Our top tips to get your kids to take care of their teeth.

kids choose their own toothbrush

Good oral hygiene starts as soon as you have teeth. But it can be tough to convince your 3-year-old that it’s time to turn off the cartoons and brush.

But oral hygiene is crucial for our kids. One in three Aussie kids are not brushing their teeth twice a day – which leaves them at risk of poor oral hygiene and dental related issues as they get older.

Here are a few simple tips to help get your kids brushing and create positive habits that hopefully last a lifetime.

Let your Kids Choose their Own Toothbrush

Kids want a little bit of control, and if you can let them have control over some aspects in life, it’s proven they’re more willing to engage in those activities.

Let your kids pick out their own toothbrush. Make it a fun activity that you do together. There are plenty of colours and fun designs these days.

You can also let them choose the kind of toothpaste they want to use. It stops them from having to use a toothpaste they don’t like the texture or taste of and places them in control of the dental hygiene process.

Brush Your Teeth Together (and make it fun)

Make this part of the day you spend together. Brush your teeth at the same time as your kids to show them that everyone brushes their teeth – it’s not a punishment. It’s a necessity.

Don’t stare boringly into the mirror, though. Add some fun.

Here are a couple suggestions :

  • Have your child copy you – turn it into a fun game
  • Hum a tune or dance to show that it doesn’t have to be so boring.

Playing a game together in the bathroom shows them that not only does everybody brush their teeth, but it doesn’t have to be a boring chore.

Plus, if you can find a way to distract them from the monotony of hygiene, then they’ll forget about the time lost and will be more likely to do it on their own.

Remember, kids should be supervised while brushing their teeth until they’re around eight years old.

Create a Rewards System

Rewards are excellent motivators for reinforcing good behavior. You’re also more likely to get the job done without tears if there’s something fun at the end.

Create a rewards chart. Keep track of the number of days they brush their teeth without complaining or having a meltdown. Let them see you add a sticker to their chart when they’ve done well!  OR let them choose and add the sticker to their own chart for an extra reward.

As they get older,  perhaps let them choose their own reward to work towards.

Little tots often need instant rewards. Offer another bedtime story as a reward for their good behavior.

Set up a Routine

Keep brushing teeth on a morning and evening schedule so kids know when to expect it. Such as straight after brekky, or right before bed.

By having them brush every day at the same time, they’ll know that there’s a dedicated time to brush and they shouldn’t expect to be doing anything else at the time.

It Takes a Team

It really does take a team to keep teeth healthy. Visit us at at Jannali Dental Care at least once a year and we can talk to you about how often your child should visit the dentist.

And remember, the Australian Government covers the dental costs of some children through Medicare. You can check whether your child is eligible on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule website or give us a 📞 call on 9528 9204 so we can help you.

Start those good habits early and your kids will thank you later!  I promise. 👏

What happens in the chair during your checkup and clean?

Jannali Dental Care checkup and clean

You’ve always wanted to know, right?

Pretty much everyone knows how important it is to have a routine dental clean.  And if you don’t know it yet, you certainly will after you read this blog.

Your regular dental clean has one primary goal: for us to get rid of all your plaque and tartar deposits.

Regardless of how thorough your home oral hygiene is, a regular checkup also give us an opportunity to examine your teeth and detect gum disease, inflammation, look for any holes in your teeth, or detect other more rare nasties like oral cancer.

Having your teeth cleaned every six months also helps keep bad breath at bay. And no one in their right mind wants bad breath.

So What Happens During Your Clean?

A professional teeth cleaning is way more thorough than what you do at home.

While daily brushing and flossing are great, it’s very difficult for you to reach plaque that is hiding between the teeth and along the gum line.

In the clinic, we use special tools to remove sticky plaque and hard tartar deposits from the surfaces of your teeth above your gums. And only a dental professional will be able to remove plaque that has hardened into tartar.

And after we’ve removed stubborn plaque and tartar, we polish your teeth enamel with a gentle abrasive paste.

