All About Cosmetic Dentistry

How our smile looks is something that can greatly affect our self-confidence. From having photos taken to meeting new people, there are a number of situations in which we might be self conscious about the aesthetics of our teeth. In today’s blog, we gain some insight into how exactly one might improve their smile.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

 

Cosmetic dentistry embodies a number of procedures that you can undertake to improve the look of your teeth. There are a variety of cosmetic procedures that can fix various aesthetic problems – from chipped teeth, to discolouration, to worn out or missing teeth.

 

Teeth whitening

 

Discolouration is a common problem experienced by many people. It can be caused by ageing, poor dental care, exposure to staining substances (including cigarettes and coffee) or can be inherited. Luckily, teeth whitening is also a common solution. Professional bleaching involves the application of whitening gel to the teeth, which lifts the stains from them. Depending on the dental recommendation, you may also be given teeth whitening kits for you to complete at home over a number of weeks.

 

Veneers

 

If you are self-conscious about the colour and/or shape of your teeth, then veneers may be for you. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are stuck onto the front teeth in order to conceal discolouration, crooked or chipped teeth. The dentist customises the veneers to fit your teeth, which requires multiple consultations before procedure.

 

Dental implants

 

If missing or diseased teeth negatively impact your self-esteem and make you feel distressed –you’re not alone in feeling this way! What you may consider are dental implants. These are screw-like replacements for teeth designed to last like real teeth. Provided that your jawbone is strong, you may be eligible for the procedure.

 

Dentures

 

Used to correct missing teeth due to sports injury, aging or tooth decay, dentures are removable replacements for your teeth and gums. Dentures can either be full or partial, and are fitted over your gums and jawbone, appearing just like regular teeth. Aside from the aesthetic properties of dentures, they can also support your facial structure and allow you to eat foods that weaker teeth cannot bite through.

 

Book a cosmetic consultation

 

If you are concerned about how your teeth look or if you’d like to see if you’re eligible for a cosmetic procedure, the best thing to do is to book a consultation with professionals. Looking for cosmetic dentistry in Berwick? Eden Rise Dental offers all the cosmetic procedures listed above. Contact our friendly team on (03) 9702 6111 today.

How your Dental Needs Change as you Age

Just like the rest of your body, the health needs for your teeth change over time. The basics stay the same when it comes to your every day dental care, you brush, you floss, you rinse and you visit your dentist once every six months. However, now that you are a little older there are some extra things you need to consider. In this blog, we will be looking at how your oral health is affected by age and provide a few tips to keep your smile healthy.

Gums

As we get older your gums will gradually start to recede, making your teeth more susceptible to cavities. Exposed teeth make it easier for bad bacteria to build up and in a worst-case scenario it can lead to serious damage including infection and tooth loss.

There are a number of reasons why your gums may recede, you could have a treatable gum disease or you could be brushing your teeth too hard. It’s not uncommon and there are ways to prevent it depending on the cause.

If you notice that your gums are receding don’t stress too much, just talk to your dentist. They will be able to advise you on how to best prevent any further damage.

Dry mouth

If you are taking a medication that has dry mouth as a side-effect it can affect your dental health.  The problem here is that saliva helps maintain healthy teeth and gums by neutralising bacteria. So when we don’t have enough of it, the risk of disease and decay increases.

It’s nothing to stress over, maintaining saliva levels while on medication is easily managed. One good way to moisten your mouth is hold water in your mouth for a few seconds before you swallow.

Cosmetics

Life’s little enjoyments can build up can leave its mark on your smile. Over time things like caffeine, alcohol and tobacco can stain and discolour your teeth.

There are a lot of whitening products on the market, but as we get older these products won’t work as well. It might be worth looking into cosmetic dentistry to see what is the best option for you.

 

The best thing you can do for your dental health is to keep an eye out for any changes in the shape and colour of your teeth. Seeing your dentist, who is familiar with your dental needs, on a regular basis will make it easier for you maintain a healthy smile.

If you’re looking for a local, family friendly dentist, Eden Rise Dental offers a wide range of cosmetic and general dental services to patients of all ages. Book an appointment with us by calling (03) 9702 6111.

 

 

 

 

3 Common Dentist Myths Debunked

Oral health is so incredibly important, but one of the most integral components of maintaining your health is through going to the dentist- and yet so many of us fear dental trips. At Eden Rise Dental, we decided to uncover the truth. So let’s get down to the bottom of this: why do so many people feel anxious when it comes to going to the dentist?

Myth #1: Going to the dentist will be painful

There are many reasons why we may feel anxiety about going to the dentist- one of which is pain. Unless you’re one of the lucky few that have had no dental work done, quite a few of us have some experience with discomfort at past visits to the dentist. But this memory is often exaggerated. The truth is, dentists actually don’t want to cause you pain! Particularly as technology advances, the pain that may have once come along with a procedure lessens. The important thing to remember is that you should communicate. If you’re experiencing pain, it’s okay to tell the dentist. They’ll be able to give you a local anesthetic so that the rest of the trip is relatively painless.

