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Sports Mouthguards

Oatlands Dental – Sports Mouthguards

There are a few types of different mouthguards, which all serve different purposes. Sport mouthguards are designed to protect our teeth in case of an accident. These accidents occur from time to time in many contact sports. A mouthguard will not prevent the accident, but they can greatly reduce the extent of the injury.

There are a few sub-types of sports mouthguards. Generic mouthguards are cheap, but they will never be a perfect fit as everybody’s teeth are unique. ‘Boil and bite’ mouthguards are an improvement. These are heated in water when first used, and will mostly adapt to the shape of the teeth when they are bitten into. But the better option is the custom-made mouthguard from the dentist.

A custom mouth guard is moulded to the individual’s teeth. This costs more, but the results are worthwhile. And the cost is moderate when you consider the other equipment needed to most sports. A custom mouthguard will:

• Fit comfortably, yet not be loose
• Allow you to breathe easily, and not compromise speech too much
• Not cause a gag reflex
• Not have any appreciable taste or smell
• Keep the teeth in place in the event of an accident

Sport mouthguards are worth the investment. Injuries to the face do occur, and if we do not have the protective equipment then the extent of the injury can be severe and expensive. Sometimes they can be life threatening. A mouth can reduce potentially severe injuries to minor injuries.

Oatlands Dental – Other mouthguards

Dentists do make other mouthguards for purposes other than sport. Some people use a mouthguard when sleeping to help them breathe. Or they might need this to prevent them from grinding their teeth. Mouthguards, such as Invisalign, are also used for straightening teeth. Unfortunately, these are not suitable for sports protection.

The mouthguard should be cleaned after each use. Toothpaste and mouthwash do a good job of this. Scrub the mouthguard with a toothbrush (use a different brush to clean your teeth with). Alternately, Bi Carb of soda and water can be used to make a paste for cleaning the mouthguard.

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Mouthguards reduce sports, so they are worth the investment.. A custom mouthguard made by the dentist is the best option.

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Teeth That Have Gone Yellow

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The bright white teeth we see in popular magazines are often not real. Very few people have a Hollywood smile. But most people do tend to find this type of smile to be attractive. In truth, white teeth tend to be a fair sign of good dental health, but not a definitive one. Occasionally the teeth look might good, but still suffer problems. In other people the teeth might look off-colour, ever as they are actually quite healthy.

 

The most common form of tooth discolouration is yellow teeth. This might only be an aesthetic concern. The teeth might well be healthy. But looking good is a genuine concern. And if our teeth really do look bad then our confidence and social life are affected.

 

Cause of Yellow Teeth – Newington Dentist

Our teeth might be yellow for several different reasons. The cause might be intrinsic (Internal to our body) or Extrinsic (an external cause).

Intrinsic Yellowing of Teeth

Genetic – Our natural tooth colour might be yellow, or reddish-brown to grey. Like hair and skin colour this runs in the family.

Age – The tooth enamel will thin over time, so the dentin behind the enamel starts to show through. As the dentin is yellow so in makes the teeth appear to be slightly yellow.

 

External Yellowing of Teeth

Wear and Tear – Over time the tooth enamel will tend to thin, exposing the yellow dentin beneath. This process will be more rapid if we consume acidic drinks and harsh food.

Poor Oral Hygiene – If plaque builds upon teeth it will quickly turn to tartar, which has the off-white yellow colour. This process can occur in less than 48 hours, so we should brush twice daily.

Smoking – This will cause yellow teeth.

Food and Drink Stains – Some food will stain some teeth, though it varies greatly between individuals.

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft drinks, especially cola.
  • Red wine
  • Sport drinks
  • Fruit juice
  • Tomato paste or sauces
  • Curries
  • Soy sauce
  • Berries
  • Beetroot
  • Vinegars

Fluoride – While externally applied fluoride is good for teeth it is unhealth to have too much in the diet. It can cause fluorosis – discoloured spots on teeth.

 

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We deserve the best teeth possible. This applies to health and appearance. Talk to us if you feel your teeth could be better.

 

 

 

 

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Preventative Care

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It is a mistake to just fix problems after they occur. Of course if there is a problem we should deal with is as quickly as possible, and in the best manner possible. But it is better to prevent problems, to be proactive so there are fewer problems to deal with.

