Animals Have Amazing Teeth

Most animals do not get cavities as their diet is not high is sugar. They also chew on harder materials than we do, such as bone or tree bark, which aids in keeping their teeth clean. Domesticated animals can develop cavities if they are being feed a lot of sugar, so it is important to keep your pets’ consumption of “human food” to a minimum.

Is my toothache related to my sinus issues? – Sinus Pressure vs Regular toothache.

Sinus flare often causes a lot of discomfort however, sometimes it can be the cause of dental pain as well. This blog attempts to help patients distinguish the difference between normal toothache ad sinus related toothache as well as tips for alleviating the pain in the meantime before visiting the dentist.
A toothache caused due to dental reasons will most likely involve a single tooth, the pain would be more intense and focused in nature. However, the toothache from sinus pressure is felt in several upper teeth and the pain is often felt like discomfort.
Pain due to Sinus related issues is coupled with one or a combination of the symptoms listed below.
-Runny or blocked nose
-Heaviness behind cheekbones.
-Discharge from throat
-Pain in eras
-Loss of smell and taste
-Tenderness near eyes and forehead
The pain from sinus issues is most likely to aggravate on certain movements like jumping or bending as the sinus pressure shifts causing pain in the teeth. Once the sinus pressure reduces, the teeth pain is likely to reduce as well.
Pain due to Dental origin is characterized by a combination of the symptoms below
-Pain on having something hot or cold.
-Swelling on face
-Swelling in gums
The best way to know the origin of your pain and start its treatment is to visit a dental professional and manage its symptoms.

Reasons You Should Smile Every Day

There is no denying the feel-good power of a smile. We are born with the ability to smile, yet as age, we tend to smile less often. Many consider smiling an involuntary response to things that bring us joy or laughter. While this is true, what we tend to overlook is smiling can be a voluntary response as a conscious choice. Many studies have shown a strong link between good health, wellbeing and smiling.
Here are some reasons why you should make a conscious effort to smile every day:

  *   Smiling evaluates our mood: Smiling can trick the body into helping you elevate your mood since the physical act of smiling activates neural messaging in your brain. A simple smile can trigger the release of neural communication boosting neuropeptides as well as mood-boosting neurotransmitters like dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin.
  *   Smiling is contagious: Smiling not only helps elevate your mood but can also change the moods of others around you and make them happier. The part of your brain that is responsible for your controlling the facial expression of smiling is an unconscious automatic response area. This means that smiling can be completely unconscious, particularly when it comes to our habit of mirroring the people around us.
  *   Smiling relieves stress: When we are stressed, it can really show up in our faces. Smiling not only helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn-down, and overwhelmed but can help reduce stress<>.
  *   Smiling strengthens your immune system: Smiling can boost your overall heath as the act of smiling helps your immune system to function more effectively.
  *   Smiling reduces blood pressure: When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure.
  *   Smiling makes us attractive: We are naturally drawn to people who are smiling. Studies show that people who smile appear more likeable, courteous, and competent.
  *   Smiling makes us appear more youthful: Not only does smiling make you appear more attractive, but it also can make you look more youthful. The muscles used to smile also lift the face, making you appear younger.
  *   Smiling makes you appear more successful: Studies have proven that people who smile more often appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached.

Why do my teeth look stained? – Common reasons behind staining of teeth.

We all love a white and bright smile. However, that’s not the reality for most of us. It often amuses us that what goes behind staining of our teeth. If known earlier, can this staining be prevented?
South Yarra Family Dental brings to you the common reasons for teeth staining, the related habits and the severity associated with them.

