Three Meals A Day: What’s Best For My Teeth

Three meals a day has always been seen as the social norm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each meal is designed to sustain you until the next – with dinner typically being the larger and more exotic of the three meals. Today, our Berwick dental clinic has decided to establish a list of foods that will contribute to keeping your teeth in a healthy condition. You might think that keeping your teeth healthy means you have to eat boring foods – but that’s not true at all. We’re here to show you that health can be fun too!

Breakfast

Some people like to skip the first meal of the day, but our dental clinic in Berwick would advise against that – there’s a reason they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Cereal is a quick and easy meal to have in the morning and it works great for kids as well.

The problem is that a lot of cereals are high in sugar – especially the children’s range that attract them with colourful and creative box-art. If you’re going to have a cereal – stick with whole grain cereals and look out for high fat and sodium levels.

Another fantastic breakfast meal that isn’t too harsh on your teeth is a tasty omelette with cheese (not too much though) and vegetables. Natural yogurt is also a great option – but, again, be sure to avoid high-sugar varieties. Try some plain, natural yogurt and add some honey and muesli in it for flavour.

If you have the time, try making a smoothie with low-fat milk and frozen fruit. Things like mixed berries, bananas and peaches go well with some crushed ice in a blender. Prepare the smoothie the night before to make the morning easier.

 

Lunch

Fruit and vegetable are paramount for keeping up your fibre levels. Fruits and vegetables that are high in fibre is the next best thing to scrubbing your teeth with a toothbrush. The chewing motion also stimulates saliva – which as we know fights against tooth decay. Options like carrots, celery and cucumber can all be kept fresh and eaten raw as a snack or cut-up and thrown into a salad.

Calcium-rich foods such as cheese, sardines, edamame and tofu are fantastic as well. A lot of places offer tofu nowadays so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a quick lunch-fix during work. Of course, your body can only efficiently absorb calcium if your vitamin D levels are up. Fatty fish such as salmon is high in vitamin D, making it a great option to eat on its own or combine with a variety of other things – whether it’s smoked or cooked.

A common misconception that some people have is that bread is good for your teeth. This is only true for whole wheat bread. White bread can be high in sugar and cause tooth decay – so if you’re going to make a sandwich, stick with whole wheat bread.

 

Dinner

The lines have become blurred in recent times with what is considered dinner and lunch food – with people often having a traditional dinner meal such as a steak for lunch. At the end of the day there is no right time of the day to eat your food. However, as a Berwick dental clinic, we do suggest sticking to meals such as fatty fish and meat for dinner.

Red meat contains natural nutrients and is high in iron – so having a steak every now and then can be beneficial for your health and your teeth. As we mentioned before, foods that require more chewing will generate more saliva and are thus beneficial for you. Chicken is also a fantastic option as it is a lean meat and contains a large amount of protein, calcium and phosphorous.

Whole-grain pasta is another alternative if you don’t feel like tofu, meat or vegetables. It has fewer calories and carbs than normal pasta and is also higher in fibre. Add vegetables and some smoked salmon in with it to make the meal more creative.

 

Looking for a Berwick dental clinic?

Whilst the above foods aren’t considered harmful to your teeth, Eden Rise Dental suggests that you should always endeavour to brush after every meal and floss at least twice a day. That way you can maximise your teeth and oral hygiene. We provide a variety of services for both children’s dentistry and adults.

If you need to book a check-up at a Berwick dental clinic, then get in touch with us by calling (03) 9702 6111. You can also get in contact with us by filling out the enquiry form on our website.

Bad Breath: 5 Ways To Tell A Loved One

There are a few things in this world that are more uncomfortable than bad breath. This can be especially intolerable when it’s someone that you spend a lot of time with. Bad breath is a result of a few different things and there are several remedies to this issue. If the person with bad breath is someone close to you, then letting them know can sometimes be a difficult and uncomfortable thing to do. Luckily for you, our Berwick dentists have put together five ways that you can do exactly that for today’s blog.

1.    Pretend to have the same issue

A great way to subtlety bring up the topic is by pretending that you also have bad breath and discussing it with the person. Through this, you can also discuss possible remedies that you may be considering in a hope that it may trigger a thought within them. Ask them questions such as “do you think my breath smells?” to get them more involved in the interaction.

