How Are You Participating in Earth Hour?

On the 30th March, Earth Hour takes place between 8:30 and 9:30pm local time, and it’s the ideal moment to think about our environment. Organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature, it’s especially poignant here in Australia because we have some the world’s most beautiful and iconic wildlife and landscapes. Unfortunately, our biodiversity is under massive threat thanks to climate change, and it will affect some of our most beloved wildlife like koalas, rock-wallabies, green turtles and Adélie penguins. 

We hope all our patients will join us in switching off their lights for Earth Hour. While it’s true this is just a symbolic gesture, this movement is supported by millions of people worldwide. Did you know Earth Hour originally began in Sydney back in 2007? This year, the WWF is inviting all Australians to #Connect2Earth, so we can all work towards understanding and protecting biodiversity and can live more sustainably.

Have You Noticed There are More Women Dentists?

Not so long-ago dentistry was a male-oriented profession, but nowadays, you are just as likely to have a woman dentist. Because International Women’s Day is celebrated this month, we thought we’d look at how dentistry is changing and why more women realise it can be a fabulous career.

A Caring Profession

Dentistry is a profession where women can make a real difference to the lives of their patients. It can be more comfortable for people who are nervous or anxious about seeing a dentist to open up to a female dentist and to discuss these fears and how best to overcome them. It’s enormously rewarding too, and especially seeing someone who may have avoided the dentist for years and who now has a beautiful, healthy smile.

A Challenging Career

This is a challenging yet rewarding career because dentists will frequently push themselves to do the best for their patients. It might seem as if it would be tricky to maintain a good work life balance in such a role, but this isn’t the case. Lots of female dentists are successfully combining their career with a satisfying family life.

Did you realise newly qualified dentists are equally as likely to be female these days? In many parts of the world, more than half of clinicians aged under 35 are women.

Questions You Might Want to Ask Your Dentist

The more you know about your dental health, the more easily you can take control of it, so next time you are in the dental chair, ask your dentist these questions.

Do I Need to Improve My Dental Health?

Even if you receive a clean bill of health at your next checkup, your dentist may still have some useful suggestions about how to improve your dental health. For example, using a tongue cleaner.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Prevent Gum Disease and Tooth Decay?

These are the two most common dental diseases and can result in tooth loss or the need for costly restorative treatments. Simple suggestions could include watching your consumption of acidic or sugary foods and drinks.

Do I Need to Change My Daily Routine?

After your teeth are cleaned, your dentist or hygienist can often suggest areas for improvement such as concentrating on cleaning specific areas of your mouth, or even something as easy as changing your toothpaste.

The Secret of Having a Healthy Smile

A beautiful, healthy smile is highly desirable, and often it’s easier to achieve than you ever imagined. Follow these easy suggestions to get your own gleaming smile.

  1. A whiter smile isn’t necessarily healthy and people who overuse over-the-counter teeth whitening products can over bleach their teeth, developing oral health problems. If you do want to whiten your teeth safely, ask us how at your next appointment.
  2. There is no substitute for flossing because dental floss can reach right in between your teeth and just below the gum line when used correctly. This reduces your chances of plaque buildup, gum disease and tooth decay. Not sure how to floss? Ask us for a quick demonstration at your dental cleaning.
  3. Ignoring a persistent toothache or other mouth pain could cause more damage. Any type of discomfort is a signal that you need professional dental care. The sooner we can treat your mouth, the quicker we can resolve the problem, and it’s more likely we can save an infected and decayed tooth.
  4. Have regular checkups and dental cleanings, even if your teeth seem fine. It’s the easiest and most cost-effective way to keep your teeth looking great all the time. Most people need to visit Casey Dental every six months.

Learn How Drinking with a Straw Can Benefit Your Smile

Using a drinking straw is a habit we tend to grow out of after childhood, but did you realise it can benefit your smile? We’ve listed three ways it can help take care of your teeth. Just choose biodegradable paper or some of the beautifully designed reusable straws to protect our beautiful environment.

Increasing Your Water Consumption

If you struggle to drink enough water, using a straw can help. Drinking water is great for oral health, washing away food particles and acids, and ensuring you can produce plenty of saliva which is a crucial part of your mouth’s natural defence system.

Reducing Staining

Highly coloured drinks like tea, coffee or soda can stain your pearly whites. Drinking through a straw minimises contact with your teeth, resulting in less staining.

Reducing Cavities

Consuming sugary or acidic drinks is bad for your teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay. These sugars and acids can attack and weaken your tooth enamel, causing erosion and eventually cavities. When you drink through a straw, contact with your teeth is limited, so you can still enjoy these drinks without risking your smile.

