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The Perfect Pathway To A Perfect Smile

The Perfect Pathway To A Perfect Smile

Building a pathway to your perfect smile is easy when you have the right professional support and care. Somerset Dental provide extensive services in the areas of preventative, restorative, cosmetic and paediatric dentistry.

Somerset Dental offer comprehensive dentistry services and quality care in a friendly and relaxed environment. We cover more in-chair services by providing a wide range of expertise and skills. This avoids unnecessary ‘referring on’ to external specialists, so your care remains with Somerset Dental as much as possible.

The range of services available at Somerset Dental is built on the experience and knowledge of our dental professionals.

Each of the Somerset dentists brings their own particular dimension of skill, knowledge and service to our practice. For example, Dr Sean Lim takes a keen interest in providing the botox procedures now available and Dr Venkatesh Bhardwaj pays special attention to the provision of paediatric dental services, making sure children and young adults are as relaxed as possible. Regardless of the procedure, our dentists are dedicated to providing the best possible experience to patients.

Talk to us today to see how we can become your trusted dentistry partner.


Degenerative Drinks: Damaging To More Than Your Teeth

Degenerative Drinks: Damaging To More Than Your Teeth

It is common knowledge that there are a substantial number of drinks on the market that are highly damaging to general dental health. What can be surprising to some however, the far-reaching consequences that over-indulging on these can have not only on your teeth but your entire life.

So how does a drink end up damaging your teeth? There are two key areas; tooth decay caused by sugar, and dental erosion caused by acidity.

Tooth decay is predominantly caused by the bacteria that forms in plaque, leaving a damaging layer over your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque layer are essentially being super charged by feeding on the sugar in sweet drinks, accelerating their damaging effects. The more you drink, the more energy you give these bacteria to attack the enamel on your teeth.

Dental erosion is caused by the high acidity levels found directly in some drinks and foods.  The acidic levels found in these products dangerously drops the pH level in your mouth, causing your natural erosion defences to be weakened. Erosion attacks the tooth even more aggressively than decay, essentially dissolving the protective enamel crystals and exposing the tooth to further damage.

A perfect storm of degeneration happens when the worst offending drinks contain a mixture of both sugar and a high acidity level. Consumption of such drinks can rapidly increase the risk of painful dental issues, leading to the need for extensive, as well as avoidable, dental work.

The Cancer Council of Victoria have released a list of the most sugary drinks currently on the market, showing how our common beverage choices are fuelling the current epidemic of tooth decay in Australia.

Drink Serving size Grams of sugar (per serve) Grams of sugar (per 100ml)
Coca Cola 375ml 40g 10.6g
Coca Cola 600ml 64g 10.6g
Sprite 600ml 61g 10.1g
Fanta 375ml 42g 11.2g
Solo 600ml 72.6g 12.1g
V Energy Drink 500ml 53g 10.6g
Red Bull 250ml 27g 11g
Mother 500ml 52g 10.4g
Gatorade: Fierce Grape flavour 600ml 36g 6g
Powerade: Mountain Blast flavour 600ml 34g 5.7g
Spring Valley Smart Water: Armour flavour 500ml 33g 6.6g
Vitamin Water: Essential flavour 500ml 27g 5.49g
Lipton Ice Tea: Peach flavour 500ml 26.5g 5.3g


Damage to your teeth affects much more than the obvious visual aspects of your health. Any damage to your smile impacts on the way you present yourself to world and your overall self-confidence. Keeping your teeth healthy and protected from damage will help ensure that you never feel uncomfortable to smile.

By limiting your exposure to degenerative drinks as well as committing to a dedicated and consistent oral hygiene routine, you can significantly improve the protection of your teeth. Somerset Dental can effectively advise you on the best drinks to consume in order to avoid these issues. Luckily, we can also provide comprehensive treatments and oral hygiene plans to help combat any existing signs of tooth decay or dental erosion.