 

2.    Offer remedies

Chewing gum is probably the easiest remedy for bad breath in any environment. Offering a stick of gum to them is a subtle hint that may make them think that maybe there’s a particular reason they should accept the gum. Taking a piece of gum yourself before offering one to them is a handy trick to coerce them even further into taking it.

A dry mouth is something that can lead to bad breath so even offering water can be effective – though probably a little too subtle in comparison to offering chewing gum.

 

3.    Suggest they take a test

This is a somewhat less subtle approach, but effective nonetheless. This is especially effective if the bad breath is a lot worse than usual. Suggest that your loved one lick their wrist and then smell it after it has dried. This is a sure way to get them to realise that they have bad breath. If there is any plaque on their teeth, then scraping it and smelling it is another way to confirm.

If you politely insist on them taking a test such as this, and it turns out they do have bad breath, then it will also let them know that you were trying to subtlety alert them to this fact in the first place – which they will probably appreciate. Remember to be supportive and offer solutions such as good oral hygiene practises.

 

4.    Leave hints

There are two different ways you can tackle this tip. The first relates to dropping subtle hints during a conversation. Mention other people who you both know to have bad breath or casually mention common causes of bad breath. This will most likely get the message across.

The second way is by leaving literal hints such as chewing gum around their room or on their desk. This can be a bit of a gamble as they risk either thinking nothing of it or missing it altogether – but persistence is key in these situations.

 

5.    Tell them

Depending on how close you are and what your relationship is with the person, you may be able to just tell them directly that they have bad breath. The trick to this is to be gentle and do it in private. The aim is not to make them feel ashamed or embarrassed, but to help them move forward and towards remedying the issue.

Again, this depends on the dynamic of your relationship with the person. If you feel comfortable enough doing this then maybe buy some specialised toothpaste or a pack of chewing gum to give them as well. Sit down with them and research what causes bad breath to help mitigate the issue.

 

Do you need a Berwick dentist?

One of the easiest ways to cure bad breath is to ensure you brush your teeth twice daily and floss once a day. These actions also help fight gum disease and keep your teeth healthy – which means you won’t have to visit the dentist for anything other than regular check-ups.

Sometimes, it’s hard to avoid unforeseen complications though, which is where Eden Rise Dental comes into the mix. Our Berwick dentists are highly qualified and trained dentists with years of experience. They’re able to perform a variety of services and help you better understand dental hygiene for you and your loved one.

If you require a dentist in Berwick, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by calling (03) 9702 6111. You can also fill out the enquiry form found on our website.

Mouth Cancer: How To Self-Check

Mouth cancer – also known as oral cancer – refers to a few different types of cancers that originate in the mouth. Mouth cancer can originate anywhere in the tongue, lips, the floor of the mouth, the roof of the mouth, cheeks or even gums. More than half the time mouth cancer occurs, it is because of smoking. Our Berwick dental clinic would like to take the time to shine some light on the serious topic of mouth cancer and how you can check yourself for signs.

Causes of mouth cancer

Approximately 59% of mouth cancer cases are caused by smoking. Another leading cause is alcohol consumption, which accounts for around 31% of cases. UV exposure contributes towards mouth cancer that originates on the lip – so be sure to always wear sunscreen and protect yourself adequately if you’re going out on a sunny day or when UV levels are high. Moderating your alcohol consumption and cutting down on your smoking habits can also drastically reduce your chances of developing mouth cancer. Other causes may include:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV);
  • Epstein-Barr virus – which is commonly known as the cause of glandular fever;
  • Gum disease and poor oral hygiene;
  • Cold sores;
  • Poor diet;
  • Family history of mouth cancer; and
  • Sun exposure.

 

The symptoms of mouth cancer

Symptoms of mouth cancer can vary from minor annoyances to more serious issues that can impact your day-to-day life. Some of these symptoms are:

  • A visible lump in your neck – this lump may or may not be painful;
  • Permanent ulcer;
  • Constant blood blister;
  • Bleeding that occurs from the lump or ulcer;
  • Sensation loss in your mouth;
  • Trouble swallowing;
  • Red and white patches around your oral tissues;
  • Restricted tongue mobility;
  • Your jaw is difficult to move;
  • Speech slurring;
  • Unexplained weight loss;
  • Loose teeth;
  • Swollen lymph glands; and
  • Altered taste.