Polishing the tooth makes it more difficult for plaque to accumulate before the next cleaning. It also helps your teeth feel clean and healthy. And it can remove surface stains so your smile shines a little brighter.

During this process we will  squirt some water into your mouth and ask you to swish.  The rinsing stage helps remove any residual tooth polish.

Finally we will floss your teeth. This will remove any plaque that could be lurking between teeth.  It also lets us know where gum bleeding occurs.

Last but not least, we apply a fluoride treatment to your teeth. This can protect your teeth from decay for months.

How Long Does a Teeth Cleaning Take?

A teeth clean can last between 30 minutes and one hour. During this time, you will lie back in a comfortable dental chair while we examine your teeth.

Remember at Jannali Dental Care we have Netflix to keep you, or your kids, distracted.  We know cleans can be a bit uncomfortable at times, so we try to be as gentle as we can.

The Examination

Once your teeth are all nice and clean, we conduct an examination.

In the past, dentists always used a metal probe and angled mirror – but now we use many different types of equipment to give your mouth the big once over.

We are looking for any signs of tooth decay and check for other issues with your gums like deep pockets, redness, or inflammation. We also take a squizz at your bite and jaw alignment.

We look for any issue, big or small.  Remember your mouth is the window to your overall health. Oral hygiene and a healthy mouth is very important.

Your appointment may take longer if we need to take X-rays or if we need to discuss options for treatment for something that needs attention.

It’s also a good time to ask us about areas of your mouth where your brushing and flossing routines might need a bit of help.

There are some common spots a lot of people miss when brushing their teeth so feel free to ask us where yours are.

We are here to help you keep your teeth in the best possible shape as you get older.  It’s sooooo true that a regular dental clean and check is just as important as an annual health check with your Doctor.

So now that you know what is involved, don’t let the year slip by without giving your mouth some love.💘

Do you love your coffee? Here’s how to keep your teeth white.

teeth whitening jannali dental care

For some, it’s what you look forward to first thing in the morning. For others, it’s a reliable afternoon pick me up. Whatever coffee is to you, one thing is true: it can dull your smile without proper precautions.

If ditching the Flat White isn’t sitting right with you, here are a few other things you can do instead of cutting consumption to help keep your teeth white.

1. Add a whitening toothpaste to the brushing and flossing mix to help remove surface stains before they become prominent. After drinking your coffee, brush your teeth to avoid a coffee-coating and help reduce the risk of staining.

2. Sip your coffee swiftly. Instead of making your cup last for hours, drinking coffee quicker means it won’t sit on your teeth for long, leaving less opportunity for stains.

3. If you can’t brush your teeth immediately after finishing your coffee, try to rinse your mouth. If you don’t have a mouth rinse, water will do the trick just as well. Simply swish it around your mouth for a few seconds to remove any leftover coffee from your pearly whites.

4. Some dentists recommend sipping your coffee through a straw to reduce contact with your teeth. But seriously, how many people have you seen at your local café drinking their piping hot latte through a straw?   Not many.

5. Last but not least, schedule a teeth whitening visit. At Jannali Dental Care we’re proud to use the latest technology in teeth whitening to brighten your smile in one quick visit.

All about our Zoom Teeth Whitening package (it really is the BEST on the market!)

Discolouration or the appearance of yellow teeth can be genetic, a result of medication, environmental in nature, or a mixture of all three. The good news is the majority of discolouration is usually a result of surface stains, and they can be tackled effectively by Zoom teeth whitening.

In our humble opinion, Zoom is the best whitening treatment on the market – and with Zoom, it’s possible to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades in about 90 minutes.  That includes getting rid of those nasty coffee stains.

What is involved in Zoom Whitening?

The whitening gel is applied to your teeth – your lips and gums are protected. Then a specialised LED blue light will be left on your teeth for 15 minutes.  The gel is then reapplied. This will happen 3 times  and the session concludes with a fluoride treatment to reduce your risk of tooth sensitivity.

You will be able to maintain your newly brighten smile with your Zoom touch-up kit that we send home with you.