Myth #2: My dentist will judge me!

Second to pain, but still an essential factor of the anxiety that surrounds trips to the dentists, is the fear that our dentists will judge us. I mean, who hasn’t been at the other end of being told you don’t floss enough? But realistically, dentists are here to guide us to better oral health, and one such way to do so is to provide us with information on what we’re doing wrong that we can improve. So show up, don’t be nervous! There’s no reason to be embarrassed when visiting the dentist- they’re there to help.

Myth #3: Dental appointments cost too much

It’s true- dental appointments can be expensive. But these extensive costs can largely be avoided if you simply go to the dentist twice a year. Oh, and don’t forget to brush, floss and care for your oral health all round. Many larger expenses such as fillings can be prevented if we visit our dentists as required, so that they can give us an update on what’s going on in our mouths.

There are many other myths associated with going to the dentist, but we’ve covered three of the most common ones. If you’re still not convinced, why not head over the Eden Rise Dental? Our friendly team is located in Berwick, and can assist with your dental needs.

Maintaining your plate or mouth guard 

Whether you’re teeth grind, clench or are uneven, there are a variety of reasons why your dentist might make you wear a plate or mouth guard. It is essential that you take care of these orthodontic tools by carrying out routine maintenance to prevent damage and growth of bacteria. In this week’s blog, we discuss how to look after your plate or mouth guard. 

1) Rinse your mouth guard or plate after use 

Each time after you take your mouth guard or plate out, you need to rinse it. This will remove debris and loosen any plaque that might be stuck to the mouth guard or plate.

2) Clean your mouth guard or plate with a toothbrush  

The most common way to clean your mouth guard or plate is with a toothbrush. You can clean your mouth guard and plate the same way you would brush your teeth. However, don’t apply toothpaste to the brush as this can potentially leave scratches, damaging your mouth guard or plate. And while this is an easy method to keep your mouth guard sanitary, we recommend using more techniques on top of this one. 

3) Let your mouth guard or plate dry completely 

After wetting your mouth guard and plate, it’s essential you let it dry out fully. This will prevent rapid bacterial growth. Typically, your mouth guard or plate will take 15–30 minutes to dry. 

4) Always store your mouth guard or plate in a case 

It’s critical that your mouth guard or plate is stored in a case. Also, be sure to not store this case in the bathroom as the steam and humidity can cause the mouth guard to change shape. A better storage environment for your mouth guard or plate is in your bedroom. 

5) Weekly deeply clean 

Each week, make sure to give your mouth guard or plate a deep clean. This can be done with an over-the-counter denture cleaner, using a mix of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide or by combining mouthwash and water. Make sure to never leave your mouth guard or plate soaking for over an hour as this can damage its material. 

At Eden Rise Dental, we take the health of your teeth seriously. We want to make sure you’re not just looking after your teeth but the tools which help correct your teeth, too. If you have a dental concern or would like to speak to someone from our team, please contact us on (03) 9702 6111. We’re always happy to chat. 

Wonky Smile? Teeth Realignment Options For You

Do you have crooked teeth? For those of us suffering from severely misaligned teeth, there can be negative social consequences. But never fear- there are options for you! Regardless of your realignment needs, there’s something for everyone. In this week’s article, we’ll be running through three major teeth realignment options so that you can keep a smile on your dial!

What’s wrong with having crooked teeth?

Apart from some social stigma, having crooked teeth can actually bring up major issues. These range from dental decay due to oral hygiene issues, to sleep problems as a result of sleep apnea. Other problems include; jaw pain, greater propensity towards teeth fracture, sensitivity and gum pain.

What are my options?

The main treatment option for realignment is the application of orthodontic appliances. Otherwise known as braces, these are a great choice for crooked teeth. There are both removable braces, and fixed braces; the latter attaches to the teeth by dental adhesive bands that fit to the tooth like a hoop.

When it comes to fixed braces, you have three main options. Firstly, metal is the most common form of braces. These are “glued” onto the teeth, and are generally silver in colour, and square in shape- though there are other styles available for the budding individualist too! Secondly, clear plastic fixed braces are those that use clear or transparent brackets to attach the wires to the teeth. These still use metal, but are much less noticeable than metal braces. Lingual braces are the third option, and these are attached to the back side of the teeth, where the tongue is found. Though they are essentially invisible, unfortunately there are limitations as to what they can fix.

Are there any other realignment options available?

