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Choosing The Best Brush And Routine

Choosing The Best Brush And Routine

It’s amazing how many different types of toothbrushes there are on the market. But how do you know which toothbrush is best for you? When it comes to choosing between a manual or electric toothbrush, it’s really down to personal choice as both are effective if used properly. Here we take a look at three types of toothbrushes, and how they compare…

Electric

Electric toothbrushes are growing very quickly in popularity thanks to their ease of use and the price point being more accessible. Electric toothbrushes allow you to choose from different modes of power, including one for sensitive teeth. The timer function will help you keep to a strict routine and pressure sensors will alert you if you are brushing too hard. Children may find electric toothbrushes more fun, and you may find them easier to use and more comfortable.

Manual

Manual toothbrushes can have square or rectangular shaped heads; others can have diamond heads designed for better access to your back teeth. Then there’s the different patterns in the bristles, and the ranges of hard, medium and soft, all to make better contact with your teeth. Just remember to avoid damaging your teeth and gums during brushing. If you are a vigorous brusher, consider a softer bristle to avoid pressure. Hard bristles should be avoided, because they are often too abrasive on the gums and teeth.

Ergonomic

Toothbrush manufacturers say a good toothbrush is in the science. The ergonomic toothbrush has especially designed handles and brush heads, tongue scrapers, grip contours, hand traction control, left hand and right hand versions, all to help give you a better experience when cleaning your teeth.

When it comes to your best option, ask the experts! At your next appointment, ask the team at Somerset Dental Care is the best toothbrush for your mouth.

To schedule your next visit, please contact Somerset Dental Care on 1300 707 046, and we’ll help choose the right toothbrush for you.

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Pregnancy Health – 5 Tips To Maintain Your Smile During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Health – 5 Tips To Maintain Your Smile During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, hormonal changes that are a natural part of pregnancy can affect your oral health. For example, some pregnant women can experience especially sensitive teeth and gums.

However, a lot of women wonder if it is safe to visit the dentist while they are pregnant… The answer is yes. Dental cleanings and treatments are safe and encouraged for pregnant women, because a healthy mouth is as important for you as it is for your baby.

The best way to have a healthy smile during pregnancy is to practice good oral health. Here are 5 helpful tips:

#1: Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush twice daily, thoroughly cleaning along the gum line, and use a fluoride toothpaste to help keep plaque from building.

#2: Floss at least once a day between your teeth so that acid created from plaque can be removed, reducing gum disease.

#3: Since morning sickness often comes with pregnancy, it’s important to brush regularly to prevent stomach acid from affecting your teeth. Baking soda acts as an acid neutralizer, so rinsing thoroughly with it can stop the acid from harming your teeth.

#4: What you eat when you’re pregnant not only has a great impact on your baby’s health, but it also has an important role in your oral health. Try to limit acidic foods that can wear away enamel and focus on eating healthy or organic foods that are free from pesticides.

#5: Even if you’ve established a healthy cleaning routine for your mouth, you should have at least one dental clean during your pregnancy and always be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant.

Importantly, if you do require dental treatment such as cavity fillings or other emergency work while you’re pregnant, then it’s best to seek advice from the team at Somerset Dental Care. Call 1300 707 046 today.

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Pulp Fiction – can a tooth function without pulp?

Pulp Fiction – can a tooth function without pulp?

Having a toothache can be one of the worst pains imaginable. And leaving it too long only means the pain can become unbearable. So why does tooth pain occur?

The pulp inside your tooth is the tooth’s alarm system. When something goes wrong, such as decay or trauma, the pulp sends out a warning, which you experience as intense pain.

Dental pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that provides the tooth with nutrients for keeping the tooth alive, healthy, and functioning. As soon as the tooth has fully matured, it no longer needs the pulp to survive.

That means a tooth can function without pulp.

The tooth can get nutrients from surrounding tissue. That’s why the pulp can be removed without causing harm to the infected tooth. This is known as root canal treatment.

During treatment, Somerset Dental Care remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned and filled. Once we have cleaned and sealed your tooth, we recommend to protect your tooth with a crown, keeping your tooth in place long term.

Root canal treatment requires three to four appointments, and sometimes if there are many roots to the tooth, you may be referred to an Endodontist, a specialist in root canal therapy.

If you’ve got a terrible toothache, then don’t leave it too long, call Somerset Dental Care on 1300 707 046 and make an appointment today.

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Root Canal Therapy – take care of your whole health by starting with your teeth.

Root Canal Therapy – take care of your whole health by starting with your teeth.

Has your dentist told you that you need root canal treatment? If so, you’re not alone. It’s a pretty common procedure.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a common dental procedure that restores and lengthens the life of a tooth by removing damaged tissue from inside the root canals.

When you start treatment, your dentist will remove decay from your tooth, and start root canal treatment, removing the infected or damaged pulp via a small access hole.

The root canal is cleaned, disinfected and sealed with a filling so that it doesn’t get reinfected.

If you face having to undergo root canal treatment, often your dentist will recommend one of two choices: root canal treatment, or tooth extraction.

Understanding your choices and their impact on your future dental health and lifestyle is important. Read on to learn why nothing is as good as your natural tooth, and for simple tips on taking care of your whole mouth health…

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We’ve Come A Long Way: how advances in dentistry make maintaining your dental health much more pleasant

We’ve Come A Long Way: how advances in dentistry make maintaining your dental health much more pleasant

With advances in dentistry coming so far, we look at three of the newer dental care procedures and techniques that Somerset Dental Care have brought into our practice.

Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings are the new ‘white’ or ‘tooth-coloured’ fillings that have replaced older silver/metal (amalgam) fillings. These fillings are preferred to alternative filling materials due to their more natural appearance, and can be altered to be a near-identical shade of your teeth.

Composite fillings are made of resin. They are strong, durable, and reasonably priced. They also bond or glue to the cavity, which strengthens the tooth and insulates the tooth from extreme temperature changes.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a nearly invisible braces treatment that features removable aligners that you can take off when necessary. Each aligner is individually made for you. The aligners are changed every two weeks to move your teeth gradually and comfortably, therefore minimising pain. There are many braces options available but none as comfortable or as flexible as Invisalign.

Invisalign is perfect for…

  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Overbites
  • Underbites

Invisalign is the popular choice among adults who want to completely transform their smile. This feature makes Invisalign very comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, but best of all – will give an end result of straight teeth.

Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic Treatment, more commonly known as root canal treatment, fixes problems in the tooth’s soft core, or dental pulp. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulp had to be extracted. Today, root canal treatment can save teeth with compromised or even dead pulp, which is the soft tissue in the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

The most common cause of dental pulp disease is a crack or a deep cavity in the tooth. Bacteria can get inside the tooth through these cracks or cavities, causing the dental pulp to become infected. Pus from the infection can build up at the root tip of the tooth forming a ‘pus-pocket’, or an abscess, inside the jawbone. If an abscess is left untreated, it can damage the jaw and cause serious complications such as septicaemia.

Treatment can require up to three appointments. During treatment, we remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned and filled. Sometimes, if there are many roots to the tooth, we might refer you to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal therapy.

Speak to the expert and friendly team at Somerset Dental 1300 707 046 today for advice on what treatment is best for you to deliver that perfect smile.

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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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