 

How to check yourself

  1. The first thing you’ll have to do is make sure you’re in front of a mirror and have a bright torch to help you see.
  2. If you have any dentures, remove them.
  3. Look at and feel inside your lips as well as the front of your mouth.
  4. Look at and feel the roof of your mouth – you may have to tilt your head back to make it easier to do so.
  5. Inspect the inside of your cheeks and your gums.
  6. Inspect the top and bottom of your tongue by pulling it out.
  7. Feel your neck and lower jaw for lumps or enlarged lymph glands.

When performing a self-check, you’re looking out for white patches, red patches and sometimes both colours together – as well as abnormal lumps or sores/ulcers that are bleeding easily and don’t seem to heal. The symptoms listed above should also be checked for.

If you see something that you think could be a symptom of mouth cancer, then you should book an appointment with a specialist immediately. The longer you wait, the worse it could become. There is an 80%-90% survival rate when mouth cancer is identified in the early stages.

 

Mouth cancer treatment

Treatment for mouth cancer varies depending on where exactly the cancer is located as well as how large it is, and how far it has spread.

  • Surgery – If there is a small tumour, then it may be surgically removed. The lymph glands may also have to be removed if the tumour has spread to them.
  • Radiation therapy – Ionised radiation doses bombard the cancer cells in the hopes of destroying them.
  • Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy is often used in conjunction with the previous two methods and can be used to shrink the tumour before surgically removing it.

These are the three primary types of treatments that may be employed should mouth cancer arise. Specialised therapy may also be an option for post-operative patients and will include things like dieting advice, speech therapy and the use of clinical psychologists to assist people in adapting to any changes in their lives due to treatments.

 

Looking for a Berwick dental clinic?

Mouth cancer is a serious and common disease in Australia. Here at Eden Rise Dental, we can help you check for signs of mouth cancer if you are unsure or uncomfortable with performing the check yourself. Our Berwick dental clinic is run by experienced and high-qualified dentists that can perform a range of dental services and provide a wealth of knowledge when it comes to oral health and hygiene.

If you would like to know more about our Berwick dental clinic and the services we offer, then please get in touch with us by calling (03) 9702 6111. You may also contact us by filling out the enquiry form on our website.

Why Is My Mouth Dry?

One of the worst feelings you can have is a dry mouth. It hurts when you swallow, and it can just generally be quite an uncomfortable feeling. The reasons for a dry mouth can vary quite drastically. Some of these reasons can be quite simple and easy to fix – whereas other times the symptoms may point to something a bit more serious and require further action. For today’s blog, our Berwick dental clinic staff will be explaining to you what some of the reasons are for your dry mouth.

Xerostomia

Xerostomia is when your salivary glands are not producing enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. Some causes of xerostomia include aging, medication side-effects and cancer radiation therapy. As we spoke about last week, saliva is crucial to healthy teeth as it is the primary form of protection against decay. It also washes away sugar and bits of food that we consume – which would otherwise linger and break down in our mouths.

The severity of this condition can range from a minor nuisance to a serious issue that affects your teeth, gums and your ability to enjoy food. Some of the symptoms that could point towards xerostomia include:

  • Dryness or stickiness in your throat;
  • Thick saliva;
  • Sore throat and hoarseness;
  • A change in your sense of taste;
  • Grooved or dry tongue;
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking or swallowing;
  • Problems wearing dentures; or
  • Bad breath.

Xerostomia can also be caused by nerve damage, recreational drug use, chewing tobacco, excessive smoking and drinking of alcohol. After partaking in some of these activities, you will notice temporary dryness in your mouth – but if it persists for several weeks, then you should contact a medical professional.

 

Other reasons for a dry mouth

Just because you have a dry mouth, it does not necessarily mean that you are suffering from xerostomia. If you go out drinking, then the chances are that when you wake up the next morning, your throat will be fairly parched. This is because alcohol dehydrates you. This is another reason why you should keep hydrated during a night out. Generally, the dryness passes within the hour – depending on how much alcohol you consumed – with the help of some H2O.

Sometimes your throat can become dry and itchy if you catch a cold. Depending on the person, colds can last a few days (or even weeks, in some cases). The important thing to remember whenever you feel like your throat may be drier than usual – is to drink lots of water.

