Dental Myth Busting with Jannali Dental Care

myth busters true or false

Tooth be told, there’s a lot of misconceptions when it comes to proper dental care and these sometimes fuel the lack of excitement when you see an upcoming dental appointment on your calendar.

And while its true that going to the dentist isn’t all fun and games, knowing the truth behind certain myths will certainly help your chances of maintaining good oral health.

👉Here’s FIVE of our favourite dental myth-busters:

1. If your teeth are white and look and feel fine, then you don’t need to see the dentist:

FALSE. Sure, it’s great to have healthy looking teeth, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a pesky hole forming that you cannot see or feel.

Dental visits and cleanings every 6-12 months will help keep your teeth looking and feeling healthy; and help to catch any beginning stages of gum disease or a cavity before it leads to pain.

Any person who tells you they only see a dentist when a tooth hurts, is doing themselves a big disservice. Straight perfectly white teeth are definitely not a substitute for poor oral health care.

2. They’re just baby teeth and will fall out anyway, so no need to see a dentist:

FALSE. One of the biggest misconceptions is that baby teeth don’t really matter, since they “just fall out”anyway.

On the contrary, baby teeth play a huge role in guiding the adult teeth in both direction and health. They foster good nutrition through proper chewing, and aid in speech development.

3. You don’t have to floss if you’re brushing regularly:

FALSE. When you don’t floss, you’re at risk for two major dental issues in your mouth: gingivitis, and cavities between your teeth, and you are not able to properly remove dental plaque buildup.

Brushing only cleans the visible parts of your teeth. Whereas flossing gets to all those tricky hard to reach areas.

Oh and brushing harder does not give you a better clean, that’s another myth! It can actually erode tooth enamel. We recommend using a soft-bristled brush and gently massaging your teeth and gums. Harder is NOT better.

Using an electric toothbrush does not stop the need for flossing either. It is still super important.

4. You can’t go to the dentist while you’re pregnant:

FALSE. Some mums-to-be assume that the dentist should be avoided while pregnant.

Tthere is no scientific basis for this. In fact, the vast majority of dental procedures are completely safe for pregnant women and the babies they’re carrying.

As we’ve said many times, our mouth is the gateway to our body. Bacteria, infection and other problems here can easily affect the rest of your health, which may affect your baby.

Additionally, pregnancy results in hormonal changes that can cause tooth and gum problems, so getting a dental check-up during pregnancy is not only safe but also incredibly important!

5. You can dissolve a tooth in Coca Cola In 24 hours:

FALSE. This is actually a big urban myth.

While there’s no question that Coke will deteriorate and stain your teeth, leaving a tooth in a coke can for 24 hours will not dissolve an entire tooth.

Coke is acidic and as much as I dislike what it does, it simply can’t make a tooth disappear. But remember, always keep soft drinks in moderation.

So there you go, that’s our top FIVE myth busters! 😜

Oral health education is a big part of what makes us tick at Jannali Dental Care. The more you know, the healthier your smile.

Amalgam fillings – fact versus fiction

amalgam filling at Jannali Dental Care

Replacing mercury fillings with white fillings

Can you believe that those silver-coloured fillings called ‘amalgam’ have been around since 1812?   Yes, they were created by a British chemist more than 200 years ago!

Amalgam is a very specific mixture of metals.  It consists of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy of silver, tin, and copper. They bind together to form a putty, which quickly sets. After being positioned in the tooth hole, it sets to form a strong filling.

These days, many clients request to have their old silver amalgam fillings replaced with white fillings, mainly for aesthetic reasons but sometimes for a perceived health risk.

Is there a safety issue with amalgam fillings?

No, there is no safety issue.

The issue that concerns many people is the health risk of leaking mercury from the silver fillings. However, the mercury of the amalgam is bound together to the tin and copper, so once it’s set, there’s no liquid mercury present anymore.

At Jannali Dental Care we see hundreds of amalgam fillings every day.  Many of them have been in mouths for 10 or 20 years.

Rest assured, amalgam doesn’t pose a health risk. It’s safe for adults, as well as children who are six and over. The Australian Dental Association continues to support the use of amalgam fillings. However, they suggest minimising their use in pregnant or breastfeeding women, by children under 6, and by people with kidney disease.

