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The Athlete’s Paradox | Periodontics and Receding Gums Treatments

admin 1 - Friday, August 31, 2018

Broadly, in medicine, many health trends tend to run together. That means that health in one area indicates health in others, and when one mentions professional athletes – some of the healthiest and fittest people on the planet – we can be forgiven if we imagine that they exhibit the same remarkable fitness throughout their body.

It was with some surprise, then, when a British study was posted in a dental journal recently. In this study, athletes from a variety of sports were surveyed, and given a dental exam. To their surprise, a whopping 49 percent of them exhibited undiagnosed dental decay. A full 77 percent of them had swollen, inflamed gums, a clear harbinger of gum disease and the need for periodontic care or receding gums treatments down the road. For a group that takes its health so seriously, this was unexpected, to say the least.

Since this study emerged, numerous reasons for this trend have been put forward. The high carbohydrate diet followed by many athletes – especially endurance athletes – has been earmarked as a cause. High-carb diets will typically coat the teeth in sticky carbs, which as they break down in to sugars, produce acids, very tough on your enamel. The sugar content of many sports rehydration drinks is also a potential suspect.

Researchers have also speculated that the constant, heavy air intake of endurance athletes could be playing a role. This heavy mouth breathing dries out the mouth, reducing the availability of saliva to rinse the teeth, and break down the sugars in their diets. Drier mouths also tend to be more alkaline, a situation that has been linked to plaque growth.

In time, the research will likely lead us to the answer. For periodontics experts, and receding gums treatments, your friends at National Periodontics are ready to help you.

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The Blue Light | Periodontics and Dental Teeth Implants

admin 1 - Thursday, June 21, 2018

At National Periodontics, we provide dental teeth implants and holistic dental services from numerous locations around Australia. We take great pride in providing a premium service, one that makes the best use of the most modern technology available.

But the pace of this technology means that, for the curious, there are innumerable questions to be answered while sitting in the chair. The dentist’s office today looks nothing like it did twenty years ago, and our procedures are become aided by such advancements as titanium screws, 3D printers, and advanced local anaesthetics. These come together to provide a faster, more efficient service, one that can ensure your time in the chair is shorter, and your procedures are better-lasting, and tougher.

One of the many advancements that you may have taken note of comes in the shape of a blue light. These are found in most offices today, and their purpose is related to the rise of the resin-based implants that now dominate the profession.

Far from the shiny mercury amalgam of yesteryear, most fillings today are constructed of resin-based materials. When heated, this resin is malleable enough to be placed and shaped by your dentist, but once cured, it is tough enough to be used almost anywhere. The curing action is the role of the blue light.

This blue light is able to cure the soft resin in situ, ensuring that the filling is ready for use almost immediately. Typically, it only takes 20 to 60 seconds of shining the light to cure the resin. Formerly, when using halogen bulbs, the dentist had to be careful not to overheat the surrounding, as high heat could both hurt the patient, and injure the soft tissue and tooth pulp. Today, the modern LED lights do not pose this threat.

A vital part of any cavity filling exercise, the blue light allows you to the leave your dentist’s chair with a filling that is ready for action. At National Periodontics, we provide fillings, cleanings, specialised advice, and dental teeth implants for patients around Australia. Contact us today and find out more.

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Periodontics and Proper Brushing

admin 1 - Friday, June 01, 2018

Brushing our teeth is among the earliest habits that we might remember learning, and it is a standard for oral care. Twice-daily brushing and flossing keeps at bay the buildup of plaque and tartar, and ensures that our enamel is kept strong, with no areas of weakness.  Read More

The Dangers of Stress: Receding Gums Treatment and Periodontics

admin 1 - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The WHO has termed it the biggest health issue of the 21st century, but even this could be downplaying the numerous impacts that stress has upon our physiology. Studies have turned up a huge number of negative health impacts as the result of being stressed, and our teeth and gums have not escaped.  Read More

