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Help! His Adult Teeth Are Gappy! Childhood Dental Dramas?

As a parent, you want your child to have absolutely every advantage in life. It’s part and parcel of having kids! When adult teeth start to come in and things begin to look not quite right, many parents become concerned and want to know how they can fix the problem. So let’s talk all things gappy teeth! Adult teeth looking gappy First of all, your child is in great company! Many famous, successful AND attractive adults have gappy teeth! Madonna, Woody Harrelson and Brigitte Bardot to name but a few! Having gappy adult teeth is not the worst thing that could happen to your child, so keep that in mind. Do gappy adult teeth need braces? There is no set answer to this question. Having a thorough consultation with a friendly, family dentist will reveal whether there is need for corrective action such as the application of braces. Adult teeth may require braces if there are signs of significant problems down the track, such as pain when eating. Be aware that having gaps between teeth can cause a range of dental problems. It creates more of an opportunity for gum disease, plaque and infections to occur, for example. What else can be done about gaps between adult teeth? Short of corrective surgery, braces or a treatment like Invisalign to attempt to close the gaps, there is no treatment for adult teeth with gaps between them. It’s simply the luck of the draw and some mouths just have a little more space than others! It’s certainly nothing that you’ve done (or not done) and not something that could have been prevented. What should I worry about? As a parent? Everything! As a parent of a child with gaps between their adult teeth? It’s going to take that consultation with a dentist to come up with a treatment plan to really understand what you’re looking at. For the most part, gaps between adult teeth are an aesthetic concern. Significant gaps that need dental correction will be identified by a dentist but, even then, there’s nothing to worry about. Leave the care of your children’s chompers in the hands of the professionals and let them do the worrying for you! Never fear! Robert Duhig Dentist is here to make it all okay! From baby gums to adult teeth, we’re known as Brisbane’s Gentle Dentists – come and find out...

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Crooked Teeth? It’s Not Too Late To Straighten Them!

Crooked Teeth? It’s Not Too Late To Straighten Them!

What Causes Crooked Teeth And What Are My Options To Fix Them? Crooked teeth can be a source of much embarrassment, negatively impacting your confidence and self-esteem. A healthy, straight smile is a wonderful asset, but aesthetics are not the only concern with crooked teeth. In fact, misaligned and overcrowded teeth can make proper brushing and hygiene difficult and, if left unchecked, can lead to more serious issues. Read on to discover what causes crooked teeth and the treatment options available to correct them. What causes crooked teeth? In most cases, crooked teeth are hereditary. Narrow or small jaws that can’t accommodate a full set of adult teeth are a common genetic trait. Others have issues with extra adult teeth growing in or missing ones that leave gaps. Upper and lower jaws that are misaligned can result in an over or under bite. But the cause of crooked teeth is not always genetics. Poor dental hygiene in childhood can lead to problems with adult teeth. Thumb sucking, mouth breathing, tongue thrusting and inadequate brushing leading to decay can all have a detrimental impact on the formation of your adult smile. Crooked teeth solutions If your crooked teeth are bothering you, it’s not too late to fix the problem. Not only will straightening your teeth give you a boost in confidence, but it can lower the risk of gum disease and decay. Invisalign Invisalign teeth straightening is a popular choice for adults with crooked teeth as it allows you to treat the problem discreetly. As opposed to the very prominent metal braces traditionally used, Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning. Invisalign also offers you a more comfortable teeth straightening experience, free from metal wires and brackets that can cause pain and irritation to the mouth. The costing is generally around the same as traditional braces and treatment time is dependent on the complexity of the problem. Porcelain veneers and dental crowns If you have gappy or uneven teeth, porcelain veneers can be an excellent solution to create a straight, even smile. It is especially useful if you want results quickly. Similarly, dental crowns which cover the entire tooth can be used to improve the look of worn or decaying teeth, create symmetry and close gaps. Orthodontic work In some cases, crooked teeth require orthodontic work. Your dentist can assess your individual situation and refer you on as necessary. Discuss the right option for straightening your crooked teeth with the friendly staff at Robert Duhig Dental today! Call 07 3269...

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Triclosan – Why It’s Being Banned And Which Brands Contain It!

Triclosan – Why It’s Being Banned And Which Brands Contain It!

You may have heard the news recently about Triclosan in toothpaste, and how some international bodies are moving to have it banned. In particular, the US Food Drugs and Alcohol body have banned the substance from all soap products. At this stage, however, they have left it in toothpaste. So what exactly is Triclosan – and why is it an issues? What is Triclosan, and why is it being banned? Triclosan is an antimicrobial substance that has been used in toothpaste, soaps, face wash, shower gel, and various other cosmetics and hygiene products for quite a while now. According the US FDA, the substance has shown a remarkable ability to reduce plaque and gingivitis. Unfortunately, recent animal studies have also shown that Triclosan may be an ‘endocrine disruptor’, meaning that it may lead to reproductive and developmental problems. Due to its anti-bacterial nature, Triclosan can also contribute to antibiotic resistance, which may have an impact on drug-resistant infections. Testing is, however, still at an early stage. For these reasons, Triclosan has been banned in soaps in the US, but not in toothpaste. The main difference behind this reasoning is that toothpaste is applied to a relatively small area, and isn’t consumed or kept in close contact with the skin. Which toothpastes contain it and should I be worried? Currently, Triclosan is not used in every toothpaste brand in Australia so, if you’re worried, you can easily avoid it. Brands like Sensodine are Triclosan free, for example. Many of the toothpastes we sell here at Robert Duhig Dentist are free of Triclosan – feel free to ask! Overall however, Australian dentists do not consider Triclosan a cause for concern at this stage. Studies have concluded that toothpastes using a combination of fluoride and Triclosan outperform those with just fluoride on multiple counts. When used for 6 months, the combination toothpastes reduced plaque by 41%, while gum inflammation was reduced by 22% and gum bleeding by 48%. This is significantly more than the toothpaste containing only fluoride. This makes Triclosan a really useful ingredient to consider if you have gingivitis or gum disease, though it arguably might be unnecessary in other circumstances. What is the nature of the current ban? The FDA didn’t actually conclude that Triclosan in soap was dangerous for human use. Instead, they suggest that some soap manufacturers had not submitted satisfactory safety evidence that their products were more effective than those without Triclosan. Closer to home, Australian federal body the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has conducted its own study and concluded that there is no concern for the public in regards to Triclosan at this time. You can read the findings of that...