Rest assured the weight of evidence doesn’t establish any association between amalgam and any adverse health effects.

If the old fillings are in good condition with no decay beneath them, we do not generally recommend their removal.

Dental aesthetics

There are a number of reasons why amalgam fillings are not used anymore.

White fillings are definitely more aesthetically appealing. It’s not very attractive to have silver fillings in your teeth, particularly if they show when you smile.

With advancements in technology, these days dentists have more aesthetic materials on offer.  Composite resin and porcelain last just as long as amalgam if done properly.

If a client wishes to replace the old silver filling for aesthetic reasons then we are very happy to do so.

Filling Break Down

Sometimes the old silver fillings start to break down as they come to the end of their longevity. This simply means that the interface between the filling and the tooth is starting to separate. If there are gaps occurring, this allows bacteria to get into that space and create a potential cavity.

So please don’t panic, it’s not the mercury that’s leaking — it’s just the fillings breaking down.

The best filling is no filling at all

There’s no real urgency in getting the old amalgam’s filling replaced unless the silver filling is not doing the job it was designed to do.

Most importantly, rest assured that you’re not going to be poisoned by the old filling.

So the take-home message here is that the best filling is no filling at all!  Just remember daily brushing, flossing and practice good oral hygiene!

If you have any concerns about your fillings, or any oral health issue,  please give us a call on 9528 9204 or drop us an email info@jannalidentalcare.com.au

Talking to us is always the best option. Your teeth are important and we want to help you keep your mouth in the best possible shape. 

How Vitamins and Minerals affect your Teeth

vitamins and minerals and oral health at Jannali Dental Care

Have you ever considered how vitamins and minerals affect your teeth? We’re all aware of how bad sugar is for teeth, and we know to avoid acidic food and drinks, but what can we eat to make our teeth stronger?

Consuming a broad range of vitamins and minerals is essential for maintaining our overall health. There is a range of vitamins and minerals  that are especially important for maintaining healthy teeth and bones.

Here’s some information about the eight most important ones.

Calcium

Calcium is a vital component of healthy teeth and bones. Consuming the right amount will help maintain the strength of your teeth and is particularly important for growing new teeth, so children especially need to monitor their calcium intake.

Dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt are abundant calcium sources. Plant based options include soy products, leafy greens, nuts and beans.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has many benefits, most importantly it increases the body’s ability to absorb calcium. It increases teeth and bone mineral density, and is essential for strong, healthy teeth and bones.

The easiest way to get your daily does of vitamin D?  Sunshine!

Most Australians get enough vitamin D from incidental sun exposure by spending a few minutes outdoors each day. You’ll also find vitamin D in some fish including salmon and tuna, mushrooms and soy milk. You can also find vitamin D enriched products such as cereals and dairy products.

It is good to be mindful of your vitamin D exposure, because Aussies are so indoctrinated (and rightly so) with using daily sunscreen and avoiding sun damage, that vitamin D deficiency is becoming more and more common.

Potassium

Similar to vitamin D, Potassium helps improve your bone mineral density. This mineral will help keep your teeth strong and also contributes to keeping your blood from becoming overly acidic, a complication of which is a loss of calcium from bones and teeth.

Bananas are probably the best known source of potassium but it’s also present in potatoes, avocados, tomatoes and prunes.

B Vitamins

Vitamins B2, B3 and B12 all help prevent the development of mouth ulcers.

Of course the most famous and one of the richest sources of some B vitamins is good old Vegemite, but you’ll also find them in red meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, almonds and spinach.

⭐Vitamin C

Vitamin C supports a strong immune system and also improves our body’s ability to heal and repair itself. This vitamin prevents inflammation and repairs our body’s connective tissues. It also strengthens our gums, aiding the prevention of gingivitis, gum disease and tooth loosening or loss.

Vitamin C is found in a large array of fruits and vegetables including citrus, capsicum, broccoli, cauliflower and leafy greens such as spinach.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus helps improve the effect of calcium in creating strong bones and teeth.

Seafood such as salmon, tuna, sardines and prawns, is rich in phosphorus. It is also found in pork, beef, cheese, lentils, pumpkin seeds and soybeans.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K helps support bone strength by aiding the body in producing osteocalcin, which is a protein hormone related to bone density.  It also helps the body’s healing processes, and helps promote a healthy mouth.

