Blog

Dental Health week

Dental health is an ongoing process throughout a child’s life and you should begin by modelling a good
dental health practice early on, so your child sees it as a normal part of life.

Dr Sangeetha Kamath visited a childcare centre in our local community to educate children about oral
health.
img_3231

img_3227

We’re proud of our team at South Yarra Family Dental Care.

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.

DENTAL HEALTH WEEK

watch-your-mouth

The aim of dental health week is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health by promoting these key messages:
.Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
.Clean in between teeth at least once a day with floss or an interdental brush
.Eat a healthy balance diet and limit sugar intake
.Regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and preventive treatment

How Does Smoking Affect Teeth

People are aware that smoking is bad for overall health causing and contributing to many different medical problems and diseases. However, many people don’t realise the affect smoking has on their mouth, gums and teeth. Smoking can lead to bad breath, a diminished sense of taste, tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and can increase the risk of mouth and lip cancer.

Smoking causes immediate changes in the mouth, the most noticeable are staining of the teeth and tongue, gum discolouration, change of colouring on the roof of the mouth, bad breath and loss of taste.
The nicotine in cigarettes reduces the saliva flow which can cause dry mouth. Nicotine also changes the composition of saliva making it thicker which doesn’t protect the teeth as well leaving teeth more valuable to tooth decay.

Smoking reduces blood flow to the gums, which can cause or worsen gum disease. Gum disease is both the inflammation of gums and the loss of bone support. Once the bone is lost the teeth have no support and become loose, as result teeth may have to be extracted.
Reduced blood flow to your mouth and gums also effect the healing process This results in cuts and ulcers to heal slower.

quit-smoking

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.

6 Ways to help reduce the risk of getting cavities

.Floss your teeth at least once daily to remove any built-up plaque from in between the teeth.
.Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes to remove food particles from your teeth.
.Include plenty of dairy, fruit and vegetables in your diet.
.Drink plenty of water.
.Limit snacking between meals.
.Limit the amount of foods in your diet that are high in added sugars.

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.

What is a Dry Socket

After a tooth is removed a blood clot forms in the tooth socket to seal the area and protect the bone and nerves underneath. The socket is the hole in the bone where the tooth has been extracted. A dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged or dissolves, and the bone and nerve become exposed to food, drinks and air which can cause infection and extreme pain.
To ease the pain of a dry socket, you can visit your dentist who will remove debris and apply a medicated dressing to help with healing. Anti-inflammatory drugs or prescription drugs can also help to reduce discomfort. A dry socket usually heals within a week if properly cared for.
You are more likely to get a dry socket after having a tooth extracted if:
• you smoke
• you usually have a dry socket after having teeth removed
• you have poor oral hygiene
• you rinse and spit a lot after having an extraction
• you drink through a straw after having an extraction

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

Teething

Tooth eruption known as teething in babies refers to the tooth breaking through the gum line. Some teeth may erupt without causing pain and discomfort, however other teeth may cause redness and swelling in the area where the tooth is coming through. Teething roughly takes eight days; during this period your baby may dribble, chew a lot and be restless.

Ways to keep your baby comfortable during the teething process:
• Gently massage the gum with a soft wet cloth
• Chilled teething rings – pressure from cold objects can relive discomfort
• Paracetamol or ibuprofen (follow the instructions on the bottle to work out the correct dose
for your child)
• Teething gels (read the information on the packaging to check for harmful ingredients and
instructions of use)

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.

How to Care for Removable Dentures

Removable partial or full dentures require maintenance to keep them clean and free of stains.

7 Tips for caring for your denture:

1. Rinse your denture after eating to remove any food debris.
2. Remove and brush your denture daily – brush dentures with a soft-bristled brush to remove plaque. If you use denture adhesive clean any remaining adhesive.
3. Soak dentures overnight – most types of dentures need to remain moist to keep their shape. Place your denture in water or a denture-soaking solution overnight.
4. Handle your denture carefully – you don’t want to bend or damage the plastic or the clasps when cleaning.
5. Avoid using abrasive products on your denture – stiff-bristled brushes and strong cleaners are too abrasive and can damage your denture.
6. Avoid using products containing bleach and chlorine – these products can weaken and tarnish the color of your denture.
7. Avoid cleaning with hot or boiling water as it could warp your denture.

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.

Jamie Oliver’s roast carrot & fennel soup

Ingredients

1 kg carrots
1 onion
2 bulbs of fennel
olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1.6 litres organic vegetable stock
100 ml single cream
Method

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5.
Peel the carrots and onion, then trim and slice along with the fennel (reserving any herby tops, to garnish). Place in a roasting dish, toss with 2 tablespoons of oil.
Roast for 20 minutes, then add the unpeeled garlic cloves. Stir everything thoroughly and return to the oven for 20 minutes more, or until the vegetables are soft and browned.
Remove and discard the papery skins from the garlic cloves. Put the roasted veg in a large pan with the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 15 minutes, then liquidise with a stick blender, until completely smooth.
Serve with a swirl of cream.
soup

soup

How To Floss

flossing-teaser

Wind 18inches of dental floss tightly around your middle fingers, leave a couple inches of floss in the middle.
Holding the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers, gently guide the floss between the teeth (don’t use abrupt movement as it can cut or damage your gums).
To clean each side of the tooth and under the gum line, use a side-to-side motion gently curving the floss around the base of each tooth.
Use a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from between the teeth.

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.