Monthly Archives: March 2018

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World Oral Health Day 2018 – Think mouth, think health!

It’s the 20th of March again, and we would like to wish all our patients a great World Oral Health Day! This week is a time to reflect on our oral care habits, and to renew our oral health goals.

For 2018, this year’s theme is about the health link between our mouth and bodies. The World Dental Federation wants everybody to understand how your oral health affects your general health, and vice-versa. It is important to safeguard and maintain our oral and general health at all times – because a healthy mouth and body go hand in hand.

The mouth and body link

While oral health problems and disease – including tooth decay, cavities and gum disease – are usually prevented and managed through good oral care and hygiene, they can also be negatively affected by other general health conditions.
If these other general health conditions are not treated and managed properly than oral health complications may result. By the same token, if you have poor oral health, it may impact on the health of the rest of your body.
General health conditions that have been linked to oral health include respiratory diseases, nutritional deficiencies, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

Shared risk factors

Oral health diseases also share common risk factors with other general health conditions and diseases. Some of these risk factors are biological and genetic and cannot be controlled. However, there are risk factors that are created by our behaviour and lifestyle choices. They include an unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol use, smoking, no exercise and poor oral care.

Take control

You can take control by making the correct choices in order to protect your mouth and body by:

  • having a healthier diet with loads of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding foods high in refined sugar and carbohydrates
  • limiting consumption of alcohol
  • practicing good oral care and hygiene, incl. brushing twice daily
  • not smoking
  • wearing a preventative mouthguard when playing contact sports
  • visiting your dentist (and doctor) for a check-up once or twice a year

Practicing good oral care and minimising your risk are important ways to avoid oral disease and associated general health conditions. Just as your eyes are a window to your soul, your mouth is a mirror to your general health and well-being. Happy World Oral Health Day!


Category : Dental Care

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When do you need a dental crown?

When your tooth has a minor cavity, the go-to treatment is usually a filling. But if your cavity has progressed to the point where there is too much damage or decay for a filling treatment to be successful – yet you still have sufficient healthy tooth structure – then an inlay or onlay treatment can be used to restore your tooth.

However, what if your entire tooth is severely damaged all the way to the gum line, and there isn’t too much of it left to support a filling, inlay or onlay? Well, a dental crown may be the solution.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are actually prosthetic teeth. They look and function just like a real tooth, and are designed to fit over the remaining tooth’s root structure. Once fitted and bonded into place, crowns can last for up to 30 years, depending on the wear and tear that the crown is subjected to. For example, if you have tooth grinding issues or like to munch on hard foods like ice, you may reduce the life of your crown significantly.

Good oral care and hygiene is an important factor also, to prevent any decay around the gum line that may compromise the crown’s stability.

Clinical research supports their use, and test results show that crowns have a higher success rate than other tooth restoration treatments, in terms of appearance, durability and function.

Dental crowns are an effective dental solution for a range of severe tooth issues, including:

  • Teeth severely damaged by tooth decay
  • Worn or eroded teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Strengthening and rebuilding teeth after root canal treatment
  • Modifying or enhancing the cosmetic appearance of teeth
  • Capping dental implants or bridges


What are dental crowns made of?

Brwons-plains-Choice-Dental-crows-materialsTypes of crowns are usually classified by what materials they are made of. These include all-porcelain, porcelain fused-to-metal, metal alloys, resin and stainless steel. When choosing which type of crown is best for you, you and your dentist need to consider factors such as durability, strength, cost-effectiveness, temporary vs permanent restorations and cosmetic enhancement.

Contact us

At Choice Dental, we can help restore your damaged and decayed teeth back to their original appearance, health and function with dental crowns. If you would like to find out more information about crowns, or to book a consultation with one of our dentists, call us on 07 3809 3320.


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