dentistry life at Brisbane Smile Boutique
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We're well and truly racing in to November, and Melbourne Cup was celebrated by our team at the beautiful Eleven Rooftop Bar, where our team won on the race and in fashion. Holly, my wonderful nurse, won best dressed for her tropical inspired outfit, by Camilla. On the work front, Amy, Christine and I have been busy checking in on smiles, and my support team have been fabulous, and are so appreciated.
Wishing everyone all the best.
A great program being run by the Victorian government involves the release of a Well being Plan 2015 - 2019, with key priorities to improve the health and well being of the general public, and especially those who are disadvantaged.
Oral health has been identified as a key marker of general health, and with greater levels of oral disease being inclined to be an indicator of disadvantage.
Poor diet and consumption of sugar laden drinks are contributors to poor oral health. An improvement in oral health is enabled with access to fluoride in water and toothpaste, good dental hygiene and regular access to preventive dental care.
The key areas of focus which are excellent guidelines are:
- Healthier eating and being more active
- Tobacco free living
- Reducing alcohol and drug use, if applicable
- Improving mental health
- Prevention of violence and injury within the general public
By investing in the community and caring for individuals, it is hoped that a better sense of wellbeing and support leads to better health outcomes, happier and cared for individuals and an improvement in dental health, as well as over health and quality of life. Hopefully this preventive and advisory service will be expanded to all of Australia, for the benefit of all citizens.
Caring for ourselves comes under many chapters;
Being active with at least 30 minutes of moderate activity each day. Attending to diet; eating 2 pieces of fruit each day, 5 serves of vegetables, whole grain and unprocessed/unpackaged foods, and avoiding canned foods. Minimising salt and sugar intake, and in particular decreasing or ceasing consumption of sugar laden drinks, including soft drinks, Coca Cola, energy drinks, and additions of sugar to any foods or drinks. Dental hygiene and care with twice daily brushing and daily flossing, in particular prior to bed times. The Oral B Black, Genius or Smart Series are highly recommended, with use for 2 minutes, twice a day. Difficulty flossing can be overcome with a Reach Access Flosser. Stress reduction and minimisation techniques are also critical to wellbeing, as well as a good work- life - care balance.
Tooth decay and erosion are on the rise. At least part of this disease process is thought to be due to the increasing use of specialised sports products designed to proved nutirents and fluid during exercise. Many of these are high in carbohydrates for readily available energy and electrolytes, however many have acidic ingredients to alter the taste or prolong the shelf life. Of course the combination of sugar and acidicity is damaging to the teeth. Sports products have been used by athletes for a long time to add to fuel stores and to promote rapid recovery of glycogen stores following exercise, but in the last few year they have been heavily marketed to he general public, and of particular concern, is their regular use by children ⚠️
🍭 main ingredients are carbohydrates -> sugar!
- Acidity is 2.4 - 4:5
⚠️ when dehydrated the saliva dries up, and makes the teeth vulnerable to attack by sugars and acids
⚠️ rinsing a mouthguard in sports drink allows the damaging acids and sugars to pool around the teeth
😷 people are using these as fuelling mouth rinses for short duration physical activity because it is thought that carbohydrates message the brain to delay fatigue.
⚠️ workout supplements are promoted as an anabolic or muscle building possibility in resistance training. They are usually protein with small amounts of carbohydrate and other things like caffeine, creatine. Most have citric or malic acid added for flavour which is damaging to the teeth.
Sports gels or lollies are easy to digest and carry, and of course the trouble occurs because they are highly concentrated sources of sugar, with many containing acid to alter the taste or to prolong the shelf life.
When cosumed with sports drinks, the combination is disastrous.
💧 drink tap water for low intensity training and always for children.
⚠️ Use sports drinks and supplements with extreme caution.
😷 Calcium in foods might help to counteract some of the damage, and help in recovery.
⚠️ avoid rinsing moth guards with sports drink
💦 drink lots of water to ensure that the saliva is healthy.
🍋 avoid acidic foods or beverages before bed
⭐️ seek the assistance of an accredited sports dietician if necessary
⭐️ 6 monthly preventive care appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist