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Letting go of the bottles and pacifiers: the best thing for your baby’s teeth.

Letting go of the bottles and pacifiers: the best thing for your baby’s teeth.

Just because baby teeth will fall out and make way for adult teeth, it’s still important to have good dental hygiene for baby teeth as they will pave the way for good, healthy adult teeth.

If your baby is taking the bottle for their milk or formula, it’s important to try not to let the baby develop the habit of sleeping with a bottle at night or nap time, often used to sooth the baby to sleep. The constant milk on their teeth during these sleep times can start early tooth decay.

A pacifier, or dummy, is often used as a sleep time device, the consistency of sucking on the dummy soothing an unsettled baby to sleep.

A dummy can have long term ill effects on the way a baby’s teeth grow, the motion of sucking on the dummy, and the force of the motion, can see teeth grow with gaps or spaces for the dummy. If your child does rely on a dummy, it is important take the dummy away once the child is asleep and not to rely on it outside of sleep times. Experts recommended to wean a baby off a pacifier as early as possible. Easier said than done. Below are some tips for weaning a baby from their dummy.

  • Try and choose a time that isn’t too hectic or when your baby’s routine is going to be interrupted. You need to make the transition as easy as possible to so try not to make it too stressful on yourself or baby.
  • If you child is old enough, talk to them about their dummy and explain what is going to happen to try and make them part of the process
  • If you can’t get rid of it all together, make sure the dummy is strictly put away at times outside of sleep time.
  • If your child is showing positive signs of being without the dummy for periods, set a time to remove it all together
    Reward your child for showing less need of the dummy
  • Like most things with children, consistency is key. Keep your messages to your child consistent, don’t give in and try and not turn back.

Good dental care begins young and the habits that are formed can prevent dental complications and orthodontic treatments for older children. The team at Somerset Dental are here to help you teach your children proper dental hygiene. Contact us today and make an appointment with the team.

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The Hard Facts About Fluoride. Is It Safe?

The Hard Facts About Fluoride. Is It Safe?

Fluoride was introduced into Australian water supplies in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but there are still some concerns regarding the possible health risks of fluoride ingestion, especially given that 90% of Australians are consuming it! So, what is fluoride and – more importantly – is fluoride safe?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in all water supplies that has been found to help prevent tooth decay. Due to this discovery, communities underwent water fluoridation where the naturally occurring fluoride in water supplies were topped up in order to help fight tooth decay. The practice of water fluoridation spread rapidly when it became clear that communities with higher levels of fluoride in their water enjoyed stronger teeth. In fact, studies conducted in 2012 by Australian researchers concluded that water fluoridation led to significant reductions in tooth decay worldwide!

Nonetheless, there are still some community concerns regarding the fluoride that is commonly found in drinking water and dental care products. Whereas the benefits of fluoride have been scientifically proven time and time again, concerns about the potential health hazards of fluoride have not been backed by any field experts or research. In fact, organisations such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Australian Consumers Association (CHOICE) all herald fluoride as an effective means of maintaining your health. The World Health Organization (WHO) went as far to declare that “universal access to fluoride for dental health is a part of the basic human right to life.”[1]

With very little evidence supporting the claim that fluoride is a health hazard, and solid scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of fluoride in maintaining oral health, it’s safe to say that it is not only safe to use but also a recommended part of your oral care routine. In fact, it is already a natural ingredient in the water you drink and the oral care products you use daily!

Simply put, you needn’t worry about fluoride. It is safe, and is only helping to fight the war on tooth decay, and you may not even know it.

If you still have any questions regarding fluoride and your health, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Somerset Dental Care today.



[1] http://www.who.int/oral_health/events/oral%20healthc.pdf

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What’s ‘Normal’ in Oral Health When Ageing?

What’s ‘Normal’ in Oral Health When Ageing?

As we age, we tend to see a decline in our oral health, but many of these oral health issues are not related to ageing. Instead, they’re often caused by the culmination of oral health problems over time. This means that with the right oral care when we’re younger, we can prevent oral health issues when we’re older!

Getting older takes its toll on our oral health. Cases of dental decay, gum disease, missing teeth, and so forth all increase as we age. And it makes sense: as we expose our teeth to more wear and tear, the protective elements of our mouth such as your tooth’s enamel and gum line naturally wear away. However, if you can keep your teeth in good condition when you’re young, you’re much more likely to avoid a plethora of dental issues when you’re older.

Investing in your oral health while young is important for your health as you age, especially if recommended oral care such as brushing or flossing becomes difficult in old age. It’s not uncommon that older adults require help with their oral care, or an oral care plan from a dentist.

Our team at Somerset Dental can help with your oral health as you age. We’re experts in preventative and restorative dental treatments, and can aid you in ensuring that your oral health doesn’t suffer from age. Contact Somerset Dental on 4648 0909 and get the advice you need today.

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Are tongue and lip piercings as bad for your teeth as they say?

Are tongue and lip piercings as bad for your teeth as they say?

