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Eat for Teeth

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It is too easy to feel negative when we read about all the bad habits and bad food that damage teeth. So we should perhaps take a different approach and look at what we should eat and should do to benefit our teeth.

Anything that keep our mouth moist tend to help, because bacteria thrive in a dry mouth. Any any food that provides vitamins, minerals or good bacteria also helps strengthen teeth and gums.

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Crunchy Food like celery or raw carrots, almost anything that works in a salad, will help clean teeth and keep our mouth moist. These are also foods that benefit our health.

Cashews have an element in them that fights the bad bacteria in our mouth that causes tooth decay. Cashews have a lot of calories, but other wise are healthy.

Green Tea fight bad bacteria in the mouth and keeps things moist. It even works when it is chilled. So have one or two cups per day. The decaffeinated variety works as well as the regular type.

Cheese, natural yogurt and other dairy products provide calcium for strengthening teeth, and good bacteria that help replace the bad decay causing bacteria. Many dairy products also have vitamin D which benefits teeth.

Vitamin C in many fruits helps strengthen gums, and is generally healthy for us. though the citrus fruit is acid, which is bad for enamel. So drink water after eating fruit.

Water is the most basic, yet essential part of out diet. Water cleans the teeth and keeps things moist. Tap water also provides some fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel.

Sugar Free gum keep the mouth moist, and if the gum is sweetened with Xylitol it helps fight the bad bacteria in the mouth.

Xylitol sweetener isn’t just for chewing gum. We can use it in tea or other drinks, where is helps fight bad bacteria without adding calories.

Natural Chocolate is healthy, though the sugar content is bad for us. 70% cocoa chocolate is good for teeth, as is chocolate drinks without sugar. Sweetent these with Xylitol

Breath:

Green tea give us fresh breath.

Chew parsley or basil for fresh breath.

Sugar free gum with xylitol is good for breath.

Strawberries freshen breath and help whiten teeth.

Cherries get rid of the smell of onions and spicy food.

Ginger also reds rid of the smell of spicy foods, and gives us fresh breath.

Chlorophyll is substance found in green vegetable, or available as a liquid. This is great for deodorizing the body, including our breath.

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If we look after our teeth we have far fewer problems with decay, gum infections or bad breath.

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Fluoride and Dental Health

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Fluoride was initially added to the drinking water in places like the USA because research had shown its benefits. Populations that already drank water with natural fluoride content were show to have less dental decay. So small amounts of fluoride were added to tap water, and there was a noticeable improvement in dental health.

There is some controversy over fluoride in tap water. It is known that high levels of fluoride will cause problems, raging from tooth discolouration to cognitive issues (poor memory than thinking), especially in developing children. But the levels that cause problems are far higher than the small levels found in tap water. And fluoride does occur naturally in foods, so we always have some of it on our body system. Indeed, like copper or sodium it seems we need a small amount of these trace elements to survive. But we suffer if we have excessive amounts.

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Fluoride helps to harden the enamel of a tooth’s surface. It even helps when teeth show early signs of decay; fluoride can actually help repair enamel than has decalcified, the first sign of decay. A constant low level supply of fluoride, as in drinking water, is the best way to apply fluoride to our teeth.

Government put fluoride in drinking water on the basis that ‘prevention is better than cure’. It is better, and cheaper, to prevent tooth decay problems in the population than it is to undergo expensive dental work latter on.

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Strangely, the trend to drinking more water, which started in the 1990’s, had actually made dental problems worse, at least in some ways. While drinking water is certainly healthy, and while is certainly helps cleans teeth, the trend has been towards bottled water, which is usually fluoride free.

We might do well to add fluoride to our dental routine, perhaps by using mouthwash several times per day, it we insist on drinking bottled water.

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We need a small amount of fluoride to help fight dental decay. Discuss the best options with your dentist.

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More Than Appearances

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In many dental situations the functionality and appearance fit together. Neatly aligned teeth will look good, and they tend to work well. Occasionally the appearance of the teeth might not affect the function, but there is no reason no too look good if the function is already good.

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An implant will replace a lost or badly damaged tooth. While certainly a health natural tooth is the best option, which is why we all should try to keep our natural teeth, an implant is the next best thing. In facts, it is so similar to the natural tooth the patient soon forgets that the implant is artificial.

Modern implants are made from lithium desilicate or zirconia. These are both extremely strong, and lithium disilicate (almost always used for front teeth) looks realistic and natural.

