Cosmetic Dentistry

When you smile, are you self-conscious? Do you have cosmetic flaws that make you feel like you don’t want to smile widely and proudly? If you do, you may be a perfect candidate for cosmetic dentistry.

Numerous studies in numerous countries have revealed that people judge each other based on their dental appearance. A study published in 2001 by Dr Liana Eli et al at Tel Aviv University in Israel covered three categories: social, esthetic and professional. When test subjects were shown pictures of people that had been manipulated to show apparent decay in the front teeth, they downgraded those people in all three categories compared to pictures in which they had perfect teeth.

Not only did the test subjects perceive the people with “bad teeth” to be socially, esthetically and professionally inferior, the results were amplified when evaluating photos of the opposite sex.

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Emergency Dentist in Joondalup

There are few things in life worse than a child with a toothache. Unless you are fortunate enough to be able to find an emergency dentist, such as the one who is always on hand at Joondalup City Dental, your child has to suffer for most of a day and a night before he or she can find relief.

At Joondalup City Dental, we believe in a proactive program of self-care and regular dental visits to nip tooth decay in the bud before it becomes painful. And one of the pillars of adequate self-care is to avoid foods that cause tooth decay.

Foods and Beverages to Avoid

There are two main culprits: sugar and acid. Both break down enamel in your teeth. Acid breaks them down directly, while sugar feeds bacteria which create acids. The worst culprits, believe it or not, are acidic fruit juices like orange juice, because they contain both acid and sugar. This creates immediate and future damage all in the same product.
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Tooth Decay

Have you ever had to take your child to an emergency dentist? There are not many things in this world that can make a child more miserable than a toothache. At Joondalup City Dental, we gladly accept emergency patients seven days a week with long hours on the weekdays but we prefer to help your child before it becomes a dental emergency.

According to a study at Cardiff University, an exceedingly high proportion of children aged 12-14 consume sports drinks on a daily basis. Children are attracted to sports drinks for a number of factors: they are inexpensive, ubiquitous and always available. 90% of those who drink sports drinks love the taste. Ironically enough, only 18% of the children said they liked sports drinks for the performance factor.

The most interesting aspect of this study is that sport drinks were never intended for children in the first place but neither parents nor children are aware of this fact. According to Maria Morgan, who is a senior lecturer in dental public health at Cardiff University, people are misunderstanding the true purpose of sports drinks.

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Obesity and Gum Disease

If you are looking for dentistry services, it is a little known fact that you are statistically liable to have periodontitis or another form of gum disease. However, there is another predictor of gum disease that has only recently been discovered: obesity.

Marco Peres, a researcher at the University of Adelaide, recently presented the results of his groundbreaking research at the 94th Session and Exhibition, presented by the International Association for Dental Research. His study followed 539 Australians from birth until they reached the age of 31 years. Their overall health, dietary habits and body measurements were all recorded. They were given full periodontal examinations.

The findings indicated that obesity raised the likelihood of mild to moderate to severe gum disease across the board. Subjects were rated by their percentage of excess weight, with the results going “all over the board.”

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Cosmetic Dentistry White Teeth

In my time practising cosmetic dentistry in Joondalup, I have personally seen a lot more people caring about how white their teeth are. In this day and age, appearance seems to be more important than ever and white teeth are a big part of appearance, especially when you smile.

There are now a plethora of home remedies and teeth whitening products designed for use at home. Some of the home remedies and products are harmful and have side effects. We would like to talk about a few ways people whiten their teeth at home and whether or not they are safe.

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Sugary Tax Australia

When you need an emergency dentist, we try to find out how you ended up with a dental emergency in the first place. Often, we find out that our emergency patients tend to drink a lot of sugary drinks and eat a lot of sugary treats. It is no secret that sugary drinks help cause tooth decay, plaque and gum disease, so this comes as no surprise.

Recently, a Greens Party senator, Senator Richard Di Natale, decided to take matters into his own hands by proposing a 20% tax on all sugary drinks. The proposal is just one of an entire suite of proposals by the Greens, including restrictions on advertising junk food, food tables that are more understandable and financial assistance that can help young people from poor families participate in exercise and sport.

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Go to the Dentist

If you are one of those people who holds off on dental care until you need an emergency dentist, you may want to read this piece thoroughly and carefully. According to a US publication, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, your state of oral health now is related to your cognitive well-being later in life.

While researchers caution that more research is needed to fully validate their conclusions, we feel it is more than worthwhile to make this information available to our readers and patients. The link between poor oral health and a plethora of medical problems is not really new. The world-renowned Mayo Clinic has found links between poor oral health and heart disease. For those who have HIV/AIDS or diabetes, oral health problems are even worse because of the body’s compromised ability to fight infection.

As the baby-boomer generation begins to segue into old age, more and more researchers are studying the links between oral health and cognition. Most researchers are now leaning towards a common inflammatory pathway as being the factor that allows poor oral health to affect cognition.

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Dental Implants Full Bridge

We all know the dilemma faced by a lot of older dental patients: Dentures can be uncomfortable and a full set of dental implants can be too expensive. While dentures do allow those without teeth to eat and to look good in public, they also have their own shortcomings. The top plate can cover up the palate, decreasing enjoyment of food and beverages. The bottom teeth tend to “float” and feel unstable.

Those who want implants cringe at the thought of a full mouth of titanium replacements and the amount of surgery required. For most people, the cost can be prohibitive. For many, their jawbones don’t have the strength or mass to hold full implants, especially an entire mouth full of implants.

A study of 50 people with full tooth loss, also known as being “edentulous,” showed they feel emotions such as lowered self-confidence, negative self-image, bereavement, inability to discuss their dentures, a concern about whether or not people knew they have dentures, altered social behaviours and premature ageing.

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Tooth Plaque Removal

One of the best ways to not need cosmetic dentistry during your lifetime is to keep your teeth as clear of plaque as possible. The pillars of dental care are oral hygiene, a correct diet and regular trips to the dentist for examination and cleaning. The dental hygienist removes plaque with an instrument called a scaler.

In many offices, the old scaler, which was a hand instrument, has been replaced by an ultrasonic scaler, which uses frequency to rid the enamel of plaque before the plaque can eat through and cause damage to the tooth.

The research team used high speed cameras to record the cavitation, which is the formation of bubbles around the head of the scalar. They varied the head shape and the power of the scalers, to get a full sample of cavitation patterns.

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Dental Implants and Antidepressants

If you take antidepressants and you are thinking about having dental implants, read this post carefully. According to a recent US study, antidepressants might play a major role in the failure of dental implants. The study was performed at the University of Buffalo by researchers from their UB School of Dental Medicine.

According to their research, people who take antidepressants are four times more likely to experience dental implant failure than those who don’t. In addition, the odds of dental implant failure double with every year of antidepressant use.

So, why are antidepressants so bad for dental implants? The “side effects.” People tend to ignore or downplay “side effects” of drugs. However, side effects are just as important as the intended effects of a drug and just as real. There are four listed side effects of antidepressants that can sabotage dental implants: osteoporosis, bruxism, akathisia and dryness of the mouth. All of these are detrimental to the healing process for dental implants.

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