Piercings are a popular way to express yourself, but beware! It’s true what they say: tongue and lip piercings can have some harmful effects on your teeth and gums. But, with the proper care and advice from your dentist, you can minimise the damage and maintain a healthy smile while still wearing your oral jewellery.

The risk of infection is a well-known concern for those with tongue and lip piercings, but many don’t realise that their oral jewellery can cause damage to your teeth and gums. This is due to the constant rubbing between your piercings and your gums and teeth.

When your piercings come into contact with your mouth, it can wear away important protective elements of your teeth and gums. Tongue or lip piercings that come into constant contact with your gums can cause gum recession. When your gum recedes, you are exposing more of your tooth’s root, which can make it easier for bacteria to build up and severely damage your tooth. Without the proper care, this can result in tooth loss!

Your teeth can also be directly affected by your piercings. The rubbing of the oral jewellery on your teeth can wear away the enamel, which is the protective tissue on your teeth that protects them from the damage of daily use. Wearing away the enamel can leave your teeth weakened, and prone to deformation. It’s not unusual for wearers of tongue and lip piercings to experience chips or cracks in their teeth.

If you’re concerned about existing or future damage that your teeth or gums may experience due to tongue or lip piercings, there are a few things that you can do.

Ensure that an experienced and trusted individual pierces your mouth. Someone who is well-known will have the experience to ensure that your piercings don’t interfere with your daily activities and oral health.

It’s also recommended that you remove the piercing when you eat, sleep, brush your teeth, and undertake strenuous activity. This will help to avoid any damage to your teeth or gums both when you use your mouth the most, and when you have little control over the contact between your gums, teeth, and piercings.

If you wear or are considering wearing oral piercings, it’s important that you take your oral health into account. Our dentists at Somerset Dental are highly trained and committed to providing you the very best advice and service in dental care, and can help you with your concerns. Contact Somerset Dental and get quality dental advice today!

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How do I know if I have bad breath? And what do I do?

How do I know if I have bad breath? And what do I do?

Isn’t it better to know that you have bad breath, rather than be told that you have bad breath? There are a few ways to test the smell of your breath, and a few things that you can do about bad breath if you have it.

Testing Your Breath

  1.  The Wrist Test – This is a tried and true breath tester. Simply lick the inside of your wrist, let it dry for more than five seconds, and smell it. This is an indicator of how your breath smells to others
  2. Bad Taste – Is there a bad taste in your mouth? If there is, your breath could be off-putting to others.
  3. Your Tongue – There are two ways to test your breath with your tongue. The first is to stand in front of a mirror and stick out your tongue as far as you can. If there is a white-coloured film on your tongue, you may have bad breath due to the bacteria that lingers on that film. Another way of testing the bacteria on your tongue is to get a spoon and gently scrape the back of your tongue. If there is a whitish coating, your breath will most likely smell bad.
  4. Ask!  – Ask someone that you trust for an honest assessment of your breath’s smell. It’s better to be told by someone you trust rather than tonight’s date!

These are at-home tests that you can use before that big job interview or that first date. However, the most accurate measure of the smell of your breath is a halimeter test. A halimeter is a dental instrument that tests your breath and saliva for the concentration of sulphide in your breath, and is the most honest way to test your breath’s smell.

What Can You Do?

  1.  Brush Twice A Day – Brushing twice a day can really help to remove that bad odour from your breath, but don’t forget to brush your tongue too!
  2. Floss Daily – Flossing is a must. Flossing helps remove those foods that get stuck between your teeth, and helps you to avoid periodontal disease, which is a common cause of bad breath.
  3. Drink Water – A dry mouth can cause bad breath, so it’s important to keep the liquid intake high

You should also see your dentist every six months for an oral exam and teeth cleaning. They will be able to identify any issues with your oral health that may lead to bad breath, and prevent it before it becomes a problem.

At Somerset Dental, our dentists are committed to ensuring that your dental health goals are met, and that includes the smell of your breath. Contact Somerset Dental for great dental care today!

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Can Dentists Straighten Teeth Too?

Can Dentists Straighten Teeth Too?

Dentists can straighten teeth, and at Somerset Dental, we recommend Invisalign as the ideal choice for your teeth straightening needs.

Straight teeth don’t just look better; they lead to better oral health too. However, traditional orthodontic treatment with braces can be unappealing as braces can be unattractive and uncomfortable. At Somerset Dental, our dentists recommend straightening your teeth with Invisalign.

Invisalign is a teeth straightening treatment which uses nearly invisible and removable aligners. For mild changes, the Invisalign teeth straightening method is perfect due to its flexibility, comfort, near-invisibility, and fairly quick treatment time.

Invisalign’s flexibility makes it a popular choice among adults. Invisalign is nearly invisible, comfortable, and removable, meaning that it does not interfere with your day-to-day routine. This means you can straighten your teeth and continue to go about your day with confidence.

When you visit Somerset Dental for teeth straightening advice, our dentists will assess your teeth and will determine whether teeth straightening with Invisalign is right for you. If our dentists recommend Invsalign for your teeth, a set of individually suited aligners will be made for you which will begin your teeth straightening journey. These aligners are changed every two weeks to move your teeth gradually but comfortably.