 

How to deal with a dry throat?

Whether it’s temporary or a more permanent thing – such as xerostomia – there are some do’s and don’ts that you should adhere to. Because there is no saliva in your mouth, you should avoid consuming sugary foods and sweets as they will increase the chances of tooth decay occurring. Try using a fluoride rinse before you go to bed to help strengthen your teeth when there is a lack of saliva.

When you chew, your salivary glands are triggered, which means the more you chew, the more likely your glands are to release saliva. Chewing gum is a good idea as it stimulates the salivary glands – however, be sure to stick to the sugar-free variety. Also, be sure to chew your food properly and thoroughly before you swallow as swallowing with a dry mouth can be quite painful. This can also aggravate your mouth further.

You should definitely stay away from things like alcohol and cigarettes when suffering from a dry throat. Essentially anything that further causes your throat to worsen or for you to become more dehydrated is a no-go zone – that includes coffee and spicy foods! This also goes for sugary soft drinks and any acidic drinks as they can damage your teeth and will do so even more now that you have no saliva to help counteract the effects, so to speak.

 

Looking for a dental clinic in Berwick?

Eden Rise Dental is a family-friendly dental clinic in Berwick that specialises in a variety of services such as children’s dentistry and orthodontics. Our highly trained dentists are fully qualified to administer a wide range of dental services and answer any questions you may have concerning oral hygiene.

If you would like to know more about our Berwick dental clinic and the services we offer, then please give us a call on (03) 9702 6111. Alternatively, you can fill out the enquiry form on our website.

7 Fascinating Facts About Saliva

Saliva is one of those things that is a constant in our lives – yet we tend not to give it a second thought. But the clear liquid actually plays quite a large role in our overall health and oral hygiene. Saliva helps kill bacteria and protects our teeth against decay. It is also a key component in how we speak and swallow. When we chew, our salivary glands are prompted to compress – which in turn releases saliva. There are so many things our Berwick dental clinic can say on saliva so we’re going to get straight into it by looking seven fascinating facts about it.

1.   It heals wounds quickly

Saliva contains a protein called histatin which has antibacterial properties. So, when you have a wound in your mouth the saliva will heal it at a much faster rate than a wound found anywhere else on your body.

 

2.   It is the main line of defence against tooth decay

Being that saliva is an ever-present liquid in your mouth, it is considered the primary defence when it comes to bacteria and tooth decay. When you consume food and sweets, the saliva is what washes all the particles and sugar away. If not for saliva, then all these foreign agents would linger and break-down in your mouth – resulting in decay.

 

3.    We produce over half a litre of saliva per day

Approximately 600ml of saliva is produced daily by mature salivary glands. The rate can vary depending on multiple factors – such as how often we see, smell or think about something that makes our mouths salivate more.

Our mouths produce less saliva when we’re sleeping or dehydrated – but also if we’re nervous or anxious. The amount of saliva we produce daily is roughly enough to fill up two bathtubs worth by the end of the year.

 

4.   It holds the secret to your identity

Whilst it’s pretty well known that saliva holds our DNA, it’s probably less well-known that it can actually tell our age as well. This is due to a process called methylation – by which methyl is added to our DNA. The methyl affects certain genes and when those genes are focused on, your age (within five years) can be guessed.

 

5.   It is essential to breaking down food

Saliva softens foods that we eat, making them easier to consume and digest. It also contains amylase, which is an enzyme responsible for breaking down starches.

 

6.   Salivary stones are a thing

Similarly to kidney stones, you can develop salivary stones that block the flow of saliva. When there’s a build-up of calcium in the duct connecting your salivary gland to your mouth, a salivary stone can form. This is something that seems to predominantly affect males and varies from person to person. Sometimes certain people retain more minerals in their mouths compared to others – resulting in the calcium-heavy stone to form.

Smaller stones can pass on their own and can be eased at home by using methods such as anti-inflammatories, applying warm pressure on the affected area, drinking water or even sucking on a lemon. For larger stones, an invasive procedure may need to have been had in the form of opening up the salivary gland with the intent of breaking down the conglomeration of calcium.

