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7 Habits which cause teeth stains

7 Habits which cause teeth stains

There’s nothing better than having a beautiful pearly white smile. And to maintain great looking teeth, it should be noted that prevention is better than a “cure.” The best way to keep your smile looking bright is to avoid the consumption of staining substances in the first place. And if you’re just undergone teeth whitening or are thinking about seeking it in the future, avoiding stains can help you get the most out of your treatment. Knowing what causes yellow teeth and discolouration is the first step. Check out some of the habits you should avoid if you want to prevent staining your teeth!

1. Drinking coffee, red wine and other teeth-staining beverages

If you drink coffee regularly and don’t rinse your mouth with water after drinking it, the dark pigments in coffee can stick to the enamel surface of teeth, causing them to darken over time.Red wine is another likely teeth stain creator, which is why sipping water intermittently is recommended to help reduce the staining effect. Furthermore, black tea can usually cause more staining than coffee.

2. Eating staining foods

Any food or drink that can stain your skin is also likely to stain your pearly whites! Foods that could stain teeth include berries, beetroot, sticky lollies like toffee and dishes with richly-coloured sauces such as curry sauces, tomato-based sauces and soy sauce. Remember to drink water intermittently when consuming these foods.

3. Not drinking enough water

Drinking the recommended quantity of water throughout the day is not only necessary for hydration, but it can also help to remove stains by rinsing away substances which are stuck on your teeth. If you live in a fluoridated area, drinking tap water with fluoride can also help to preserve your teeth against decay and stains.

4. Smoking

There are numerous health reasons to quit smoking already, but tobacco is also a significant cause of teeth stains. Besides stains, smoking is one of the common risk factors for many oral health problems, including gum disease and oral cancer. The sooner you can quit, the sooner your body can start to recover.

5. Drinking acidic beverages

The acidity of some white wines can soften tooth enamel, making teeth more prone to stains from other food and drink. Carbonated soft drinks and sports drinks can also lead to dental stains, as these could contain substantial amounts of acid, sugar and colours. These drinks should ideally be avoided or only consumed in balance.

6. Not brushing and flossing your teeth

Dental plaque that forms on the surfaces of teeth tends to retain the stains, and good oral hygiene helps to reduce the build-up of plaque. Smile Craft Dental recommends that brushing teeth twice a day, preferably with fluoride toothpaste, and using dental floss at least once a day will maintain oral health and reduce the risk of stains.

7. Not visiting the dentist!

A regular check-up with us is another essential cornerstone of a good oral care routine. Smile Craft Dental can check your teeth and gums for early signs of problems and also offer advice about how to help keep your teeth healthy. If you’re interested in a cosmetic treatment, we can help you understand the possible risks and costs involved so you can make an informed decision that’s right for you. Contact us today if you want more advice, or if you are ready for a brighter, whiter smile!

Tooth Decay: What is it and how can you prevent it?

Tooth Decay: What is it and how can you prevent it?

Nobody wants their dentist to tell them their teeth have decayed. Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth’s structure, which can affect both the outer coating of the tooth (your enamel) and the inner layers of the tooth. Read on to find out more about tooth decay and how you can prevent it to maintain happy and healthy teeth!

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay can occur when you consume foods containing carbohydrates such as breads, cereals, milk, soft drink, lollies even fruit. While these foods are okay in moderation, the problem starts when remnants of these foods are left on your teeth. Bacteria that lives in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. Furthermore,these acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teethcreating tooth decay or in other words, what a dentist might call ‘cavities.’

Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Decay and Cavities

As tooth decay progresses, cavity symptoms start to appear. If you notice any of these common cavity symptoms, see your dentist as soon as possible. The earlier symptoms are identified, the quicker and easier the cavity treatment will be. Symptoms may include toothaches and pains around the gums, increased tooth sensitivity and pain when biting, noticeable holes or pits in the affected tooth or even pus around a tooth.

Preventing Tooth Decay

There are lots of things you should be doing in order to maintain general oral hygiene and to prevent any dental related issues such as tooth decay from occurring. By taking these ideas on board, you will be helping to keep your smile looking and feeling great!