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These are common on many teenagers, and even a few adults. Braces will align individuals teeth and jaws for improved function, and improved appearance. the idea is to produce a neat set of teeth that fit properly together, making speaking and eating easier.

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Teeth whitening is one of the few examples of a purely cosmetic procedure. It lightens and whitens the teeth to make them look better, and perhaps match the patient’s skin tone.

One health advantage of white teeth is easier cleaning- it is easy to see if white teeth and clean or not.

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Adults who never had braces but who require some alignment can use Invisalign. This is a series of clear plastic aligners that correct most minor orthodontic problems. They are not conspicuous, and can be removed for eating.

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Mouthwash

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At one point there was concern that mouthwash might increase the risk of oral cancer. But this proved unfounded. It was only the mouthwash containing alcohol that was under suspicion.

A mouthwash containing alcohol apparently does raise the risk of oral cancer, but it depends on the exposure. Research indicates that alcohol mouthwashes would need to contain 25-40% alcohol, and be used three times per day for a full minute to really increase the risk of cancer. This is a fairly high amount of alcohol exposure.

More commonly, when people do use mouthwash it is gargled for half a minute, twice per day. This level of alcohol exposure is a little high, but probably not too bad.

There is a possibility that some individuals already had oral cancer, and were using mouthwash to remove the oral cancer sores. So the alcohol mouthwash was correlated with the cancer, even as it was not the cause.

Ironically, alcohol mouthwash can cause the mouth to dry out, leading to more bacteria and bad breath. This means it causes the very problems that it is supposed to remove. It is best to avoid alcohol mouthwashes.

Alcohol free mouthwashes are readily available. These can be used two or three times daily, and your teeth, not to mention you breath, will be benefit.

Dentist Newington – Types of Mouthwash

Antiseptic / general mouthwashes – The most common type. It does a decent job of killing off germs and bacteria, especially if you have already brushed you teeth, and it gives you fresh breath.

Fluoride mouthwashes – These are designed for sensitive or slightly damaged teeth. If the outer tooth enamel is damaged the fluoride in these mouthwashes will help re-calcify the enamel, and reverse the damage. It takes a few week to feel the benefits, but these mouthwashes can stop decay from getting worse, and reverse the process if we start using them early on.

Cosmetic Mouthwash – These just freshen the breath. they do no harm, but it would be better to use an antiseptic mouthwash that helps fight decay and bacteria.

Natural Mouthwashes – Mouthwashes with all natural, non-chemical ingredients. They shouldn’t cause any harm, but their effectiveness varies.

Prescription Mouthwashes – An extremely strong mouthwash that fights infections and gum disease. This will only be used for a short period, until the infection is removed.

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Braces make regular brushing and flossing is difficult, but mouthwash still work well here . Mouthwash adds that extra bit of protection. We also recommend a Waterpik for cleaning between the teeth as flossing with braces is difficult.

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Invisalign

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Some of us were blessed with naturally straight teeth. But most of us needed either braces as teenagers, or some corrective dental work latter on. A few of us needed both.

Some of us still have less-than-straight-teeth as adults. These teeth alignment problems can be fixed with braces; it is possible to have braces at almost any age. But many adults dislike the look of braces, thinking they look too ‘teenage’, or just finding them inconvenient.

An alternative to braces is Invisalign. These will rectify most teeth alignment problems, without the inconvenient or appearance of braces.

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Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that are worn over the teeth, rather like a small mouthguard. Over time each aligner brings the teeth closer to the correct shape. it may take anything from 6 month to 2 years to achieve the final result.

Invisalign, unlike braces, can be easily removed for eating and drinking. So they cause minimal inconvenience. Talking with Invisalign might be slightly unusual at first, but this is very mild compared to braces. Invisalign are the easy way to get straight teeth with minimal hassle.

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Invisalign will require dental visits every few weeks; the clear retainers will constantly need to be replaced. Otherwise, people will hardly notice that you are receiving treatment.

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Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth are notorious for causing problems.

We have two major sets of teeth, with all the inital baby teeth being replaced by the adult teeth by about the age of 12. But our wisdom teeth, the 3rd molars at the back of the mouth, do not emerge till we are in out late teens or early twenties.

Wisdom teeth probably do not emerge earlier (perhaps cannot) because their is insufficent room in the mouth. Our mouths and jaws increase in size as we age. But often when the wisdom teeth do emerge there is still insufficent room in the mouth. So the teeth cannot emerge correctly, or they push other teeth out of alignment. Sometimes they stay buried in the gum.

