28 July 2015
Rheumatoid arthritis can impact on not only your joints but also your dental health. As an autoimmune disease, it can make oral hygiene difficult to maintain and leave your gums prone to inflammation. As such, regular dental check-ups should form part of your healthcare plan when you have rheumatoid arthritis. Here's an overview of three ways rheumatoid arthritis can impact on your dental health and a few tips for combating these issues:
29 June 2015
If you notice a small area of blue, grey or black discolouration in your mouth, it could be an 'amalgam tattoo'. But what are these strange marks, and are they harmful to your health? Read on to find out more. What is an amalgam tattoo? Amalgam tattoos are usually noticed as small grey, black or blue spots in the mouth. If you've ever had amalgam (metal) fillings or crowns fitted to your teeth, you might discover one of these marks on your gums, lips, tongue, cheek or palate.
22 June 2015
Unfortunately, when elders move to an assisted living facility or even go to a hospital for a short stay, they often lose important things ranging from hearing aids to dentures. If you want to ensure your loved one doesn't lose his or her dentures during a stay at a medical facility, there are things you can do. Check out these five tips: 1. Label the dentures Before your loved one leaves for the assisted living facility, label his or her dentures.
29 May 2015
By the end of 2015, water for Ararat in Victoria will be fluoridated by a new addition to the Ararat Water Treatment Plant. At present, 90% of Victorians drink water that contains fluoride, but as an Ararat parent, you may have some concerns about whether it will affect the health of your child. Here are three main points you need to know about fluoridation in drinking water. Why Is Fluoride Added To Water?
27 April 2015
There are several reasons you might need a tooth extracted, from gum disease to an overly crowded mouth. Most people worry about undergoing this procedure, but this quick guide can let you know what to expect. Explain Your History Before a tooth extraction takes place, your dentist will need to know about your dental and medical history. It's important to be open and upfront about any conditions and allergies you have, or operations you have been through, no matter how insignificant they seem.
30 March 2015
Cavities are relatively common in children—primarily because of poor oral hygiene and from high sugar diets. From sweets and biscuits to pastries and chocolates, kids seem to want it all. Cavities are formed when the teeth in a person's mouth are subject to constant acid attacks (while eating and drinking). Proper dental care is necessary to protect children's teeth from cavities, so it's best to teach them from the time they're young.
26 February 2015
Infants who are born significantly before their birth date are vulnerable to enamel hypoplasia, a birth defect where the tooth enamel is either much thinner than usual and/or has significant holes (according to some studies, hypoplasia gives the children 9.6 times the chance of enamel holes or lesions on the teeth before the age of 3). This leaves the teeth extremely vulnerable to staining and decay. For many children, this can also be a source of embarrassment, having visibly stained or decayed teeth.