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Tongue Piercing And Oral Health

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People like to express their individuality through their appearance, but not all choices are risk free. tongue piercing being one of them. Tongue piercing can be detrimental to the oral health and care should be taken in order to maintain proper oral health.

Tongue piercing can cause

• Infection
• Chipped or cracked teeth
• Gum damage
• Nerve damage (resulting in loss of sensation in the tongue)
• Ongoing pain (neuralgia)
• HIV or hepatitis from the use of non-sterile equipment

Immediately after piercing

• Avoid smoking
• Use mouthwash regularly
• Do not touch pull or tug with unclean, unwashed hand.

Once the piercing has healed

• Avoid scratching the tongue against teeth and gum to avoid cracks, chips and injuries
• Use jewellery made of materials which are less harmful to tooth structure. (like bioplast)
• Brush twice daily including the tongue around the area of the piercing.
• Oral professional help should be sought if there is any sign of damage from the piercing on the teeth or pain.

Contact South Yarra Family Dental Care Today
• Call us on 03 98671151
• Email us at info@syfdc.com.au
• Pop in and see us at unit 2/ 137 Osborne St , South Yarra,Melbourne

Mouth Guard

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MOUTH GUARD

Our front teeth are responsible for giving our face the definition it requires, loss of front tooth can cause embarrassment, speech and eating difficulties. Every year many kids, teenagers and adults are injured on the playing fields, contact sports or during other physical activities which might result in loss of the front teeth and extensive damage to the gums, dental arches and the lips. A properly fitted mouth guard, or mouth protector is an important piece of athletic gear that can protect your teeth and smile.

Types of mouth guard

Custom fitted- made by dental professionals, custom fitted to the shape of a person’s mouth, provides maximum protection.

Ready-made – Though the cheapest, they provide poor protection, often bulky and uncomfortable.

Custom fitted mouth guards

• Have excellent fit
• Doesn’t interfere in breathing or speaking
• Provides adequate protection
• Isn’t too bulky or too thin.

Caring for mouth guards

Should be remade if the fit is poor or the guard has worn off.
Should be stored in cool dry area ton prevent shape distortions due to heat.
Should be regularly cleaned.

Contact South Yarra Family Dental Care Today for more information
• Call us on 03 98671151
• Email us at info@syfdc.com.au
Pop in and see us at unit 2/ 137 Osborne St , South Yarra, Melbourne

Fissure Sealants

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All molars and premolars have fissures, if the fissures are deep it’s hard for the toothbrush bristles to reach and clean out all the food particles. Consequently, plaque is trapped in the tooth and causes decay.
Fissure Sealants are thin plastic coatings that fill in the grooves of molars and pre-molars. Fissure sealants form a physical barrier to help protect teeth from plaque and acids, this reduces the risk of decay on the biting surface.

Contact South Yarra Family Dental Care Today
• Call us on 03 98671151
• Email us at info@syfdc.com.au
• Pop in and see us at unit 2/ 137 Osborne St , South Yarra,Melbourne

Night Splints / Occlusal Splints

What is Teeth grinding or Bruxism
It is involuntary clenching and grinding of the teeth, it doesn’t always display its symptoms in ways that are immediately noticeable. This problem usually occurs whilst asleep, but can also occur during waking hours.

Bruxism puts massive amounts of pressure on your teeth and the muscles of your face and jaw muscles, bone and joints. As a result, it can cause problems like
• Fractured, chipped or loose teeth
• A dull headache, sore jaws and/or ear pain
• Aching teeth, and stiffness in the face and temples, particularly after you’ve just woken up
• Sore jaws while you’re eating, especially at breakfast time
• Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks
• Intense jaw clenching
Bruxism can be caused by stress and anxiety, a malocclusion due to overly-high fillings, or missing or crooked teeth or even by obstructive sleep apnoea. It is important to identify the cause of the bruxing in order to make sure appropriate treatment is provided.

Treatments
We will take care of the possible causes such as overly-high fillings, or missing or crooked teeth, and may fit with a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night.

