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What is Sleep Apnoea and how can my dentist help?

What is Sleep Apnoea and how can my dentist help?

Snoring partner keeping you awake? A quick jab in the ribs no longer silencing them and letting you both get a better night sleep? Snoring can be a symptom of a serious condition called sleep apnoea and can be treated.

Sleep apnoea is a common sleep disorder in which your breathing temporarily stops during sleep due to a blockage of the upper airways. Sleep apnoea can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke or even heart attack. Sleep apnoea is a potentially life-threatening disorder.

You don’t have to go see an expensive ear, nose and throat specialist to start to fix the problem. The experienced dentists at Somerset Dental Care offer consultation in regards to your snoring problems. Somerset Dental Care can help diagnose sleep apnoea and recommend alternative treatment options so that everyone can start getting a good night’s sleep.

To find out more about Somerset Dental Care and their dental services, contact the team today on 4648 0909.

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Top 5 ways you can keep your teeth healthy

Top 5 ways you can keep your teeth healthy

We all know that prevention is better than a cure, but what does it mean to keep your teeth healthy?

Preventive dentistry is how to care for your teeth to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. Maintaining good oral health is good for your whole body and can help you avoid needing extra dental care. Here are some simple things you can do to keep your teeth healthy.

1. Replace your toothbrush regularly before the bristles begin to fray.

2. Daily flossing helps to clean out the tight spaces between the teeth and avoid needing a tooth filling.

3. Eating a balanced diet can help to protect your teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need.

4. Tooth Mousse can help to protect your teeth, aiding the replacement of calcium and phosphate minerals lost during regular acid attacks usually after eating and drinking. A great way of providing extra teeth cleaning.

5. Visit your dental clinic every six months for an exam to check for any problems in your teeth or gums. Regular exams, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment allow dentists to identify problems and take care of them right away.

Avoid needing a tooth filling or extraction by visiting your dentist today and following the above steps. If you’re unsure of the best way to look after your teeth, contact the Somerset Dental Care team on 4648 0909 to organise your personal dental care plan.

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5 common dental problems in children

5 common dental problems in children

Tooth decay is Australia’s most common health problem and is described as the most common ‘disease’ in Australians. The largest group of tooth decay sufferers are children. According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) 11 million newly decayed teeth develop each year!

Tooth decay is not the only dental problem children suffer, but it is the most common. Children’s dental problems attribute to 600,000 lost school days a year and the number is only growing (ADA). So what are other common dental problems in children? See the list below.

1.Tooth Decay
As already mentioned, tooth decay is the most common dental problem in children. Scarily one in two 12 year olds has decay in their permanent teeth (AIHW). This is due to a lack of good dental care, caused by brushing teeth irregularly, children not seeing a dentist in earlier years and overall diet.

2.Not visiting the dentist
In 2012 just over 1 in 4 children between 2-4years old visited the dentist (AIHW). Missing out on dental services from an early age sets a bad dental standard for life. Prevention is key to optimum oral health, a good teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment protects your teeth until your next six monthly appointment and means less likelihood of needing a tooth filling in the future.

3.Thumb sucking
Thumb sucking is pretty normal for young children, however when thumb sucking continues past toddlerhood and when permanent teeth are coming through, it is a cause for concern. Thumb sucking can lead to teeth being pushed out of alignment and can cause an overbite. Prevent your children from thumb sucking and you can prevent your children needing braces.

4.Premature tooth loss
Natural early tooth loss isn’t always a problem, but if neglected it can become an issue. If a molar is lost early the remaining baby teeth may move into this space, it is important to watch this as spacing may be affected in the mouth when adult teeth come through. It is best to continue visiting your child’s dentist for up to date dental care during this time.

5.Gum disease
It is important to look after our children’s gums as our gums are what keep our teeth in place. Gingivitis is a gum disease that causes inflamed gums and it begins with plaque build-up. Teaching your child how to brush their teeth and gums properly will ensure good oral health and will keep away gingivitis.

Starting good dental care habits from a young age will ensure your children will maintain their teeth for a long time to come. At Somerset Dental care we offer the Child Dental Benefit Schedule, a government incentive that provides eligible children between the ages two and 17years access to basic dental services of up to $1000. To make a booking for your children call the Somerset Dental Team on 4648 0909.

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