We have previously discussed the negative effects of acid reflux on dental health here.
Chewing antacid tablets are a quick and convenient method to help with symptoms of upset stomach and heartburn, but there can also be dental side-effects that you may not be aware of.
Antacids can cause dry mouth, which can limit your saliva’s ability to neutralize acids in the mouth and wash away food debris.
Antacids often contain sucrose or glucose liquid (SUGAR!!) which can result in tooth decay.
Another issue is that if your acid reflux problem is not well controlled, managing with antacid tablets may result in a viscous cycle where your body reacts to antacid therapy by producing even more acid.
If you need relief from symptoms by using antacids
* try taking them with food
* rinse out with water as soon as possible afterwards
* don’t brush teeth for at least 30 minutes
Better still, see your GP for expert advice on managing your reflux and heartburn issues and see your friendly dentists at Brookfield R...
We have covered this issue before in our blogs from Brookfield Road Dental but it is worth repeating. Your child may be eligible to have their dental treatment (including check-up, x-rays, cleaning and fillings) covered by the Medicare CDBS scheme. We still see families that are not aware of the scheme or that do not take advantage of its benefits.
The cost of dental treatment can be a major barrier for families to access dental care but this scheme certainly removes one major obstacle.
Fear of dental treatment by both parents and children alike is another stumbling block to accessing dental treatment. Our team of friendly dentists at Brookfield Road Dental at Kenmore will always place prevention at the top of our priorities. This means families are encouraged to seen their dentist regularly. This allows us to build relationships and trust and if any further care is required it is addressed early on to minimise the need for traumatic or invasive treatment.
Dental Health Week, the Australian Dental Association's annual Oral Health campaign, is on again this year from August 5-11. This year we will be asking the question “How’s Your Oral Health Tracking?”
Some stats to consider are:
• 65% of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years.
• 50% of Australians brush their teeth only once-a-day.
• Nearly 40% never floss or clean between their teeth.
• 73% of young people (14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar
Our Dentists at Brookfield Road Dental at Kenmore can help you on your path to healthy teeth and gums - something to smile about!
Dental erosion happens when the enamel layer of our teeth is dissolved away because of exposure to an acidic environment. There can be many sources of this acid, but one that may be overlooked is acid coming from our stomach.
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease or “GORD” is a condition where stomach acid can rise up our food pipe and sometimes go all the way into the mouth. This can give rise to symptoms such as heart-burn or chest pains, a bad taste or odour in the mouth and a persistent cough.
The issue is that for some individuals the first sign of any reflux problem is when their dentist notices acid erosion of teeth at a routine dental check-up. Other dental signs can be yellowing of the teeth and general tooth sensitivity.
The message that out dentists at Brookfield Road Dental Kenmore wish to get out there is that even if you are unaware of any reflux symptoms, there is a strong correlation between tooth erosion and GORD. If your dentist has diagnosed dental erosion it woul...
This is a complex question to answer but one our dentists at our Kenmore practice hear increasingly these days. The influence of social media in particular can have teens questioning their appearance and wondering if there is something wrong with their teeth.
In part this issue can be addressed by the knowledge that “artificially white” and “naturally healthy” can be two separate things when it comes to the appearance of our teeth. Our team of dentists at Kenmore will always promote healthy teeth and gums as the most important factor in looking good and feeling well. Unrealistic expectations of unnaturally white teeth can be as harmful to one’s self esteem as well as one’s teeth.
It doesn't help that when our adult teeth first erupt the enamel is more translucent and can appear yellowish in comparison to our first teeth, which tend to look whiter because they are more opaque. Our adult teeth take some time to fully mature after they erupt; the pulp or “nerve” of the tee...
This is a question Dentists at our Kenmore practice hear quite often. This conversation often starts with someone noticing the wearing down of tooth enamel, known as erosion, and the discomfort of tooth sensitivity. Dental erosion happens when dental enamel is exposed to an acidic solution causing the weakening and breakdown of the mineral structure of the tooth. These days we are all aware of advertising for sensitive toothpastes, which certainly have their place, but what can we do to help prevent the condition in the first place?
Have a serious look at what you drink, particularly on a regular basis. We all know the healthiest and cheapest way to maintain adequate hydration is drinking plain tap water. See here.
This is not only at a neutral pH, but in the council areas that artificially fluoridate their water, populations will also receive the benefits of this proven public health measure.
Soft drinks like Pepsi and Coca-Cola have pH values a little above 2 m...
This is a question we hear frequently at our Kenmore Dental Practice. The simple answer is by the time the child reaches the age of 2, (although guidelines vary with different countries' dental professional associations).
The most important thing is that we get your child used to seeing a dentist in a relaxed manner early on so that we can detect any issues before they start causing pain. Not only that, we can help you with advice and encouragement to ensure that your kids grow up with the best chance of having healthy teeth and gums through good eating and hygiene habits.
Check your child’s eligibility for dental services under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme which can cover part or all the cost of your child’s dental treatment. See here.
Our team of dedicated Dentists at Brookfield Road Dental Kenmore are here to partner with you and your kids to have having healthy, happy smiles.
Brookfield Road Dental are excited to announce the addition of Dr Anne Conlan to our dental team of Dr Phil Rigby and Dr Theingi Ma. Dr Anne is a highly regarded dentist bringing a wealth of experience to our practice. Her professionalism is well known to residents of the western suburbs after years of delivering top quality service to her patients in the area.
Dr Anne will be available for appointments on Tuesdays at our Kenmore practice from 9am to 6pm.
So it’s that time of the year again where the aspirational among us look to the year ahead and what changes we might like to see and what we can do better.
Exercising more, losing weight and getting more organised often appear at the top of most people’s lists, but a study shows that less than half of those who make New Year’s resolutions are able to follow through.
One resolution you can put at the top of your list this January is to book in for your dental check-up. It may have been a while but it is never too late to get in touch with your dentist and give your teeth the care they deserve.
Our team of dentists at Brookfield Road Dental at Kenmore will put you at ease and ensure that this is one New Year’s resolution that you can actually keep!