We all understand the basic idea here. Prevention is better than cure. And we all understand the basics of how this applies to dental work – twice daily brushing and flossing will greatly reduce dental problems. But of course we can go beyond this.

Dentist Sydney – The Basic Daily Care

Twice daily brushing goes a long way to preventing gum disease and tooth decay. In fact, without this brushing all our other efforts are wasted. The physical action of the toothbrush removes bacteria, plaque and food debris from the teeth. The toothpaste will also fight bacteria. And if it contains fluoride (as it should) then it will help harden tooth enamel.

Flossing the teeth is almost as important as brushing. About 30% of the tooth surface is between the teeth. Brushing will not reach this surface, but flossing will. Alternately, we can use a Waterpik device to clean between the teeth.

Dentist Sydney – Nutrition.

Our diet is often overlooked, at least in terms of how it affects our teeth. Ever wonder how many people had perfect teeth before the invention of the toothbrush? If their diet has low in sugar, with plenty of natural food, then there was almost no decay. We could greatly improve our dental health by cutting our sugar and junk food. Unfortunately, most of us are used to the diet we have, and will be reluctant to change to an all vegetable and lean meat plate. Still, reducing sugar and junk food will have some benefits.

Brushing will mostly remove the effects of a bad diet, but not entirely. We need to be healthy at several levels.

Water is healthy at several levels. It benefits dental health by keeping the teeth clean.

Dentist Sydney Prevention.

While clean teeth are far healthier, there are some occasional dental issues that cleanliness cannot prevent. Our teeth might be crooked, or we might prematurely lose a baby tooth. If this is addressed by a dentist early on the issue can often be fixed. Losing a baby tooth too soon can lead to the permanent teeth moving into the space where the baby tooth was. This leads to ongoing problems. But if the dentist put a spacer in place of the lost tooth the issues can almost always be avoided, or at least reduced. Crooked teeth can be fixed by braces where we are teens. This will give us straight teeth for our entire adult life. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean.

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Preventative dentistry aims to keep our teeth healthy, preventing issues. Have regular dental appointments for professional advice.

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Teeth Grinding

Newington Dental – Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, technically knows and bruxism, will quickly cause damage to teeth. It can also lead to a sore jaw and serious headaches. The cause of teeth grinding can be hard to trace down. Even if we know it is stress or anxiety, the cause of the stress or anxiety can be hard to trace down. It is all the worse if the grinding occurs while we are asleep.

Sometimes teeth grinding occurs in children and infants when new teeth emerge. This usually ceases when all the teeth have come through.

Teeth clenching is a similar condition, though it does not cause quite as much damage to teeth as grinding it is still a serious problem.

Signs of Teeth Grinding – Newington Dental

We might clench or grind our teeth at night. We awake to find something is wrong, but may not connect the signs with the cause.

Signs we are grinding our teeth as we sleep.
– Our jaw muscles are sore.
– Fractured, chipped, loose or aching teeth.
– A dull headache, or pain near in the ears when we first wake up.
– Feeling stiff in the face and temples when we first wake up.
– Over time the teeth show signs of wear.
– Over time the teeth become sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
– The jaw develops a click (this can have other causes)

Unfortunately, the damage to tooth enamel is permanent. and this will often require dental repair. There can also be permanent damage to the joints in the jaw.

Treatment for Teeth Grinding – Newington Dental

A custom mouth guard, made by the dentist, can be useful. This will not stop the actual grinding, but it will prevent the grinding from causing further damage to the teeth.

Facial injections (like botox) can relax the muscles in the jaw. This can reduce the effects of grinding, and perhaps lower the underlying stress.

Diet can have at least some effect on teeth grinding. Reduce caffeine, especially after midday, to see if this has any impact. Nicotine (from smoking or gum) may also cause some stress.

Finding the underlying cause of stress that often causes teeth grinding lies outside the training of dentists. But we recommend a dental consultation (probably with a custom-made mouth guard) to prevent further damage to the teeth.

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Is teeth grinding an issue? We can provide a custom mouthguard to prevent tooth damage while you resolve the underlying anxiety.