Can Chewing Gum Really Improve Your Oral Health?

Can Chewing Gum Really Improve Your Oral Health?

Chewing gum on a regular basis has been proven to benefit your teeth and your overall oral health. But what do you really need to know about chewing gum?

The Benefits of Chewing Gum

  • Chewing gum is beneficial because it forces your mouth to produce saliva, which helps to neutralise the acids that can harm your teeth and lead to bacteria build up
  • When you chew, the extra saliva in your mouth also brings with it extra calcium and phosphate, which also works to re-mineralise and strengthen your teeth enamel
  • Chewing gum can also help your mouth clear out extra food debris that might otherwise become lodged in your teeth gums and it can also prevent dryness in the mouth
  • All of this works together to help prevent tooth decay in your mouth and keep your teeth strong and healthy; this can also lead to a reduced risk of plaque, gingivitis and other gum diseases

The Right Kind of Chewing Gum

The main thing to remember when chewing gum is that you need to chew the right kind of gum. That is, sugar-free gum.

  • While all gum will contain artificial sweeteners and flavours, gum that is high in sugar can actually harm your teeth and contribute to cavities. Always chew sugar-free gum.

How Long Should I Chew For?

Chewing gum for around 20 minutes after you eat is great for protecting your teeth.

Can Chewing Gum Replace Other Oral Practices?

No. Although chewing gum is great, you still need to keep up with your daily oral hygiene routines. These include: brushing twice a day, flossing, using a fluoride toothpaste and using a mouthwash if necessary. You should also visit your dentist for a check up every 6 months.

When Should I Not Chew Gum?

Chewing gum is not recommended if you are experiencing another type of oral problem, like painful teeth or gums. Your dentist will also usually tell you to avoid chewing gum if you have just received a dental treatment or undergone a procedure, like a tooth extraction.

What Sorts of Chewing Gums Are Good?

Any sugar-free chewing gum is best. Look for the Australian Dental Association ‘Seal of Approval’ on any gums you decide to chew. This seal means that the type of gum has been proven to break down acids in your mouth. Wrigley’s EXTRA chewing gum is one such gum that has gained endorsement from the Australian Dental Association. If your dentist feels that chewing gum is going to benefit you substantially, they may be able to recommend and provide you with specialised types of gums that are packed with good proteins that will help strengthen your teeth enamel.

Enjoy your chew!

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How Important Is Mouthwash?

How Important Is Mouthwash?

We all know that flossing and brushing twice a day is essential for keeping your teeth clean and healthy. But what about mouthwash? Should it be a necessary part of your daily oral hygiene routine?

1. Mouthwash Basics

Mouthwashes are generally antiseptic rinses that are used to decrease the microbial load in your mouth and reduce bacteria and plaque.

The main purpose of mouthwash is to freshen your breath (not to clean your teeth) and help prevent cavities.

It is important to note that mouthwash should not be seen as a replacement for brushing and flossing. Mouthwash should only be used as a follow-up to brushing and flossing twice daily.

2. Types of Mouthwash

  • Antiseptic Mouthwash: Antiseptic mouthwashes will almost always contain alcohol, which works to kill the bacteria and plaque building up in your mouth (these can also cause bad breath and lead to gum diseases)
  • Alcohol-Free Mouthwash: Alcohol-free mouthwashes are ideal for those with sensitive mouths or those who don’t want to include alcohol as part of their daily dental routines. Alcohol-free rinses are also recommended for children and teenagers who may be prone to swallowing the rinse, instead of spitting it out
  • Fluoride Mouthwash: Most mouthwashes contain fluoride, which is beneficial for protecting your teeth against acids and strengthening enamel. If you do need to use a mouthwash, a fluoride one is highly recommended

3. Do You Really Need Mouthwash?

It isn’t necessary to use mouthwash every day as part of your oral hygiene routine. Like any other type of medication, using mouthwash should be advised by your dentist.

