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Loose Teeth In Adults! What To Do When You’ve Got The Wiggles!

Loose Teeth In Adults! What To Do When You’ve Got The Wiggles!

Loose teeth in adults is cause to speak to your dentist or doctor straight away. Involve your trusted dental practitioners as soon as possible to ensure you receive the best care. What Causes Loose Teeth In Adults? Usually we associate loose teeth with celebrations. When they happen to children, they’re an indication of growing maturity as well as an impending visit from the Tooth Fairy. When they present in adults, however, there may be cause for serious concern. Below are some of the reasons why an adult may experience loose teeth. Only a visit to your trusted dentist will reveal the root cause (pardon the pun). Injury or Accident There are a wide range of ways you could accidentally loosen a tooth through misadventure. Your dentist may find that there is some disruption of the tooth that forms as a result of dental trauma. A thorough examination will determine exactly what has gone wrong. Grinding Your Teeth What’s going bump in the night at your house? Chances are that you might be a grinder. You can talk to your dentist about preventative measures and different ways you can combat this unconscious oral rebellion. Gum Disease Periodontal disease comes about as the result of a build-up of plaque which then has a knock-on effect of making life very difficult for your poor pearly whites. A visit to a dental hygienist will provide solutions to this less-than-ideal situation that’s a result of your gums pulling away from the teeth. Loose or shifting teeth can be the result of infection in the gums so making an appointment is crucial to prevent further damage. How Do You Treat Loose Teeth In Adults? Your dentist will help you come up with a dental treatment plan. Some issues are resolved with deep cleaning whilst some may take a different approach of tooth splinting or tooth replacement. These treatments will be different for each individual and will be determined on a case by case basis depending on the severity of the problem. Combatting Fear Of The Dentist? Having a loose tooth can be concerning enough but if you’ve got dental-phobia (it’s a thing!) on top of that then you’re looking at a potential world of discomfort. Robert Duhig Dental is renowned as Brisbane’s gentle dentist. Whether it’s cleaning or a more serious procedure, ensure you put yourself in the safest and gentlest of hands. Loose teeth in adults can be treated. Make an appointment at Robert Duhig Dental today. Call us on (07) 3269...

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TMJ Dysfunction, Symptoms and Treatment – Why TMJ is a Total Pain in the Jaw!

TMJ Dysfunction, Symptoms and Treatment – Why TMJ is a Total Pain in the Jaw!

TMJ dysfunction is, quite literally, a pain in the jaw. Although a treatable condition, TMJ dysfunction is incredibly painful and debilitating. TMJ stands for temporomandibular (TM) joints. TMJ disorders result in problems with the jaw joint and/or the muscles surrounding the jaw.                     What causes TMJ dysfunction? The cause of TMJ dysfunction can be difficult to pin point. Jaw pain associated with TMJ disorders can be injury related, arthritic or genetic.   Consistent teeth grinding or jaw clenching can also be a culprit. It is possible that all or a combination of the above can be to blame for this painful condition.   TMJ symptoms: what are they? The following symptoms are usually associated with TMJ dysfunction: Jaw pain and discomfort Clicking or popping jaws Aching pains around your ears Swelling in either side of your face Jaw locking – when it is difficult to open or close your mouth Difficulty chewing Headaches or muscle spasms   TMJ treatment: what is available? If you are experiencing any TMJ symptoms, a visit to your trusted dentist is the first step towards finding a solution. Your dentist will determine if TMJ dysfunction relates to disk erosion, whether the joint is damaged or if jaw pain is affected by arthritis. In some cases, an X-ray will be required. Short term TMJ treatment options to alleviate jaw pain include: Applying heat and cold packs Limiting jaw movement Avoiding hard foods that require repetitive chewing Medications such as anti-inflammatories.   The above TMJ treatments are only short-term fixes, and while TMJ dysfunction sometimes resolves on its own, there are times when further dental care is required. This may include: Mouth guards to fit over your teeth at night when clenching appears to be the culprit. Heat treatment; applied to alleviate jaw pain and improve movement. Injections, radio wave therapy or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to relieve muscle pain.   The last option for TMJ dysfunction – although it is not common – is surgery. Surgical treatment for jaw pain depends on the severity of the case, but is usually a last resort after other TMJ treatments have not been successful. This surgery is performed under general anaesthetic where an oral surgeon will cleanse the joint, remove any tissue and reposition the disc if necessary.   Concerned about TMJ dysfunction? Don’t leave jaw pain untreated. The professional and gentle team at Robert Duhig Dental can help. Make an appointment...

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Bad Breath in Children and Teens – How to Have the Talk

