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What does sugar do to your teeth?

What does sugar do to your teeth?

Everyone knows that sugar is bad for your health. For years we have been aware of this, however, do we know exactly what sugar does to our teeth? Read on to find out how consuming to much sugar can affect our pearly whites!

 

Sugar and your overall health

The World Health Organization says we should limit added sugar consumption to fewer than six teaspoons per day. Considering that the average can of Coca Cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar we have a lot of cutting down to do in order to meet the recommended limit. This guideline is not only to protect our teeth, but to maintain overall health and wellbeing. By the age of six half of Aussie kids have decay in their baby teeth and by the age of 12 half have decay in their adult teeth. Thousands of children as young as three years of age are hospitalized in order to have multiple teeth extracted because of the effects of sugar and this is dentist’s biggest concern.

However, we are not just worried about cavities. Overtime, can lead the over consumption of sugar can lead to a multitude of health issues including diabetes and obesity, and can also contribute to Alzheimer’s disease as well as breast, endometrial and colon cancers.

Sugar and teeth decay

Sugar plays a harmful role in tooth decay. The bacteria that forms together to become plaque use sugar as a form of energy. They multiply faster and the plaque grows in size and thickness with the aid of sugar. Some of the bacteria turns the sugar into a sort of glue that

they use to stick themselves to the tooth surface. This makes it harder for the bacteria to get washed away with your saliva. Fortunately, saliva contains minerals such as calcium and phosphates to help repair the teeth. Fluoride is another mineral that helps repair weakened enamel. However, if you eat a lot of sugar throughout the day, replacing lost minerals can only do so much to prevent the effects of sugar on teeth.

Preventing tooth decay

Whenever you eat, the bacteria naturally found within your mouth works hard to break down the food, which in turn causes acid to develop. The acid produced within your mouth then begins to break down the structure of your teeth, along with destroying your tooth enamel and dentine, which then results in tooth decay. Check out these ways to maintain oral health and prevent damage to your teeth from sugar!

1. Regular visits to the Dentist

Making regular visits to the dentist for oral examinations and cleaning is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of tooth decay developing. Ensuring regular trips to your dental practitioner can assist in diagnosing and treating any oral conditions that could cause damage to your smile.

2. Brush regularly

A very important step in preventing cavities and tooth decay is regular brushing, a minimum of twice daily. It is advisable to brush after each meal where possible and then before you go to bed at night.

3. A good Diet

What you eat and drink is just as important as the oral hygiene practices you keep. Ensure you are consuming nutritious food, rather than products that are high in carbs and sugar, such aslollies, cakes and sticky foods. If you do feel the urge for one of these types of foods, it is essential to brush your teeth straight away, as foods high in carbohydrates have a habit of sticking to the tooth surface.

If you want more advice, or if you fear you may be suffering from tooth decay contact Smile Craft Dental today. Our experienced dentists have all the knowledge necessary to provide you with the help and guidance you need to maintain your incredible smile!

The Child’s Dental Benefit Scheme: What you need to know

The Child’s Dental Benefit Scheme: What you need to know

All children under 18 and who are eligible for Medicare can access public dental services in NSW. Furthermore, some children may also be eligible for the Commonwealth’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Check out our latest blog to find out more about the CDBS and how it might be relevant to you and your family!

What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) gives eligible children and teenagers access to up to $1,000 in benefits for dental services over two calendar years.Children and teenagers are eligible for the CDBS if they’re aged 2 to 17 years for any one day of the calendar year, are eligible for Medicare, and are part of a family that receives Family Tax Benefit (Part A) or the child receives an Australian Government payment from the list available through the Department of Human Services.

Fortunately, you don’t need to register your child for the CDBS. Families and teenagers will be advised by Medicare if they are eligible. You can check your child’s eligibility and CDBS balance through your Medicare online account or by contacting Medicare over the phone.

If ineligible for the CDBS, your child will still be seen by the public dental service and it will not affect the care that Smile Craft Dental provides to your child.

 

What services are covered by the CDBS?

A range of services can be provided under the CDBS including:
• examinations
• x-rays
• cleaning
• fissure sealing
• fillings
• root canals and extractions.

It must be noted however, that benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work, and cannot be paid for any services provided during a stay in hospital (including day surgery).

How can my child access the CDBS?

Your child can access dental care under the CDBS through either a private dental provider such as ours, or a NSW public dental service.

Using the CDBS when your child visits a NSW public dental service is easy and convenient.

• If your child is 2-17 years old, we will ask you to sign a form allowing us to claim benefits from Medicare for the services we provide. Those benefits will be used to strengthen public dental services and treat more people in need of dental care.
• No out of pocket costs. Even if the $1,000 cap is reached, or your child needs treatment not covered by the CDBS, there will be no charge for these services
• Continuity of care. Because you don’t have to worry about additional costs if your child reaches the $1,000 cap, you can continue to visit the public dental service regardless of the type or amount of dental care your child requires.
• Quality of care. Regardless of whether your child is eligible for the CDBS, they will still receive the same high standard of care that all our patients receive. Smile Craft has highly trained staff, including dentists, dental therapists and oral health therapists, who are experienced in providing dental care to children.

We hope this information provides you with more clarity surrounding the CDBS. If you would like to find out more, feel free to contact Smile Craft Dental, or Medicare. Contact us today to book your child’s next appointment!