Eat leafy greens like spinach and kale, parsley, brussel sprouts and broccoli to get your daily dose of vitamin K.

Vitamin A

Having a dry mouth can lead to tooth decay, which makes vitamin A vital in supporting oral health. This vitamin promotes mucus membrane health which in turn prevents dry mouth and aids the mouth’s ability to heal.

Vitamin A is abundant in orange fruits and vegetables including rockmelon, carrots, pumpkin, apricots and sweet potatoes. It’s also present in fish, leafy greens and eggs.

Protect your teeth from the inside out

Vitamins and minerals are essential to building and maintaining strong, healthy teeth. No matter how much we brush and floss our teeth if we aren’t getting the essential vitamins and minerals we’re only doing half the job!

If your dental care routine includes:

  1.       A balanced and varied diet rich in vitamins and minerals
  2.       Twice daily brushing and flossing
  3.       Regular visits with your dentist

Then your teeth should love  you back for many years to come.

If you have any concerns about your teeth, mouth or gums, or any oral health issue,  please give us a call on 9528 9204 or drop us an email info@jannalidentalcare.com.au

Talking to us is always the best option. Your teeth are so important so let us help you to look after them. 

Thumb sucking. Can it impact my child’s teeth?

Thumb sucking at Jannali Dental Care

Did you know that your child’s thumb sucking can cause issues with their teeth and jaw?  We see quite a bit of it in our Jannali Dental Care practice with protruding teeth and problems with a kid’s bite when thumb sucking has gone on for too long.

 Why do some children suck their thumb?

Up until the age of about four months a baby will suck just about anything placed in their mouth.

Being able to suck from the moment they’re born is an essential survival skill to help babies feed. This is why babies have evolved a sucking reflex which can even be seen while a baby is still in utero.

Thumb sucking is generally accepted to be a calming or self-soothing habit, which most children give up in their own due course around the ages of two to four years.

However, if thumb sucking continues later into the teeth-forming years it can cause teeth and jaw issues.

When should my child stop sucking their thumb?

It is thought by some experts that thumb sucking doesn’t become a major issue until adult teeth start erupting around the age of eight. However, the earlier you nip thumb and finger sucking in the bud the less likely your child is to develop later problems.

Thumb sucking is perfectly normal in young children and most will naturally stop on their own by the age of four. However, if your child continues to suck their thumb or other fingers beyond this age it is time to look at solutions.

Thumb sucking – what are the consequences?

Most thumb sucking is completely harmless and has no lasting effects. The degree of damage done to the teeth and jaw depends on the frequency, length and strength of thumb sucking.

Some of the consequences of thumb sucking include protruding upper front teeth, or overbite;  back-tilting lower front teeth from strong thumb sucking; and open bite where front lower and upper teeth don’t make contact on biting; crossbite; possible palate damage; and more rarely speech issues or a lisp.

How can you stop your child from sucking their thumb?

While most children stop thumb sucking on their own, others require extra encouragement. Thumb sucking is frequently a comforting or soothing action used by a child, so it is important to consider the reasons behind their thumb sucking rather than just trying to break the habit. Kindness, patience and positive reinforcement is the best path to helping your child give up thumb sucking.

There are techniques to discourage thumb sucking such as being aware of the triggers – such as fear, anxiety, distress.   And then finding other ways of comforting your child, use toys or games as distractions when they suck their thumb, or consider other deterrents like band-aids, gloves or thumb guards.

What help is available?

If you’re feeling unsure, talk to your dentist about your child’s thumb sucking. At Jannali Dental Care we have  seen this hundreds of times before and while it may feel like your child will never stop sucking their thumb, there are lots of things you can do, and with your help, they will quit eventually.

 But above all, don’t stress.  And remember the thumb sucking habit is healthy in infants, toddlers and even pre-schoolers. It simply serves as a coping and comfort mechanism that is part of normal development.

If you have any concerns about  your child’s thumb sucking habit and its potential impact on their teeth, please give us a call on 9528 9204 or drop us an email info@jannalidentalcare.com.au

Talking to us is the best option – and rest assured we will look after you and your family, from Grandparents to babies.

