On Smiling – By Dr. Sang!

Smiling is not only good for our health but is Infectious! Did you know?

In a society that is constantly busy, on the move and absorbed by technology and social media it almost seems to be a forgotten behaviour to smile and acknowledge the people we walk past. When was the last time you were smiled at in the street or do you know the last time you smiled at somebody you didn’t know? Not only is it polite, but smiling also has health benefits and can improve our mental well being. It makes us feel happier when we smile and also helps our body to release endorphins that can provide multiple benefits including reduced blood pressure, reduced stress and has been proven to make us more attractive to others!

After talking to lots of our patients and the community we’ve found that lack of confidence or concerns of our oral health is a big reason why people don’t smile or laugh especially out in public . Do you find yourself not feeling confident to smile because you feel self conscious? Let us help you regain that confidence so you can help our team continue Spike Milligan’s epidemic and infect the world with smiles!

 

ABC News – Dr. Montana’s Thoughts on regular dental checkups.

You may have read the news or seen our recent blog post about the ABC News article – What’s the value of a regular scale and polish for your teeth? How often do you need to have your regular dental checkups? Well, as a follow up to our initial article we’re happy to share Dr. Montana’s thoughts on the situation – how often do you really need to go to the dentist? Does this change depending on what your dental history is like, should everyone go every 6 months…what’s the best way to ensure you have healthy teeth without going to the dentist unnecessarily? 

Regular dental checkups – what’s the scoop?

Today Dr. Montana from Polished Dental has prepared a video to explain our views more clearly. We’d love for you to take a look and let us know what you think! As it turns out, it very much depends on your own personal situation – some people can go to the dentist yearly, or some who may potentially have some issues should see us at regular intervals so we’re able to monitor your mouth and ensure nothing is getting worse. 

Come in and meet the friendly team at Polished Dental today. Give us a call on 3878 3889 or click here to book a dentist appointment online at our brand new Kenmore location.

Are carbonated drinks bad for your teeth?

Are Carbonated Drinks Bad For Your Teeth - Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling

Are carbonated drinks bad for your teeth? New alternative (i.e. sugar free / limited) soft drinks have hit the market recently. These drinks are shifting the way we think about traditional sugary ‘rot your teeth’ drinks. We can place ‘classic’ soft drink / soda on one side and newer ‘lightly sparkling no sugar’ drinks as the other.

Are Carbonated Drinks Bad For Your Teeth - Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling
Are Carbonated Drinks Bad For Your Teeth – Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling (source: amazon.com.au)

Usually there are two things in soft drink that will cause harm to our teeth:

  • First issue is sugar – bacteria in our mouths metabolise this sugar and produce acid as a by product which in turn causes tooth decay – more sugar equals more decay. The solution to this is to avoid drinking sugary drinks (this is good for your health anyway and starves bacteria of food source) and avoid exposure of the sugar to our teeth (be sure to rinse thoroughly with water afterwards).
  • The second issue you’ll experience from drinking soft drinks is acid wear; the PH scale measures how acidic or basic something is. A 7 is a neutral result (i.e. the same as water), and less than 7 is acidic (e.g. lemons).

More about PH Scales

A PH scale of more than 7 is basic (like bicarb soda). Our saliva has a ph of 7.4 – anything with a PH of 5.5 or less is so acidic that it will dissolve our teeth. The more acidic the quicker it dissolves. Lemons have a PH of 2, cola 2.5 and sparkling water has a PH level of approx 4.5-5.5 depending on brand. So sparkling water is definitely less dissolving potential than cola, but still more than water. You can minimise the affect of acid on your teeth by having less acidic drinks (more waters), lessening exposure (drink through a straw) or making sure you don’t brush your teeth 30 mins or so after drinking or eating acidic drinks or anything really aside from water.

Carbonated drinks and your teeth: key takeaways

Realistically, moderation here is key, with the newer age drinks. If you are sensible and drink 1-2 a day (thus minimising long term exposure to the slightly acidic drink) through a straw and wait 30 mins before brushing you’ll be fine. These sugarfree sodas are a great new age solution for a refreshing drink. For soda/soft drink sadly – there’s never really a great time to drink them – especially if you can tolerate these newer drinks.