The Zoom touch-up kit provides you with a custom fit, comfortable, whitening tray and gel to help you maintain your results. To maintain the best possible outcome, be sure to use your home whitening system as directed.

You can use it comfortably in your home or even relaxing with a book outside in the sunshine.  Too easy.

How long does the effect of Zoom Whitening last?

So, the million dollar question – how long does Zoom teeth whitening last? The effects of zoom whitening should last for 12 months –  but with a significant caveat – the length of the benefits vary hugely depending on how well you treat your teeth afterwards.

Avoid or reduce the consumption of staining drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine and coke.  This will definitely help to prolong the effects of the treatment, as will good dental hygiene overall.

If you do occasionally have a staining drink, keep a close eye on the beverage sizes, and rinse or clean your teeth as soon as you can.

The full Zoom whitening package, including both the time in the dentist chair AND the custom made take-home whitening trays, is $695.

We reckon a Zoom whitening package would make a pretty special and unique Christmas gift for someone you love.

Call us today at 9528 9204 to talk to us about our teeth whitening package and we can answer any extra questions you may have.  As far as we are concerned, Zoom is definitely the best teeth whitening product on the market.

How do we keep our dental surgery clean?

dental ppe in Jannali Dental Care

There’s nothing like a freshly clean dental clinic.

And in these times, its doubly, trebly, important.  And we know for a fact that cleanliness is directly linked to positive patient outcomes.

Properly-Cleaned Tools and PPE

First and foremost at Jannali Dental we have VERY strict protocols for cleaning tools, and using clean, disposable PPE (personal protective equipment).

Masks and protective eye-wear are super important. When your mouth is being examined or operated on, we use a new disposable mask to avoid any bacteria from our mouth reaching yours. This is especially crucial when conducting surgery as there is always a heightened risk.

Gloves are a priority.  We always use disposable gloves and they are replaced frequently.  A fresh pair is put on right before an examination starts.

Before and after each patient, our dental tools undergo complete sterilisation. The mouth is a haven for bacteria, and even with a straightforward clean in a spotless mouth, we are digging through bacteria and plaque.

Finally, the chair and operating surfaces are completely cleaned and sterilised with sanitiser on all surfaces, before and after you leave. Bacteria can travel and grow across surfaces, so even an unclean chair can potentially lead to reinfection of a patient.

The contagious nature of Covid-19 has made this even more of a priority then ever before.

Staff Health and Immunisation

We firmly believe the health of our staff is paramount. While it’s always good practice to never go to work sick, in a dental office this is even more crucial as you risk infecting people who might be at a higher risk.

Our staff are up to date with immunisations and vaccines to ensure they don’t bring potentially harmful pathogens into a medically-sensitive environment.

Rest assured that all of our team is vaccinated against Covid-19, in accordance with the health guidelines. 

The Waiting Room and Reception

Patients go to a dentist expecting the office to be clean and fresh. A dirty waiting area is not a good sign for the rest of the practice.

A clean relaxed uncluttered waiting room will help you feel at ease and we try hard to make our reception area a nice place to wait.  We also want you to have faith that your dental records and other sensitive patient information is well looked after in an organised manner.

At Jannali Dental Care we take cleanliness VERY seriously (as we should!)

Our business is delivering the best oral health care that we can possibly achieve for our patients – and to fulfill that promise we maintain the highest possible standard of sterilisation, infection control, and disposal of single-use materials and tools.

We have made our practice as safe as we possibly can.

If you need an appointment, or simply catch-up on an overdue check-up, please give us a call on 📞9528 9204.  Lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t take time for your oral hygiene.

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.

Avoiding decay with a sweet tooth

managng a sweet tooth at jannali dental care

Yes it would be VERY easy for me to say “just avoid sugar”.  But in an age of fast food, chocolate thick-shakes and Donut King, how does one do that?  It’s simply not realistic.

We live with sugar. It’s here and it is  not going away.

Here are my top three tips for preventing tooth decay if you have a sweet tooth.  Hope you find these helpful.

Tip Number One: ORAL HYGIENE

This one is a no-brainer.  Brush your teeth twice a day.

