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Store Bought VS Dentist: The Mouthguard Chronicles

Store Bought VS Dentist: The Mouthguard Chronicles

When most of us last wore a mouthguard, we were far younger than we are now, and they were usually purchased from a sports store and came in a hard, plastic container that was slightly less malleable than the mouthguard itself. If you had lost yours and needed to buy one on the way to the game, chances are you knew you were in for a painful game. And not because of the opposition.

Having a mouthguard properly fitted by a dental professional is an important step to safe game play. The benefits to having a custom-fitted mouthguard are quite extensive. Apart from being better fitted and more effective in protecting your mouth, most reports point to no negative impacts on athletic performance.

Mouthguards can be custom made to provide the best fit and protection for your teeth. The dentist makes an impression of your teeth and creates a plaster model to ensure the closest possible fit. A good mouthguard needs to be at least 4mm thick to provide a cushioning effect that protects against impact. Also, a snug fit that still allows the wearer to talk is vitally important in a big game.

On the other hand, boil-and-bite or store bought mouthguards can be purchased at a sports store. They are self-fitted by immersing in boiling hot water, then rapidly cooled then bitten in to the malleable plastic so that it takes the shape of your teeth and gums.

A product like this can be less effective and far more uncomfortable, due to it not conforming perfectly to your bite or anatomy of your jaw. What’s more, boil-and-bite mouthguards had no report of negative effects due to discomfort and breathing difficulties.

Having said this, if you are in a bind, any mouthguard is better than none.

At Somerset Dental Care, we can take moulds of your teeth and have a custom fit mouthguard made to ensure maximum protection and comfort. To book an appointment to come and see us, please feel free to call on 1300 707 046, or use our online appointment form here, and one of our team will contact you for confirmation as soon as possible.

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Is Chewing Gum Bad for My Teeth and Gums?

Is Chewing Gum Bad for My Teeth and Gums?

In essence, this question may seem a little silly, but in actual fact it has some merit to it. However, before we get to the heart of the matter, let’s take a little trip in time to where it all began.

While many believe chewing gum, or ‘gum (depending on where you are from), to be a recent invention, however, the ancient Greeks were gnawing on a chewy tree sap called Mastiche, which was derived from the Greek word ‘mastichan’ meaning ‘to chew’. But, they were not the only ones to take up this practice.

On the other side of the world, the Mayans enjoyed chewing on Tsictle, the sap of the Sapodilla tree. Farther north, Native Americans living in what is now known as New England, enjoyed the sap of Spruce trees. By the mid-1800s, entrepreneur John Curtis introduced Spruce-sap based chewing gums in to the US, which were sold as ‘Maine Pure Spruce Gum’.

From Spruce-sap based gums, came another formula made with petroleum-driven paraffin wax, which gum makers added to sugar to make it sweeter. Eventually, makers returned to a trusted source; tree sap. The preferred sap to be used as the basis of the gum was the Mayans’ Tsictle, known as ‘Chicle’ in the US, which came to dominate the market.

However, this article is about the effects of chewing gum on your teeth and gums, not a history lesson. Nonetheless, it’s still kind of interesting. Now, to the question at hand:

 

Is chewing gum bad for my teeth and gums?

According to the ADA (American Dental Association), it all depends on the type of chewing gum you use.

Firstly, you need to know the benefits of the physical act of chewing gum. When you chew gum, your mouth generates saliva which helps neutralise and wash away the acids produced when food is broken down by the plaque on your teeth. Over time, this acid wears down the enamel, creating ideal conditions for decay. Increased saliva flow also carries more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.

As a result, the ADA recommends that you chew sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating, in order to prevent tooth decay. Of course, we all know the damage that sugar can cause to your teeth, so sugarless chewing gum is the preferred recommendation. It will ensure that you get all the benefits that chewing offers, without compromise.

As with many dental queries, the correct answer depends on many factors. Chewing gum is not bad for your teeth or gums depending on the type of chewing gum you use. The next time you are lined up at the registers and just want something to freshen your breath, or to just chew, sugarless chewing gum is by far the best option.

At Somerset Dental, we will always advise that chewing gum is by no way a replacement for a good, thorough brushing twice daily. If you, or any of your family start to complain of sensitivity or pain to a tooth or their gums, please contact us on 1300 707 046, or you can make an appointment by filling out our online form here and someone will be in contact with you to confirm your booking.

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KIDS This is how you get the most out of the tooth fairy

KIDS This is how you get the most out of the tooth fairy

It’s no secret the Tooth Fairy values teeth. After all, they pay good money for the ones you leave under your pillow. However, what is not widely discussed, is how the Tooth Fairy determines the amount you get for your teeth. But wonder no more, we’re happy to tell you.