Any questions? Please feel free to contact us or make an appointment with the friendly team at Polished Dental.

Root Cause on Netflix – worth a watch?

Root Cause Netflix Documentary

Root Cause Netflix Documentary – is it worth the watch? A Dentist’s opinion.

Root Cause Netflix Documentary
Root Cause Netflix Documentary (source: imdb.com)

As many people scrolling through Netflix menus would have seen – one of the recommended trending documentaries has been ‘Root Cause’.

The contention of the documentary was that root canal treatment at the dentist not only is ineffective, but can lead to further long-term systemic diseases like cancers, heart disease, chronic fatigue and male impotence. This is based on the ‘focal theory’, which hypothesises that because we cannot kill all bacteria when doing modern root canal treatment, that the resulting chronic inflammation associated with these teeth then leads to the start of those systemic diseases.

Believe it or not, the ‘focal theory’ was actually coined up in the 1920’s by dentist named Weston Price. That’s right, this 100-year-old theory was made before the discovery of penicillin and antibiotics as well as the before the real cause of tooth ache pain was actually discovered in 1945. The reason why Dr. Weston devised this theory was that he noticed a pattern – he noticed that people who came in with dental disease also had poor general health. The big thing to remember is – this is a pattern (or correlation) NOT cause and effect. It’s akin to saying that, compared to people who regularly run marathons, people who don’t run marathons have a higher rate of heart disease – which is true; but really the reason for this is not the marathon itself – it’s the fact that people who don’t run marathons regularly are more likely to be unfit.

It’s actually a very known fact that when dentist do root canals, we cannot remove all the bacteria. The difference in modern dentistry, with modern cleaning agents, is that we’re now very good at killing enough so that the body’s immune system isn’t overwhelmed and can do the rest of the job.

As with any treatment option at Polished Dental though, we realise that at the end of the day it is not our mouth we are working on and that we are here to guide you to make the decision that is right for you. There are always options that are NOT root canal, and if this your opinion, then we will help you with your dental needs.

 

Travelling and your Dental Health

Travelling the world is a dream for many and there is no better feeling than the excitement of booking the tickets and packing for your trip! Here are a couple of tips to help look after your oral health whilst you’re out creating memories.

Travelling and your Dental Health – Six Tips

1: Pack a convenient toiletry bag and keep it in your hand luggage. Sounds simple but if you already are prepared with your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss and its able to be accessed easily, you will avoid disruptions to your regular twice a day brushing and flossing. Our Polished bag is a handy size for this and is complimentary when you have a check-up!

2: Don’t rush the brush! Commuting while travelling and hopping on and off planes/trains or tours can be hectic and exhausting but don’t compromise your standard 2minute brushing and flossing routine. This should be a staple in your daily tasks just like showering and eating.

3: Dietary choices. Obviously, you are wanting to indulge a little whilst travelling/on holidays and we are guilty of this as well as its one of our favourite parts of travelling! Ensure you carry a water bottle with you to rinse out your mouth after sampling local treats and be conscious to still be eating fresh fruit and vegetables when possible.

4: Stay hydrated! Dehydration is common especially on long flights. A dry mouth is a fantastic environment for bacteria to grow on the tooth and this can lead to cavities. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and make sure your sipping on it regularly, sugar free chewing gum is great to carry with you also as the action of chewing stimulates our salivary glands.

5: Have a Dental check-up before you leave and ensure your travel insurance includes dental. There is no worse feeling than being away from home and having a tooth break or a toothache. Not only can it impact your day but can impact your wallet.

6: Have fun and tell us all about it at your next visit! Our staff enjoy travelling and would like to hear of the adventures you have been on to inspire us for our own travels!

Dentist Tips For Kids

Dentist tips for kids – even as many adults can attest to, the dentist can be a very uncomfortable place for kids – but it doesn’t have to be! Use these 4 tips to get the littlies skipping in and out of the dental chair with big white smiles on their dials!

Bring the kiddies in when younger for a hassle free appointment 

Prevention really is key here. Bringing kids in for a check-up appointments when young prevents both traumatic appointments for kids as well as allowing us to spot potential issues earlier. This means less tears for the kids, you and your wallet!
 