Our 2020 commitment to our patients

our new 2020 resolutions at jannali dental care

At the beginning of a new year, many of us set goals to have a healthier lifestyle.  We’ve all heard it……more yoga, less wine, more flossing, less Facebook etc etc etc.

At Jannali Dental Care we thought we’d mix things up a little and make some of our own resolutions for the new decade.

We spent some time brainstorming over a cuppa, and our 2020 resolutions are all about how our practice can best support YOU – our valued patients.

Here is our top 10 list – And PLEASE let us know if you think there is anything else we should add to make your dental experience an even better one.


At Jannali Dental Care we resolve to:

 

  • Always meet you with a friendly hello and a warm smile whenever you walk through our door;
  • Respect your schedule. We ensure that your appointment starts when scheduled and ends when you expect it to;
  • Respect your concerns. We know dentistry makes some people anxious. We do our best to make your visits as comfortable as possible;
  • Respond to you in a timely way, and in a way that answers any issues you have;
  • Give maximum value, giving top-notch dental services at competitive prices;
  • Stay up-to-date on current dental knowledge and techniques through ongoing education and training, and the latest technology;
  • Follow the industry-standard, or above, to provide a hygienic environment for your dental care;
  • Honestly analyse your need for treatment, and discuss viable alternatives, before making recommendations;
  • Give you a full understanding of your treatment, including accurate information on the cost.
  • Treat everyone fairly and equally, regardless of age, race, religion, creed, ethnicity, socio-economic background, or current health;
  • Continue our involvement with the local Jannali community.  We think ‘giving back’ is VERY important so expect to see us out there in 2020 and beyond.


And here’s what you can do:

 

Of course, now it’s your turn.  We have a few suggested 2020 resolutions for you!

  • Brush and floss regularly. But you already knew this, right? Oh, and that rumour about flossing extending your life, it’s true.  So, go on, floss like a boss.
  • Buy new toothbrushes four times a year. Toothbrushes have a lifespan of about three months. Making a swap at the new year will help keep your teeth clean for the next three months, and by Easter, it will be time to get another one.
  • Check-in with us. Hmmmm, if we had a dollar for every patient who said ‘I wish I’d come in earlier’, we’d be buying our own private island in the Caribbean right now.       Regular check-ups and cleans are a vital party of maintaining your dental health, and they are a resolution you can keep. Schedule your regular dental check-ups for the year, and you will be set to go!  And if you are nervous about coming to see us, remember we have twilight dentistry options (and Netflix).
  • Eat and drink properly. Avoid sugars, carbohydrates, and acids to make your dental health resolution successful. Drinking water with your snack, and rinsing after eating, make it more difficult for food to stick to your teeth.  Drink more water.  And don’t touch fizzy drinks – there are simply no winners there.
  • Quit smoking.  Say no more.
  • Reduce alcohol and coffee intake. There are multiple ways alcohol can harm your teeth. Alcohol is empty calories with high amounts of sugar to cause decay, and coffee and red wine stain your teeth.
  • Smile. We saved the easiest and quickest 2020 resolution for last. Did you know that even if you fake a smile it releases chemicals that will trick your brain and actually make you feel better TRUE.

You will be surprised how these simple tips will make a difference to your teeth, your gums and your overall general health.

And remember, even if you are ‘best friends’ with your toothbrush it’s really important to keep up with regular professional cleans and check-ups.  Nothing cleans your teeth like we do!

At Jannali Dental Care we want our practice to feel like family – so give us a call on 9528 9204 or contact us right here for an appointment. We promise we will always take good care of you and your smile.

A day in the life of your Jannali Dentist

Jannali Dentist

I really LOVE my job.

Apart from doing rewarding humanitarian work with kids in Vanuatu, I get to work in the most beautiful part of Sydney with a bunch of great people doing something I am passionate about.

The technical aspects of dentistry are great, and being really good at something in your life, I mean really an expert, is a deeply satisfying feeling. I love kids and people, I love my staff, and I am blessed with great friends and family.

Being a Jannali dentist 🦷also means I gain special insights to people’s lives in ways that other professionals don’t.

For a start, I am working inside people’s mouths. That’s pretty up close and personal, right?  I mean how many people stick their hands in your mouth?  (Hopefully just two, you and me.)

