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When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

Children’s teeth should be cleaned as soon as they first erupt from the gum. They should be brushed twice a day buy an adult with water and a soft toothbrush until the age of 17 months.

For children older than 18 months, you should start using toothpaste. Be sure to use a toothpaste that is specially formulated for children. This toothpaste should have a lower amount of fluoride than most adult toothpastes. 

Once your child reaches 3-4 years of age you can start using a larger, pea sized amount of toothpaste.

What’s Your Flavour?

Tell us what’s your flavour? Flavour of tooth mousse that is!

We all know how important it is for our bodies to get the right nutrients to stay healthy, but did you that certain minerals help to protect your teeth? While the most well known is fluoride, calcium and phosphate are also key ingredients in maintaining a healthy smile!

Introducing… Tooth mousse

Tooth mousse works by remineralising the enamel to make it stronger and more resistant to an acid attack. It therefore reduces the tooth’s likelihood to breakdown or decay. It is also able to neutralise acid produced from plaque or other internal/external sources.

 

People who may benefit from tooth mousse include those who may experience:
– High decay risk/rates
– Poor plaque control
– Erosion or gastric reflux
– Dry mouth
– Acidic oral environments
– Sensitivity
– White spot lesions
– Pregnant mothers
– Orthodontic patients
– And those who wish for the benefit of extra protection.

All the flavours are amazing and yummy for kids and adults.

What’s a CEREC?

Maybe you have heard the phrase CEREC crown? Maybe not. If you have you might be wondering what the difference is between a traditional crown and a CEREC crown.

If you have a tooth that is deteriorating or a cavity that is too big to fill, you may be given the option of a crown to seal and fix the tooth. Traditional crowns differ to the option of a CEREC crown. This new technology makes it easier for you to get the treatment you need. While traditional crowns still have value, CEREC or same day crown’s are focused on saving you time and stress.

TRADITIONAL CROWNS

Once it was determined that you needed a crown, the dentist would take an impression of the tooth to be sent off to a lab to have the crown made. To protect the tooth, a temporary crown would be placed while the permanent one was being made. This process generally takes 2-3 appointments over 2-3 weeks and requires the patient to spend a large amount of time not only in surgery but numbed using local anaesthesia.

CEREC CROWNS

CEREC crowns or same day sounds are exactly what they sound like, crowns that are completed in one day. Once your tooth is prepared to be fitted for a crown, the dentist uses the CEREC machine to take a digital image of your tooth. The dentist then uses the image and the CEREC machine to create the crown right there in front of you. Rather than dealing with an uncomfortable impression and being numbed up over multiple appointments, a picture is used to create a crown that perfectly fits your tooth on the same day.

What Toothpaste Should I Use?

Walking down the hygiene care aisle in the supermarket, we’re dazzled with “advanced formulas”, “multi-action” pastes, and even “natural” toothpastes. But all hype aside, what type of toothpaste should you be using?

From pulverised bones and crushed oyster shells to the modern-day pearly white paste, the role of toothpaste has always been to remove plaque and prevent cavities.

At Terrigal Dental we recommend selecting a toothpaste with added fluoride. Any toothpaste that contains fluoride will help to prevent tooth decay, (when used with a daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing). Fluoride is an ingredient added to toothpaste to help strengthen and protect teeth against decay. It can also reverse early decay. Most supermarket toothpastes will have fluoride but it is worth checking the ingredients on the back, just to be sure!

WHAT TOOTHBRUSH SHOULD I USE?

The best toothbrush to use is a soft toothbrush with a small head. Hard toothbrushes can wear away the teeth and gums, which gives the teeth a ‘long’ appearance and leaves them sensitive. A small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to damage the gums

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I KNOCK OUT A TOOTH?

Any trauma to the teeth should be assessed by a dentist as soon as possible, however in the meantime:
1. Find the tooth and rinse it to remove any dirt
2. Place the tooth either in saliva or milk or keep it in your mouth between your
check and gum or under your tongue
3. Get to the dentist as the tooth has a better chance of being placed back
successfully if done as soon as possible
At Terrigal Dental, we welcome emergency patients. If you have an incident of dental trauma, give us a call on 4384 2101 and we will fit you in ASAP.

WHAT IS A FISSURE SEALANT?

A fissure sealant is a protective coating that is used to fill the grooves in children’s teeth. These grooves tend to trap plaque that causes decay, so filling the grooves will help minimize the risk of decay in these teeth.

Fissure sealant placement is a quick and painless procedure and is covered by the Child Dental Benefit Scheme for eligible children.

What causes cavities?

Cavities or holes are formed by acid producing bacteria that live on the plaque in your mouth. When sugars and starches aren’t cleaned off your teeth, bacteria quickly begin feeding on them and form plaque. The acids in plaque remove minerals in your tooth’s hard, outer enamel. This erosion causes tiny openings or holes in the enamel — the first stage of cavities.

Brushing and flossing your teeth as well as having them professionally cleaned by our dentists twice a year decreases the level of these damaging bacteria in your mouth. Lack of tooth brushing allows the bacteria to grow producing too much acid which then causes cavities.

Sugary foods feed these bacteria making them produce more acid! So keep brushing and flossing twice a day and keep a healthy, low-sugar diet. These good habits will hopefully lead to a cavity-free visit to Terrigal Dental!

Welcome to the team!

Our Terrigal Dental family continues to grow!

Meet Sam, our trainee dental assistant and receptionist.

Sam moved from Grafton to the Central Coast in 2015 and we are delighted that she has landed here in Terrigal.

In a short amount of time Sam has become a major part of our team and we are continuously amazed by how quickly she is learning.

You’re bound to leave your appointment happy after being treated by Sam and her infectious smile!

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The Latest Trends?

Coconut oil pulling or activated charcoal for your mouth?

These are the latest trends that keeps popping up all over our social media feeds. We being asked on a regular basis by many of our patients and friends if it really works?!

These alternative oral hygiene products claim many things from tooth whitening to internal health benefits, even their ability to eliminate decay and gum disease. We wanted to discuss our thoughts with you from the perspective of a dental professional.

oil pulling 
Oil pulling is a technique that involves swishing oil around your mouth for around 20 minutes and is said to reduce decay and gum disease and improve dental health. Oil-pulling works through the mechanical action of the swishing removing bacteria from teeth, rather than the chemical nature of the oil itself. Whilst oil pulling is harmless and fine as a complement to an oral care routine, the oil on its own can’t stop decay and gum disease and should never replace tooth brushing, flossing and routine dental visits.

activated charcoal
In theory the activated charcoal toothpaste binds to everything in its path including tartar and bacteria, as it removes this from your teeth they will initially seem whiter and often the added perfumed oils such as peppermint can freshen your breath. In reality the course crushed charcoal can damage your tooth’s natural enamel and is potentially dangerous to your body. If you would like to whiten your smile the safest way to do so is by using a well-tested product as directed by your dentist. With over 20 years of research it has been determined that whitening with dental peroxide is completely safe. Bleaching your teeth with a dental peroxide creates an oxidation reaction making the by-product of that reaction oxygen and water.

our recommendations
We suggest that if you have any concerns or are considering trying any of these methods to discuss it with your dentist first. They are able to suggest the best products to suit your individual needs..