Many people need one of more wisdom teeth removed.

Dundas Dental – Signs of Wisdom tooth Issues.

-Swelling in the jaw and lower face
-Habitually biting the jaw
-Red inflamed gum near the partially / full covered molar
-Gum and jaw pain
-Tooth partly covered by gum, which is difficult to clean
-Fever
-Infections and pus from the gum
-Sore lymph glands beneath the jaw
-Difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth
-A wisdom tooth pushes other teeth out of alignment
-A wisdom tooth causes the gum to be misshapen
-A wisdom tooth that emerges at an odd angle, no good for chewing

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Unfortunately wisdom tooth problems rarely go away on their own. Often one of more teeth need to be extracted. Occasionally the issue can be rectified cutting the gum away from a partially covered tooth, but this is rare. Wisdom Tooth extractions are a fact of life for most people.

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A Wisdom tooth extraction is performed under local anesthetic, or sometime complete sedation. Often two teeth are taken out at the same time. The jaw will be sore and swollen for several days afterward. But the situation is not permanent, and the patient is far better off once the wisdom teeth issues are rectified.

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Harmful Foods for Teeth

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Our modern diet is a mixture of processed and sugar heavy food that are pretty bad for teeth. Even some of the food that has been retained from nature is harmful. This all makes matters difficult for our dental healthy.

High carbohydrate foods are bad at many levels. The diet science of the last generation has blamed carbohydrates for modern obesity; and this appear to be valid. These same carbohydrates feed the bad bacteria in our mouth. Simple carbs like white bread are by far the worst. It is better to use more complex carbs like wholegrain pastas, oats, brown rice, and eat more vegetables and fibre.

Sugar has been a known cause of tooth decay for decades. We tend to eat fat too much of this in our modern diets. And even if we clean our teeth after eating the sugar is still in our body and making our mouths acidic. Brushing removes most, but not all, of the problem. Keep sugar to a minimum.

Fruit and Acidity

Fruit juice and even natural fruit can be harmful to our teeth. The juice tend to be far worse as all the fibre is left out and all the sugar is left in. So we get a massive hit of sugar, an perhaps a little vitamin C.

Whole fruits like oranges are’t too bad, having only mild acidity. But lemons are very acidic, and really harm tooth enamel. Grapes and some berries are more acidic than we realize. And they are worse when processed into wine and jams. It helps to drink water afterwards

Sports Drinks and Soft Drinks

These remain one of the worst things for our teeth. Both are full of sugar and acidic. Even the diet versions, without the sugar, are acidic.

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Acidic food and drinks can start to harm teeth in less than 30 seconds. And this damage can be exacerbated if we brush our teeth while the enamel has been softened by the acid.

Drink water after any acidic food or drink, and wait 30 minutes before brushing. Chewing sugar free gum can also help.

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Night Breathing

Night Breathing

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We all need sleep in order to survive. If our sleep is compromised then every aspect of our life is compromised. We will lack energy, suffer poor memory and impaired thinking, and be prone to many illnesses because of a compromised immune system.

Some if us get enough hours in bed, but suffer poor sleep because we breathe poorly. Either we snore or our breathing stops and starts. This causes us to partially wake up during the night. Under these circumstances we get little actual sleep, so we suffer tiredness for the nest few days. If suffered long term these conditions can be fatal.

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Moderate night breathing conditions can be treated by the dentist. We may snore because we cannot breath though our nose while lying down. And we may not be able to breath through our mouth because the airways are blocked, not that breathing though our mouth is ever the right thing to do.

Dentist can make a mouth-guard that holds the jaw in the correct position for breathing at night. This may mean holding the jaw closed so that we breathe through the nose, or holding the lower jaw forward so that the airways are clear.

Some breathing problems are caused, or at least exacerbated, by being overweight. Losing weight can fix this issue, though losing weight is very difficult for some people.

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Sleep apnea is a night breathing problem where the individuals stops breathing for extended periods of time, perhaps a minute or two. This causes a multitude of health problems, including heart problems and an increase risk of stroke. It can be fatal in itself.

Sleep Apnea is treated with an electrical breathing mask that forces warm moist air into the airways.

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Breathing through the mouth, especially at night, leaves us with dry teeth and gums. This greatly raises the problems with decay and infections as the bacteria thrive in these dry conditions. Measures that help us breathe through the nose will greatly reduce the risk of gum and tooth problems.