 

7.   You need saliva to taste

It turns out that food molecules must be dissolved in saliva first before your tastebuds can actually recognise them as food. So if we didn’t have saliva, then we wouldn’t be able to taste anything, which is pretty scary.

 

Looking to visit our Berwick dental clinic?

Eden Rise Dental is a family-oriented dental clinic located in Berwick. Our Berwick dental clinic offers high-quality dental services that are administered in a comfortable and relaxed environment. We have been in operation for almost 20 years and employ highly qualified and experienced Doctors.

Some of the many services we specialise in – in addition to general dentistry – include cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, orthodontics and braces, children’s dentistry and root canal therapy.

So, if you require a visit to the dentist, get in contact with our Berwick dental clinic by calling us on (03) 9702 6111. You may also fill out the enquiry form on our website.

7 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Floss

Just like most things in life, flossing can seem like a chore. If we’re not taught and encouraged at a young age that it should be done daily, then there’s a chance that we won’t just pick it up in adulthood. However, flossing is a vital part of oral hygiene and can help prevent gum disease and cavities. There are ways to help yourself in the flossing department – and no, we’re not talking about the viral dance move – that we’re going to share with you in today’s blog. That way, when you go to see our Berwick dentist, they’ll be impressed with how thoroughly your dental upkeep has been.

1.   Set alarms or reminders

This is an option that has become far easier and more effective as technology progresses. In today’s day and age, you can set a reminder on your phone and have your smartwatch remind you of the same thing. Set a daily reminder so you don’t forget to floss. Keep the reminder going for as long as you need to, and maybe eventually, you won’t need the reminder anymore and will just remember to do it now that it’s become routine.

 

2.   Keep your floss close by

You should be flossing at least once a day – according to the Australian Dental Association. You can floss either in the morning or in the evening before you go to bed. So, with that in mind, you should keep your floss on your bedside table or somewhere where you can see it after you get up in the morning or before you go to bed. This way, when you see it, it will trigger the thought of flossing and you can remember whether or not you’ve done it that day.

 

3.   Make it a habit

According to the psychologist Jeremy Dean, it takes 66 days on average to either make or break a habit. Try flossing every day for 66 days at least – without skipping a day – to try and cement the action as a habit. The motivation here is that if you can make it for at least 66 days without faltering, then from then on it will be almost like second nature and therefore not something you’re constantly concentrating on.

 

4.   Put it into your schedule

This ties in with our first point of setting an alarm or reminder – but concentrating more so on associating it with a particular activity that you do during the day. Whether it’s reaching for your phone in the morning and seeing your floss on your bedside table – similarly to our second point – or just doing it straight after you eat dinner or breakfast, associating flossing with another activity in your daily schedule is a great way to make it a habit.

 

5.   Set up a rewards program

This is a great one for children but still works equally as well for adults. If you’re able to floss consecutively for an entire week or fortnight, then you can reward yourself with a special treat at the end of that period. This one requires self-control, however. You need to be sure you don’t reward yourself if you break the rules. If the treat is a dessert or a favourite food of yours, don’t forget to floss after you’ve indulged.

 

6.   Try some new gadgets

There are always new gadgets coming out on the market that you can use to make flossing more exciting. Some of these even boast that they’re more effective than regular flossing and take half the time to do the job. These are great incentives to floss as everyone loves discovering new gadgets – it’s just a bonus when the gadgets are actually useful for something. Another option is scented floss – which is the same as your regular flossing string but with an added fragrance and aesthetic packaging.

 

7.   Understand flossing

We know that flossing can go a long way in combatting gum disease and cavities, but there are other benefits to flossing– such as gingivitis prevention. If you understand the importance of flossing, then you can see how essential it truly is to your oral hygiene and why your Berwick dentist will always stress its importance during a check-up.

 

Are you in need of a Berwick dentist?

Eden Rise Dental is a family-friendly clinic located in Berwick. Our dental professionals are highly experienced and fully qualified to perform a variety of services ranging from regular check-ups to orthodontic work.

If you’re looking for a Berwick dentist, then please give us a call on (03) 9702 6111 or fill out the enquiry form on our website.

A Comprehensive Guide To Partial Dentures

We’ve discussed dentures before in a past blog, but today the experts at our Berwick dental clinic will be diving into partial dentures exclusively and exploring everything there is to know about them. Just like any artificial change to your mouth, partial dentures can take a bit of time to get used to – in terms of both using them and how they feel in your mouth – but they hold many benefits and help a lot of people cope with day-to-day life.

