Monthly Archives: May 2015

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Understanding How to Prevent Dental Decay

Dental caries (tooth decay) are affected by three major factors:

  • Food or beverages consumed
  • Bacterial plaque
  • The oral health of your teeth and mouth

When these factors are out of balance in favour of the bacteria, there are negative effects. Bacterial waste products become acidic. This results in a breakdown or demineralisation of areas beneath the tooth surface.

Choice Dental - Tooth Decay

Choice Dental – Tooth Decay illustration

Each time you eat, your teeth are under an acid attack. Your body counter measures by rinsing the food and acid away with saliva. Your saliva neutralises the acid, but more importantly it replenishes minerals (calcium and phosphate) to rebuild the areas of your tooth that were demineralised by the acid attack. This rebuilding process is called re-mineralisation.

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Having trouble getting your kids to brush? You are not alone.

Share a story or tips, you told your kids that encouraged them to brush.

Getting kids to brush their teeth

Tips to encourage kids to brush their tooth

Just like home work, taking a bath and eating vegetables brushing teeth can often be seen as an activity they don’t want to do. In fact they resist quite enthusiastically. But a regular oral hygiene regime is very important to help children develop a lifetime of good oral hygiene and eliminate tooth decay.

Modeling good behaviour is very important. Show your children you are happy to brush your teeth that its not a chore. You could make it fun by getting them to copy you or by having the same coloured tooth brush. You could get an electric tooth brush, making it possibly more entertainment.

Encouraging your children to brush correctly is vital for good oral hygiene. At Choice Dental we would like to share a number of ways you can encourage your children to brush, and to do so effectively.

1) Tell them a story.

Sometimes a child needs a good reason or to be told a story to get them on board. Talk about why we need to brush – that if we don’t brush, the sugar bugs stay in our mouth and they can make holes in their teeth.

2) Show and tell

If they just aren’t convinced after your story. You could try disclosing tablets. They chew a tablet that stains the plaque pink, proving that brushing their teeth makes a difference.

3) Make bubbles (play games)

Who doesn’t like to make bubbles? Why not have a bubble contest, and see who can make the most bubbles while brushing.

4) All-aboard the tooth express

Why not pretend their tooth brush is like a train. With every circular movement the train wheel goes round. This will help them to remember to massage their gums in a circular motion, instead of scrubbing back and forth.

Complimenting them on such a good job, is a great way. We all like a compliment, so notice things about their routine you liked.

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When A Tooth is Knocked Out

when a tooth is knock out

Quick Action can save the tooth

Don’t Delay!

Accidents do occur and teeth are knocked out. With proper emergency action, a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket can be successfully replanted and last for years. It’s important to contact Choice Dental as soon as possible after the tooth is knocked out. If a tooth is knocked out, remain calm and act quickly.

The following steps should be taken:

  • Call your dentist Immediately – TIME IS CRITICAL
  • Handle it by the crown only (not the root) and ensure it is clean. The crown is the smooth white part of the tooth that is normally visible in the mouth. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.
  • If the root is dirty, and the patient is calm and conscious, they can gently suck the tooth clean. Alternatively, rinse the tooth in milk or very briefly, in water. DO NOT scrape or rub the root surface.
  • Immediately replant the tooth in the socket making sure the tooth is facing the right way around. Time is critical and immediate replacement is best, but should ideally not be delayed beyond 30 minutes.
  • assist with holding the tooth in place the patient can bite gently on gauze or a soft cloth. Aluminium foil may also be used to help stabilise the tooth.
  • If you are unable to replant the tooth, keep it moist. If the patient is able to do so, place the clean tooth in their mouth between the cheek and the gum alternatively in a cup of milk or seal it in plastic wrap.

Points to remember:

  • Do not hold the tooth by the root surface.
  • Do not scrape or rub the root surface.
  • Do not let the tooth dry out.
  • Do not put the tooth in ice.
  • Avoid rinsing or storing the tooth in water for more than a one or two seconds.
  • Do not remove any tissue or gum fragments from the tooth

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Tooth Brushes

With so many brands, shapes and sizes available at the supermarket it can become quite confusing as to which tooth brush is best for you. Choices include electric and manual; Soft, medium or hard; straight, cross action, angled, ahhhhh stop now.

So what is the best brush when cleaning your gums?

Which one wont damage your gums?

What will be easy to use and effective?

There is no scientific evidence to prove that one tooth brush design is better at removing bacteria than another. The only thing that really matters is HOW you are brushing your teeth. Most of us, just aren’t brushing long enough to efficiently reach and remove all cavity causing bacteria. It is recommended we brush at least 2-3 minutes.

Which tooth brush

Choice Dental - Oral health,  Tooth Brushes

Oral health -Tooth Brushes

We all have different size mouths, and different shaped teeth. Some of us may have some teeth missing or a health condition that makes it difficult to maintain optimum oral health. Speak to your dental hygienist about your daily routine and health needs at your next six month oral health appointment.

Our Dental Hygienist is committed in providing personalised routines that will work for you and can ensure you a selecting a tooth brush and floss that suits your mouth and needs

In general the tooth brush you select should have a small head for easy access to all areas of the mouth, teeth and gums. It should have a long wide handle that is easy to grip. The bristles should be a soft nylon with rounded ends so you wont hurt your gums.

Remember to change your tooth brush regularly. (which ever sooner)

1) Every 3 – 4 months

2) After an illness

3) Before the bristles become splayed and frayed

Don’t Forget ! 

Not only are old tooth brushes ineffective but they can also harbour nasty bacteria.

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