Read sports bar and drink labels and PROTECT your teeth!

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Plenty of us have been witness to the heavily advertised sports drinks and some even market themselves as being a “healthy alternative” when in reality they are not! Sport bars and drinks contain a significant amount of sugar, which is the main dietary cause of tooth decay. Too much sugar, too often, can lead to dental decay.

If you are consuming sports food and drink at various sporting activities over the course of the week you can reduce the acidic effect by:

1. having your drink with a meal
2. don’t sip or swish your sports drink around in the mouth
3. rinse your mouth out with water after a meal

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Mouthguards – an investment not a luxury!

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Anyone engaging in sporting activities may be at risk of incurring dental problems.

We all recognise the risk of physical trauma to teeth in contact sports such as rugby, AFL, hockey and boxing however even so called “non-contact” sports such as cricket, basketball, netball and soccer are a source of many dental traumas.  To avoid damage to your teeth it is advisable to wear a mouthguard for team sports where collision or falls are possible or almost certain!  Mouthguards can be purchased through a chemist or pharmacy, whereby you heat and shape the device to your mouth. Generally though, these types of mouthguards do not fit properly and hence provide little protection to trauma than a well made custom mouthguard, … Continue Reading

Peri-implantitis: Myth or Reality?

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Despite the very high success and survival rates of dental implants, complications do arise. While most of these are technical in nature, biological complications can have serious consequences and compromise the integrity of the restoration.

Bone loss around an implant can lead to soft tissue recession which can have a disastrous aesthetic outcome.  While not all bone loss is due to peri-implantitis, this is one of the complications we are seeing with an increasing frequency. It has been difficult to determine the exact prevalence of peri-implantitis, due to the multitude of different implant systems  available and the difficulty in determining a diagnostic threshold for the disease. Mombelli et al 2012 published a review on the epidemiology of peri-implantitis – reporting  … Continue Reading

Is your “extras” cover benefiting you?

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With the April 1 rise in private health insurance, there has been much debate amongst the population as to whether they are seeing the benefits of being in such a scheme.

Shaun Gath, CEO of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council recently voiced his opinion that “extras” cover was an “irrational” purchase for most of the population because the premium paid was more than the benefits derived.

Mr Tom Godfrey, a Choice spokesperson urged Australians to take a serious look at their annual health fund claims statement. “Before you renew extras cover, ask your insurer for a claims statement. If you have paid out more in premiums than has been paid for treatments, you’re not getting a great deal,” Mr … Continue Reading

Who is who in the dental specialist zoo?

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One may find it difficult to grasp that the field of dentistry has many specialties. The Dental Board of Australia recognises 13 areas of specialty to be precise! We have listed a few below to help clear up any confusion as to why you might be seeing a certain dental specialist and how several specialists may work in with each other for the best possible outcome for you, the patient.

Endodontics (Endodontist):

Branch of dentistry concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Endodontists have undergone specialised training in performing root canal therapy.

Orthodontics (Orthodontist):

Branch of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance and correction of the growing and mature dentofacial structures. Orthodontists have undergone … Continue Reading

Could Periodontitis be in the genes?

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Studies suggest that up to 50% of periodontitis cases can be attributed to genetic influences. As such, people can be susceptible to periodontitis inherited from one’s parents, and the condition can run in families. This destructive reaction to plaque accumulation is also influenced by the body’s immune response. Anything which suppresses your immune response has the potential to accelerate periodontal destruction. Smoking suppresses the immune response, and numerous studies show far more gum disease destruction in smokers, similarly diabetes will exaggerate the destructive response to plaque. Other influences of periodontal diseases include; puberty, pregnancy, stress and some medications.Genetics picContinue Reading

Flossing and your Oral Health

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Good oral hygiene is not only important in keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but also contributes to your overall well-being.

Simple daily preventative measures including brushing and flossing can minimise the risk of problems developing into much more serious conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Please take a moment to review your flossing technique at home or ask for a flossing demonstration from your periodontal hygienist at your next visit!

* Take approximately 30cm of tape

* Wrap tape around your middle fingers, so that you can use your thumbs and index fingers

* Insert the tape in between each tooth, sliding the tape gently up and down, being careful not to snap or force the floss, … Continue Reading

When should I change my toothbrush?

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Do you know how many bacteria live on your toothbrush? Brace yourself! Studies have found that a single toothbrush can be loaded with as many as 10 million germs and bacteria.

At Periocare we recommend changing your toothbrush (or brush head, if you use an electric type) about every three months.

Try timing the change to the first day of every season — and remember: To every toothbrush, there is a season!

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What are the warning signs of periodontal disease?

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Over the age of 30, your teeth are more at risk from gum disease than tooth decay, however tooth loss is not the inevitable result of ageing.

Gingivitis is a superficial inflammation of the gums around the teeth, while periodontal disease occurs when the bone below the gums becomes involved. Pain does not occur until the condition is very advanced.

What are the warning signs?

  • Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth
  • Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Red swollen gums
  • Gums that are receding
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth and moving teeth

These signs may be completely camouflaged by smoking. Some medical conditions such as diabetes also accelerate the disease.

What can you do?

  • Remove plaque by thorough
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