We are so lucky to have access to reliable clean water here in Australia. We are already paying for an unlimited water supply (about 1c per litre) so why spend on average $2.53 per litre for bottled water. The Australian Dental Association recommends tap water as the primary choice of drink for everyone. Not only is it the most hydrating drink, it is free of sugar and where fluoridated, reduces the risk of tooth decay. Don’t turn your back on the benefits of tap water and think about our environment too. Only a small proportion of recyclable plastic water bottles actually make it to the recycle bin.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral – the 13th most common element in the earth. It has been used in the prevention of dental decay for over 60 years. Fluoride makes the outer surface of the teeth (enamel) resistant to decay.
Bacteria in the mouth feed on what we eat and produce acids resulting in mineral loss and weakening of the tooth enamel. Fluoride replaces the lost minerals, repairing the enamel and strengthening the teeth. We recommend the use of a fluoride toothpaste and encouraging your children to drink plenty of tap water (which, in Brisbane, contains fluoride).
Taking care of your oral health is important at all stages of life but as we age we can be more at risk of various dental problems. Your dental health can have an effect on your overall health. This brochure highlights common problems and oral health care tips. Active_Seniors_Brochure
We all know that smoking is bad for us but did you know how it affects our teeth and mouth? A recent World Health Organisation study revealed:
Tobacco use, including tobacco smoking and smokeless tobacco use, increases the risk for oral cancer by five to six times.
Smoking increases the risk for gum disease by two times.
Exposure to second-hand smoke has a one-and-a-half to twofold higher risk of causing dental decay.
Smoking increases the risk of tooth loss by one-and-a-half times.
If you are a smoker it is extremely important to see your dentist regularly. Perhaps you are keen to give up? Call us today.
If you have knocked out a tooth, have a toothache, lost a filling, broken a tooth or denture we understand that you will need to be seen as soon as possible. That’s why we reserve appointments throughout the day for emergency care. Call today! If you have knocked a tooth out it is critical to get to a dentist within 30 minutes for successful re-implantation. Follow this link for more information: First Aid for a Damaged or Knocked Out Tooth ADA Fact Sheet
Last week was Women’s Health Week which reminded us that the two biggest barriers for women not maintaining a healthy lifestyle is ‘lack of time’ and ‘health not being a priority’. Ladies it is time to put ourselves first, even if it’s just for one week, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime. Read our downloadable information brochure for dental oral health issues that women face including sensitive, swollen and bleeding gums during pregnancy and menopause – Women’s Oral Health
Not only do our teeth help enable us to chew and speak properly, they also enhance our smile and help retain a youthful appearance. If you have lost a tooth, here is a simple guide on options for replacement.
Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are especially important for woman because hormonal changes throughout a woman’s life can increase her risk of tooth and gum disease. Our new information brochure “Women’s Oral Health” is available to download.