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Dental Implants and Misconceptions

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A few generations ago missing teeth meant dentures. And for almost all people this was an inevitable part of growing old. But today we can have permanent replacement teeth. And while we would all agree that keeping our natural teeth is the best option, modern replacement teeth are almost indistinguishable from the original teeth. In fact, they might even look better.

Dental Implants are the best type of replacement tooth. They are bonded to the jaw with a metal post that connects at a molecular level, and they externally look and function like a natural tooth. Unlike other alternative replacement teeth, such as a bridge, they don’t require the surrounding teeth to be modified. And unlike dentures, which require glue to stay in, they are very much permanent.

Best of all, implants don’t require any special maintenance. they just need to be brushed twice per day and flossed, to prevent the surrounding gum from infection.

Dental Newington Implant Misconceptions

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Cost – Implants are expensive up front, but they last for the rest of your life. This is a saving in the long term.

Do they look real? – A modern implant looks and feels like a real tooth. You soon forget that you ever had a tooth replaced. Each implant is custom designed to suit the individual’s mouth.

There is a limit on the food you can eat – Quite the opposite. Older tooth replacement technology like dentures meant that eating was awkward. But implants free you up to eat virtually anything that normal people eat.

Implants are painful – Not a complete myth. Losing a tooth might have been painful. And implant surgery will require anesthetic. But if all goes well the procedure is not particularly painful.

The body might reject the implant – This is very rare. Unhealthy people have a small change of rejecting the implant. Smokers have a higher risk than non-smokers. But healthy non-smokers very rarely have any issue.

Cleaning – Implants will never suffer decay. But we should brush then twice daily to prevent gum disease.

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Implants are the ideal replacement for a lost or badly damaged tooth. They last a lifetime with regular brushing and flossing.

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The Athlete’s Dental Health

Newington Dental Athlete Advice

It may be a surprise to some that athletes tend to have poor dental health. Given how much athletes emphasis good health we might expect them to go to great lengths to look after their teeth. But even the athletes who are thorough about cleaning and flossing teeth still perform under expectation when it comes to dental hygiene. So what is the explanation?

Athletes don’t usually smoke or eat junk food (as we understand it) to any significant degree. But there are aspects of their training and lifestyle that compromise their dental health.

Sport Drinks
This is possibly the main culprit. Athletes over the last 20 years have picked up on the sports drinks trend. They also tend to use energy gels and energy bars. These products contain far more sugar than is generally known. And when they consume these products before a game or training, the sugar stays on their teeth for several hours. Brushing the teeth a few hours latter will not help, it is too late. The sugar has already done the damage. Professional athletes who train or compete several days a week may be steadily ruining their teeth every time they take a sports drink.

Dry Mouth

Heavy exertion will cause a dry mouth, especially if we start breathing through the mouth when running or training in any fashion. The dry mouth leads to increased bacteria, and this badly affects teeth and gums. Using a sports drink only makes matters worse as the sugar feeds the bad bacteria.

Using water instead of sports drinks would go a long way to reducing, perhaps preventing, the problem.

Swimmers

While swimming will not give us a dry mouth it will cause problems because of the chlorinated water. Water that is un-chlorinated tend to be just as bad, being made unclean by the many people swimming. This is hard to prevent. We cannot completely avoid swallowing water when we swim. But gargling clean water (bottled water) afterwards will help to some degree.

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Talk to your dentist about preventing dental problems. We encourage a proactive approach.

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Consider Porcelain Veneers

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Teeth can suffer many different types of imperfections. Often these imperfections are simply a matter of appearance, such as staining or minor chips. Occasionally the teeth might be misaligned to the point where it affects our ability to eat or speak. Veneers can often fix the cosmetic issues of teeth, and may even fix at least some functional issues.

Dental Newington – Porcelain Veneers

A veneer is a little like a crown, except that it only covers the front of the tooth. This means they are less expensive and easier to fit. Yet in many cases, where the tooth isn’t too bad, veneers are very effective. They are ideal for a situation where a whole row of teeth need alteration.