What counts as a partial denture?

Partial dentures are plates that will contain one or more false teeth. These plates can be removed – similar to the way a retainer is – and are typically made from plastic and metal. Clips will help hold the dentures in place whilst they are in your mouth. If a partial denture is made entirely of plastic, then it tends to be cheaper but can sometimes damage the surrounding teeth unless it is constructed very precisely.

Cobalt-chromium alloys – or in some cases titanium – make up metal partial dentures. These are more expensive but are lighter to wear and much better quality. They’re also finished with a colouring that makes them look like natural gums – giving them a more seamless fit and aesthetic integration.

 

When would I need partial dentures?

When you lose one or more of your teeth, then you should consider partial dentures. The reasons for this aren’t just to do with aesthetics – it’s also important for your dental health. When you lose teeth, the remaining adjoining teeth will have to compensate whenever you bite down. With the gap left by the missing tooth, the adjacent teeth will be pushed into partially occupying that gap.

This can lead to food becoming stuck in your teeth more often, which could result in tooth decay and gum disease. The soft tissue around the bone where your missing tooth was may also begin to shrink. Partial dentures will help to keep the gaps occupied and active so that no problems can occur. They’ll also stop the adjacent teeth from leaning over. In addition to these reasons, they also help give people the confidence to smile again since they have their teeth restored closely to what they once were – if not better.

 

Fitting partial dentures

The dentists at our Berwick dental clinic will take an impression of your mouth that will then be used to create a 3D model. The model is then used as a base to form your custom-made partial dentures. If you’ve had teeth removed, then the tissue around the removed teeth will need to heal before the partial denture can be used.

Over time, the inside of your mouth will shift, and you will have to have your partial dentures refitted. As soon as you notice your partial dentures feeling loose or uncomfortable, you should contact a specialist at our Berwick dental clinic.

 

Eating with partial dentures

As with normal dentures or false teeth, you should begin with soft foods and eat slowly. Ground meat, soup, cooked vegetables and boiled eggs are all great options to start with. Be wary around hotter beverages and meals as detecting the temperature may be hard to do at first – so take it easy as not to burn your mouth.

Taking small bites and keeping the pressure even across your mouth is a good tip as well. As you get used to eating with partial dentures more and more, you can move on to other foods. It is advised that you avoid chewing gum, hard candy and tougher red meats as these can possibly lead to damage.

 

Caring for your partial dentures

A light brushing of your partial dentures with a soft-bristled brush is recommended twice a day to remove plaque and any food that may be stuck in them. Be careful not to bend them at all as they won’t fit properly afterwards and may cause you some discomfort.

When you finish brushing them at night, leave them to soak in a denture-cleaning solution overnight. This will cleanse them and prevent any cracking that may occur if they’re left out overnight. It will also give your mouth a chance to rest whilst you sleep.

 

Are you in need of partial dentures?

Eden Rise Dental is a family-friendly dental clinic in Berwick that specialises in a variety of dental services such as partial dentures, orthodontics and dental implants. Our highly qualified and experienced dentists will be able to help you with any one of these services in a comforting and stress-free environment.

If you would like to know more about partial dentures, then please give our Berwick dental clinic a call on (03) 9702 6111 or fill out the enquiry form on our website.

The Ultimate Guide To Caring For Your Dental Implants

Dental implants have helped many people who have lost their natural teeth. They’ve also been a fantastic breakthrough for dental workers. But they’re not without their maintenance. Your Berwick dental implants still need to be taken care of in certain capacities, depending on the type of implant. So in today’s blog, we’re going to be covering the basics on how to care for dental implants.

After the procedure

The first few months after your procedure are the crucial months as that’s when your bone is healing around your implants. You will most likely experience some discomfort in the week after the surgery, which is completely normal. You’ll also have to stick to a soft-food diet as to not put too much pressure on your new implant(s).

Be sure to follow any advice and instructions that your dentist gives you right after the surgery. You will have to stick to a strict brushing routine. You may also have to use a specific mouth wash as recommended by your dentist. It is important to note that you should ideally stay away from things like smoking, as these activities can have serious repercussions to your health and also to your dental implants.

