Patient Education

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  • Necessary to assess your oral health to provide a picture of areas cannot see
  • There is a lot going on in your mouth and a visual is often not enough to diagnose all problems
  • Check for decay, infections in and around the roots of your teeth
  • Check for problems with existing fillings and presence of gum disease
  • Plan for root canal and extractions
  • Check wisdom teeth position and assess if require removal
  • Rule out malformed, displaced, mal positioned teeth
  • Make sure tooth development is following in the right sequence

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  • Dental Digital xrays involve extremely low amount of radiation.
  • A simple routine xray is about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight (1 -2 hrs) or the equivalent to 4 hours in the sun
  • Even scarier stat 2 dental xrays are the equivalent to spending day walking around on the earth due to the background radiation we come into contact with
  • Although generally kept to a minimum, xrays can be taken safely during pregnancy and may be essential in managing dental disease, infections and trauma.

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  • Your baby needs to come to the Dentist after the first tooth  appears and should continue to visit at regular intervals of every six months until the child is 12 years old.
  • Therefore ideally around 1 year of age should be the first visit.  However, if you notice anything out of the ordinary before this please do not hesitate to call and book an appointment.
  • Dentistry is not just about the teeth is also about gums, lips and inside of the mouth
  • There are a range of issues a Child can suffer from that may otherwise be missed such as abnormal tooth/jaw development to child sleep disorders and night grinding that only a qualified health professional can diagnose and advise on how treat.
  • Early intervention and treatment can save much trouble and potential long term health issues than if the problem would go undetected or treated

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN A CURE AND EARLY VISITS WITH HELP PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM TOOTH DECAY AND OTHER MEDICAL ISSUES ASSOCIATED.

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  • Teething is not fun for anyone but here are some tips to hopefully help your little one manage things better.
  • There is no perfect formula to help and sometimes trial and error is needed to get a result that works best
  • First thing to try is to distract them from the pain.  Lots of affection and attention with plenty of cuddles can help keep their mind off their mouth for short relief
  • Some light pressure with something cold can help relieve sore gums. Gently rubbing or massaging the gums with clean finger or cold cloth (NOT TOO HARD OR TOO COLD)
  • Teething rings that are chilled (not frozen) can offer temporary relief through pressure and cold
  • If tot prefers (cooled) dummy than that is ok
  • Little ones that are on solids can use sugar-free rusks or peeled cucumber to help soothe tender areas
  • DO NOT add sugar, honey or jam to the tip of a baby bottle or dummy
  • DO NOT add medicines to your child’s food or bottle
  • AVOID the use of Amber necklaces and bracelets as they pose a choking risk and have no scientifically proven therapeutical benefit
  • If all techniques and measures fail give Maylands Dental Centre a call before using any pain medication or oral gels containing local anaesthetic
  • If fever persists please see a Doctor

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  • Painkillers like Panadol (paracetomol) can help or Nurofen (ibuprofen) which has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Brush and keep area clean even if painful
  • Rinse with salt water to keep clean
  • Otherwise antibacterial mouth rinse e.g. Savacol can also help
  • Call Maylands Dental Centre for same day emergency appointment

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  • Leave area alone with food fingers and tongue
  • Brush and floss teeth regularly
  • Use warm salt water rinses to sooth and calm the gums
  • Tooth aches never go away and just get worse so avoid putting things off
  • If the ache does go away it will only be for a short period of time before returning and is often worse than before
  • Keep away from extreme temperatures hot and cold

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  • Mouthguards are designed to help protect your teeth and gums from damage due to trauma
  • If a mouthguard does not fit it won’t provide any protection and risks of damage
  • All current literature overwhelmingly supports use of a thermoformed custom fitted mouthguard over boil and bite
  • Able to customised not just the fit but also the thickness for specific sports
  • They are much more comfortable and fit better than boil and bite which increases compliance
  • Increased safety studies show that custom made mouthguards protect the jaw as well as the teeth
  • Better able to breath and speak
  • Can have them made in your teams colours
  • Longer lasting in adults
  • Can even make them if patient has braces on

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  • Processed foods especially those high sugar content, fresh is best
  • Low pH (acidic) foods and drinks like soft drink, beer, fruit juice, wine, vinegar, citrus fruits
  • best to have high risk foodstuffs with meals to limit risk
  • Coke and other sweetened fizzy drinks are bad as have sugar AND acid
  • Not always the amount of sugar that can do harm but how often  therefore try to limit “snacking”
  • Better options include cheese, raw veggies, nuts, lean meats and breadsticks
  • For packaging labels with 5g per 100g for sugar or less is best as considered low sugar