White Teeth – If our teeth are stained, or dull in colour, or simply do not match our skin complexion, then veneers can help. Porcelain veneers have a clean white, or if you prefer off-white, appearance. So they look like neat, ideal, natural teeth. And as a bonus, they are basically stain resistant, so they are unlikely to change over time.

Chipped and Cracked Teeth – A porcelain veneer can change the shape of the tooth. So any damage, if it is not too severe, can be corrected. The result is smoother, straighter teeth when you smile.

Pitting and Grooves – Like stains, surface imperfections in the tooth surface can be covered up with veneers. The results are stronger, better looking teeth.

Widely Spaced Teeth – This surprises a few people, but if there are larger spaces between the teeth the porcelain veneers can help. The veneers can be made slightly wider than each individual tooth, giving small neat spaces between teeth.

Over or Under Bite – Perhaps the upper jaw and lower jaw do not meet correctly when your mouth is closed. The veneers can effectively bring the row of teeth on one jaw slightly forward. This will correct slight over or under bite.

Strengthen and Protect – Veneers make teeth stronger, so they are far less likely to be damaged.

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You deserve the best smile possible, and the best in dental health. Talk to us about veneers, crowns, and other dental treatments.

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Teeth For Life

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For the past few generations we have most believed that we lose our teeth as we inevitably grow old. It was not widely known that people from earlier centuries mostly kept their teeth into their old age. This was because centuries ago they had a reasonably healthy diet with very minimal sugar. This type of diet is difficult today; we have sugar and processed food on a regular basis. But this does not mean we have to resign ourselves to bad teeth. With good care we can keep our teeth in good condition well into our retirement.

Each year many people lose some or all of their teeth to preventable conditions. This is quite unnecessary. Good practice would go a long way to preventing this. But even those people who know what to do often neglect to look after their teeth.

– 20% of people don’t brush twice a day.
– 75% of people don’t floss daily.
– Most children drink carbonated soft drinks weekly, often daily.
– Half of all adults consume too much sugar. Children are often worse.
– Two thirds of people only go to the dentist when there is a dental problem.
– Only 27 % of people have regular dentist appointments.

Teeth Advice from Dental Newington

Most dental advice is straightforward, it is just that people are negligent. And despite what we might think we cannot miss a nights brushing and try to make up for it latter on.

– Brush daily with Fluoride Toothpaste – Do this for two minutes. Press lightly, but cover every part of every tooth. – – The brushing action removes plaque and food debris. The toothpaste helps kill bad bacteria. We need both the brushing action and the toothpaste.
– Use a soft bristle toothbrush, as this causes less abrasion of tooth enamel.
– Replace the toothbrush every 3 months or at the first sign of wear.
– Small head toothbrushes seem to be better at reaching the back teeth.
– Electric toothbrushes seem to be effective, and people often like using electric toothbrushes.

Brushing Technique

1- Apply a pea sized amount of toothpaste to the brush.
2- Start at the back of the mouth, with the bristles touching the gum line.
3- Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle, and brush back and forth.
4- Move the brush to clean the outer tooth surface, inner surface and top of all teeth.
5- Don’t rinse. Let the toothpaste stay on the teeth for 30 minutes, as the fluoride helps harden the tooth enamel and fight bad bacteria.
6- Brush your tongue if it looks coated. This is often a cause of bad breath.

Floss –

30% of the tooth surface is between the teeth. We need to clean this lest we suffer decay and gum disease.
It is best to floss either after brushing or after using mouthwash. This is because flossing can cause gums to bleed. If there is bacteria in the mouth it can enter our bodies where the gums are bleeding. But if we use toothpaste or mouthwash first we kill 99% of the bacteria.

Diet –

A toothbrush gets rid of most of the sugar in our mouth, but not all of the sugar in our bodies. We need to keep sugar in our diet to a minimum if we are to have health teeth and gums. This is difficult as there is sugar in most processed foods and drinks.

Drink water whenever possible. This keep the mouth clean and goes a long way to reducing dental problems.

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Good habits and regular dental appointments will keep teeth in the best condition possible. We can have good teeth even in old age.

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Common Dental Mistakes

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We were usually taught some basic dental advice by our parents. Most of this remains valid, the only real issue being whether we stick to what we were taught. But sometimes the old advice becomes obsolete in light of new discoveries. So we might find that even though we are dedicated, we are getting some things wrong.