Small circles, angled at 45 degrees to your teeth and gently massage your gums while you brush. This mechanically removes any food residue still stuck to your teeth.

Use floss to clean the areas between your teeth. This is important as a toothbrush cannot reach these spots and food can easily get lodged and sit here for days causing bad breath, decay and gum infection.

When using floss make sure you contact the surfaces of your teeth to again mechanically remove bits of food stuck to them.

As much as I’d love you to floss every day, even once a week is better then nothing.

Tip Number Two: SUBSTITUTION

If you cook your own cakes and biscuits and jams, then try substituting white sugar with something like Xylitol.

This is a natural sugar and many studies have come out recently showing it actually STOPS decay from progressing through your teeth. It doesn’t spike blood sugar or insulin, starves the plaque-producing bacteria in your mouth and feeds friendly microbes in your digestive system.

There are also sugar alternatives out there for bodybuilders and diabetics so have a look at these products and see if they are suitable for you.

Another tip is avoid fruit juices and swap for the raw fruit version. Have an apple instead of slowly sipping on apple juice. Sugary juices are definitely not great for your teeth.

Tip Number Three: TIMING

Lots of studies have shown it is not necessarily the AMOUNT of sugar you have, but rather how FREQUENTLY you have it.

This is because when you frequently consume sugar throughout the day, you are not giving your saliva enough time to replenish itself and buffer the mouth from the acidity created from consuming the sugar.

So if you are going to have sugary foods and drinks, try and consume them during or after a main meal. Once you have had the sugary meal or drink, then that is it.   Don’t snack on sugary foods all day.

Of course during the course of every day, make sure you are having lots of veggies, protein and water.

I hope you have found this blog helpful.  These 3 tips are simple and pretty easy to follow – and they will help minimise the chance of decay.

If you need a caring dentist that won’t make you feel bad about having a sweet tooth, then give us a call at Jannali Dental Care on 9528 9204 OR book your appointment online right here.

We certainly won’t judge your sugar intake, but we may give you some tips to help manage it.

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. 

Understanding gum disease. What to look for and how to treat it.

treating gum disease at Jannali Dental Care

You would not live with a chronic eye or ear infection, would you?

Yet 45% of the population over 65 years live with a chronic infection known as gum disease, or periodontitis.

If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and the infection can actually spread throughout the body. Research shows that gum disease is associate with heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and even pre-term delivery in pregnancy.

From these studies, it has been shown that men with gum disease are 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers. Very good reasons to take care of your gums.

Most people don’t realise they have this disease – but it is a serious, and very treatable, infection.

The good news is that gum disease can be treated!

For years it was thought that the bacteria linked to gum disease was linked to other disease in the body. Current research now shows that in fact it’s inflammation which is responsible for the link. Therefore treating gum disease and the inflammation will not only help manage periodontal diseases, but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

Gum disease is often silent. That means that the symptoms may not actually appear until the disease has advanced to a more severe stage.

What are the warning signs?

 

Red, swollen, or tender gums – or other pain in your mouth
Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard food (don’t panic, some bleeding while flossing is ok)
Pus between your gums and teeth
Sores in your mouth
Gums that are receding or pulling away from your teeth
Loose or separating teeth
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
A change to the way your teeth fit together in your mouth.

What is the treatment?

 

The treatment for gum disease depends on the severity.

For starters, coming to see us at Jannali Dental Care and having a full checkup with one of our dentists, is a great way to assess your gum health.

You can get your gums healthy again. If you have mild to moderate disease, it can be treated simply with regular brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and regular check-ups with us including frequent dental cleanings. It may also help to review your diet and lifestyle choices. Quitting smoking would also go along way towards healthier gums.

With more severe cases, specific treatment is required. The treatment can vary from sub gingival cleaning to referral for treatment by a periodontist for severe infections.

If gum disease is not caught soon enough, sometimes it is necessary to replace natural teeth with implants, restorations, bridges, or even dentures.

Remember, gum disease IS preventable. But let’s make sure we catch it early.