That closeness can be pretty confronting for some patients.  If a patient is faced with a challenging dental condition, a visit to the dentist can invoke some fear in even the hardiest.

This makes genuine, heartfelt patient care all the more important.  It is something  the entire Jannali Dental Care team practices daily – our clients are our number one priority.  And whenever a new team member starts at the practice, that message is drummed in.

Why is patient care from a dentist important?

Genuine patient care can really make a REAL difference.  Here’s a story I’d like to share.

In his early fifties, this gentleman came to see me – he already had partial dentures and his teeth that remained weren’t in great shape. The condition of his teeth and his oral health generally meant he regularly experienced a lot of discomfort and pain.

When he walked in he was pretty distressed.  It was obvious that seeing a dentist was a source of angst for him, and above all, he naturally wanted a solution to his sore mouth.

At the start of his appointment, his mind was made up that he wanted all of his remaining teeth removed and full dentures fitted.

That’s a pretty drastic course of action for anyone, but especially for a relatively young man who potentially has the next 30 plus years ahead of him.

If he decided to follow through on this decision, he would likely spend the next 30 years experiencing even more pain and discomfort.

For me, it simply wasn’t the way go. So what did I do?

Firstly, I acknowledged his difficult circumstances. I could completely understand his line of thinking. Often the path that gives us short term relief holds the greatest appeal because it gives us the quick fix we’re looking for.

The quick fix is not always the best fix

Unfortunately, in the longer term, the quick fix is not always the best fix.

I firmly believed this would be the case for my patient if he decided to go ahead with the option of removing ALL of his teeth.🦷🦷🦷

So I asked him to take a deep breath, and I created another picture for him.

I showed him that we could treat a number of his immediate concerns by alleviating some of his discomfort, while at the same time taking good care of his remaining teeth.

I said that if he committed to a program of good oral hygiene and care from this point forward, there would a good chance he’d get another four to five years out of those remaining teeth (and possibly longer) before having to invest in major restorative treatment.

We talked through what that treatment would look like and the probable cost.

After some immediate treatment and an interim program of care and maintenance, my patient was able to leave the practice feeling more confident and comfortable that there was a way forward that he could manage – both personally, financially, and in terms of his ongoing oral health and hygiene.

Stories like this one happen regularly in our Jannali dental practice – not always to this extreme perhaps – but every day there are cases where we practice genuine and compassionate patient care to ensure the best outcome.👍

It’s these experiences that makes a day in the life of a dentist such a satisfying profession.

I really DO love my job.  Now I must plan my next trip back to Vanuatu……

Oh no, I’ve cracked my tooth!

fixing a cracked tooth at Jannali Dental Care

Have you ever cracked a tooth? 🦷

You are NOT alone – it’s a pretty common dental issue, especially as we all get older.  Sometimes it happens from something as simple as biting into a boiled lolly or chewing your pen, or using your mouth to open a bottle. (PLEASE don’t do that!)

Understanding the signs, symptoms and treatments of a cracked tooth – and how you can help prevent them – is very important.  But if you do notice a chip or a crack in your tooth, come and see us straight away.

If you have sensitivity and pain, there may even be an infection so you will need immediate treatment.

A cracked tooth will not heal on its own.  Eearly treatment may be the best chance to save your tooth.

 

How do I know if I have a cracked tooth?

It can be hard to tell if your tooth is cracked and sometimes there may be very little physical evidence, or it may not be visible to the naked eye. ️

You might experience:

  •       Pain when chewing
  •       Constant toothache
  •       Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks

 

What are the different types of cracked tooth?

Not all tooth cracks are the same. Some are minor and require minimal attention, while others are very serious and require urgent treatment.

  • Cracked tooth

This is a crack which runs from the edge of the tooth towards the tooth’s root. A cracked tooth is not completely split in half, but damage is often done to the inner tissue of the tooth – and it can lead to infection if untreated.

  • Craze lines

Craze lines are small, painless cracks to the exterior of the tooth. Most adults will have some craze lines on their enamel. This kind of crack is not dangerous and doesn’t need treatment.

  • Cracked cusp

A cracked cusp can lead to tooth breakage so should always be taken seriously. This is when the cusp, or the pointed bit of your tooth, becomes cracked, causing sharp pain when eating.