Night breathing

A mouth-guard may may nose breathing easier
A nasal strip will keep the nostrils open. Available at chemists or on eBay.
In extreme cases a CPAP breathing mask is used.

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Is you suspect night breathing problem, which may led to tooth decay and gum infections, the see the dentist. A custom mouth-guard is the first remedy to try.

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Tooth Sensitivity

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Teeth can become sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, or to spicy foods, for a few different reasons.

Thin Enamel – If the enamel around the tooth becomes thin the dentin inside the tooth, and the nerve inside the dentin, are left more exposed. This makes them very sensitive to the conditions in the mouth. Hot, cold or spicy food will directly effect the nerve, and the tooth will feel sharp pain.

Receding Gums – If the gums recede then the roots of the teeth will be left exposed. these roots have very little enamel to insulate them from the general conditions in mouth. so the nerve in the tooth feel pain when exposed to hot, cold or spicy foods.
Gums may recede because of gum disease. Gums also tend to recede at least a little with old age. Healthy gums which are diligently cleaned every day, suffer far less disease and are far less likely to recede.

Decayed teeth – If the tooth suffers decay, or suffers a crack, then the nerve may be exposed to the conditions in the mouth. So it will suffer pain when exposed to hot cold or spicy food and drinks. This type of damage also causes the tooth to feel pain when exposed to sugar.

Basically the tooth enamel helps insulate the inner dentin and nerve from hot and cold conditions. If the enamel is thin or broken the insulation is compromised, and the tooth becomes sensitive to pain.

We can avoid sensitive teeth by:

  • Not brushing too soon after eating and drinking. Some foods and drinks soften the enamel. This is anything that is acidic. If we brush while the enamel is soft then we brush some of the enamel away. Over time this causes the enamel to become thin. wait 30 minutes before brushing.
  • Drink plenty of water, especially after eating and drinking
  • Not using a hard tooth bristle brush. Hard bristles wear the enamel away over time.
  • Never using too much pressure when brushing. This also wears away enamel
  • Avoid soft drinks, fruit juice, sugary food and anything acidic in the mouth.
  • Regular brushing (twice daily) and mouth wash will prevent gum disease and decay, greatly reducing the occurrence of sensitive teeth.
  • Chew sugar free gum, especially with Xylitol, to keep teeth clean.
  • Fluoride on the teeth and calcium in the diet will help strengthen tooth enamel, preventing sensitivity.
  • Do not use teeth whitening products, as these can make teeth more sensitive.

If the teeth are already sensitive then we can use a toothpaste and mouthwash design to reduce the pain. Look for Sensodyne or Colgate sensitive. These need to be used for a few week to be effective, but they steadily reduce the pain and sensitivity of teeth.

If the gum have reseeded then you will need treatment from a periodontist (gum and jawbone specialist) or dentist.

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Regular dental visits and diligent daily brushing will greatly reduce the risk of developing tooth sensitivity. Teeth that have already suffered damage can be effectively treated  by the dentist.

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Dentist on Victoria

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Here we are again talking about Dentist on Victoria. It’s a popular topic for Newington residents; Why so? I’ll tell you the reason in a while. By the way, I’m referring to the topic: dentist Newington.

It’s an essential subject because it concerns dental health. Dental health is important because it affects the overall health of an individual.

In connection to the phrase dentist Newington, Dentist on Victoria is a hot clinic there. Dentist On Victoria is a family operated dental clinic and they exist to give you the highest standards of dental service possible to be given to patients. Also, it is its top priority. By saying this, what we mean is that we want to provide a friendly and relaxed environment for all our patients. Using state of the art dental equipment and via the best available materials, we aspire to provide a pleasant and pain-free dental experience. Really, you say? Yes, we aspire to give a pain free dental care experience. Our team will make sure of this: you will feel welcomed and comfy the moment you contact us. Please call our friendly receptionist on (02) 9638-5511 or pop us an email at reception@dentistonvictoria.com.au about queries.

By the way, this is a famous subject for Newington. I’m referring to the subject: dentist Newington.

It’s a significant topic because it concerns dental health. Dental health is important because it affects the overall health a patient.

We know that a child’s first dental visit can be scary (for both the child and the parent, actually) so we make sure that this first experience is as fun and relaxed as possible. Children should ideally start going to the dentist by the time they are 3 years of age as they will normally have all of their baby (deciduous) teeth by then. Also, this is to get them familiar and used to the environment as this can diminish much of the child’s and parents’ fear.