While brushing and flossing is vital, mouthwash should only be used to combat a specific dental problem or need that you might be facing – such as bad breath, infections and gingivitis.

Your dentist will advise you if or when you need to use a mouthwash and what type of mouthwash will be most suitable.

4. Should I Spit or Swallow the Mouthwash?

If your dentist has advised you to use mouthwash, you should spit it out after each rinse. Swallowing excessive amounts of mouthwash, especially those that contain alcohol, can be harmful.

5. Mouthwashes & Other Diseases?

Some studies have claimed that there is a link between using alcohol-containing mouthwashes and diseases, like mouth cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure.

While some individuals (like smokers or drinkers) may be more susceptible to these diseases than others, these studies are largely inconclusive and don’t really prove that mouthwash is the cause of these illnesses. As always, you should use mouthwash as advised by your dentist.

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How To Tell When You Need a Filling

How To Tell When You Need a Filling

Did you know that dental fillings have been around since about the 1500s? Ever since, fillings have gone on to save a lot of teeth! But how can you tell when or if you actually need a dental filling?

What is a Dental Filling?

Dental fillings help us restore cavities and dental problems that would otherwise become highly problematic for our mouths. They are essentially used to “plug up” holes in our teeth left by decay, allowing teeth to remain healthy and continue functioning.

Today, most fillings are generally made of body-friendly materials like amalgam (a mix of alloys like silver, mercury and tin), composite materials (resin, glass), porcelain ceramic and even gold.

When You Need a Filling…

The only person who can really tell you if you need a filling is your dentist. They will need to examine your tooth closely, take x-rays and determine what work needs to be done to restore your tooth.

There are, however, a few signs and symptoms that can alert you to the fact that you might have a cavity in your tooth and may require a filling.

These include:

  • Pain in the tooth, including tooth aches, throbbing pains and sharp pains
  • Pain or sensitivity in the tooth when you touch it or put pressure on it (e.g. when eating, brushing)
  • A visible hole or mark that might indicate a hole exists
  • Dental floss that keeps fraying when you floss between a particular set of teeth
  • A rough or jagged feeling in the tooth when you run your tongue over it

If you don’t experience any of these symptoms, however, it is still possible that tooth decay may be present and that you will need a filling. This is often the case with smaller holes that may exist in your teeth, but that won’t necessarily cause you any pain or discomfort.

The best way to stay abreast of any teeth cavities is to ensure you visit your local dentist every 6 months for a checkup and clean.

What Happens If You Ignore the Need for a Filling?

If you fail to visit your dentist regularly or if you choose not to go ahead with a filling (for whatever reasons), the effect on your teeth can be very damaging:

  • Your tooth will continue to rot and decay
  • This can potentially cause you a great amount of pain and make eating (and other tasks) difficult or uncomfortable
  • It can cause greater infections in the mouth, such as gingivitis and gum disease
  • If left untreated, the cavity will become large, forcing the tooth to decay on a greater scale, and a root canal treatment or tooth extraction may be the only way to resolve the problem

Common Filling Questions

Here are some common questions we get asked at Somerset Dental Care about filings:

  • Will Getting a Filling Hurt? No. Your dentist will usually use a local anaesthetic to ensure that you feel little to no discomfort during your filing procedure.
  • How Long Does It Take to Get a Filling? A filling treatment will generally take around 30-60 minutes to complete. If your cavity is large, however, or if you have multiple cavities, more time may be required.
  • Are Fillings Expensive? Fillings today are generally very affordable for everyone. If you have private healthcare, your treatment costs may be partially or wholly covered as well.
  • Will My Tooth Feel Different After a Filling? Your teeth may feel a little strange straight after the treatment, but within a day or two, they should go back to feeling and performing as normal.

Do you have a filling question? Or are you experiencing pain or discomfort with a particular tooth?
Somerset Dental Care can fix it! We are a friendly dentist based in the Narellan region. To book your appointment, contact us here.