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The life and times of our dental practice, up to date news in dentistry and celebrations, happy moments in dentistry. Our blog outlines dentistry life at Brisbane Smile Boutique in Spring Hill in inner city Brisbane

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What is a root canal treatment?

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A root canal treatment is a filling that is placed right through the middle of the tooth, to replace a missing pulp (nerve), when it has become infected.  Some reasons that this might happen are because of decay, a crack, trauma, an unbalanced strain on the tooth because of adjacent missing teeth, or a deep filling that is close to the nerve.  The procedure normally involves being numbed up with local anaesthetic, clipping a small rubber mat over the offending tooth, and cleaning and flushing out the infected pulp, and removal of the infected tooth structure.  Antibiotics are placed through the root canal system, and the tooth is sealed in the first stage of treatment, which takes approximately 1 hour. Some teeth are easily attended to because the canals are accessible and straight up and down.  Other times the root system is very complex, with up to five opening inside the tooth, which travel in narrow canals, with hooks etc, which can be extremely difficult to access and clean.  The second appointment, for 1 hour involves flushing the inside of the tooth and the sealing of the canal/s with latex points and a specialised cement, and sealing of the access point. Sometimes a referral to an endodontist (root canal specialist) is required to successfully treat a very complex case.  Root canal treatment is 95% successful, so that most teeth are able to be saved.

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It is important to recognise that discomfort can be associated with root canal treatment, however this can be minimised by attending to a problem earlier rather than later.  The worst case is for someone who presents with a festering tooth, which is already very painful, and has been painful for some time, which is then unpleasant for the patient, and difficult for the dentist to sort out.  Attending to an issue sooner, is likely to result in less pain, and a better outcome.

Well being

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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
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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. 

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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. 

Sports products and oral health

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Thinning enamel makes teeth more vulnerable to decay

Thinning enamel makes teeth more vulnerable to decay

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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 ⚠️

 

 

Important points: 

🍭 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.

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⚠️ 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. 

 

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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. 

 

Some tips: 

 

💧 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  

 

 

 

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Sugar Intake

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Source: Women's Health  

Source: Women's Health  

How to keep your teeth and waist line healthy!! Sugar intake is the KEY for healthy teeth!! Did you know that tooth decay affects up to 92% of adults?

Make sure you're aware of these 56 other names of sugar which could be causing you tooth decay!  

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