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Halitosis Diagnosis And Treatment – Book Now – Robert Duhig Dental

Halitosis Diagnosis And Treatment – Book Now – Robert Duhig Dental

Bad breath is embarrassing but it’s something everyone will experience at one time or another. Garlic and onions often get a bad rap, and though it’s true that some foods can produce unpleasant odours to develop inside your mouth, this kind of bad breath is usually short-lived. Halitosis is more persistent and, often times, the sufferer is unaware of the problem. Read on to discover the causes of halitosis, who is most at risk of developing it and what you can do to treat the problem. What causes halitosis? Bad breath is caused by three different odourous gases that are released when bacteria begins to break down proteins in the mouth. These bacteria colonise on the tongue and at the back of the throat. In most cases, oral bacteria is a normal occurrence, but halitosis sufferers have an imbalance of bacteria that no amount of brushing or mouth wash can fix. Certain foods can exacerbate the problem, but eliminating them from your diet will not guarantee an end to the bad breath. Are you at risk? There are some factors which can make you more susceptible to halitosis and these include: dental problems including poor oral hygiene and gum disease dry mouth, which can be caused by dehydration, alcohol, stress and some medications smoking which deprives the mouth of oxygen nasal and mucous problems including sinusitis and post-nasal drip medical conditions such as some carcinomas, kidney failure and diabetes people with sensory issues who may struggle with oral care due to problems with brush texture or the taste of toothpaste. Unless someone mentions your offensive breath, it can be difficult to know just how bad the problem is. There are certain symptoms which can indicate you have halitosis including: dry mouth a noticeable build up around the teeth a white coating on the tongue, especially at the back a constant sour, metallic taste thick saliva excessive mucous or the frequent feeling of needing to clear the throat. A simple and cost-effective solution Good dental hygiene is first and foremost in maintaining good oral health and avoiding bad breath. But halitosis can occur even when you do everything right. It’s a frustrating and embarrassing problem which can impact on your self-esteem and confidence. Thankfully, cutting edge technology is available to assess the problem and treat it effectively. A quick and non-invasive test measures the gasses in your mouth and, from there, a suitable treatment plan is created to beat bad breath for good. Is bad breath negatively impacting your life? Simple and affordable treatment is available. To book in your Halitosis Testing, call Robert Duhig Dental TODAY on (07) 3269...

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Senior Dental Care in Brisbane – How to Keep Those Pearly Whites Healthy

Senior Dental Care in Brisbane – How to Keep Those Pearly Whites Healthy

As a senior, dental care should be one of your highest priorities. It isn’t a given that you’ll lose all of your teeth as you age – far from it! With proper dental care, your smile will last you the rest of your days. As we all know, one of the unfortunate side effects of aging is the increased likelihood of health issues. Specific issues such as diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer can all have severe consequences on the health of your teeth, and so regular dental visits are a must. If you’re struggling to access dental care for financial reasons, or due to limited mobility, it’s time to connect with a caring dentist who understands the concerns of seniors in Brisbane. There are Queensland state funded programs in place to help seniors who need help getting dental visits, for example. Here at Robert Duhig Dental, you’ll find the best senior dental care in Brisbane. Read on to find out what you can do to ensure your teeth stay healthy as you get older. Common health issues in seniors There are a range of health issues common in seniors that you need to be aware of. These include: tooth sensitivity oral thrush gum or periodontal disease dry mouth tooth decay tooth loss. If any of these issues are left untreated, they can snowball and have extreme consequences on the health of your mouth or your immune system overall. Regular dental visits can help nip these concerns in the bed, before they get out of control. Maintaining your pearly whites at home Is life busier than even since you retired? Or perhaps your diet has changed recently? Don’t lose touch with your dental routine as your lifestyle changes. Keep up these steps! Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist. Be aware of the warning signs of tooth decay – specifically tooth sensitivity and grinding, pain, mouth sores and bumps, swelling, loose teeth, your jaw popping or clicking, and dry mouth syndrome. Pop in for a visit if you experience any of these. Visit your dentist regularly. This is incredibly important as you age, so your dentist can monitor the health of your mouth and take any preventative steps that might be necessary. Ensure your dentures and bridges are properly maintained and cleansed. This is incredibly important, so if you have any questions, please ask your dentist for advice. See your dentist before and after any surgery you might have. Keep your dentist informed of the medications you take, or any changes you make to your medications. Accept any physical limitations you might have as a result of issues like arthritis. Nowadays, dentists are able to provide brushes with elongated heads...

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