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13 Sep 2016

These Foods Can Cause Tooth Decay in Your Child

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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01 Sep 2016

Sports Drinks And 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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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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15 Dec 2015

Proof that Regular Dental Care Helps

If you need an emergency dentist, you can always call Joondalup City Dental and we will find a way to get you taken care of. While it’s nice to have that convenience, it can also cause us to take dental care for granted. We would much rather have you come in once or twice a year on a program of regular dental care than have you come to us for a dental emergency.

Sometimes, though, it’s hard to convince people that a program of regular dental care keeps you from getting tooth decay, which is the root of most emergency dental care. Recently, though, we found a study proving that those who visit the dentist more often have less tooth decay. It comes from the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), who provide medical care to remote areas.

The RFDS flies into areas of the outback where there is almost no access to medical care. There is roughly one third of the access to medical care, including dentists, in the bush as compared to in cities. This causes a lot of medical and dental problems to go untreated on a chronic basis.

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