Flashy ties, ‘World’s Best Dad’ t-shirts, sorry socks, questionable aftershave… when it comes to Father’s Day gifts, we’ve all either received one (or more) of these items or been guilty of gifting them for our Dad. Unless of course, you’re the type who’s fond of giving cash as a gift. Ever thought about a teeth whitening gift?
Tooth sensitivity… anyone who’s experienced it will know just how painful it can be. Not to mention, it’s pretty much impossible to ignore when it hits. Now, if you do have trouble with teeth sensitivity, there are some things you can do to prevent those intrusive aches.
#1 – Avoid very hot or very cold food/drinks
Because sensitive teeth are usually thermally reactive, you’ll find that hot soups and ice are likely to lead to discomfort. Unfortunately, this means ice cream, hot chocolate and a few other typical favourites. If giving up these foods/drinks isn’t an option, you can try using specialised sensitive teeth toothpaste to help protect your enamel and decrease your teeth sensitivity.
So, we know it’s important to take care of our teeth and gums but we don’t really ever consider the consequences. Sure, we know it’ll be bad but do we ever really think more of it all?
Here are 5 risks associated with poor dental health.
#1 – Heart disease
Did you know people with Gum disease are two times more likely to develop heart disease? Additionally, they have a greater chance of developing arterial narrowing as a result of bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream through gums. We’re used to hearing the word gum disease these days and that’s led to a certain amount of complacency. Don’t ignore the potential wider effects of gum disease.
Brushing your teeth: it’s something you do twice a day (well, you should be brushing twice a day!). Yet even though we’ve all been doing this since we were tiny tots, you’d be amazed by how many of us aren’t actually brushing our teeth correctly.
Until we bring it up with our patients, we don’t seem to find many people bringing up this topic willingly. It appears to be one of those things people automatically assume they’re doing correctly. A few questions later though, and our team is more often than not, uncovering some serious flaws in the way people think they should be brushing their pearly whites.
We know how it is… we all try to get ourselves to the dentist at least twice a year but then life happens and we find ourselves overseas, or working 24/7 or maybe that check-up just completely slips our mind.
From there, your 6 month check-up becomes a 2 year check-up and within this period of time, all bets are off. We’re realistic: we don’t expect you to love visiting the dentist on a regular basis but it’s just one of those things that needs to be done twice a year (and at the very least, once a year).
Here at NovaDental, we’re big on preventative care and teeth whitening and we’ve already gone into how your diet influences your oral health. This time around, our team is shining a light on beverages and new teeth whitening tips.
There’s nothing better than a tasty drink to accompany a good meal and we know how important it is to keep ourselves hydrated. Here’s the all-important question though:
Is your favourite, tasty drink having a bad impact on your teeth (not to mention, your overall health)?
You may not really want to read what lies ahead but as they say, knowledge is power and you won’t be surprised to see some of the drinks on this list.
What’s one thing half of the population does from time to time? It’s something that according to Better Health, 5 per cent of the population do on a regular basis.
While we’re sure quite a number of habits could fall into this category, we want to talk about teeth grinding (known as bruxism).
Bruxism is the involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of teeth… as each of these words suggest, nothing we’ve just mentioned here is pretty! It’s not just something that happens during waking hours either, teeth grinding often occurs unknowingly while people are sleeping.
Stroll into any location where you’ll find children and you’re likely to observe numerous kiddies doing one thing: sucking their thumb. Interestingly, babies actually discover their thumbs in the womb.
So, why do kids suck their thumbs? For those little munchkins, it’s widely thought thumb sucking is both comforting and calming. Some children even suck on just the one finger during the most stressful of times.
While it’s unlikely this bad habit will harm baby teeth, the real concern revolves around the alignment of permanent teeth which start breaking through at about 6 years of age. Once baby teeth are gone, any potential damage is greater and in certain situations, may involve an orthodontist.
You can take a break from many things in life but you can’t really take a break from your oral hygiene. Often, travelling has the potential to throw everything into chaos which makes keeping your normal routine, all that more difficult to maintain.
Given we’re freezing our way through winter (brrrrr, it’s cold!), you may be thinking about heading off to a warmer climate.
So to help you out, our NovaDental dentists have put their heads together to come up with 5 fantastic tips that will help you to keep your teeth in top shape while travelling.
Fussy eaters and kids: the two tend to go hand-in-hand. According to the Better Health Channel, approximately half of all toddlers fit this description. Additionally, a staggering 8 out of 10 Aussie parents are concerned about their child’s eating habits. In other words, if you’re a parent, meal times can be a real source of stress.
Establishing a healthier food diet for your kids is easier said than done but it is important for a range of health factors. A question we’re often asked by parents is: how does my child’s poor diet impact their oral health?