Contact South Yarra Family Dental Care Today
• Call us on 03 98671151
• Email us at info@syfdc.com.au
• Pop in and see us at unit 2/ 137 Osborne St , South Yarra,Melbourne

Teeth Discoloration

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Your teeth can become discoloured because of surface stains or changes inside the tooth. When the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) is stained, it’s an extrinsic discolouration. When the inner structure (the dentin) of tooth yellows or darkens, it’s an intrinsic discolouration.

There are a variety of causes of stained or discoloured teeth, some of which are preventable and some of which are treatable. Below we look at the most common causes of stained teeth and whether cosmetic dentistry can help.

Getting Older
Your teeth start yellowing as a natural part of the ageing process. It happens due to a combination of extrinsic and intrinsic factors. Dentin naturally yellows over time while the enamel gets thinner due to everyday wear and tear on your teeth, allowing the colour of the dentin to show through.

Smoking, Food and Drink
Smoking, as well as some food and drinks, discolour the enamel of the teeth. Anyone who smokes or consumes other tobacco products can expect their teeth to darken over time. Various food and drinks can have a similar effect. Common examples include coffee, tea, wine and cola.

Poor Oral Hygiene
Poor oral hygiene allows plaque and tartar to build up. This quickens the discolouration of your teeth and causes a number of other dental problems. This can be avoided by brushing, flossing and rinsing on a daily basis with fluoridated products.

Medication
Certain medications or medical conditions can discolour the dentin of your tooth. This type of discolouration can occur if:

You used tetracycline antibiotics before the age of 8
Your mother used tetracycline antibiotics during the second half of pregnancy
You have received chemotherapy and/or radiation to treat cancer (causing more of a brownish colour)
You use antihistamines, drugs for high blood pressure, and antipsychotic medication, some of which can stain adult teeth
You had too much exposure to fluoride during early childhood
You were born with a rare condition called dentinogenesis imperfecta, causing grey, amber or purple discolouration
Always review the potential side effects of medications you are currently or are about to start taking with your doctor.

Trauma
Physical trauma from an accident can discolour teeth. This could be trauma in a permanent tooth, where internal bleeding discoloured the tooth, or trauma as a young child, which damages a developing tooth. Discolouration is especially prominent when the pulp (innermost layer) of the tooth has been damaged.

TREATMENT
Many extrinsic stains caused by food and drink can be removed through professional cleaning during your regular visit to the dentist. Good oral hygiene at home also helps remove these stains.

For more stubborn extrinsic discolouration, you can have your teeth professionally whitened. This is a good solution for severe discolouration from food, drinks, smoking and ageing. Keep in mind that whitening products available over the counter contain weaker bleach, which may not be as effective.

If you have an intrinsic discolouration, whitening won’t help. This will be the case with severe trauma or discolouration from medication or medical conditions. In these cases, your dentist may recommend covering the discoloured areas with veneers or crowns.

If you have discoloured teeth and would like to whiten them or improve their overall appearance, get in touch with our team.

South Yarra Family Dental Care.

Regular Dental Check UP

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Visiting our practice for regular dental exams every six months isn’t just about checking for new dental decay—it’s about making sure your teeth, gums and entire mouth are healthy and free of disease.

Here are a few things we do when you visit us for your scheduled exams.

1. We give your teeth a professional cleaning.

With specifically designed handheld tools, our dentists clean your teeth far better than you’re able to do at home. During a cleaning, we remove plaque from hard to reach areas and get rid of any buildup that has occurred since your last visit.

2. Take measures to prevent decay and gum disease.

Gum disease doesn’t just harm your oral health—it can wreak havoc on your entire body. One of the biggest culprits of its development is insufficient attention to your oral health. The good news is that even for individuals who are more susceptible to gum disease than others, it is usually preventable through proper oral health hygiene.

3. Early detection of oral cancer.

By seeing us regularly, you’re giving yourself the best shot at identifying the early warning signs of oral cancer. If we do detect any symptoms of the disease, we can then recommend you for treatment right away to improve your chances of defeating the disease swiftly. When oral cancer is detected in its early stages, it is entirely curable.

Is it time for your next exam? Schedule an appointment with our practice by giving us a call today.