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6 Bad Dental Care Habits You Need To Change RIGHT NOW

Dental care seems straightforward for most of us. Brush twice a day. Visit the dentist twice a year. If anything seems out of the ordinary, ask your partner to look in your mouth and then compare the problem area to gross photos on Google Images. Easy peasy. But what you DIDN’T know is that there are six MAJOR things that you’re probably doing wrong right this second when it comes to the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. Dental Care Disaster: The Toothbrush Terror Some of you may believe that pain is gain when it comes to dental care. But brushing very hard, using a hard bristle brush or even following the old wives’ tale of brushing with abrasive materials (think baking soda) can have a negative impact on the health of your teeth and gums. Engaging in this kind of rough touch hygiene can see the precious enamel on your teeth depleted. Enamel is important because it prevents teeth becoming damaged by acids found in food and drink. It also helps your teeth stay that beautiful pearly white. Dental Care Disaster: The Gum Neglecter On the other hand, some of you may go too gently when it comes to brushing. Making teeny tiny brushing movements only on the teeth and staying well away from the gums will see the development of gum line plaque. This is the main culprit of the dreaded bleeding gums phenomenon that so many patients present with in the dental chair. Dental Care Disaster: The Discolouration Dilemma Love coffee? Red wine? We know! We can see it on your teeth! Regular flossing, using the correct toothbrush, keeping up your dentist visits and a dedication to mouth cleanliness can minimise the impact of teeth discolouration. The only thing that will minimise it completely is putting a stop to those tooth-hurty vices altogether. Dental Care Disaster: The Cursed Cigarette Without shadow of a doubt, cigarettes are far and away the most easily avoidable dental disaster. If patients choose to smoke (and they do make a choice to do so) then they are opening the door for serious gum disease. They’ll discolour the teeth but that problem is far outweighed by the very real, lifelong damage being done with every drag on a cigarette. Butt out for your own health and the health of your poor teeth and gums. Dental Care Disaster: The Great Ignorer When’s the last time you visited a dentist? A year? Two years? Five years? Ignoring a dental care problem will not make it go away – it will only magnify the issue. Make a move towards a friendly dentist who understands your hesitation. Dental Care Disaster: The Over-Rinser Here’s one you’re...

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Your Dental Health Checklist from Robert Duhig Dentist Sandgate

Robert Duhig Dentist in Sandgate provides top quality care for patients of every age. If you’d like to book a consultation appointment you can do so here. Timeline for teeth Parents are confronted by the reality of painful teething early on in their children’s lives but they are often confused by the best way to care for those tiny chompers. Here is an easy-to-follow timeline for your children’s tooth care by age. Dental health timeline for children • Prior to the eruption of teeth, try to gently wipe your baby’s gums with a wet cloth a few times a day. You can time these around feedings. • Brushing will begin when the first tooth arrives. Speak with your dentist about the best brush and paste combination. This is also when you should have your first visit to the dentist to check that teeth are coming in appropriately. • When teeth appear together, you may begin flossing. This may seem silly when they are so small but you are investing in developing a lifetime of good habits. Flossing early will naturalise the process for your children and make it part of your bedtime routine. • After the age of one, you may look at different toothpaste options. Continue your flossing routine. Try to remember your twice yearly dental cleanings and examinations. • If your child uses dummies or is a thumb sucker, talk to your dentist about strategies to put an end to this habit as they may have negative consequences on permanent teeth development. • At around age 6, baby teeth will begin to fall out and be replaced by adult teeth. Painful adult molars will appear which may cause some distress. • When adult teeth have all appeared, it may become apparent that braces are required. You should consult with your dental technician and dentist about this process. When children play sports, you may also want to get them fitted for a mouthguard. Every day dental care The above milestones are significant moments in your child’s maturity. You can ensure they put their best teeth forward by: • Making sure they brush and floss twice a day • Making sure they attend their friendly dentist for twice yearly check ups • Making sure they have a once yearly professional dental clean Make it a habit! Develop an active relationship with your family dentist today to instil positive dental associations in your child. You’re their best chance for a show-stopping smile! Contact our friendly staff today to arrange your family’s dental...

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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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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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