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Preferably, you should brush after each meal and especially before going to bed. This stops bacteria growth from occurring during the night!
  • Clean between your teeth daily with dental floss.
  • Rinse daily with a fluoride-containing mouthwash. Some rinses also have antiseptic ingredients to help kill the bacteria that can cause plaque.
  • Limit the amount of foods you consume that contain a high amount of carbohydrates. A balanced diet will impact every aspect of your health, including your teeth and gums.
  • Ask Smile Craft about dental sealants. These are a plastic protective coating which we can apply to the surfaces of your back teeth, protecting them from decay.
  • Visit Smile Craft Dental regularly forprofessional cleanings and oral exam.

These are just some things you can do to prevent tooth decay from damaging your teeth. If you think you might be suffering from tooth decay, or you want more advice about tooth decay prevention, contact Smile Craft Dental today!

Cosmetic Dentistry: What’s it all about?

Cosmetic Dentistry: What’s it all about?

To a lot of us, our smile is our most important physical feature. We use our smile is to express ourselves and capture the essence of our personalities. Often, it is one of the first things people notice about you, and it can even communicate to others how you feel about yourself. Usually, in a professional sense, our smiles are a significant contributor to our first impressions.
Furthermore, our smiles can be a significant source of self-consciousness and self-doubt. Aesthetic issues we may worry about may include crooked, cracked, discoloured, stained, chipped, missing, gapped, worn and overlapping teeth. However, don’t fear! Subtle changes to your smile can make an exceptional difference in the way you look and feel. If you feel self-conscious about your teeth, a cosmetic dental consultation at Smile Craft Dental can be the very first step to the smile you have always wanted! Read on to find out more about cosmetic dentistry!

So, what is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry involves a range of dental treatments explicitly aimed at enhancing the aesthetics, colour and shape of your teeth. Smile Craft has a vast range of skills and technologies intended specifically to treat many common aesthetic dental issues. Specialists provide the highest quality of cosmetic treatment tailored specifically to each patient. They include but are not limited to; teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, and bonding.

Teeth Whitening

Everybody wants a brighter, whiter smile; and professional teeth whitening is the best way to get your teeth looking their best. The result: a brilliant, beautiful smile, all day, every day!

Teeth whitening is a permanent treatment that Smile Craft Dental can provideand is the single most effective way to instantly improve the appearance of your smile. Teeth whitening is accessible cosmetic dentistry which brings out the natural whiteness in teeth by neutralising pigments and stains.

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which are cracked, have been broken, or have been weakened by decay. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Alternatively, a bridge is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. They are inserted by cementing crowns on existing and are an excellent way to restore your dental health and appearance.

Veneers and Laminates

Dental veneers, sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are thin custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth and can work to fix several aesthetic issues such as colour, shape, size, and length.

Bonding

Dental bonding is a very quick and cost-effective way to repair teeth. The procedure uses the very latest composite resins to improve the appearance of cracked, chipped, misaligned, overlapping, oddly shaped or gapped teeth.

There are so many options that our patients have to create the smile they have always dreamed of. Through the correct selection and combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures can work to create the ultimate smile. If any of these options appeal to you, or if you just want to find out more, contact Smile Craft Dental today! Your journey to the perfect smile starts here!

Can my health be affected with bad teeth ?

Can my health be affected with bad teeth ?

First thing some see when first meeting someone is a person’s smile. Vanity alone could contribute to why many are visiting their dentist more often. Sure, a great smile can make you look more attractive and give you more confidence, but did you know that those pearly whites could possibly be a window to your health overall? Yep, that’s right. Your mouth is a big indicator of many preexisting conditions and the sooner you know the better to help prevent any further issues.

Your mouth is packed full of bacteria. Some of the bacteria may be good and some bad. Proper oral hygiene keeps the bacteria maintained. If you neglect your oral hygiene then the bacteria levels could lead to gum disease or tooth decay. which could further lead to a host of other issues.