After the first three months or so, your dentist will schedule an appointment with you to see how you’re going and to assess your oral hygiene situation. They may give you a further dental care plan to continue to follow if all is going well. It is imperative that you follow what your dentist recommends. Failure to do so could result in oral health issues of varying degrees, as well as future dental work that could be costly.

 

Caring for them at home

Dental implants will seem just like normal teeth when you clean them. They need to be brushed thoroughly at least twice a day and should be flossed once a day. Some implants may have areas that are harder to brush than natural teeth. Your dentist will be able to help you with techniques on how to get to the hard-to-reach areas.

Once your dental implants have completely merged with the bone in your mouth, you will be able to go back to eating normal foods. A common misconception about implants is that the type of food that you can eat is limited – but this is not true. There is no limitation to the type of food you can eat or chew with dental implants once they’re fully healed.

Dental implants – because they are artificial teeth – are not affected by sugar and bad foods. This means they do not suffer from decay or degradation in that respect. They are also impervious to cavities. However, they still must be cleaned as plaque and food build-ups can still cause problems in your mouth, particularly for your gums.

Another thing to look out for is adjacent teeth suffering from poor oral hygiene or poor treatment. Although your dental implant may be impervious to decay, your regular teeth are still very much susceptible to it. This is why it is essential to stick to a strict brushing regiment – as well as flossing and mouthwash. At the end of the day, caring for your dental implants is not that much different to caring for your natural teeth.

 

How will dental implants fair in the long run?

Dental implants could last anywhere between 20 years and the rest of your life if they’re adequately taken care of. It is important to note that your gums and other teeth will still be susceptible to disease even if the implants themselves are not. Ensure you visit the dentist at least twice a year as you usually would for your check-ups and continue to practice good oral hygiene and your dental implants will last and serve you well.

 

Looking for some dental implants in Berwick?

Eden Rise Dental is well-equipped to service your need for dental implants in Berwick. Our family-friendly clinic offers a wide range of dental services in Berwick, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. Our procedures and check-ups are handled by our highly qualified and experienced staff.

If you’re in need of some dental implants in Berwick, get in touch with us by calling us on (03) 9702 6111 or filling out the form on our website here.

How To Cope With Your Fear Of The Dentist

Going to the dentist can be a daunting experience. You might’ve developed a fear as a child, or maybe you’ve had a bad experience and never shaken off the feeling. You might’ve even just watched a movie or TV show that depicts fictional dentists in a negative light. Either way, the reality is that there is nothing to be scared of when visiting our Berwick dentist – even if dental phobia is a real thing. In today’s blog, we’re going to share with you some ways that you can help reign in your own fear of dentists to make visits less frightening.

Identify what is wrong

A good start to the coping process is to try to figure out what exactly it is that you have a fear of when going to the dentist. Is it the helplessness you may feel when lying back in the chair? Is it the drill? Maybe something as simple as being embarrassed about your teeth? Luckily, there are simple fixes to these problems.

For example, if it’s the drill that disturbs you then perhaps try wearing earplugs, so you don’t have to listen to the sound of it. You can also close your eyes and pretend you’re somewhere else instead of lying on the dental chair – or let your Berwick dentist know and you can have a break halfway through to stretch your legs.

This can help to get rid of some of that feeling of helplessness. When it comes to your teeth, you should never be embarrassed as the job of our Berwick dentist is to look after and clean teeth. You will never be judged for having bad teeth or oral hygiene.

 

Is it the pain that bothers you?

If the problem is a bit more straightforward and it’s the pain that you’re afraid of, then you should let your dentist know. They’ll not only be able to help calm you down but can also administer anaesthesia to numb certain areas, so you won’t be able to feel the pain.

It is important to understand as well that a lot of regular dental check-ups don’t usually include procedures that cause pain at all. So, deep breaths and calming thoughts are a great way to distract you. Then, before you know it, your check-up will be over.

 

Has a past experience traumatised you?

A common result of dental fear is due to having a bad experience in the past. This could boil down to previously experiencing a procedure that you didn’t like, surprise expenses you weren’t aware of initially, rude staff or even just a cold environment. If this is the case then you should make sure that when looking for a new dental clinic that you read some reviews about them, and perhaps even go in meet them before sitting down for an appointment.