Treatment times for Invsalign can vary. To find out whether your teeth are suitable for this nearly invisible teeth straightening solution, book an appointment with Somerset Dental today!

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Looking for a whiter smile? Teeth whitening will get you there.

Looking for a whiter smile? Teeth whitening will get you there.

Do you want a white smile? That smile that will stand out from the crowd? The smile that turns heads?

Teeth whitening is one of the most wanted procedures around Australia. That’s right, you’re not alone! Half of us would love our teeth to be whiter. Do you want to know the six issues standing in our way? Food, poor oral hygiene, tobacco, grinding your teeth, tooth trauma and even aging!

Let’s face it; it may be hard to give up your morning coffee which gets you through the day. Or the red wine you enjoy so much when it’s time to wind down and relax. Grinding your teeth? That happens subconsciously while you’re sleeping. And aging? If someone has a time machine or a fountain of youth in their backyard please let me know. These aren’t excuses; they are daily issues which sometimes can’t be stopped. So instead of giving up on the things you love, why not teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening restores the natural colour of your enamel and is one of the most requested procedures. No one wants to be ashamed or embarrassed to smile. Checking in regularly with your dental care professional ensures that your teeth stay healthy and whiter for longer. Grinding your teeth can create sensitivity which is why it may make it difficult to whiten your teeth. However at Somerset Dental we can find the best way to prevent and even take care of grinding teeth and tooth trauma.

So whether you’re a coffee or red wine drinker, aging in your years, a smoker or even a teeth grinder – you can still get that glowing white smile through teeth whitening. At Somerset Dental we offer in chair whitening or teeth whitening at home, offering the most preferred and flexible option for you. Contact the team at Somerset Dental today to discuss this quick and rewarding teeth whitening option.

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Finally, a dental surgery that says – ‘Walk ins are welcome’ – Even on a Saturday

Finally, a dental surgery that says – ‘Walk ins are welcome’ – Even on a Saturday

You never can tell just when you might eat popcorn that results in a broken filling or a rouge ball in softball might knock out a tooth on a Saturday morning. It can be impossible to get an emergency dental appointment – especially on a Saturday in Camden or Narellan. Or even if the dental surgery is open, Saturday appointments need to be booked out a month in advance as everyone wants a Saturday appointment.
If you are in a position where you cannot make it to a dentist in the event of an emergency there are some dental tips you should keep in mind:

  • Knocked out tooth: this particular accident really does need immediate dental care to ensure no long term damage
  • Toothache: if you cannot make it to a dentist soon, painkillers are your best bet. Also avoid eating any sugary, hot/cold foods that may aggravate your tooth pain
  • Sore gums: if you have ulcers or sore gums try gargling and swishing salt water. This will ensure to kill any bacteria, and prevent an infection from getting worse in the mean time
  • Lost filling or dental crown: this may seem like an emergency, however can be managed until you see a dentist the next day or so. Just ensure to keep a hold of that tooth filling (unless you swallowed it!)

Somerset Dental Care has daily dedicated emergency spots available, to ensure that whether it is a chip or a crack on a Tuesday afternoon or a knock out on a Saturday – we can accommodate your needs where possible. If you are uncertain whether you are experiencing an emergency, call us on 4648 0909 to speak to a member of the Somerset Dental Care team.

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Dental filling or dental crown – Are they really that different?

Dental filling or dental crown – Are they really that different?

Fillings and crowns are both highly effective dental procedures that can fill a cavity or repair a cracked tooth. However a tooth filling or crown can be recommended for different treatment paths and one isn’t necessarily better than the other for your specific dental problem.

A tooth filling is effectively a dental restoration that fills in a missing portion of tooth – possibly from a cavity – to restore the tooth to its original shape – and to restore strength to the tooth. The size and shape of the tooth are paramount in determining if a filling will be effective long term. If it is a large tooth with a large hole, the inherent strength of the tooth is in question and a tooth filling may not be the right procedure.

A dental crown may be needed to ensure the tooth will not crack or be damaged again in the near future. A dental crown effectively cups the tooth, protecting the filling on the inside of the tooth giving extra strength from the outside.

There can be a number of different reasons why we might suggest that a dental crown should be considered for a tooth. These include greater strength, increased longevity, better tooth protection as well as allowing the dentist greater control over the tooth’s ultimate cosmetic appearance.

While a dental filling is usually a one visit procedure, a dental crown can take several visits. As each crown is built around the size and shape of your tooth, we first need to make an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. A temporary filling or crown may be put in place while your final crown is being built and on your next visit your final crown will be fitted.

A dental crown costs more than a filling, but considering that they are generally longer lasting, improve the strength of your tooth and can improve the look of a tooth- the benefits are long term.
Somerset Dental Care will recommend a personalised treatment plan for you, recommending the best option for your smile. If you are unsure of whether a dental crown or tooth filling is right for you, call the team today to organise a consultation – call 4648 0909.

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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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