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.

Is a Dental Implant right for me?

implant Jannali Dental Care

Are you struggling to eat apples or corn on the cob with a missing tooth?  If that’s a ‘yes’, then dental implants may be the perfect option for you.

Dr Brian has placed hundreds of implants in his career.  His experience and understanding of oral surgery and dental implants gives him a leading edge and Brian ensures a great outcome for all his patients.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and have been a successful option for several decades.

The implant is a small titanium alloy screw which connects a replacement tooth to the jawbone. Dental implants allow for strong, permanent, natural-looking replacement teeth.

Not only do they offer you the opportunity to improve the aesthetic of your mouth and smile, they also provide a high-quality solution to patients who have lost teeth through a sporting accident, or gum disease, or significant dental decay.

They Look And Feel Just Like The Real Thing

Dental implants are designed to be as close to natural teeth as possible in structure and appearance. You – or anyone else – won’t be able to tell the difference.

You will be able to speak, smile and eat with confidence.

High Success Rate, Lasting Effect

If you’re tired of having to return to the dentist because of nagging dental issues, implants may be the best option for the long term. The vast majority of implants are successful and give patients decades of quality wear.

Perfect Solution after a Root Canal

Dental implants can be a perfect solution after a root canal.  With root canal procedures the entire tooth and its roots are removed, leaving a void in your jawbone. Over time these voids degrade the strength of your jaw. With dental implants, the implant fills that void and strengthens the overall structure of your jaw.

Eat Confidently and Without Pain

Anyone who’s ever suffered with brittle teeth, dental sensitivity or a cavity knows how painful and difficult eating and drinking can be. Unlike dentures, dental implants provide the strength and grip to allow you to bite through and chew anything with confidence and no pain.

Zero Decay Issues

While  natural teeth are subject to several potential risks of decay, implants are structurally resilient and won’t become brittle or develop cavities over time. Zero decay!

It’s a Fairly Painless Procedure

While the thought of it probably sounds daunting, dental implant procedures are less painful than a tooth extraction. You’ll also heal much quicker and be able to return to normal life in almost no time after the procedure.

Cost Effectiveness

There’s no point beating about the bush: dental implants are not cheap.

The important thing to remember is that dental implants last a lifetime and replacing a tooth now can prevent further problems down the road.

Not to mention you will avoid that awful feeling and inconvenience of getting food stuck in the gap – or other chewing and tooth alignment issues if teeth shift in your mouth.

Your health insurance may be able to help contribute to the cost of your dental implants.  So be sure to check in with them and also talk to us about whether it’s the right option for you.

Dental implants can be a great investment but they aren’t suitable for everyone (including smokers, pregnant women and teeth grinders).  So if an implant is NOT right for your personal circumstances, you may need to speak to us about an alternative solution.

If you’d like to explore your options and think they might involve dental implants – then give us a call at ️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.

How often do you floss?

Did you know that less than 5% of the Aussie population regularly floss their teeth?

And many of us floss just twice a year – the night before our 6 monthly dental check-up.

DOES THAT SOUND LIKE YOU?  It is so common I have even given this habit it’s own special name –  the #guiltyfloss or also known as the #panicfloss. 

The Australian Dental Association encourages us to floss every day for a clean and healthy mouth – but if daily flossing is not realistic for you, then try to floss at least once a week. 

Flossing properly removes plaque and food particles where a toothbrush simply can’t reach.  (Even if you are the most diligent tooth-brusher EVER!)

Between your teeth and under your gum line there is a place that is very hard to reach; and a buildup of plaque in those unreached areas can make your gums inflamed, lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss – in extreme cases.

So don’t just floss when food gets stuck.  I am going to ask you to make it part of your routine.  Just like cleaning your teeth, or having a daily shower. Or watching the latest Game of Thrones.

In order to get the most benefit out of your flossing,  just follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Get a piece of floss approximately 30cm in length and wrap it around both middle fingers, with more on one finger than the other. Leave 5 or 10cm of floss to utilise.
  2. Hold the dental floss tightly between your thumb and index finger, slide it between your teeth up-and-down gently.
  3. Glide the dental floss between your teeth using a zig-zag motion, making sure to go gently beneath the gum line. Do not use too much pressure and cause bleeding or damage your gums.
  4. Move from tooth to tooth, repeating the process and DO NOT FORGET your very back teeth!  I know its dark back there, but they also deserve some love.

Floss picks have also grown in popularity the last few years, and are pretty easy to use if you prefer.  Dental water jets are another way to encourage flossing.