Bad Breath in Children and Teens – How to Have the Talk

  You lean down to kiss your primary schooler and notice a smell that reminds you of last night͛s dinner, but not in a good way. You put it down to the fact that he probably hasn͛t brushed his teeth but don’t be fooled. Halitosisos bad breath in children can sometimes be a whole lot more than skipping teeth brushing. The challenge with bad breath in children When it comes to a child having bad breath, they͛re often the last to realise. And though they might think it͛s funny to joke about, it is a cause for concern. Explaining what can happen if they don͛t address their bad breath is often the best tactic to begin to solve the problem. The floss test The most effective way to assess the goings on in your child’s mouth is have them floss and to… smell it.  Not a great way to start the day and if there’s a problem it may be deeply unpleasant!  This is the best way to get an assessment of your child’s oral hygiene status and to get them to self-assess and manage.  Other favourites include lick test͛ for not having to take a whiff of your child͛’s mouth every day. This test will give them some responsibility for checking their breath; they’ll think it͛s grossly hilarious. Forget the method of cupping hands over the mouth, breathing out and taking a sniff. This DIY breath test is unreliable because the air can escape. A more effective way, besides the floss test, is for your child to lick the back of their hand with the part of the tongue as far back as possible. Wait ten minutes for the saliva to dry and then smell it. ͚Mum, my hand stinks!͛ If this is the outcome of the lick test, it͛s time to lay the realities on the table. Explain why bad breath is bad It is important to emphasise the realities of having bad breath to children and teens, what it actually is, what happens if it͛s ignored and what they need to do to rectify it. Bad breath can mean: Your child has pieces of food stuck between their teeth because they didn’t brush and floss properly. This could lead to cavities. •Your child has developed a cavity or cavities because of poor dental hygiene. Depending on how far it has progressed, it could cause pain, health issues and cost money to repair. •Your child has a layer of plaque on their teeth due to poor brushing technique. Your child has developed a cavity or cavities because of poor dental hygiene. Depending on how far it has progressed, it could cause pain, health issues and cost money...

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Help! Do I have Geographic Tongue?

Help! Do I have Geographic Tongue?

Help! Do I Have Geographic Tongue? You go into the bathroom to brush your teeth as usual, but this time, you look in the mirror, open your mouth to start brushing and are shocked to see the sight of your tongue. It’s covered with tiny bumps that are pinkish-white and patches of smooth red with slightly raised borders; your tongue looks like a map! You may have a rare condition known as Geographic Tongue. Otherwise known as ‘benign migratory glossitis’, Geographic Tongue is harmless and is not contagious. But there’s no doubt about it, when you discover you have the condition, it can be quite unsettling. Although it can be hard to look at, most people who have Geographic Tongue are quite healthy. What is Geographic Tongue? Geographic Tongue is still a mystery to many, and research continues into its causes. The curious raised bumps of the tongue rash, known as papillae, can come and go from the tongue – leaving behind the smooth red patches that give this condition its name. Often, the patches heal in one area of the tongue and then move to another part. Who does it affect? Studies have not yet confirmed who is most susceptible to Geographic Tongue, but it does affect people of all ages and genders. There is the belief that factors such as stress, allergies, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and oral parafunctional habits can be a cause. Although more studies are required, Geographic Tongue can also be hereditary and those with a fissured tongue are at higher risk of developing the condition. How do I know I have it? Apart from self-examination, it’s a good idea to visit us at our Dental Clinic in Sandgate so we can rule out any serious tongue conditions. The examination is quick and painless. We check your tongue and mouth, have you move your tongue around so we can see all areas, touch your tongue gently for sensitivity, and take a closer look at any unusual changes in texture and consistency. Does Geographic Tongue hurt? Some people can have Geographic Tongue and not even realise, while others can experience discomfort, pain or burning, particularly when eating hot and spicy foods or drinking hot beverages. Is there a cure? It can take up to three months for the tongue to go back to normal on its own. If you find the symptoms persist for more than ten days, visit Robert Duhig Dentist for a thorough check. Although there isn’t a cure, our team can recommend treatment options to reduce the discomfort associated with Geographic Tongue. This may include medications such as pain relief, anesthetic mouthwash, antihistamine mouthwash, ointments or vitamin supplements. In addition to the use of...

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How Your Oral Therapist Can Save Parents Money

How Your Oral Therapist Can Save Parents Money

How Your Oral Therapist Or Dental Hygienist Can Save Parents Big Money According to the National Child Oral Study, tooth decay is the most common oral disease in Australian children. In fact, in children aged five to ten years old, almost 50% of children studied had holes in their baby teeth. Nearly one quarter of five to ten-year-olds had untreated tooth decay. For children aged six to fourteen, the stats are no better with 24% of children in this age group already having holes in their adult teeth. 1 in 10 of these children also had some untreated holes in their adult teeth as well as untreated decay surfaces. Considering these alarming figures, it’s clear to see that parents are spending a lot of money on fillings, tooth extractions, crowns and root canals for something that is completely preventative. And it’s not all about the money. Tooth decay also causes children much pain, discomfort, eating, sleeping and self-esteem problems too. So, as a parent, what’s the answer? An oral therapist can really help. Here’s why. How an oral therapist can save Brisbane parents money The good news is that your children don’t have to be part of these scary statistics. The best place to start is with regular visits to an oral therapist. Brisbane dentists like Robert Duhig Dentist see huge benefits in having oral therapists as part of the team. They have a very specific role – to help you and your children keep a clean and healthy mouth. Oral health therapists are dental professionals who are dual qualified in dental therapy and dental hygiene, so you know you’re in good hands. Here are just some of the ways and oral therapist can help your family. Education An oral therapist specialises in teaching children how to look after their teeth, including how to brush properly and how to reach hard places. They can explain better than anyone the importance of teeth brushing to children. Dental cleaning Oral therapists love to get in and banish plaque and build up, as well as checking that gums are looking healthy. Professional dental cleaning is not just a job, it’s a pleasure to an oral therapist. They get great satisfaction from seeing the job done right! Fluoride treatment Topical fluoride treatment is performed by an oral therapist or dental hygienist to prevent cavities forming in the very early stages. Topical fluoride treatment is more concentrated than what would be consumed by drinking fluoridated water or using toothpaste containing fluoride. Dental sealants A common preventative practice performed by oral therapists and dental hygienists is the application of dental sealants. In children, tooth decay predominantly starts on the back molars and so a clear...

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