  • Split tooth

A split tooth is when a tooth splits vertically (from the root upwards) into two pieces. This can often be a complication of an untreated cracked tooth and usually requires removal of the tooth. 🦷

What sort of things can cause teeth to crack?

There are a number of ways you can crack a tooth:

  •       Grinding your teeth
  •        Biting into hard things
  •       Clenching your jaw
  •       Injury or accident
  •       Weakening of the tooth through gum disease
  •       Teeth with large fillings
  •       Extreme hot and cold temperature changes in the mouth.

 

How will my cracked tooth be fixed?

How your cracked tooth can be fixed depends on the severity and location of the crack. Different treatments include:

  • Polishing

For a minor enamel crack your tooth may simply be polished to remove the crack.

  • Veneers

Veneers are hard covers which are adhered to your tooth’s surface and protect the tooth.

  • Bonding

Bonding involves filling the crack with hard resin. This may only be suitable for front teeth as molars are under a lot more stress.

  • Crowns

Crowns can be used for deeper cracks, but ones which don’t reach the soft centre of the tooth.

  • Root Canal

If you’re unlucky enough to have the crack reach all the way to the centre of your tooth you may need root canal treatment.

  • Dental Implants

In the most severe cases your cracked tooth may have to be removed and replaced with a dental implant.

How do I avoid cracking my teeth?

You can minimise your risk by:

  • Avoid biting into hard things (not just food but things like pens and fingernails that you might absent-mindedly chew on)
  • Only use your teeth for chewing, don’t try to open things with your teeth (if you see a child or someone you know open a bottle with their mouth, please tell them NOT to!)
  • If you think you might grind or clench your teeth at night you should talk to us about a night-guard
  • Consider wearing a custom-made mouth guard when playing sport.  (If you don’t have one of these, we can help!)

 

What do I do if I have a cracked tooth?

If you leave a cracked tooth untreated it can cause extreme pain, sensitivity and infection.  Worse case scenario it can also lead to the loss of the tooth – and you don’t want that to happen.

✔️Early intervention is ABSOLUTE key.

If you suspect you may have a cracked tooth don’t wait –  book an appointment to see us NOW on 9528 9204 or contact us online for an appointment.

Oral Hygiene and Diabetes

DIABETES and Oral health at Jannali Dental Care

 

 

Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and one of the biggest challenges confronting Australia’s health system.

1.7 million Aussies have diabetes. Maybe one of the 1.7 million is you, or someone you care for or love.💖

It is a serious condition that requires constant management and if you live with diabetes, you are also more prone to oral health issues including gum disease, tooth infections and tooth decay.

It’s not all bad news – it simply boils down to a little extra care.✔️

 

Which oral health problems are people with diabetes more prone to?

 

Gum disease
Tooth decay
Oral infections
Dry or burning mouth

Why are diabetics at higher risk?

 

There are a few factors which explain why a bit of extra dental care is needed:

Glucose levels in saliva – People with diabetes have higher blood glucose levels, and this also applies to their saliva. High glucose levels in saliva means more sugar for bad bacteria to feed on, which contributes to gum disease, tooth decay and oral infections.

Medications 💊- Some diabetes medications can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth, apart from being uncomfortable, can lead to oral infections, and particularly oral thrush. Diabetic medications can also cause taste changes such as a metallic flavour.

Hypo treatments – Fizzy drinks, lollies and other sweet things🧁 used to treat hypo episodes are loaded with sugars and acids which can damage teeth.

How can people with diabetes protect their teeth?

 

The risk factors associated with diabetes mean people with diabetes need to exercise a little more care than most.

Luckily, most of the care is common sense and easily managed.

Keep blood glucose levels in check✔️ – all diabetics should be doing this regardless, and this also helps with dental and oral care. Make sure you stay up to date with your target glucose levels and keep them in order.

Eat healthy food 🍌🍎🍓– avoid excess sugars and acidic food and drink.

Establish a good oral care routine 🦷– teeth and gums should be brushed at least twice a day and floss should be used to clean between teeth and help prevent gum disease.

Stay hydrated🥛 – by drinking lots of water and chewing a sugar-free gum you can avoid dry mouth symptoms.

