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New Year, New Smile: Get Your Dental Health Sorted For The New Year

New Year, New Smile: Get Your Dental Health Sorted For The New Year

At the end of each year, we all tend to start taking stock of our best intentions and long-term goals. These resolutions are very hard to maintain unless we enlist the help of professionals to keep us on track. This can particularly be said for the common resolution of “getting my teeth sorted out”.

Making the decision to embark on extensive dental work can be a very daunting prospect so it is highly important to partner with a trusted dental supplier. Whether it is a naturally occurring dental issue you would have always wanted to correct, or an effect of dental damage and decay, Somerset Dental provide an expansive range of restorative and endodontic services to transform your smile. We can comprehensively “sort” out any of your dental issues, making sure you end up with the smile you have always dreamt of.

Restorative Services

Our restorative services are designed specifically to bring your teeth back to their full brilliance and function. If your teeth are damaged or have been lost entirely, Somerset can provide composite fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, as well as ceramic or porcelain restorations. We also specialise in teeth whitening, either through our chairside services or at home, to enhance your smile or make it even more brilliant.

Endodontic Treatments

Endodontic treatments or root canal treatments are commonly provided when more significant root damage is evident in teeth. Complemented by further services such as crowns, endodontic treatments can save your original compromised tooth and restore it to full capability and appearance.

Invisalign Services

Representing the pinnacle of teeth realignment and positioning, Invisalign treatments can help you completely transform the appearance of your smile. By correcting dental alignment issues such as overcrowding, under bites and widely-spaced teeth with this highly popular and unobtrusive system, Somerset Dental can help you achieve your dental goals without feeling embarrassed or self-conscious.

Embarking on a resolution to correct your dental issues is a really important thing to do for your overall health. If your teeth are healthy, many other areas of your general health, wellbeing and self-confidence will also improve. So call Somerset today to see how we can help you on your journey to your best smile.

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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

Source: http://www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au/how-much-sugar

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.

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How To Maximise the Long Lasting Benefits Of Your Fluoride Treatments

How To Maximise the Long Lasting Benefits Of Your Fluoride Treatments

Since the 1960’s and 1970’s, the majority of Australian drinking water were fluoridated, a program where the levels of naturally occurring fluoride in the water in increased to strengthen teeth against tooth decay, resulting in healthier teeth and dental health. Flouiride is so important to achieving dental health that in fact the US Centers for Disease Control state that the, “Fluoridation of drinking water…one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century”.

As well as drinking fluoridated water and always using fluoride toothpaste, fluoride treatment at Somerset Dental, Narellan can actually reverse the effects of acid attacks on your teeth. A dental fluoride treatment can help to strengthen the structure of the tooth by ‘remineralising’ it, so that the damage is repaired and the tooth becomes more resistant to acid.

After your dental fluoride treatment and between dental visits, there are things you can be doing at home to maximise the long lasting benefits of your fluoride treatment.

  1. Brushing your teeth right – Brushing your teeth, twice a day for 2-3 minutes each time is important to keep your mouth clean, fresh and healthy.
  2. Using fluoride toothpaste – Fluoride is the most important ingredient in toothpaste. While most toothpastes on the market include fluoride, some natural toothpastes do not. Check the ingredients list on your toothpaste if you are unsure.
  3. Flossing – Cleaning between your teeth with floss prevents small pieces of food from becoming lodged and decaying the surrounding teeth
  4. Diet – What you eat and drink have a large impact on the health of your teeth. A well balanced diet is good for your general health as well as your dental health.

Dental fluoride treatments are highly recommended to extend the protection of fluoride you are already getting from drinking water. Dental fluoride treatments are recommended as part of your regular dental hygiene and should be scheduled for every 6-months.

Our team at Somerset Dental can help with your oral health. Contact Somerset Dental on 4648 0909 and get the advice you need today.

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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!

Book Your Next Appointment with Somerset Dental Care today and take advantage of our friendly dentists and our No Gap Dental offers.

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What is Fluoride and Why Do We Need It?

What is Fluoride and Why Do We Need It?

What Is Fluoride Exactly?

When many of us think of fluoride, we often think about toothpaste, tap water and even the family dentist!

Fluoride is actually a natural mineral that is found in the earth’s crust and that nature itself uses in many of its elements and life forms.

Why Do We Need Fluoride?

Fluoride is essential in preventing tooth decay and cavities. It works to harden the enamel and other minerals on growing and existing teeth, making them much less susceptible to decay and disease. This means fewer trips to the dentist and fewer fillings and extractions!

When we eat and drink, the acid in our mouths breaks down the hard parts of our teeth, meaning they become victims of decay. Fluoride is fundamental in preventing this from happening and in stopping the acids in our mouths from harming our teeth in the long run.