If you have any concerns about your 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 important so let us help you keep them ship-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. 

Dental x-rays, the who, the what, and the why?

dental x-ray at Jannali Dental Care

A dental x-ray is one of the most important diagnostic tools in a dentist’s arsenal. And they are safer and simpler than ever before –  quick, painless, and modern x-rays emit very low-radiation. 

And, most importantly, an x-ray allow us to assess a number of dental conditions.  Even though we may have a keen eye and loads of experience, there are still some things that even the very best dentist cannot see with just the naked eye.

What are dental x-rays?

Have you noticed how quickly an x-ray appears on the dentist’s screen?  Modern x-rays are digital and INSTANT.  Pretty amazing technology.

Not only do they allow for immediate viewing and diagnosis, they emit around 30% to 40% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays.

Dental x-rays are used for check-ups (usually every two years) and for diagnostic purposes.  We don’t need to take x-rays at every appointment.

Specialist x-rays like OPG and CBCT (described below), are used when more detailed or specialised imagery is needed.

CBCT

A Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) or Cone Beam Scan, is a precise method of x-ray used to create a 3D image of a patient’s mouth, teeth and jaw. This type of x-ray can be used for root canal, dental implants and gum disease assessment.

OPG

An orthopantomogram (try pronouncing that one!), or OPG, is a specialist x-ray which provides a 360-degree view of the teeth, jawbones, joints and sinuses. This type of x-ray may be required for braces preparation, dental implants, investigating gum disease, wisdom tooth removal or gaining a detailed picture of how a patient’s teeth fit into their jaw.

What are dental x-rays useful for?

Even the most experienced and eagle-eyed dentist can’t spot everything with the naked eye. An x-ray can help detect dental problems which are hidden beneath the surface or establish the extent of an infection.

Decay

If tooth decay is suspected by your dentist an x-ray can confirm its presence and the extent of the decay.

Infections and Abscesses

Abscesses and infections can be detected using dental x-rays. While your dentist may be able to establish that you have an infection during a regular check-up, a dental x-ray will establish the extent of the infection or abscess.

It gives us a much better idea of what is going on in your mouth.

Preparation and progress

Dental x-rays can be used to help prepare and assess the progress of patients for things such as braces, wisdom teeth extraction, dental implants and other cosmetic procedures which require a clear and detailed picture.

Are dental x-rays safe?

A dental x-ray every two years, or even more frequently, poses no health risk and the benefits to your dental health far outweigh any risk from exposure to the radiation emitted by the x-ray.

Modern digital x-rays, as opposed to traditional radiographic x-rays, emit a much lower level of radiation. At Jannali Dental Care, we only use digital x-rays – but if in doubt, always check with your dentist.

When are children able to have dental x-rays?

There is no general rule about when children can start to have x-rays.

A dentist will typically administer an x-ray on a child if they suspect particular dental health issues, or if that child is at high-risk of developing a dental issue.

Radiation levels can be lowered for child x-rays, but they are not given as a routine necessity as is the case in an adult check-up, usually only when they are needed as a diagnostic tool.

Are dental x-rays dangerous for pregnant women?

The Australian Dental Association says that x-rays are safe during all stages of pregnancy.

However, extra precautions are recommended during the first three terms of pregnancy and generally at Jannali Dental Care, our dentists will avoid routine preventative x-rays during pregnancy and only use them if required for more urgent diagnostic purposes.

The patient does of course have the right to refuse an x-ray if she feels it is not in her best interest.

How often should I get a dental x-ray?

Dental x-rays are recommended every two years as part of your check-up. Prevention is always better than cure and dental x-rays can pick up issues which can be missed by the eyes of even the most experienced dentist.

Some patients may require x-rays more frequently if they have a history of tooth decay or are at a high risk of dental problems.

X-rays are also administered if a patient presents with pain or other symptoms of infection or decay.

An xray can be just the thing that identifies and allows us to fix the problem that may be well-hidden to the naked eye.

If you have any concerns about dental xrays or any oral health issue, 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 always the best option.