Only Brushing Once per day – Some of us know that we need to brush in the morning to get rid of the bad breath we have accumulated overnight. But we would do better to brush the night before, to prevent the bad breath occurring. Leaving bacteria and food debris overnight in the mouth invites problems, including decays, gum infections and bad breath. So brush morning and night.

Brushing Too Hard – This is one that our parents’ generation got wrong. Tooth enamel is thin, and if we brush too hard, especially with a stiff bristle brush, we will wear away the enamel after a few years. This leaves us with teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
Brush thoroughly, but gently.

Rushing the Process – We should spend two minutes brushing, twice a day. Three times a day is also fine. Anything less than this, and we are probably leaving plaque and bacteria on the teeth.

Not Flossing – There is some debate here, but in the end we have to realise that 30% of the tooth surface is between the teeth. We have to clean this, or we will suffer gum infections and tooth decay. A Waterpik is a good option, but floss is an old yet effective method.

Disinfect first – If we have bleeding gums we risk getting bacteria in our bloodstream. This bacteria in the blood can cause serious long term illness. We can greatly reduce the risk if we use mouthwash or brush our teeth before flossing. These should kill bacteria, so that any bleeding (perhaps from flossing) should not pose a risk.

Brushing too Soon – This is another idea that our parents got wrong. Many foods and beverages will temporarily soften tooth enamel. If we brush when the enamel is soft we will steadily wear it away. Instead of brushing after we eat, we should wait 30 minutes. Drink water and perhaps sugar-free chew gum to clean teeth after eating.

Approved Products – There are toothpaste and toothbrushes that are Dental Association approved (ADA) available in most stores. Avoid anything in ‘dollar shops’ or discount barns that do not have this approval. Even if they have the same brand name they often have different ingredients. Use trusted products only.

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Regular daily brushing and regular dental appointments will keep our teeth in the best health possible. Avoid many problems by looking after your teeth.

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Bleeding Gums are a Bad Sign

Oatlands Dental On Bleeding Gums

More than few of us will experience bleeding gums from time to time. This is unpleasant at best, and at worst a sign of a serious infection. It could be a sign that we have gum disease.

If you do suffer bleeding gums then we recommend having the situation checked by the dentist. If it is Gum Disease then the problem can be reversed if caught and treated in the early stages.

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums – Oatlands Dental

There are several reasons why we might experience bleeding gums.

Brushing too Hard – Our gums are soft flesh, and can be worn or cut quite easily. A toothbrush with hard bristles will quickly cause wear on teeth, and the gums to bleed. So hard bristle brushes should always be avoided. Alternately, pressing hard when brushing with even a soft bristle brush can cause gums to bleed. Soft brushing with a soft bristle brush is the correct, effective method.

Dietary Deficiencies – If we lack vitamins C or K we will be prone, amid other health concerns, to bleeding gums. More fruit and vegetables in the diet will quickly solve this issue.

Hormone Changes – We all experience some hormone changes during puberty, or more severe changes when pregnant. The actual hormone changes are unavoidable, so we should be careful when brushing to avoid, or at least minimise, damage.

Braces and dentures – Braces will cause at least some irritation when first fitted. But this should subside after a week or two. If there is still bleeding after a few weeks, there might be poorly fitted braces. Dentures that are poorly designed might cause bleeding. These will need to be modified by the dentist.

Gum Disease – This is an infection in the gum. If caught early (Gingivitis) it can be reversed and cured. But if left too long (Periodontal Disease) the infection will cause loss of bone and teeth. Unfortunately this is permanent damage.

If bacteria get into the blood stream via the gum, when they are bleeding, it can cause long term issues with heart disease and dementia. Bleeding gums today can lead to these health problems 20 years into the future.

Preventing Bleeding Gums – Oatlands Dental

As is the case with most dental problems the risk of bleeding gums can be greatly reduced with twice daily brushing and flossing. A healthy diet, plenty of water and a healthy lifestyle also reduce issue with bleeding gums.

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Bleeding gums are a sign of a dental issue. Have the matter looked after by your dentist.

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