Quit smoking 🚬– this is an excellent thing to do for your general health anyway, but it will also help prevent dry mouth and lower your risk of gum disease, tooth decay and infection.

Brush your teeth after consuming sugar 🧁– if you have to treat a ‘hypo episode’ with sugary products make sure you clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards.

Visit your dentist regularly 🦷– every six months. Remember to keep your dentist up to date with your medical history and any changes in your health.

Prevention is always better than cure; keeping on top of your oral health now can save you a lot of pain and bother in the future.

If you have any other questions about diabetes management, check out the Diabetes Australia website. They have a tonne of great resources. 👍👍👍

Give Jannali Dental Care a call if you would like to talk to us more about oral hygiene with diabetes, or if you need an appointment to discuss any matters concerning your smile.

Caring for your smile during cold and flu season

Jannali Dental Care cold and flu

Its a cold and chilly winter and the dreaded cold and flu season is upon us.

At Jannali Dental Care we certainly hope you don’t have a brush with the lurgy thats lingering around our beautiful Sutherland Shire.   From all reports, it’s a particularly nasty one!

But if you do get sick, or a family  member, you may not have given much thought to teeth and mouthcare during a bout of illness.  Luckily there are a few simple steps you can take to protect your smile when you’re under the weather.

Keep to your routine

We all know that it’s no fun being sick.

Feeling exhausted makes it really difficult to muster the energy for everyday tasks – but you should always try to make an effort to stick to your dental routine.

Even if you spend all day tucked up in bed under the doona, be sure to brush your teeth morning and night.  And if you can manage it, floss too.

Keeping your teeth clean may seem like such a little thing, but apart from helping with oral hygiene it can really help you feel a little bit refreshed when you’re putting up with a cold.

No matter how ready you are to flop into bed, make sure you brush your teeth and tongue.  And if you have some mouthwash handy, have a quick rinse.  A clean mouth and fresh breath WILL make you feel a little brighter.

Hygiene and infection control

 

We all know about covering our mouth and washing our hands when we’re sick, but germ control extends to your dental hygiene too.

Your toothbrush bristles are the flu virus’s ideal home – it can survive up to 72 hours on moist surfaces!

Don’t be too alarmed! The main thing you need to do is keep your toothbrush isolated from other toothbrushes in your household and, for good measure, replace your toothbrush with a new one once you have recovered.

Dental care after vomiting

 

If vomiting  is one of your symptoms, your dental hygiene needs will change. It can be very tempting to brush your teeth straight after vomiting to get the taste out of your mouth, but this is actually not ideal.

Brushing immediately after vomiting can rub harmful stomach acids into your teeth and cause damage to the enamel.

At Jannali Dental Care we recommend, instead, that you rinse your mouth out with water, or a diluted mouthwash or, a solution of baking soda, which is alkaline and will neutralise the acid.

Wait about half an hour after vomiting to brush your teeth.

Stay Hydrated

 

Dehydration brought on by illness can lead to a very dry mouth.

Apart from being uncomfortable, dry mouth can increase tooth decay as there is no saliva controlling harmful bacteria.

Make sure you drink plenty of water and other sugar-free drinks.  Keeping hydrated not only prevents dry mouth but also helps your body fight the infection.

Beware of hidden sugars

 

Tempting as it may be to suck on a lozenge to ease your throat, a lot of lozenges are no better than lollies.

Butter Menthols, Eucalyptus Balls and others like them are chock full of sugar. Be sure to read the label when choosing throat lozenges and select a sugar-free option.  If in doubt, ask a pharmacist for a recommendation.

Hot drinks

 

Soup and hot drinks  are a traditional part of any cold and flu remedy routine, but you need to be mindful of what you’re consuming.

Hot drinks  loaded with acidic lemon juice and honey for instance may calm your sore throat but they’re doing your teeth no favours.  Opt for a herbal tea instead, something like lemongrass and ginger which is naturally soothing but has no added sugar.

We’ve found some great soup recipes that will help fight a cold so check them out here.  The flu fighter chicken noodle recipe looks yum.

Things you can do to prepare yourself this cold and flu season

 

When you’ve got that stuffy-headed feeling it can be hard to make the right decisions for your health.

If you’re stocked up with the right gear and prepared ahead of time you’ll be much more likely to do the right things if you get sick.

