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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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Sugar and Periodontics: Minding your Diet

admin 1 - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Periodontics, as a practice, contends with many of the broader trends that impact upon our dental health. And one of the most notable is our sugar intake. An additive to many foods, high amounts of this product have been causing ill effects among teeth and gums throughout Australia, and this trend is continuing to grow and impact us.

Sugar, when ingested, reacts with your saliva to create plaque, which is acidic. This substance attacks the hard enamel of your teeth, and over time, can cause breaches and cavities to form. Typically, these issues are kept in check with proper teeth brushing and flossing, along with professional cleaning. However, the increased usage of sugar among food manufacturers has meant our teeth are being asked to withstand an almost unending assault.

The increased use of sugar has placed it as an additive in to some otherwise innocent food groups. Foods such as breads and granola bars aren’t generally thought of as being high in sugar, but the mildly addictive qualities of this substance have - purportedly - encouraged its addition.

As such, we need to ensure that we remain vigilant about the sugar intake of ourselves, and particularly, our children. At National Periodontics, we have taken note of an upswing in the number of cavities presenting at our clinic, in children as young as two. Among adults, an increase in gum disease often accompanies a high-sugar diet. All of this says nothing of the other issues associated with consuming so much sugar, such as increased rates of diabetes and obesity. So keep an eye on those labels.

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Sub-Gumline Cleaning and your Periodontist

admin 1 - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dentists will often refer their patients to a periodontist when they have detected high amounts of plaque below the gumline. Plaque serves as a warning sign, as it contains bacteria that can break down the enamel on your teeth, and cause cavities and rotting. This is where periodontics proves its worth, in these unseen regions under the gumline.

Over time, nearly every set of teeth will develop tartar and plaque. It is one of the reasons that we encourage our children to develop the habit of brushing their teeth twice daily. But in certain cases, plaque can concentrate out of reach of a toothbrush, resting up against your teeth, protected under the gumline.

This is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to grow. As it expands, it will often create a miniature pocket, near the root of the tooth. This plaque is very difficult to expel without the correct tools, and it can often begin to impact not only the tooth, but also the gum tissue that is surrounding it.

Bloody or inflamed gums are often the first indication that there is something amiss. If a cleaning by your dentist doesn’t solve the problem, it is time to dig deeper.

This ailment has bred processes such as root scaling, and innovations like the LANAP laser procedure, to clean these tight spaces more effectively. As a speciality, periodontics places emphasis on its ability to extricate bacteria pockets and inflamed tissue from deep in the gums of a patient, using particular training and tools, to help a patient to overcome this common, yet tricky, ailment.

Periodontics might not be as well-known as modern dentistry, but it plays an enormous role in the proper maintenance of our teeth and gums. For more information, contact National Periodontics, or one of our locations, today.

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The Dangers of Smoking | Bleeding Gums Treatments from your Periodontist

admin 1 - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When many people consider the oral health impacts of smoking, they typically think of yellow, stained teeth, and smoker's breath. However, the health impacts of this habit impact quite severely on one's mouth, and in particular, the health of their gums.

Studies have found that smokers are three to six times more likely to develop gum disease over the course of their lives. Partly, this is due to the increased amount of calculus and plaque found on the teeth of smokers, the building blocks of damaging tartar.

If not cleaned properly and consistently, plaque becomes tartar, which can damage a tooth's tough exterior, leading to cavities. This is especially true when, over time, tartar builds up under your gumline, leading to a 'pocket' of tartar impacting upon the tooth, out of the reach of your toothbrush.

Therefore, it is very important that smokers do not skimp on either their oral health habits, or their visits to the dentist. That said, another impact of smoking can hurt their odds of a successful corrective procedure. Smokers typically exhibit less blood flow around their gums, which while it reduces bleeding, can also dry out gum tissue. This means it is less accepting of dental procedures, and can take considerably longer to heal properly.

On top of this, the drier mouths of smokers are more prone to the build up of tartar and other bacterial elements. Our saliva is more than just lubrication for our mouths – it serves to actively fight infections and neutralises acids from our foods that can break down tooth enamel.

Overall, quitting smoking is more than just an investment in your heart and lungs – it can improve the state of your gums and teeth, in more than just the aesthetic sense.

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Facts about Gum Disease and Bleeding Gums Treatments

admin 1 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

At some point in their past, nearly all of us have had to content with swollen or bleeding gums, and have had to consider a treatment. Changes to our bodies and to our diets can all breed some bad behaviour from our gums, and getting to the root of the cause of such problems is our job as periodontists.

But while we can solve nearly any issue arising among our patients, there is nevertheless a good deal of misinformation surrounding our topic. So let’s clear up some common misconceptions.

Bloody gums are unhealthy

Bloody gums, regardless of the cause, are not healthy gums, and the sooner that you diagnose and treat the underlying cause, the easier a time you will have sorting out the problem.

Receding Gums cannot be reversed

Receding gums will not retrace their steps, at least, not naturally. This is one reason that early treatment is necessary in cases such as these – there is no time to waste to prevent this issue from continuing.

Bad Breath is a sign of a poor oral health

Almost universally, bad breath – unless stemming from something that someone has recently eaten – stems from an issue with one’s oral health. Causes can vary, from a lack of flossing to gingivitis, but quality of breath is typically a good litmus test for the overall health of one’s gums.

At National Periodontics, we can manage everything from bleeding gums treatments, to oral health checks, to diagnostics with the most modern and effective treatments out there. Contact us today to find out more.

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