Fluoride is also very important for children, who need this vital mineral to ensure their teeth are strong and healthy before they actually emerge above the gum line.

How Do We Get Fluoride?

On an everyday basis, we generally receive fluoride in two forms:

  • Toothpaste – Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride; if not, consider switching to a fluoride toothpaste, especially if you have children. If you are unsure, simply check the label, as this should tell you how much fluoride the toothpaste contains.
  • Tap Water – Since fluoride is a natural mineral, it is often left in our water; this means when we drink tap water, our teeth benefit from fluoride! A recent study by the Australian Dental Association* showed that fluoridated water is beneficial to the dental health of all Australians.

You can check whether your tap water is fluoridated by contacting your local water supplier. If you live in the country and produce your own tap water (e.g. with a rainwater tank), consider having your water professionally analysed to check the fluoride levels.

Fluoride at Dental Checkups & Cleans

Although getting fluoride from toothpaste and tap water is important, this may not be enough to completely prevent your teeth from decaying.

When you go for your regular checkups and cleans at the dentist, your dentist will usually also apply a special Fluoride Treatment to your teeth. Each fluoride treatment is quick and gentle and simply involves the dentist smoothing the fluoride over your teeth.

If you are unsure if you are getting enough fluoride, be sure to talk to your dentist during your checkups and cleans and they will be able to advise you if your teeth are fluoride happy.

Our expert dentists at Camden, Macarthur and Wollondilly can help you determine if your teeth are getting enough fluoride. Book an appointment with us today or phone (02) 4648 0909.

*http://adaf.org.au/new-research-shows-fluoridation-improves-dental-health/

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How to Create a Personal Dental Care Plan

How to Create a Personal Dental Care Plan

Looking after your teeth and gums is one of the most important tasks in maintaining your overall health. A Personal Dental Care Plan will ensure your teeth and gums stay strong and don’t lead to gum diseases or tooth loss in future.

From checkups and cleans to recognising the signs of unhealthy teeth, check out these great tips for your personal dental care plan from Somerset Dental:

1. Find a Good Dentist

Having a strong, friendly relationship with a local dentist is essential in caring for your teeth. They will be able to provide you with valuable advice on how strong your teeth/gums are and what treatments you might require to get your mouth health back on track.

2. Checkups and Cleans

You should visit the dentist once every 4-6 months to maintain dental health, even if it’s only for a checkup and clean. During checkups and cleans, your dentist will remove excess tartar and plaque from your teeth and also take x-rays to make sure your teeth aren’t decaying. Checkups and cleans will go a long way in preventing tooth decay and gum disease, so make sure you visit your dentist regularly throughout the year!

3. Brush & Rinse Daily

Brushing for two minutes twice a day – once in the morning and once at night – should be part of your daily dental routine. Make sure you use an effective toothbrush, as well as toothpaste that contains the right level of fluoride. Forgetting to brush regularly or ignoring the importance of fluoride can lead to harmful acids and bacterial plaque building up in your mouth, which can cause serious gum disease. Don’t forget to clean your tongue as well, since many germs and bacteria can dwell here too.

4. Flossing

Any dentist will tell you that cleaning between your teeth is just as important as brushing. Flossing can remove tiny pieces of food and plaque from beneath your gumline and between your teeth, which your toothbrush won’t be able to reach. Ensure that you floss daily during your brushing routine. Using a mouthwash or rinse at the end of your clean is beneficial too.

5. Limit Acidic Foods

Acidic, sugary or starch-based food and drink can speed up the tooth decay process. While you don’t have to stop eating these foods altogether, try to avoid consuming them between meals, when the saliva in your mouth is trying to neutralise acids. Cutting out excessive sugary or acidic foods (and drink) from your diet will also mean you improve your physical health overall.

6. Avoid Smoking & Drinking

Tobacco and alcohol can cause bad breath, tooth loss, gum disease and can lead to various mouth and throat cancers. Avoiding smoking and drinking will improve the health of your mouth (and body) significantly and will also reduce your risk of disease and oral cancers.

7. Know the Signs

Bleeding gums, tooth discolouration, chipped teeth, bad breath and sore teeth or gums can all indicate that your mouth needs professional attention. If you notice any irregularities in your mouth or if your teeth/gums are sore, head to your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can determine what is causing the issue and will advise you on what treatment is needed to make sure that your problem doesn’t escalate and become more serious.

Somerset Dental Care provides personalised dental services to patients in the Macarthur and Camden areas. To make a dental appointment with one of our friendly dentists visit our website or contact us at [email protected].

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