To prepare yourself for cold and flu season be sure to:

·       ✔️ Stock up on sugar-free lozenges, cough syrups and other medicines

·        ✔️Keep a store of spare toothbrushes in the cupboard

·        ✔️Have a selection of herbal teas on hand

·       ✔️ Store a small amount of baking soda in your bathroom cabinet

·        ✔️Keep toothbrushes isolated from each other at all times.

There you go !  You are now armed with few handy tips to get your mouth through the course of a cold or flu.  Fingers crossed you and yours get through the flu season unscathed and everyone’s health is 100% in tact.

If you have any questions about this blog or about your oral health during a bout of illness, give us a call or book in for an appointment  at Jannali Dental Care.

The hidden danger in your mouth. Are you a grinder?

Grinding teeth

Do you ever wake up in the morning with an aching jaw or a headache?

If this happens to you on a regular basis, there’s a good chance you are grinding your teeth in your deep sleep – and you don’t even realise you are doing it.

A significant part of our population in modern world grinds their teeth from time to time including kids, teenagers and adults.

Some of us could be regular, forceful tooth grinders.  Ouch!

This is the sort of chronic teeth grinding that can become problematic.  It can also be very noisy so you may find yourself unpopular with your sleeping partner or room-mate!

 

 

What IS teeth grinding?

 

Teeth grinding is otherwise known as bruxism (yep it’s a word that you don’t hear used too often – unless you work in a dental practice!)

Bruxism is defined as the involuntary clenching, gnashing and grinding of your teeth.

If your teeth are in contact too often or too forcefully, you can, over time wear down your tooth enamel – the outer layer that protects your tooth. Dental research says our teeth should only be in contact for two minutes in any 24 hour period.

If the second layer, the dentin, becomes exposed this can lead to tooth sensitivity. Without the enamel to protect your teeth, you can end up with some serious (and potentially costly) dental problems.

Symptoms of teeth grinding

 

You can be a ‘bruxer’ and not know it!  There are several tell-tale signs to look for:

Headaches or pain in the jaw joint

Aching teeth – particularly in the morning or after waking up

Teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures

Stiffness in the face (or temples) immediately after waking up

Teeth marks (indentations) on the tongue

Chipped or cracked tooth enamel

Loose teeth

Ear-ache

Grinding sounds whilst sleeping

Noticeably clenching the jaw when stressed or anxious

Painful jaw-joints or radiating neck pain.

 

Causes of teeth grinding

 

Stress

 Anxiety and depression

 Sleep disordered breathing in kids and adults

 Misaligned teeth or bite

 Alcohol, smoking, high caffeine intake

 Some medications including antidepressants and amphtetamines.

Other causes ….

 

While stress and anxiety have been identified as THE most common cause, there is new evidence to suggest another culprit.  Sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnoea is now considered to be strongly associated with chronic tooth grinding.

In this case, the grinding has less to do with stress.  As your body cycles through the various stages of sleep, many of your muscles relax.   For some people, relaxing the jaw and tongue obstructs their airway.

The physical act of clenching the jaw and grinding teeth actually serves to reopen the airway. In that sense, tooth grinding is a sort of automatic measure of self-preservation.  It allows you to continue breathing.

Sleep apnoea can be a serious problem. So if it turns out that your tooth grinding is related to a sleeping disorder, it is of utmost importance that you contact your local specialist or doctor trained in sleep medicine.

Treatment options

 

At Jannali Dental Care we can help patients who suffer from persistent teeth grinding. ✅✅✅

 We will ask you some questions and check your teeth for wear and any damage, as well as check the muscles in and around your jaw.

While there are no quick-fixes or medications to stop bruxism, Dr Brian would offer the following options to control your teeth grinding and prevent it from causing further damage to your teeth and jaws:

occlusal splint or night-guard,

relaxation of jaw-muscles with heat/cold application,

muscle relaxant injection (botox) in jaw muscles, or

referral to a specialist for a sleep study and related treatment.

If you think you grind your teeth, or you know someone who does, then CALL US at the clinic on (02) 9528 9204 or email us at info@jannalidentalcare.com.au OR click HERE to leave us a message and we will call you back.

Teeth grinding is not something to simply ignore.