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29 Jul 2016

New Technology Helps Dentists Remove Plaque

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In many offices, the old scaler, which was a hand instrument, has been replaced by an ultrasonic scaler, which uses frequency to rid the enamel of plaque before the plaque can eat through and cause damage to the tooth.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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26 Jul 2016

Can Antidepressants Sabotage Your Dental Implants

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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26 Jul 2016

Dental Health Week 2016

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The theme of this year’s event is Women and Oral Health, and the ADA is encouraging women everywhere to take charge of their oral health during the key phases of their life.

As a member of the dental profession, you play a critical role in educating your patients and the community at large about oral health. Dental Health Week gives you the perfect platform to educate and inform and you’re strongly encouraged to actively promote this week through all the channels at your disposal.

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22 Jul 2016

Can Sharks Alter the Course of Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is an ever-changing field. As technology advances, we find more and better ways of replacing removed teeth or saving the ones we have. The potential for one of the biggest advances in dentistry may have been unlocked in England and the Department of Plant and Animal Sciences at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Gareth Fraser recently led a study there in which they identified a series of genes that are responsible for a shark’s ability to regenerate teeth on a lifelong basis. The genes are also responsible for “normal” tooth development.

Sharks lose more than 30,000 teeth over the span of their lives and are able to regenerate them. They have roughly 3,000 teeth at a time, meaning that they regenerate each tooth an average of ten times during their lives.

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19 Jul 2016

Oral Supplements to Fight Cavities?

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Whether you need cosmetic dentistry or emergency dentistry, there is usually one common factor: cavities. We know of three ways to minimise the likelihood and severity of cavities: regular effective brushing, regular trips to the dentist and a diet that does not include sugary drinks or sugary snacks.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just take a supplement that fights tooth decay? According to a recent study at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in the US, you may be able to do just that someday. A team of researchers at the University, led by Associate Dean Robert Burne, discovered a strain of streptococcus bacteria named A12 that can eradicate the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

A12 uses a different mechanism than previously studied bacteria. They neutralise and actively destroy a bacteria called streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus mutans is a bacteria which converts sugar into lactic acid, which subsequently eats away at your tooth enamel.

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15 Jul 2016

Smoking and Microbial Balance

One of the best ways to ensure that you’ll eventually need some form of cosmetic dentistry is to smoke. The reason is that smoking affects approximately 600 different species of bacteria in your mouth that are known as your oral microbiome.

A study conducted by NYU Langone Medical Center in the US and more specifically the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center took a comprehensive look into the effects of smoking on oral bacteria. The lead researcher on the study was Dr Jiyoung Ahn, PhD. According to Dr Ahn, their study is the most comprehensive study on oral bacteria and smoking to date.

The study used specific genetic testing to determine the makeup and actions of oral bacteria. This work was inspired by similar work in the gastrointestinal tract for disorders such as Crohn’s Disease. It is currently estimated that at least 75% of oral cancers are caused by smoking but it is not yet known whether the microbial changes caused by smoking contribute to these cancers.

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12 Jul 2016

Sugar Sending More To Dentist

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As an emergency dentist in Joondalup, I can say without hesitation or doubt that a majority of preventable dental problems are caused by excessive consumption of sugar. Recently, the University of Sydney conducted a study indicating that it is even worse than the most pessimistic dentists thought it was.

More than half of the Australians in the study consume more than 10% of their daily energy from added sugars, sugars in fruit juice, honey or syrups. 10% is the maximum recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). The sources of sugar mentioned above are defined by the WHO as “no sugars.”

In adolescents, the numbers are far worse. For those aged 9-13, 76.2% exceeded the WHO maximum sugar intake on a daily basis. From ages 14-18, the number was 75.9%. The data was compiled from more than 8,000 subjects and was collected in 2011-2012 during the most recent Australian Health Survey.

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11 Jul 2016

Dental Health Week is Back

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Dental Health Week is back. One of the main reasons people need an emergency dentist is because they don’t always take care of their oral health. Dental Health Week is a great chance for people to be reminded, once a year, of the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums.

Dental Health Week is celebrated the first full week of August every year. It is produced by the Australian Dental Association (ADA). Every year has a different focus or theme. This year’s theme is Women and Oral Health with a focus on how hormonal changes affect oral health. Dental Health Week will be celebrated on 1-7 August 2016.

If you are female, hormonal changes caused by stages of life such as puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause not only affect the rest of your body but also affect your teeth, gums and mouth. Here are how various stages of life can affect female dental health.

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06 Jul 2016

Why Parents Must Stay on their Children to Brush

While we are happy to perform a great service by taking care of dental emergencies, we would rather not have to take patients on an emergency basis. We would rather see you schedule regular visits to the dentist and not have to go through all of that pain.

Statistics show that the sooner a child develops an ingrained habit of good oral hygiene, the less likely that child is to develop dental problems later in life. While primary teeth do fall out, they act as important “placeholders” for when adult teeth erupt later in life. It is crucial to keep your teeth and gums healthy from childhood through adulthood by taking care of your mouth and making regular visits to the dentist.

In March of this year, officials from the British Dental Health Foundation published an article about how parents do not supervise their children’s brushing efforts for long enough into their childhoods. This article was picked up by Australia’s Bite Magazine and other outlets across the world because everyone at the top level of our profession knows too many children aren’t brushing well enough or often enough.

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17 Mar 2016

World Oral Health Day 2016

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On 20 March 2016, we will be celebrating the World Oral Health Day. It will be filled with activities to raise oral care awareness, organised by dentists, dental associations, dental students, as well as corporate partners.

World Oral Health Day 2016 News Bulletin

There is another good news for those who want to participate: the ADA will give away 3 Philips Sonicare toothbrushes. To learn more about how you can win and get more details about the upcoming event, visit the ADA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/healthyteethaustralia

Please call us on (08) 9404 9500 or click here to book an appointment.

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