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Maintain Oral care throughout your Pregnancy

Maintain Oral care throughout your Pregnancy

Often when a woman becomes pregnant, their soon-to-be baby becomes the number one priority, causing them to put other aspects of their health behind. One of these health aspects is dental care. Dental care doesn’t stop just because you’re pregnant. In fact, it’s even more important to maintain a healthy dental routine when pregnant. This is because pregnancy creates a much higher risk of developing a range of dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. The good news is that maintaining oral care isn’t hard! If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, this is a must read!

Unfortunately, there’s still a widespread belief that visiting the dentist while pregnant can be harmful to you or your baby. Studies have even shown that a large portion of women have this belief, which could put them at significant risk. At Smile Craft dental we understand that women might avoid seeing a dentist and we want to provide them with the true care that they require.

Not only can pregnant women go to the dentist during pregnancy, but they should! Leaving your oral health problems untreated over a period of 9 months can be extremely harmful and cause significant issues and long-term pain. It can also be seen that your health will have an impact on the wellbeing of your baby too!

Dentists advise that making regular trips to the dentist is the best way to maintain oral health. For many people, a check-up every six months is best. However, hormone changes and cravings can put your oral health at greater risk and as such, more regular check-ups may be required. It is important that a dentist checks the condition of your teeth and gums and recommends any adjustments to your oral care routine or carry out any treatments that may be needed.

Because we understand that regular dental appointments during pregnancy are not ideal, we recommend that if you are planning to get pregnant you should visit your dentist and get any outstanding dental issues taken care of first. Why? To reduce the risk of any complications which occur during pregnancy. This ensures a far less complex and pain-free nine months of pregnancy. However, if you are already pregnant, not to fear! We can still maintain your oral health effectively and safely.

A common concern that people have about visiting the dentist while pregnant is being exposed to radiation from x-rays. However, modern dental x-rays use shallow doses of radiation and a single dose is not usually high enough to cause any adverse effects to your baby’s health and wellbeing. Your dentist will also make sure your baby is protected from the radiation by using a range of protective measures. Although x-rays are safe, your dentist may still advise avoiding them during the first trimester. However, if you have a dental emergency during this time, x-rays may still be needed to help you maintain your oral care.

If you need to have a dental procedure while pregnant, anaesthetic can still be used safely to help you relax and numb the pain. It’s essential that you inform your dentist about your pregnancy so they can choose fitting anaesthetics and set suitable levels. If you have any questions or concerns about the type of anaesthetic they’re using our expert team will be able to provide you with the support and care which you need. The use of anaesthetics can be extremely beneficial, as they allow you to feel comfortable and as such, your body and your baby will be placed under less stress.

Extractions are not a comfortable procedure for anyone. As such the dentists at Smile Craft Dental will always try to save your tooth before resorting to tooth extraction. However, if your tooth is too severely infected by decay or injury to be corrected, it could put your oral health at risk and it may need to be removed. Furthermore, if tooth decay reaches the inside of your tooth where the nerve endings are, this can be extremely painful. Root canal treatment can stop the pain by removing the infected tissue and restoring the tooth with a natural-looking crown, so the tooth would not need to be extracted. This means that there a range of options for you, giving you the peace of mind that you can make decisions which set best with you.

Not only are these treatments safe but a range of others are too. This includes teeth whitening, root canals and even some orthodontic procedures. It’s best to book an appointment with your Dentist to ensure that treatments suit you and where you are at in your pregnancy.

So how else can you avoid oral issues throughout your pregnancy? If you already follow a healthy oral hygiene routine, that’s a great sign! It’s far less likely that you’ll need to improve dental problems throughout your pregnancy. As well as regular brushing and flossing, you should try to avoid acting on unhealthy cravings and make sure you keep up with your regular dental check-ups. You should also avoid brushing your teeth straight after morning sickness, as this can damage the enamel surface of your teeth. If you need any more tips and advice, look online or give us a call! We are always happy to provide you with information over the phone!

Contact Smile Craft Dental today and maintain your beautiful smile with us!

Introducing the magic of digital smile design

Introducing the magic of digital smile design

It has become pretty clear that the world of technology has been evolving like never before. In particular, the Dental Industry has been changing incredibly quickly, offering a huge range of exciting prospects. The shifting landscape of dentistry has led to the development of digital smile design. (DSD)

Digital Smile Design is recognised worldwide as the dentistry world’s most premier technology. It involves taking photos of the patient and using computers to design dental solutions that best suit their unique and individual needs. This enables patients to see accurate results before a procedure is even performed. Why is this so great? Because it allows your dentist to plan only the most suitable restorative treatments more efficiently, while also encouraging patients to become involved in the process themselves and see what their new smiles will look like to the highest possible level of accuracy. Being able to clearly envision your outcome can be useful for getting an idea of the final results of our treatments, as well as giving you the unique chance to make the cosmetic changes you truly desire during the design stage and before any procedures actually take place.

Unlike traditional restorative treatments that only work to focus on the teeth, gums and jaw, the highly advanced DSD system also works to consider all of the complex relationships between the mouth and other parts of the face involved in smiling, to create a more aesthetically pleasing overall result. For example it allows dentists to hone in on features such as the cheeks, eyes and lips. It also visualises a wide range of facial expressions, to show you how your smile will look when displaying a range of emotional states, helping you to design a smile that truly matches your goals. Not happy with the design? We can show you possible changes, before any procedures even take place!

Furthermore, Digital Smile Design allows dentists to design custom crowns and veneers that are tailored to the specific requirements and demands of the patient. Using these state-of-the-art technologies and innovative techniques, Smile Craft Dental is able to deliver superior aesthetic smile design results, which are not achievable at many dentists in Australia.

With digital smile Design, you become the co-designer of their own treatment by sharing your personal objectives, and unique desires and expectations with the restorative team. The interaction between you as a patient and our dental specialists is improved by photos and videos taken at several steps of the treatment. Once the restorative technical requirements are combined withyour desires and emotional needs, great results will be achieved – creating a path to a natural, confident and beautiful smile.

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!

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!

What Should I Do If I Do Not Feel Like Brushing My Teeth?

What Should I Do If I Do Not Feel Like Brushing My Teeth?

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.

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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.