If braces aren’t what you want for your teeth realignment, there is also the option of surgical orthodontics. However, this option is unable to fix abnormal jaw positioning, and should only be used in conjunction with other jaw treatments. There is also the option for ‘clip-on smiles’! These are fake teeth you can use in your mouth, but be wary of going too cheap with this.

Eden Rise Dental is your local dentist in Berwick, and with their comprehensive, professional services, you can’t go wrong. Get in touch by calling (03) 9702 6111 for more information today.

Am I Too Old For Braces? 

No matter you’re age, everyone wants an attractive and healthy-looking smile. But if you’re unsatisfied with the current appearance of your teeth and are of an older vintage, are braces the right choice? Well, keep reading, as we discuss in this week’s blog whether or not there is an age limit for braces. 

How do braces work? 

Braces correct crooked teeth by placing pressure on them to alter their position. Out of all the different orthodontic appliances, braces are the most common. They are incredibly versatile and can move teeth in various directions at once. Braces rely on the use of brackets, which are bonded to the tooth surfaces. Archwires are then threaded through the brackets to direct the force being applied to the teeth. These wires can be specifically designed to apply different pressures to individual teeth.    

Pros and cons 

In comparison to their prior models, today’s braces are a lot more comfortable and unobtrusive. The wires are more effective and less noticeable. There are also more styles of braces to choose from, such as gold brackets and wires, as well as coloured wires and elastics.  

However, despite the advancements braces have made, some still opt for less noticeable choices such as clear alignment options.    

Am I too old for braces? 

While childhood and adolescent is the best time to change the positioning of one’s teeth, you can still receive great results with braces in your adult life. Although, there are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering getting braces later in life: 

  • As adult bones have stopped growing, some structural changes can only be achieved with surgery. 
  • The process of correcting your teeth might take longer than if you had taken these measures as a child or adolescent. While the time it takes to straighten your teeth differs for each individual, treatments typically last around two years.  
  • For those getting braces as an adult, you may also need to visit a periodontist, as well as your general dentist and orthodontist to ensure the treatment suffers no complications from bone loss caused by gum disease. 

At Eden Rise Dental, we offer a range of orthodontic treatments, including conventional braces, clear alignment options, and quick fix solutions customised for the individual needs of each patient. For more information or a quote, please do not hesitate to call us on (03) 9702 6111.  

What To Do If Your Tooth Is Cracked, Chipped or Broken

Suffering a dental injury is never fun. Whether you’ve got a cracked tooth, chipped tooth, broken tooth, or split tooth, it may be able to be saved! It’s important to look after your dental health and see a professional as soon as possible. Just remember, the faster you act, the better the outcome will be! In this week’s article, we’ll be giving you the rundown on what to do if you’ve got a chipped, cracked or broken tooth.

What causes a chipped tooth?

Most dental trauma is a result of an accident or sports-related injury. Chipped teeth are the dental injury we see most often; dislodged or knocked-out teeth are less likely, but can have more severe repercussions if not handled correctly at the time of injury.

Book an emergency appointment with your dentist

You may not think your dental injury is that bad, but always try to see your dentist as soon as possible to be sure. Neighbouring teeth may have also suffered a trauma that isn’t immediately obvious. By catching it before it develops into a more serious problem, you might save yourself a lot of pain, treatment, time, and money! Experienced dentists may be able to save an injured tooth so it’s important to book in for an appointment sooner to give them the best chance.

Look after you chipped tooth at home

Ultimately, there isn’t much you can do without a dentist to care for your chipped, cracked or broken tooth. While waiting for your appointment, you can rinse your mouth with warm water, or apply a cold pack to your lips or cheeks to reduce any pain or swelling. If you are experiencing any bleeding, try to apply pressure to the area with gauze until this bleeding has subsided.

Eden Rise Dental is your local dentist in Berwick, and with their comprehensive, professional services, you can’t go wrong. Get in touch by calling (03) 9702 6111 for more information today.

Protecting Your Enamel 101

Tooth enamel is a semi-clear, hard, outer layer that protects your teeth from daily wear and tear. It also keeps you from feeling temperature extremes from the hot and cold things you eat and drink. It also protects your teeth from acids or damage, so it’s pretty important! In this week’s article, we’ll giving you the what’s what of protecting your enamel.

What causes enamel erosion?

Every time you eat or drink anything acidic, the enamel on your teeth becomes softer for a short while, and loses some of its mineral content. Your saliva will slowly cancel out this acidity in your mouth and get it back to its natural balance. However, if this acid attack happens too often, your mouth does not have a chance to repair itself and tiny bits of enamel can be brushed away. Over time, you start to lose the surface of your teeth. When this shell erodes, your teeth are more likely to get cavities and decay. You may notice you react more to hot or cold foods, drinks, and sweets, since they can get through holes in your enamel to the nerves inside.

What are the symptoms?

