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December 15, 2016

The 12 smiles you’ll see this Christmas

Everyone is preparing for the big day where you’re catching up with family, opening presents and eating food until you burst! During this joyous holiday there will be so many reasons to smile, whether you’re laughing at your family’s crazy antics or posing for a photo.

Check out some of our favourite reasons to smile below!

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December 8, 2016

Christmas and your oral health

The silly season has now well and truly begun, and with it comes the promise of presents, sweets and food comas. While this all sounds delightful, it’s important to remember that your teeth are still vulnerable to sugar (we’re looking at you, candy canes). There are some things you can do to minimise the risk of tooth decay in the coming year, so read on!

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December 1, 2016

TMJ disorder may be the cause of your headaches

If you get recurring headaches, grind your teeth at night, hear a clicking/popping sound when you eat, have jaw pain, or often feel a dull ache in your temples then you may be suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Your TMJ allows you to open your mouth, chew and talk. However if the jaw becomes misaligned from an injury, or osteoarthritis, or shifting of the teeth, this can result in a series of ailments including recurring headaches, migraine, neck and shoulder pain, dizziness and jaw pain.

You may have TMD if you suffer from any of the following:

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November 24, 2016

Get photo ready this summer with Clear Choice Dental

The long summer days and short balmy nights create perfect conditions for outdoor fun. And while warmer weather might tear you away from that comfy couch, it’s also the time of year when work events and parties occur more often. To keep your smile looking flawless all summer long, all you need to do is follow our 5 tips:

  • Be mindful of your teeth when eating or drinking.
    Food particles can get stuck between your teeth, so make sure you’re rinsing your mouth out with water after every meal. This will not only help get rid of that piece of broccoli stuck in your front tooth, but it will help reduce plaque buildup and tooth decay in the long run. In addition, some beverages can stain your teeth so it’s best to use a straw when consuming sugary or coloured drinks.
  • Get a take-home teeth whitening kit to ensure your teeth are always pearly white.
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November 17, 2016

Missing a tooth? You’ll want to read this.

Chances are, if you have missing teeth you’ve considered getting them replaced at some point. Having to cover your mouth when talking, being careful about eating certain foods, or avoiding smiling in photos because you’re embarrassed about the gaps in your teeth can have a serious impact on your self confidence. Having your teeth replaced will not only restore your ability to eat the foods you love, but it will also give you the confidence to smile again. A missing tooth can be replaced in two ways: with a dental bridge, or a dental implant.

What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a porcelain tooth restoration that consists of 3 or more man-made teeth. It involves filing down of the teeth on either side of the site of the missing tooth; the filed-down teeth are then used as anchors to support each end of the dental bridge.

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium root replacement. It is inserted into the jaw, and then a porcelain crown is fitted to the implant to create the most natural look and feel of a real tooth.

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October 7, 2016

Get the pearly white smile you deserve

You’re probably wondering: how do all of these models manage to have such a seemingly effortless smile, and how can I improve mine?

The first thing you need to know is that most models are not born with perfect teeth. Most people get their straight and pearly whites from a series of dental treatments (including restorative and cosmetic dental procedures) and continue to properly maintain their teeth after doing so.

A set of healthy, beautiful teeth can do wonders for your self-confidence. And when you feel confident, you will definitely feel confident knowing that you’ll look great when flashing that big smile on camera.

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September 16, 2016

Taking care of your teeth while on vacation

We all love a good vacation. It’s a great way to relax and reconnect with family while visiting a fun place! But there’s never a good time to slack off on your oral hygiene. No-one wants to return home with a cavity, cracked tooth or sore gums, so read on for tips on how to keep your smile looking fab!

Your toothbrush – don’t leave home without it.
Continue to brush your teeth at least twice per day – this is super important. Skipping on brushing will allow plaque and stains to build up on your teeth, making them look yellow. You’re on holiday: you’re going to be taking photos so put your best smile forward! Try and use your own brush as airline toothbrushes may not clean your teeth as well as a store-bought one.

Miniature-sized floss for when you’re on the go.
Getting a chunk of food stuck between your teeth, and later having it appear in your photos can be an embarrassing experience, so we would recommend flossing after every meal (if you remember to!) and once before bed. Having to Photoshop food chunks out of your teeth is something no-one should have time for while they’re on vacation.

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September 9, 2016

Is cleaning your tongue really necessary, though?

Want to know the right way to clean your tongue, and how often you should be doing it? Read on:

It’s not just your teeth and gums that need a good clean twice a day. Your tongue is equally as important because it can be carrying millions of microscopic bacteria at any given time. Tongue cleaning removes a portion of these bacteria, as well as decaying food debris, fungi and dead skin cells from the surface of the tongue. You have to keep in mind that the surface of the tongue is not smooth; there are crevices and elevations all over the tongue, and the bacteria will hide in these areas unless they are removed.

The buildup of these bacteria from not cleaning your tongue regularly can lead to some major dental issues. Bad breath is caused by the by-product of toxins from the bacteria in the back of your mouth! Not only that, but the buildup of these bacteria can also lead to a buildup of plaque around your teeth, which causes gum disease and tooth decay.

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September 2, 2016

When should I start bringing my child to the dentist?

Some people think that milk teeth aren’t important because they’re temporary. Not only is that incorrect, but the health of your child’s teeth can affect their future permanent teeth, speech and jaw development.

When should a child first visit the dentist?

The general rule of thumb is to see a paediatric dentist within 6 months of their first tooth emerging. Chances are, your child won’t even remember the visit! After this time, most parents opt to have their child visit the dentist once every year until more teeth come out.

At Clear Choice Dental Maddington, we would recommend bringing your child to each of your own dental checkups so that they can familiarise themselves with the dentist, the sounds of the dental tools and sitting in the dentist’s chair. Once they reach 3 years of age, then they should have the confidence to come in and have their first real encounter with your dentist. While we do make the best possible effort to comfort and relax the child, if the child is too upset to have a proper examination then the dentist should immediately stop working. We want your child to have the best possible experience and be able to leave our practice with a big smile!

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August 26, 2016

Overbrushing – more serious than you think

It is well known that brushing your teeth regularly is the key to maintaining healthy teeth, but dentists have warned patients not to overdo it. “Toothbrush abrasion” is a condition that comes from over-brushing, and can lead to receding gums and sensitive teeth.

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Patient showing signs of over-brushing on the upper left side. Image courtesy of Dentagma.

Applying too much pressure when you brush not only wears down the enamel of your teeth, but can also damage the gums which can lead to it receding and exposing the vulnerable root area. Not only do receding gums make your teeth look longer, but it can also lead to gum disease and cavities on the roots of the teeth. Treatments such as composite fillings, root canals or an extraction may become unavoidable if you continue to brush your teeth aggressively.

Patients who are at the greatest risk of tooth and gum damage from over-brushing are those who brush with a hard-bristled brush, or those who brush more than three times a day. You don’t actually need to brush harshly to remove plaque! In order to clean your teeth effectively, it is more productive to brush thoroughly rather than brushing harder.

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