and it contains plenty of protein and other nutrients.

Cacao

Cacao is used to create chocolate and is a bean-like seed that is ground into a powder. It contains a flavonoid called epicatechin and which could help to regulate blood sugar Read More

Spring Clean Your Dental Health Routine!

The signs of spring are everywhere, and for many, it signals the start of a thorough spring cleaning, but what about doing the same for your oral health routine? We have shared a few easy tips to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful for the spring and summer.

Replace Your Toothbrush

Toothbrushes only last three months or sometimes less, and an ageing and frayed toothbrush cannot clean your teeth adequately. A new toothbrush or toothbrush head only cost a few dollars.

Struggle with Flossing?

We know people find it tough to floss every day but changing your routine might help. Try choosing a different flavour of waxed floss to make flossing a bit more interesting. Alternatively, try using dental tape, which is a ribbon of floss that slides more easily between teeth. Otherwise, interdental brushes or floss picks are a good option if you find it tricky to use conventional dental floss.

Book Your Checkup and Clean and Receive a Highly Discounted Teeth Whitening Kit (excluding health fund rebates)

Spring and summer can get busy, so get ahead and book your checkup and clean today. Also, don’t miss our fantastic offer. When you book in for a spring clean with Dr William, Dr Read More

MEET YOUR DENTIST DR ENG JANE (EJ) TRINH B.Pharm B Dent (Honours)

Dr EJ Trinh has a Dental Degree and Pharmacy Degree. Our multiskilled Dentist graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor Degree in Dentistry with Honours and a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy.

With her commitment to professional development, Dr EJ has completed the Orthodontics 2 course at the University of Sydney. She also finished her AADFA Botox and Filler course. She keeps up to date in all facets of Dentistry by attending courses.

Dr EJ has a special interest in Endodontics and is a very able  practitioner in Orthodontics, Implants, and Cosmetic Dentistry. Part of what she loves most about being a dentist is making herself personally responsible for looking after her patients’ health and wellbeing.

Our multilingual dentist can speak English, Chinese and a little bit of Vietnamese. To add to her current wealth of knowledge, she is now learning to speak Bahasa.

Dr EJ is a proud dog mum to her Japanese Spitz baby called Millie. She loves dogs, music, books and languages.

How Does Age Impact the Health of Your Teeth-The Life of Your Smile?

While there are significant benefits in getting older, your body does need more attention, and your oral health is no exception. As we age we become more susceptible to dental disease and other dental problems. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to maintain a healthy smile right throughout life.

Tooth Decay

An increased risk of tooth decay is often associated with a problem called dry mouth. You need saliva to maintain a healthy pH balance and to wash away excess bacteria. Unfortunately, many older people need prescription medications that cause dry mouth. We can discuss ways to mitigate the effects of dry mouth, or you might want to talk with your GP about alternative medications.

Gum Recession

The phrase “long in the tooth” is often used to describe older people and refers to gum recession. Gums can recede because of poor oral hygiene, and as they do so, teeth appear longer. Practising good oral hygiene and having regular hygiene appointments helps prevent this problem. Also, your gums can recede if you brush your teeth too vigorously!

We provide custom preventative dental care plans for every patient here at City Dental, which will help to protect your smile as you age.

Welcome to City Dental

Welcome to City Dental, a state-of-the-art practice conveniently located in Sydney’s CBD. We offer a comprehensive choice of treatments including everything you need to maintain healthy, attractive teeth. Procedures available include orthodontics, dental implants, and sedation dentistry for a more comfortable, pain-free experience. Our specialist staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience, gained here in Australia and internationally.