Did you know you can now even put your regular dental cleaning appointments on a payment plan as well?
No need to worry every 6 months about the cost of dental cleaning or neglecting your oral health because of cost.
The dental care plan will ease all the worries to pay for maintaining your much needed oral health.
Dental Care Plan is a reduced fee dental membership that allows individuals to receive quality dental care at reduced prices. It can be set up for low weekly or fortnightly payments, whichever fits your family’s budget best! Paying weekly or fortnightly is just another way we make dental care more affordable.
The plan provides preventive services, including up to two simple teeth cleanings, examinations, x rays and fluoride at no additional charge. Along with this, other services* are provided at reduced fees. There is no requirement for any credit checks. Along with saving up to 30% for preventive appointments, you will be able to avail a further 10% rebate off the majority of our services just by being a member of our Dental Care Plan in case any treatment is needed.
What it means is that you will have the capacity to book dental appointments for active maintenance and can have the solace of knowing all expenses are as of now taken care of.
As a part of preventative care, you’ll receive:
Scale an Clean
Two Bitewing X-rays (if scheduled or indicated)
Oral Cancer Screening
Advantages of regular active maintenance appointments
Our team spends the time to get to know you, assessing oral care habits and techniques, medical issues, diet, and lifestyle.
This allows us to really understand the individual needs of each patient and to tailor an oral health plan to best suit their specific needs.
We can soon detect any small signs that something is wrong, and at a stage when treatment will be easier, faster and cheaper. It is the ideal and most cost-effective way to preserve your natural teeth.
Do not waste time. Call us to bring your oral health on track. We serve all the areas around Taree, Tuncurry, Forster, Wingham, Newcastle, Wallsend, Glendale.
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We often hear this question asked by a lot of people. Your once well moist mouth suddenly decides to go dry completely and you are left helpless with no idea what to do. Dry mouth is a condition commonly referred to as XEROSTOMIA in the medical field. This condition is experienced when the production of Saliva in the mouth is not enough. It could be due to reasons like being agitated or upset. Everyone goes through this problem once or a few times in their lives, but if you are having a dry mouth most of the time it could be a sign of severe health problem.
Problems Caused by Dry Mouth
We all know that the production of saliva is very important because besides keeping the mouth wet it also helps in digestion of food. It also prevents tooth decay and helps in the prevention of infections caused by different bacteria and fungi in the mouth. Having a dry mouth can cause you the following problems:
- Difficulty in tasting and chewing food.
- Difficulty in swallowing food.
- It may cause difficulty in speaking.
- Increase the chances of dental decay and infections caused by bacteria in the mouth.
Symptoms of Dry Mouth
- You feel thirsty frequently.
- Your tongue gets dry, red and raw.
- You feel a burning sensation in your mouth.
- Sores appear at the corners of the mouth and this can be characterised by cracked lips.
- Your breath smells bad.
So What Really Causes Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth is caused by the poor functionality of glands that produce saliva. The following are the reasons that can cause these glands to not work properly:
- It could be a side effect of some medication you are taking, e.g. medications for high blood pressure and depression have been known to cause dry mouth.
- It could be a side effect of certain diseases e.g. hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and mumps.
- High-frequency radiations can also be a cause of dry mouth.
- Autoimmune diseases like Sjorgen syndrome.
- Normal dehydration.
- Mouth breathing
Treatment For Dry Mouth
There are different medications available for dry mouth that can increase the production of salivating. You can follow the following few steps to help with dry mouth.
Use Water Regularly
Keeping a water bottle handy is the best thing for dry mouth. keep sipping water at regular intervals and also during methe also help to keep the mouth wet.
Use Mouth Wash
Try using a mouth wash designed for dry mouth especially the ones containing xylitol like Biotene mouth rinse (Xylitol is an SA/sugar alcohol which is a little eatable carbohydrate that resists starches plus includes fibre). Do not use mouthwashes that contain alcohol because that can cause more dryness.
Use Saliva Substitutes.
Use of over the counter saliva substitutes can help such as Biotin oral balance.