Dentist Tips For Kids – Stay away from the big no-no word

There are some words we all cringe at. Even if kids don’t completely understand the dental jargon – they’re very good at picking up on negative connotations of words. Some kids really respond well to letting them know what is to be expected with fillings whilst others don’t so see what walk best for each of your children. Some words we use that work well when explaining procedures include:
 
  • Dentist Tips For KidsAnaesthetic – sleepy juice
  • Certain drills – tooth ticklers
  • Suction unit – mini vacuum
  • Tooth cleaning agents – tooth shampoo
  • Decay – bugs
  • Fillings – stars
 
Our staff work extensively with kids and love to spend the time explaining procedures to kids.
 

Let them know what the dentist does to help 

We have many aids and presents for kids to help them ease them into the dentist and help the look forward to the next appointment. These include:
 

TV’s on the ceilings

We give the kids the chance to choose what they would like to watch on tv whilst their teeth are being checked out. As many parents can attest to – Paw Patrol and Lego really help calm the jitters!
 

Presents for good kids

We have a treasure chest of toys that kids! After a good appointment the kids can look through the chest and choose a toy to take home with them. They can choose a toy every time they have a good appointment!
 

Polaroids 

We like to leave the family with good memories of the dentist so after we polish up that smile we like to leave the kids with a Polaroid to take home!
 

Bring them in in the morning

Kids tend to be more compliant in the morning – before they get too tired with the rigours of the day. Bringing the littlies in for a morning appointments shortly after breakfast also means that if they require anaesthetic they don’t have to worry about eating whilst being numb which can be harder to handle. Please contact us if we can help!

Charcoal toothpaste, Banana Skins & More

The great thing about the internet is that it is now easier than ever to access information and tips, but it’s also easier to come across incorrect or misinformation on new products such as charcoal toothpaste.

So we thought we’d have a Q&A session with our dentists to see what their thoughts on some recent dental trends are:

Charcoal Toothpaste

Charcoal toothpaste has started hitting the shelves in the last few years and promises to get rid of stubborn long lasting stains. They look very interesting as they come as a black gel – completely opposite to the white toothpastes we’ve become accustom to.

Dr. Andrew

Charcoal toothpastes claim to whiten teeth using charcoal to polish away staining. This may be true – but it likely isn’t any more effective than traditional whitening toothpastes. Many whitening toothpastes contain an abrasive intended to lightly polish away superficial stains and charcoal does the exact same thing. The only difference would be charcoal is black and traditional whitening toothpastes use white silica (sand).  A possible drawback to be wary of is that the black charcoal may get underneath leaky fillings and fine divets of teeth to leave extra staining.  Also many charcoal toothpastes contain fluoride which can act as a sort of insurance against tooth decay so users may have to be more diligent with brushing.

Charcoal toothpaste are not harmful but they need to be used with care if they are used instead of traditional fluoride containing toothpastes. If patients wish to use it, we recommend using it together with, not instead of, traditional toothpastes.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling can be done with coconut oil. A small amount is used to rinse around the mouth to draw or pull bacteria away from teeth to stop decay.

Dr. Montana

Oil pulling may play a part in mechanically reducing the amount of bacteria around teeth and gums as swishing around liquids or brushing teeth will disrupt bacteria colonies. By far and away the most effective way is to disrupt bacteria in your mouth is to brush and floss as the toothbrush bristles are very effective at breaking up the colonies. If patients wish to oil pull, we recommend still brushing and flossing your teeth to make sure you don’t expose yourself to a higher rate of tooth decay.

Charcoal Toothpaste or Banana Skins to Whiten TeethUsing banana peels to whiten your teeth

Using the inside of a ripe banana peel to rub against your teeth to leave them whiter.

Dr. Sang

Banana peels contain a high amount of potassium and can be a mild abrasive. Just like any abrasive found in toothpaste, the banana peel when rubbed against teeth can hence rub off superficial stains. It would take a fair few times to get any whitening result. If using banana skins doesn’t tickle your fancy, using a traditional whitening toothpaste may get the same result. As the others have mentioned I certainly wouldn’t be using banana skin whitening instead of regular brushing or flossing!

Please contact us if you have any further questions.