You can identify enamel erosion by looking out for hollows in your teeth, as well as a general wearing away of the tooth’s surface. This may expose the dentine found underneath enamel. You may also notice symptoms such as pain when eating hot or cold food, rough or uneven edges on your teeth, yellow teeth, or dents that show up where you bite or chew.

How do you protect your enamel?

Your enamel can’t be replaced, so prevention is your best option. Specifically, good dental care is the top way to ensure that your enamel is kept in a healthy condition. This includes using fluoride toothpaste and/or mouthwash, as well as ensuring that you’re not brushing too hard. It may be a good idea to cut back on acidic food and drinks, especially soft drinks and juices. If you do want to continue to enjoy these things, consider using a straw to drink, or rinsing your mouth after consumption. Eating disorders such as bulimia will also impact the health of your enamel, so ensure you’re getting treated all round.

Ultimately, it’s best to talk to your dentist about the best options for you. Eden Rise Dental is your local dentist in Berwick, and with their comprehensive, professional services, you can’t go wrong. Get in touch by calling (03) 9702 6111 for more information today.

Everything You Need To Know About Fluoride

You’ve probably heard someone talk about fluoride before and the benefits it has for your teeth. But what actually is fluoride and how does it help our teeth? If you have any questions like this, keep reading, as we break down in this week’s blog everything you need to know about fluoride.  

What is fluoride? 

Fluoride is a chemical ion of the element fluorine, however, fluoride has an extra electron which gives it a negative charge. It is the 13th most abundant element on the earth’s crust and is found naturally in soil, water, foods, and minerals. When used correctly and at a safe level, fluoride can help decrease tooth decay.   

Why is fluoride added to drinking water? 

Following a discovery in the early 1990s which showed a direct link between people in areas with naturally fluoridated water and lower amounts of cavities, many places around the world started adding fluoride to their city’s drinking water.  

Melbourne Water adds less than one milligram of fluoride a litre to the water supply to help prevent tooth decay. This helps prevent tooth decay in a safe and controlled manner.  

How does fluoride help my teeth?  

There are three ways in which fluoride can help your teeth: 

1) Fluoride restores your teeth through remineralisation 

The first way that fluoride helps your teeth is by restoring them through remineralisation. This is the process in which a tooth restores itself in the early stages of tooth decay. Fluoride helps by sticking to the surface of the tooth and attracting other minerals to the problem area, such as calcium. 

2) Fluoride interferes with cavity-causing bacteria 

The second way in which fluoride helps promote good dental hygiene is slowing down the rate at which bacteria can metabolise sugars, resulting in less acid production.  

3) Fluoride helps to make a tooth more resistant to decay 

The final way that fluoride helps your teeth is by making them more resistant to decay. When fluoride is present during remineralisation, it creates the mineral fluorapatite, which restores the teeth.  

At Eden Rise Dental, we offer a range of treatments to maintain optimal dental hygiene. To book an appointment, please do not hesitate to call us on (03) 9702 6111 

Promoting Good Dental Hygiene in Children  

Implementing good dental hygiene habits in children is essential to fostering healthy teeth well into adulthood. From parents to child care providers to teachers, there are lots of people in a child’s life who should be active in promoting proper dental care. In this week’s blog, we discuss the most common causes of decay in children and how parents, teachers and child care providers can promote good dental hygiene habits.  

What are the most common causes of decay in children?  

Although dental health in children has improved in the last decade, it remains an ongoing topic that needs to be promoted. It is estimated that 50% of children aged six years have caries. In fact, a recent study on dental decay in young children revealed that approximately 4o% of children aged five to ten years had experienced caries in primary teeth. The most common causes of decay for children are prolonged used of bottles (especially through the night), delayed tooth brushing, irregular and incorrect tooth brushing, use of dummies covered in sweet substances, frequent snacking, high sugar diets and lack of parental concern or awareness.  

How parents, teachers and child care providers can help 

Parents are primarily responsible for teaching children good dental hygiene and care. However, there are also other adults in a child’s life who should play a significant role in promoting healthy dental habits, such as teachers and child care providers. These figures can establish high standards of dental health among children by recording contact details for the child’s dental practitioner on enrolment, developing oral health policies and strategies in consultation with dentists, parents and staff, administering age appropriate dental health education programs and advising parents if staff notice any sign of tooth decay.  

Child care centres can also help the prevention of tooth decay in children by providing fluoridated water as a preference to other drinks, limiting or removing any sugary snacks offered to children throughout the day, avoiding putting babies and young children to bed with a bottle and considering employing a tooth brushing program.  

At Eden Rise Family Dental Practice in Berwick, we offer a range of children’s dentistry services, including general check-ups, cavity fillings, tooth extraction and children’s braces and retainer. Our friendly team of all female dentists will help put your little one at ease. For more information or to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to call us on (03) 9702 611.