Chew Sugar Free Gum
By chewing sugar-free gums, and hard candies the production of saliva is increased that can prevent from dry mouth. Most sugar-free candies contain xylitol that can cause diarrhoea on large consumption so consume it as prescribed by the dentist.
Change in Dietary Habits
Avoid any drinks with caffeine such as coffee, tea and sodas. Caffeine can make your mouth drier so limit your intake amount of caffeine.
Stop Using Tobacco
Tobacco has always been a cause of several minor to fatal health problems, and dry mouth is no exception. With prolonged use, tobacco can cause a mouth disease called leukoplakia, characterised by white patches and oral lesions on the cheeks, gums and tongue which can eventually lead to oral cancer.
Breathe Through your Nose
Try breathing through your nose as much as possible and avoid using your mouth as mouth breathing increases dryness. It is best to check with a doctor if you are mouth breather as there could be some underlying reason for it.
Improve Oral Hygiene
Gently brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. You can also use a fluoride rinse or a fluoride gel before going to bed. This is important as dry mouth increases the risk of tooth decay.
Avoid Sugary or Acidic Food
Try to lessen your intake of sugary foods, acidic foods and sweet candies, as they can cause tooth decay. In case you just consumed some, always brush your teeth immediately afterwards.
If these steps do not help in improving dry mouth, do not hold it any longer. You should visit your dentist for further consultation and treatment immediately.
Whenever we visit dentist, we know dentist will usually ask “ How many times you brush your teeth”. For some people, it is an easy honest answer which is ‘twice daily (or more)’. For these people tooth brushing is an unbreakable routine, something they’d rarely skip may be only during particularly dire times or emergencies.
But for some people it is an uncomfortable question as they know they are not doing what is expected from them. Out of them some people try and brush once daily and others try once a few days or week. There would be some who do not brush at all. It’s not entirely uncommon for people to hate brushing their teeth with such a passion that they avoid doing so whenever possible.
What would make someone spurn basic self-care? Care which will help them keep their teeth and self esteem.
Reasons of missing brushing could be any like having excuse of being time poor. People are so busy, that they do not find time for such a simple everyday thing.
Other times it could be health condition like arthritis or any other condition affecting manual dexterity and making brushing painful.
Health condition like Depression can also make it hard to handle even the simplest chores like brushing.
Gagging could be another reason that people sometimes do not like to brush, which can exacerbate during early pregnancy with early morning nausea. It could be as simple as taste of the tooth paste in some cases.
Some people may hate the physical sensation of brushing, for reasons ranging from overly sensitive gums to a sore tooth. For others, a trauma associated with dental health or care is triggered when they brush their teeth.
Those who do have a strong aversion to cleaning their teeth tend to be caught up in a vicious cycle – they don’t brush because they have dental health problems that make it painful to clean their teeth. In doing so, dental problems and pain keep getting worse which makes it eve more difficult to brush teeth and eventually lead to loss of teeth.
Why You (Really) Need To Brush?
Answer to this question is really simple. We use our teeth to chew food and some of the food debris stick to teeth which need to be mechanically cleaned in a same way we clean left over food from utensils to prevent bacterial growth. Bacteria feed on food and make plaque and biofilm which causes cavities in teeth and gum problems and lead to loss of teeth if left untreated.
It is really important to find the problem and a way to get rid of obstacles for teeth brushing.
If problem is gagging, then smaller toothbrush can be tried. Sometimes distracting yourself while brushing with music, watching videos, doing some other chores can help. You can also try changing flavour of tooth paste or use less amount of tooth paste.
If you have tried different types of tooth paste but still do not like taste of it then brushing without tooth paste is better than not brushing at all and can use mouth rinse afterwards for flavour. In case of manual dexterity problems, electric tooth brush can be tried.
If problem is poor gums and teeth, then you should really seek help from dentist. Ignoring problems is only going to make it worse.
If finances are the problem, then talk to your dentist. There are payments plans and subscription plans available which make dental care more affordable.