Facts and Myths of Dental Implants

admin 1 - Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Periodontal Treatments in Adelaide: The Cancer Link

admin 1 - Friday, March 09, 2018

Your oral health is often indicative of your overall health, but this isn’t always a direct correlation. Rather, someone who takes care of their teeth is often the type of person to be mindful of their health, manifesting itself in other areas, such as a better diet, regular exercise, or taking care to avoid high stress. There has long been a positive correlation between a number of cancers and poor oral health, which has typically been chalked up to an indirect correlation, as mentioned above. But recent research has indicated a more direct link. Periodontal treatments in Adelaide, and around Australia, may help to prevent some cancers. Read More

Red Wine Research and Gum Disease Treatments for Adelaide

admin 1 - Friday, March 09, 2018

Already highly touted for its health impacts, red wine drinkers seldom need much more impetus to pour themselves a glass of the good stuff. It is a nightly ritual, and especially in some areas of southern Europe, no dinner table is complete without a bottle of table wine. Read More

Mouth guards, Dental Teeth Implants, and Prevention

admin 1 - Thursday, March 01, 2018
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Periodontics and Your Vitamin Intake

admin 1 - Monday, January 29, 2018

Tooth sensitivity impacts upon millions of Australians, and can be triggered by several different stimulus. Hot and cold foods, along with sugars and acidic foods, can all cause that familiar stinging or pounding discomfort. It can deter us from eating some of our favourite foods, or even from smiling during cold weather, for fear of a chilled breeze.

While it is widespread, there is good news – there are some steps that we can take to help to remediate this discomfort. As your periodontics and dentistry experts, National Periodontics has some starting points.

Sensitivity Toothpastes

Specialised toothpastes, used regularly, can make a difference. Typically, they utilise potassium nitrate, which blogs the tiny, nerve-filled tubes in your dentin. This is the starting point, but is worth noting that these products require ongoing use – months, rather than weeks.

Avoid Acidic foods

Foods that are high in acids, such as pickles, pickled olives, oranges, or certain mixed alcoholic beverages, can be very hard on your teeth. Try to avoid them, or if you choose not to, make sure that you brush your teeth afterwards (but not immediately afterwards – this actually can make things worse).

Stop Grinding

If you grind your teeth, either during the day or while sleeping, it can easily wear away the tough enamel on your teeth. Learn to relax your jaw, and while sleeping, you might consider having a mouthguard fitted.

Treat your receding gums

Typically, your tooth root is covered up by the gums. But when your gums recede, it can become exposed. If they have receded due to hard brushing, you may also have inadvertently removed the enamel, worsening the issue. A specialised treatment from National Periodontics can reverse this trend, and could help you to conquer your sensitive teeth.

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Energy Drinks, Gum Disease and Periodontics

admin 1 - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Our diet plays a huge role in our dental, and our overall, health. But such things change with the times; our diet today is decidedly not that of our parents or grandparents. In some respects, this has been a good thing, in the emphasis towards fresh vegetables and fruits as an essential aspect of a healthy diet. But some trends are less so.

The growth of energy drinks in Australia is a predictable aspect of our reality here: we often seek an energy kick during the course of a long work day, but our climate isn’t well-suited to hot beverages. This means we often look to other sources for caffeine.

Today, Red Bull, Monster, V, and dozens of other caffeinated energy drinks fill the shelves of the supermarket. They offer us the ability to maintain our energy when lacking for sleep, and perk us up quickly in the morning and when we need them. However, they are not well-suited to good dental health – many of them contain considerably more sugar than a similarly-sized can of coke or sprite.

However, despite this, they have attracted considerably less attention than their counterparts, who have been targeted for bans for sale in some areas. However, given their acidic nature and sugar content, they can have a similar or even greater impact upon our collective need for implants or gum disease treatment, a trend noted in our practices from Adelaide to Hervey Bay, and beyond.

Furthermore, as they are often consumed in the morning, we are not then due to brush our teeth for another several hours. These drinks (with the exception of the sugar-free varieties) must be consumed in moderation, or at the least, combined with a highly strict dental care regimen.

Other options do abound – cold drip coffees, or iced lattes, are also available in a can. At National Periodontics, we believe they are worth considering when making a well-rounded decision on behalf of your one, and only, set of pearly whites.

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