    Research has been elemental in proving that smoking increases the chances of oral cancer and periodontitis. Continuous smoking causes a brownish hue to be deposited on the surface of teeth. While professional cleaning can be used to get rid of some of these stains , the stains deposited in the deep pits and grooves is often difficult to get rid off. On the other hand, vaping causes lesser damage to the teeth however, the ill-effects of tobacco are still persistent.
  2. TEA and COFFEE
    Australia witnesses a prominent coffee culture. Whether it is catching up with mates or a morning run, an expresso or latte is sure to give you company. However, beverages such as tea and coffee stain teeth over a prolonged duration. Simple tips such as rinsing your mouth post the beverage or even drinking milk along with the beverage can make a noticeable difference. Drinking through a straw can have some benefits in this regard as well.
    Like coffee, wine also causes long term discolouration on the surface of the teeth. The teeth develop a visible bluish discoloration followed by a brownish hue.
  4. Chlorhexidine
    Chlorhexidine is an anti-bacterial agent found in some mouthwashes. While it is extremely effective for killing germs, it causes discolouration on the teeth’s surface and should be used only for a short duration. It is usually recommended to use this kind of mouthwash on prescription by the dentist.

These are the most common reasons for teeth staining however they are not the only ones. Some of the other reasons include poor oral hygiene, acid erosion from food/drinks or reflux/vomiting and grinding of teeth.
Thus, the most appropriate way to know the reason behind the staining of your teeth is to get a regular check-up and clean done by a dental professional. This can not only help avoid staining in its early stages but also recognise any past effects.

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Why Might I Need a Tooth Removed?

Tooth extraction may be necessary to clear up a bad infection, for example where a tooth has become abscessed. Sometimes a tooth is too badly damaged to repair and this may be the case if it is extensively decayed or has perhaps cracked right down through the tooth roots. A tooth that has become loose may also need to be removed. If you do require a tooth extraction, we will make sure you are comfortable during the whole procedure.

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Tooth Brushing For Kids

Two minutes is the recommended time for brushing teeth, however it can be challenging to get your children to brush their teeth for long enough. To young children 2 minutes feels like eternity and they often tend to rush through their dental routine, ultimately this can lead to tooth decay. Luckily this can be prevented by introducing strategies designed to make brushing fun.

•            A tooth brush timer or keeping a timer in the bathroom is the easiest way to ensure your child is brushing their teeth for the recommended time.

•            Playing your child’s favourite song or tune while they brush is a fun way to insure they are brushing for long enough.

•            Set the example by brushing your teeth with them. Challenge them to mimic how you brush.

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South Yarra Family Dental Care has been awarded REACCREDITATION from QIP and the Australian Dental Association.

This means our practice follow the best standards of practice, Infection Control and Sterilisation ensuring all of our patients are cared for in the highest manner.

A big thank you and congratulations to our lovely staff Natasha who was instrumental in this process.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a repetitive jaw-muscle activity that involves clenching or grinding of the teeth or thrusting of the jaw. This can happen while awake or during sleep.

Signs and symptoms of teeth grinding

You might be experiencing teeth grinding if you notice some or all of the following signs:

• Worn down, shorter teeth

• Chipped and cracked teeth, fillings or crowns

• Pain and tenderness in the facial and neck muscles in the morning

• Grinding noises – a bed partner may notice, but your partner may not hear anything if they are in deep sleep, and it may not happen every night.


Some effective management options for teeth grinding and clenching may include:

• Protecting the teeth and any fillings or crowns. This is best done by using a custom made splint (a type of mouth guard). Hard splints are better than soft ones. Do not use a ready-made splint without consulting your dental practitioner. Poorly fitted splints can cause further damage if the wear is due to tooth erosion. Splints that do not cover all the teeth may lead to unwanted tooth movement.

• Restoring the damaged teeth with fillings or crowns (when necessary, see above).

• Seeing a physiotherapist who has knowledge in treatment of this issue.

The following may help with muscle tenderness or aching:

• Using warm heat packs over the tender muscles

• Trying to eat softer foods and limiting jaw movements where possible

• Using over-the-counter pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications as

directed, for short periods of time.

Studies on the use of Botox injections into some of the jaw muscles are being conducted.

Helpful tips to prevent Teeth grinding

. Stop smoking and drinking coffee or alcohol at night

. Limit physical or mental activity before going to bed, and make sure you have a relaxing sleep environment

. Try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga

. Address excessive psychological stress, anxiety or depression as these may aggravate your teeth grinding

.Visit your dental practitioner regularly

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