The Tooth Fairy bases her decision on the condition of your teeth. So, if you are interested in getting top dollar for your teeth, here are some suggestions (you can pass on to your parents) on how to best care for your teeth:

No matter your age, you should be using a toothpaste with fluoride in it. For kids, it’s usually recommended that a low-fluoride toothpaste be used for the first eight years. Brushing twice a day will reduce tooth decay and help keep your teeth in great condition. If you’re under 18-months, you probably can’t read this but it’s time to start investing in the condition of your teeth

A child’s toothbrush is quite different from an adult’s, as it usually has a small oval head, soft bristles and a non-slip, cushioned handle designed for little hands to hold. They tend to have cartoons and colourful designs on the handle, making them a fun tool for dental hygiene. When storing your toothbrush, it’s best to not have them touching others to avoid spreading decay-causing germs (otherwise known as ‘cooties’).

Also, for the younger audience out there having their siblings read this to them, you can get infant ‘tooth and gum wipes’ that will start you on the right journey to investing in your future.

Most people tend to believe that flossing should only happen when the permanent teeth come through, but this is not the case. Once your teeth start to touch, it is time to floss. The next time you go shopping with mum & dad, make sure they get you some floss, so that food can be removed from between your teeth, ensuring bacteria causing germs can’t build up. It is recommended that you floss daily, maybe at the end of the day is best, because all meals should have been eaten before bedtime comes around.
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Even if you’re great at doing all of the above, it’s always a good idea to come and see your dentist at Somerset Dental Care. Think of it as a progress report on your investment. We will be able to check the condition of your teeth and make recommendations on how best to combat any potential issues, and provide assistance on the best methods for keeping your teeth in great condition.

Now that you know how to protect your Tooth Fairy Fund, don’t forget to share this with your little siblings, friends at school and especially with your parents. They will be happy to hear how the Tooth Fairy determines the value of your teeth, and will be more than happy to help ensure you do everything you can to increase their value.


Your first step is to get your dentist to look at your teeth. Your age plays a role, too. If you’re having trouble with your wisdom teeth, and you’re still not ready to part with your molars, you can talk to one our friendly consultants at Somerset Dental Care and find out what the best option is for you. Call us on 1300 707 046 to make an appointment.

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Who is the ideal patient for teeth whitening?

Who is the ideal patient for teeth whitening?

No doubt you’ve had times when you want to look your best; like your wedding day, making an entrance to your school reunion, creating a great first impression at a job interview, or simply to refresh your look.

Whatever your reason for wanting whiter teeth, our professional team at Somerset Dental Care can help.

Nothing says ‘WOW’ like a whiter, brighter smile.

Teeth whitening is ideal if you have healthy teeth and gums, and you want to get rid of the yellow tones in favour of a brighter smile.

There is no “right” shade of white. One common rule of thumb is not to make your teeth whiter than the whites of your eyes.

Speak to the team at Somerset Dental Care about what teeth whitening treatment is right for you. For the perfect ‘whiter’ smile, call 02 4648 0909 to book your consultation.

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Believe it or not, Botox has a place in dentistry!

Believe it or not, Botox has a place in dentistry!

Until now, dentists have been using Botox purely for therapeutic purposes, mainly to treat jaw pain and facial pain, but now dentists are refining their skills to combine dental procedures with cosmetic enhancement services using Botox.

The great news is Somerset Dental Care now offers Botox services at the one dental appointment.

So…as you sit back in the dental chair to get your teeth whitened, you can smooth out laughter lines at the same time!

Since Somerset Dental Care started offering Botox treatment, Dr Sean Lim, who focuses on cosmetic dentistry, has been administering anti-wrinkle injections to treat his patient’s facial zones. The main areas of treatment usually include the frown area, forehead and around the eyes. He can also work on the top lip, a downturned smile, the chin and jaw.

As a dentist, Sean knows how the face is designed and where the muscles and nerves sit. What’s more, he is skilled at assessing the balance and overall aesthetics of the face. That’s why Sean is perfectly suited to administering Botox.

The professional team at Somerset Dental Care can comprehensively advise on whether a Botox treatment is appropriate for you. Contact Somerset Dental Care on 02 4648 0909 to discuss your needs and let us guide you toward a treatment plan tailored to your circumstances.

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Enjoy Your New, Whiter Summer Smile in the Sun

Enjoy Your New, Whiter Summer Smile in the Sun

With the weather starting to get warmer and the hope of summer just around the corner, there has never been a better time for teeth whitening to get ready for the summer sun.