But good old floss is just as effective – and cheaper. And in many ways, better.

Should I stop flossing if my gums bleed?

 

Seeing blood when you floss can be a little scary, but some bleeding is totally normal. It’s definitely not a reason to quit flossing.

Bleeding can also alert you to some potential problems. Some people bleed because they’re flossing too enthusiastically. If you bleed alot, try to be gentler and see whether you bleed less.

People with gum disease bleed more than others when they floss. Take a close look at your gum line and see whether it looks inflamed. If you think you might have gum disease, give us a call at our Jannali Dental practice on  9528 9204 so we can check it out.

Does flossing make receding gums worse?

 

There’s no truth to the myth that flossing exacerbates receding gums.

In fact, flossing can actually prevent gums from receding, since it cleans food particles and bacteria from below the gum line. That makes flossing CRUCIAL for people with hereditary receding gums and gingivitis.

If your gums are already receding, flossing daily can help prevent further damage.

Bear in mind though that over-zealous flossing CAN be hazardous to gum recession so speak to us if you need advice on your flossing technique.

Be thorough, but be gentle.

Should I still floss if I have braces?

 

So you, or your child has braces?  I am the first to agree that braces can make flossing challenging. But failing to floss for the months or years that you have braces is a bad idea.

Just imagine how much food and bacteria will be stuck between your teeth by the time you get your braces off!   (And yep it could be a bit smelly too.)

If you find flossing with braces difficult, let us at Jannali Dental Care help you perfect your technique.  Remember, we are here to guide and help you with you oral hygiene.

We hope with these helpful tips that flossing becomes an easier, more routine process for you.

Remember that a dental checkup is still necessary even if you practice good oral hygiene at home, so contact the best dentist in Jannali, today!  That’s us, Jannali Dental Care, of course!

Give us a call on  (02)  9528 9204 to make an appointment OR if you’d rather not ring, feel free to email us at info@jannalidentalcare.com.au OR click HERE to leave us a message and we will call you back.

Does your mouth feel dry like the Sahara Desert?

If you’ve ever dealt with chronic dry mouth, then you know how distracting and uncomfortable the condition can be.

Dry mouth arises when the mouth’s saliva glands don’t produce adequate amounts of saliva. It can result from a number of causes including smoking, certain medications, dehydration, depression or anxiety, cancer therapy, or autoimmune disorders.

No matter what the cause of dry mouth, the consequences are discomfort and a heightened risk of tooth decay and gum disease. That’s because saliva plays an extremely important role in our oral health, from cleaning the mouth to helping protect teeth from decay.

And if you don’t produce adequate saliva, you’re more likely to experience difficulty chewing and swallowing, bad breath, dry or cracked lips, cavities, and/or infections of the tongue, cheeks, or gums. Not nice.

Let’s talk about some of the common causes……

1.   Medications 

Dry mouth can often be a side effect of medication.

These medications are not limited to just prescription drugs – even some over-the-counter medications can make your mouth feel dry.  Antidepressants, antihistamines, decongestants, pain medication and BP medication, can also exacerbate a dry mouth.

If one of these medications is responsible for your symptoms, sometimes your doctor can put you on a different medication or possibly lower the dosage.

Dry mouth can also be caused by medical treatments such as radiotherapy, or some surgeries.  It can also be a direct result of a medical condition (for example diabetes, lupus, or blocked salivary glands).

So if you suffer from a consistently dry and uncomfortable mouth, always mention it to your doctor and your dentist.

2. Dehydration

One of the most obvious causes of dry mouth is simple dehydration.

We recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day but the best rule of thumb is to listen to your body and drink water even before you feel thirsty, especially when in the heat and/or exercising.

3. Smoking & Alcohol 

If you notice your dry mouth flares up after you’ve been smoking or drinking, that’s because both alcohol and tobacco dry out your mouth and inhibit saliva production.

It’s best you quit smoking altogether for reasons we all know too well.  And if you are consuming alcohol, ensure you’re drinking water between your drinks.  Common sense really.

If you like using a mouthrinse, be sure to buy an alcohol-free mouthwash. Alcohol, even in a mouthwash form, can cause a dry mouth.

Some foods, especially acidic salty and spicy foods can also impact the severity of dry mouth symptoms.

What can help ease the discomfort?

Some people find that sipping water, and sucking (sugar-free) sweets or chewing gum, can help in the short term to help produce saliva.  A water based lip moisturiser can also help.

Minimise sugary and acidic drinks, and brush and floss EVERY day.  It’s pretty simple.