DONT BE FOOLED BY OTHER HIDDEN LABELS FOR SUGAR SUCH AS

  • Glucose, fructose, sucrose, corn syrup, malt

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  • Raw veggies, nuts, cheese, lean meats and breadsticks are nice safe options for snacks
  • Decay is caused by how frequent you snack and how long you are exposed to food at any one time.
  • This does not just mean fizzy drinks and lollies but also foods high in natural sugars or starch
  • Ideally aim for under 5g of sugar per 100g
  • Snacking between main meals and should be light and low in sugar
  • Fresh is best, packaged foods tend have higher sugar content
  • Avoid sticky, gummy, chewy or sweets foods
  • Avoid grazing
  • Limit fruit to two servings per day (while fruit is good for little ones but can be harmful in high dosages)
  • Always give kids water with every meal to help wash away food that is lingering around the mouth

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  • Dentist is the best person to assess your teeth and requirements for whitening and also manage the side effects.
  • Whitening poses very little risk in the right hands
  • Whitening teeth without proper instructions by a Dentist can irreversible damage to teeth and soft tissues of the mouth
  • Teeth whitening products are in essence  bleaching agents and if not uses correctly can be very dangerous not just for the teeth but also the gums and lips (IT CAN BURN and DO DAMAGE)
  • Can cause long term permanent sensitivity if the correct concentrations are not given
  • Whitening toothpaste contains abrasives and can damage the enamel. Whitening strips can also have this affect
  • If have side effects from tooth whitening only a Dentist can manage these
  • If you have decay or problematic teeth teeth whitening can accelerate the problem
  • Some teeth whitening products have been banned from by TGA but beauticians and stand alone (non dental registered) clinics are not controlled by this and continue to use these products
  • The results you are expecting only a Dentist can achieve save the disappointment and come in for a free consultation
  • AVOID BEAUTICIANS, HARIDRESSERS and SHOPPING CENTRES who are NOT QUALIFIED TO WHITEN YOUR TEETH. No training is provided to these beauticians or clinics and there is a risk of harm

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  • Permanent damage to enamel, causing;
    • Sensitivity to hot and cold on the teeth from wearing away the enamel or the feeling you teeth feel flat
    • Continued chipping and breaking the edges of your front teeth
  • Jaw pain, limited mouth opening, lock jaw
  • Headaches, neck pain even facial pain
  • Decay, premature loss of teeth
  • Difficult for yourself or your partner to sleep if occurs at night during sleep

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  • If your teeth hurt when you eat ice-cream, drink hot beverages or eat sour or citrus foodstuffs , you may have “sensitive teeth”
  • This could be caused from brushing too hard which can wear away the protective enamel layer making your teeth sensitive (brushing harder  does not mean cleaner)
  • You may have gum disease which can cause recession of your gums exposing the sensitive roots of your teeth
  • You may be grinding your teeth and wearing your enamel away
  • Erosion of enamel by acidic drinks and foods or stomach acids  (reflux or vomiting)
  • Broken or decayed teeth can cause the nerve in the toot to become exposed, irritated and sensitive

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  • Bad breath is a multi-factorial condition and can be caused by a large number of factors and conditions
  • The most prominent cause is lack of good oral hygiene habits
    • Lack of adequate brushing and flossing is the prime causes of bad breath, if food and plaque is not removed frequently it will begin to smell causing a bad breath
    • Your tongue is also an area can harbour a lot of food and bacteria especially if you have deep cracks and crevices that food can get stuck in.  It is very important that you brush your tongue regularly or use a tongue scraper
  • You may be suffering from dry mouth. This can be caused from certain medical conditions, medications or even some food and drinks.
    • The list of medications is huge and if have concerns please book an appointment there are a large number of therapeutical products that can manage this
    • Coffee, tea and alcohol dry your mouth out and this can also bring on bad breath
    • Certain gastro-intestinal and stomach reflux conditions can also produce bad breath

Answer:-

  • Your tooth is mineral that is made of a few layers
  • The outer layer (enamel) covers and protects the tooth and has no nerve fibres present just minerals.  The under-layer called Dentine is where the nerve fibres start
  • If you have a hole/decay in the enamel layer you may not feel any sensitivity or pain but the tooth will still need attention
  • It is much easier to fix the tooth when decay is only small and not deep into dentine.  The smaller filling will last much longer and has minimal likelihood of playing up after treatment
  • This is a why so important keep up with regular check-ups early so small holes/early sign of decay are noticed early and can be fixed appropriately

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  • Natural purified protein from bacteria same as penicillin
  • Muscle relaxer and rejuvenator (stops muscles moving)
  • Stops forming lines
  • Fix lines around mouth and face
  • Quick treatment pain free
  • Last 4-9 months and not permanent
  • Lines form due to muscle movement and loss collagen and elastin