They say that summer bodies are made in winter, so are whiter summer smiles. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of Somerset Dental’s 2-hour express in-chair teeth whitening. In less than 2-hours, our expert dentist can give you brighter and whiter teeth, an ideal service for those wanting instantly whiter shinier teeth.

Alternatively, Somerset Dental have take-home teeth whitening kits that you can use in the convenience of your own home. Whatever option you choose, you will be amazed at the results.

Our qualified Dentists combine advanced technology with the newest treatments available to make sure you get the best teeth whitening results available.

Come in and see our friendly, experienced staff to talk about your dental care needs. We’ll work together to provide you with a great experience and the best outcome possible while in our care.

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Bridal Teeth Whitening: Your Beautiful Day Begins With Your New Smile

Bridal Teeth Whitening: Your Beautiful Day Begins With Your New Smile

According to Bride and Groom magazine, in two months leading up to your big day there is still a long list of over 40 items to check off to make sure the wedding day runs smoothly. One of these items includes booking your wedding day beauty appointments.

Teeth whitening is becoming a standard wedding day beauty appointment, with more and more brides considering a perfect white smile a must have on their wedding day.

Somerset Dental Care offers an in-chair teeth whitening service and our expert Dentists can give you brighter and whiter teeth in less than 2 hours. It’s the perfect solution for a busy bride who wants instant results.

Alternatively, we have our take-home teeth whitening kits that you can use in the convenience of your own home. Whatever option you choose, you will be amazed at the results.

By using the most advanced technology along with the newest treatments available, our qualified Dentists can make sure we get you the best teeth whitening results available.

Come in and see our friendly, experienced staff to talk about your dental care needs. We’ll work together to provide you with a great experience and the best outcome possible while in our care.

Somerset Dental has a great offer for brides wanting to get their pearly whites to match their most perfect day.

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Government-funded health schemes assist with your child’s dental care

Government-funded health schemes assist with your child’s dental care

Give your child a lifetime of perfect smiles with the financial assistance of the Federal Government’s Child Dental Benefits Scheme.

The eligibility criteria for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme is broad-ranging. As long as your child is aged between 2 and 17 for at least one day of that calendar year, eligible for Medicare, and your family are entitled to Government assistance (such as Family Tax Benefit Part A), you can access the most common dental procedures to the value of $1000. This figure is per child and over 2 consecutive calendar years.

This scheme was introduced on 1st January, 2014 in an effort to financially assist Australian families.

In 2012, just over 1 in 4 children between 2 to 4 years 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.

It is vital for your child to develop a good relationship with not only their Dentist, but with oral hygiene and care in general. Setting up good habits of check-ups, brushing and care will put your child on the right path with their oral health. Maintaining your child’s smile helps them grow in confidence as they mature into adulthood.

Somerset Dental provide a range of key services and treatments that are redeemable through the Federal Government’s Child Dental Benefits Scheme including:

  • Examinations
  • X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fissure sealing
  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Extractions

The Somerset Dental team have vast experience when dealing with children’s dentistry, including paediatric dentistry, and we can expertly cover all of the general dental services covered by the Child Dental Benefits Scheme. Call Somerset Dental on 02 4648 0909 today to make an appointment to care for your child’s dental health.

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Help for those without Health Insurance

Help for those without Health Insurance

Here at Somerset Dental Care, Narellan, we are committed to looking after the dental health of the whole family – with or without private health insurance.

By offering a range of vital services at discounted prices, we can help ease the financial strain of caring for your family.

The costs of raising a family can often seem never-ending but their dental health is such an important aspect to care for and maintain. Good dental hygiene and maintenance not only improves health and wellbeing, it promotes higher self-esteem and confidence as they make their way through the world.

Somerset Dental Care, Narellan understand that not all families have private health insurance and that a visit to the dentist is a substantial cost. We offer the highest standard yet affordable services and treatments that help you and your family show off your best smiles.

With this in mind, we are currently offering these services at a reduced cost:

  • Adult check-up, X-rays, clean, polish and fluoride treatment for only $199, saving you $61*
  • Children’s check-up, X-rays, clean, polish and fluoride treatment for only $170, saving you $90*

It is important to remember that the Australian Government also offers financial assistance for most general dental services to eligible children under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme. Working in partnership with Somerset Dental, your child can benefit from our high quality care and be covered by this initiative. Click here to check out your family’s eligibility for the Child Dental Benefit Scheme.

We also appreciate that even with private health insurance, out of pocket gap fees can pile up quickly. Somerset Dental Care are happy to pay these out of pocket gap fees on some of our key services including X-rays, fluoride treatments, cleans and polishes. These are just some of the ways we can help you take care of yourself and your family. So call Somerset Dental Care today on 02 4648 0909 to make appointments for the whole family.

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