There are also a variety of pastes and gels on the market so ask us about those when you see us at your next dental checkup.

How can Jannali Dental Care help you?

We will thoroughly examine your mouth and consider your medications and medical history to pinpoint the root cause, and suggest treatment customised to your individual dental needs.

Remember, you have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease with dry mouth, and these can get worse more quickly than usual. So it is important to visit your dental team regularly.

If you are suffering from dry mouth give us a call on  (02)  9528 9204 to make an appointment. OR if you’d rather not ring, feel free to email us at info@jannalidentalcare.com.au OR click HERE to leave us a message and we will call you back.

There is no need for you to go on suffering with any sort of dry mouth discomfort!

Root Canal – answers to your top 5 questions!

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Have you been told you need a root canal? It’s okay!  There’s no reason to freak out because root canal therapy is not as scary as you might think.🤔

In fact, root canal therapy often gets an undeserved bad wrap but the reality is that it may be your best defence to save your tooth.

At Jannali Dental Care we’re going to take away the mystery of this procedure.

Here are the answers to the top 5 root canal questions we often get from our patients.

 

 

Root canal therapy – what is it?

 

Root canal therapy is needed when a tooth becomes severely damaged by decay or injury. This leads to an infection inside your tooth, which damages the pulp.

The signs and symptoms that you may need a root canal include:

·       severe tooth pain (which might be caused by an abscess)

·       sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures

·       swelling gums

·       an infected tooth gets dark.

The purpose of a root canal is to SAVE your natural tooth. 😄

During the procedure, we will safely remove the infected pulp and clean out the damaged nerve tissue and then we seal it against future pain with a temporary filling to keep food and other contaminants out of the tooth until the next appointment.

At the second appointment, we will fill the interior of the tooth with a sealer paste and a filling is placed in the hole in the enamel.

After a root canal, the tooth is weaker.  To keep it from breaking, we will place a crown, or another restoration on the tooth to protect it.  A root canal and crown is usually 2-3 appointments in total, and they are highly successful.👍

My tooth doesn’t hurt. Why do I need a root canal?

 

Just because you’re not experiencing pain doesn’t mean your tooth isn’t severely infected. A root canal could still be necessary to save your tooth and to keep your smile healthy.

It’s important to take care of the problem before it gets worse. The longer you delay treatment, the more opportunity there is for infection to infiltrate your bloodstream and harm your body.  And your oral health is directly connected to your overall wellness.

If not treated properly, you increase your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and some other nasties.😧

Sometimes a root canal may be needed because:

·       your tooth is cracked (sometime this crack is so fine you can’t see it or feel it)

·       your tooth is broken

·       you’ve had repeated dental procedures on the same tooth

·       you’ve had a severe tooth injury.

 Is a root canal painful?

 

Hearing the words “root canal” may make you cringe because of the stigma attached to the procedure and the pain associated with it.   Well, here’s the thing, in 2019 that is simply not the case any more! 😄

Technology has advanced so much and these days you’ll hardly feel it. It feels much the same as getting a filling – and patients are often surprised at how little discomfort there is!

Our team at Jannali Dental Care will make sure you’re comfortable the entire time. If you need an extra boost, we can always offer you some sedation, and you won’t feel a thing!

How will I feel after a root canal?

 

Your tooth may feel a little sensitive after the procedure, but you’ll finally be out of pain caused by the damaged tooth!  If you do experience any soreness or sensitivity, you can take over-the-counter pain relief like panadol.  Easy peasy.

Your mouth will likely feel numb for 2-3 hours from the anesthetic but you can return to work immediately if you wish. You might feel you need to chew your meals on the other side of your mouth for a bit, at least until the anesthetic wears off, but that is about the extent of the inconvenience.

Are there other alternatives to root canal therapy?

 

Unfortunately the only alternative to root canal is extracting the tooth.😨

If you choose this option, there are other solutions to replace your infected tooth. A bridge or dental implant can be a good solution to restore the functionality and beauty of your smile.

So if you come to us at Jannali Dental Care in pain – and we suggest a root canal – don’t be afraid.  It really may be the best thing for you AND your tooth.

If you are suffering from any tooth pain give us a call on 📞 (02)  9528 9204 to make an appointment. Or if you’d rather not ring, feel free to email us at info@jannalidentalcare.com.au OR click HERE to leave us a message and we will call you back.

There is no need for you to go on suffering with any sort of mouth discomfort at any time.  And let’s get it fixed nice and early before it becomes a bigger issue!  Our Sutherland Shire Dental practice is here to help you!