Some conditions become first apparent in the mouth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms. An example would be the lesions from some STDS, or thrush indicating fungus.
Aside from that, your mouth is also important because your saliva helps prevent some diseases and viruses. It contains enzymes that prevent bacteria growth. Bacteria growth is harmful because it can lead to plaque hardening, and eventually tooth decay.
Some prescriptions will reduce your saliva and dry out the mouth. If this happens, it is important to stay hydrated because, saliva helps bathe the teeth, and wash away food and acids helping to prevent factors leading to oral disease. The saliva in your mouth can be tested and used to detect cortisol levels, bone loss, and some cancers. Saliva can be used to test for hepatitis or HIV infection, toxins caused by the environment, as well as illegal drugs. Your mouth could potentially be an infection source. Gingivitis is a gum disease caused by not regularly flossing. The plaque builds up along the gumline and causes bacteria to gather between the teeth. Your gum tissue literally pulls away from the teeth allowing bacteria to enter your bloodstream through entries in the mouth created.

If your immune system is weakened, then oral bacteria may seep into your bloodstream. This process is called bacteremia. When this happens it can lead to you developing an infection in the body. One example would be infective endocarditis, in which bacteria enters your bloodstream and sticks to the lining of diseased heart valve.
There are quite a few conditions that are linked to oral health such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and even alzheimer’s disease. Supposedly, oral infections causes a lot of complication with other conditions.

Gum disease could affect diabetes patients. The infection could disrupt the blood sugar amount because of the bloods resistance to insulin. Inflammation is a symptom of periodontal disease. Inflammation usually indicates an underlying disease such as heart disease or arthritis. According to WebMD, gum disease may be linked to premature births. The list of how your oral health affects your body goes on and on. As you can see, your smile isn’t just for impressing others. It can be a key indicator for your health so take care of your teeth for a beautiful, healthy smile.

Why is going to the dentist so expensive?

Why is going to the dentist so expensive?

I have worked in the dental industry for nearly ten years now and the question of why the dentist is so expensive is one of the most asked questions. So why is going to the dentist so expensive? Let’s look at a couple of things:

Medicare Rebate/Government Assistance
Going to the dentist isn’t like going to the doctors. There isn’t any kind of rebate or bulk billing provided by Medicare to attend the dentist, especially if you are an adult. Private health funds cover a percentage of the cost but there is usually some kind of out-of-pocket expense.

Equipment Costs
The equipment that we use is top of the range. We use a system called CEREC that makes it possible for us to be able to offer same day dental crowns. This system costs upwards of six figures. We offer the latest in dental technology such as: digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras, onsite OPG’s, rotary endodontic system for root canals and CEREC CAD/CAM.

Regular Expenses
Becoming a dentist in Australia, is one of the most expensive qualifications you can obtain so that’s a fair amount of student loans for a dentist to pay off. Regular and everyday expenses of any business such as staff salaries, utilities, rent and overall running costs also play a role. So as you can imagine, the overheads to run a dental practice are not small but they do enable us to offer the best dental treatment options available.

Insurances
By law, working dentists in Australia are required to have professional indemnity insurance. The practice must also have business insurance, workers compensation insurance, overheads insurance and so on. All of these policies are quite expensive and have to be renewed annually.

Materials
Why does a filling cost so much? Have you ever thought about the material that is used for a filling? We have to source a material that has gone to great researched lengths in order to withstand the pressure of biting force, a constantly wet environment and relentless attacks from live bacteria. Don’t forget all the things we put in our mouths. Super hard foods such as hard-boiled lollies and highly acidic liquids such as energy and fizzy drinks. The filling materials we use must be able to handle all these instances and last for long periods of time.

Prevention is the best cure
When do you usually go to the dentist? Every six months? Or only when you are in pain? Usually when pain starts in a tooth, there is limited treatment options available. Going to a dentist as a routine matter will identify any issues early which means you can make an informed decision as soon as possible. This is usually a lot more cost effective then going to a dentist as an emergency patient and in pain. A regular six monthly routine appointment is not very expensive when you think about it in the long term perspective.

Quality vs Quantity
We pride ourselves on the quality of work by our dentists and not the quantity of work that they do. It’s so important for dental treatment to be completed professionally, with care and with a long term viewpoint in mind. The dentist is also helped by their dedicated assistant in procedures to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

So next time you go to the dentist, you are forewarned and forearmed with the knowledge that we have your oral health needs in our best interests and that neglect is expensive, dentistry isn’t.

Written by Moana McFarlane