Don’t be afraid to explain to them about your past experiences and what bothered you, so your new dentist can reassure you that it won’t happen again and try their best to accommodate you as much as possible.

 

Don’t be afraid to talk

We’ve mentioned throughout this blog that you should talk to your dentist and let them know what bothers you about specific fears you have, but you should be doing this in general anyway. Even during the procedures, if something bothers you or makes you uncomfortable, then you should let your dentist know so they can adjust their approach or reassure you.

If you feel that your phobia begins to reach new heights to the point where you absolutely refuse to visit a dentist, then you should consider talking to a professional about your problems to have them resolved. Dental hygiene is an important part of life and skipping dentist appointments can cause serious health problems in your future.

 

Are you looking for a Berwick dentist?

Whether you suffer from dental phobia or not, Eden Rise Dental is always happy to accommodate all patients and make sure they’re as comfortable as possible when performing check-ups and procedures on them. Our family-friendly Berwick clinic is home to a team of experienced and fully-qualified professionals that are knowledgeable in a wide range of services and dental information. Some of our specialties include children’s dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, as well as a host of other dental services that should meet your requirements.

If you’re looking for a Berwick dentist, then please do not hesitate to give us a call on (03) 9702 6111 or send us a message through our website.

Dealing With Braces As An Adult

Braces can be a pretty frustrating thing to deal with at any time in your life, but as an adult, it can sometimes be worse. A lot of the time, the thought of them being there is enough to drive down self-esteem. Some adults can feel that they’re unable to act professionally if they have braces on. However, this can definitely be overcome over time. If you have to get braces in Berwick, then here are some top tips on how to deal with them as an adult.

Be confident

It can be hard to be confident when you have braces on. You may feel like it makes you look less professional in a workplace and it can be a bit of an adjustment to talk with them. The key is to not go too fast with anything initially.

Talk at an even pace to avoid tripping up on words and remind yourself that even if you do trip up, it isn’t a big deal in the long run. Remember that many people don’t really care that you have braces – often, it’s all just in your head.

 

Carry a toothbrush

Yes, even when you go out. It can be a hassle, but you’ve got braces on for a reason and by not taking care of them as best you can means you won’t get the most out of them. Whilst brushing twice a day is the recommendation for everyone, if you have braces you should brush after every time you eat. That includes those small snacks you have at your desk.

This is good for your teeth and will keep your braces in the best working order possible. Not only that, but it will also work towards taking bits of food out of your teeth and braces, because now that you have braces, food is going to get stuck in them more regularly. The longer food particles stay stuck there, the greater the risk of a dental problem developing. Rinse your mouth before you brush to loosen any bits of food and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush gently at the gum line as well as below and above the brackets.

 

Adjust your eating habits

One of the more frustrating things about having braces as an adult is having already experienced so many wonderful foods and not being able to eat a lot of them anymore. The biggest no-go zone when it comes to food is sticky and chewy foods. You should stay away from caramel and dried fruit. Lots of sugar and starch can also cause build-ups that will stain your teeth, cause cavities or even lead to gum disease.

The rule applies for some healthy foods as well. If they have a hard exterior – like apples or nuts – then you shouldn’t bite into them. If you must eat foods like these, then cut them up into small pieces. Pizza and hamburgers are fine to eat as long as they’re cut up into small, easy to eat pieces and chewed slowly and steadily.

 

 

Final tips

You should be flossing at least once a day with braces – this includes between the braces and under the wires. A floss threader can be purchased to help make flossing under the wires easier.

It’s important to note that the wires may cut the inside of your mouth. This can occur if the teeth shift and the wire pokes out into the cheeks. This sort of thing is normal and if it occurs then you should apply orthodontic wax. Orthodontic wax is a special substance that will become malleable and eases the pain by acting as a barrier between the braces and the inside of your mouth.

 

Do you need braces in Berwick?

If you think you might need braces in Berwick, then Eden Rise Dental is the perfect clinic for you. Our highly qualified and experienced staff will be able to identify and handle your unique dental needs at our family-friendly clinic. We also offer a variety of other dental services and will be able to help you with anything from a routine check-up to dental implants.

If you would like to know more about getting braces in Berwick, then please give us a call on (03) 9702 6111 or send us a message through our website here.