What are Fissure Sealants?

If you have a child, our dentist might well discuss using fissure sealants to protect their adult back teeth soon after they erupt. Fissure sealants consist of a thin plastic coating that protects the

chewing surfaces of back teeth. These teeth have quite deep fissures and grooves that easily trap food and bacteria, and they can be tricky to brush thoroughly. By coating these teeth with a thin layer of plastic, we can create a smoother and easier-to-clean surface that is completely sealed, preventing infection and decay.

What is the Process for Fissure Sealants?

The procedure for placing fissure sealants is quick and entirely painless. First, we will clean the teeth thoroughly before lightly etching them with a special solution. This creates a slightly rougher surface so the sealant will bond with the teeth more strongly. The solution is removed, and the teeth are dried. The sealant is painted onto the clean, dry tooth surfaces and soon hardens.

Fissure sealants are durable and will last for several years but can be replaced as needed.

Tooth Sensitivity and How to Treat It

Is eating an ice-cream a trial instead of a pleasure? Does a sip of hot coffee leave you wincing in pain? You may have sensitive teeth.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by enamel erosion, where your tooth enamel has become thinner, exposing the more sensitive inner portion of the tooth. Any small cracks or chips in a tooth will also expose the inner part of the tooth, as will gum recession. When food or drink touches the inside portion of the tooth, it can be quite painful.

How to Treat Tooth Sensitivity

Firstly, come and see us here at Casey Dental so we can diagnose the cause of your tooth sensitivity. It could be that you are brushing your teeth too hard, and we can help you change your brushing techniques, or you may have one or two teeth that require mending with tooth

coloured composite resin. Professional fluoride applications could help to harden your tooth enamel. It could be useful to avoid highly acidic foods that could be damaging your tooth enamel, and we might suggest changing your brand of toothpaste. Toothpaste manufactured for tooth sensitivity can be very effective but must be used for several weeks as the effects are cumulative. The toothpaste works by gradually building up in areas where the enamel is thinner, helping to prevent tooth sensitivity.

Easy Tips to Stay Healthy These Holidays

During the school holidays, it’s easy to fall into bad eating habits so follow our simple tips to help keep the entire family healthy this year.

  1. Get your children involved with cooking as this will let them be part of your healthy eating regime, teaches them about proper nutrition and its fun to do as a family.
  2. Choose healthy meals that kids will like, for example, turkey meatballs or rice paper rolls filled with lots of fresh veggies.
  3. Don’t fall into the junk food trap when you have trips to the cinema or shopping centre. Instead, pack healthy snacks or make sure they have a healthy and filling meal beforehand. If you do end up in the food court, pick healthier food options such as a chicken salad rather than fried chicken.
  4. Pre-plan lots of fun holiday activities that get the family outdoors, such as going for bike rides or walks on the beach which will help to keep everyone fit and active.
  5. Don’t forget to organise outdoor activities like picnicking with family or friends. It’s a great way to socialise and to enjoy the fantastic weather, and it’s yet another opportunity to make healthy snacks and to get everyone involved in making them.

This Year Why Not Resolve to Have a Healthier Smile?

At this time of year, many people will resolve to eat healthier or to exercise regularly, but most will overlook their oral health. In fact, a healthy mouth is crucial because poor oral health can negatively affect your general health. We’ve listed a few tips to help you enjoy your healthiest and most beautiful smile yet for 2019.

  1. Schedule regular check-ups and hygiene appointments. Professional preventative dentistry is the easiest way to help maintain a beautiful smile. The New Year is a great time to make sure you and your family are up-to-date with your dental check-ups.
  2. Improve your oral health routine. If you don’t do so already, make sure you brush twice daily and floss once-a-day. If you regularly avoid flossing, ask us for some helpful tips and practical advice because it’s easy when you know how!
  3. Quit smoking. Using tobacco products wreaks havoc on your smile and on your overall health. If you smoke, why not make this the year that you finally quit?
  4. Straighten your teeth. If you have always wanted a straighter smile, it’s never too late! Casey Dental offers a range of braces suitable for all ages. As a bonus, straighter teeth could be easier to keep clean and free from disease.

Simple Ways to Take Care of Your Teeth

Good dental care should be a lifelong habit and practising excellent oral hygiene every day will help to keep your teeth in great shape, preventing future problems. Looking after your teeth isn’t tricky, and we’ve listed a few simple things that can help.

  1. Make sure you drink plenty of water and especially after each meal because this will help to rinse away food debris and bacteria that could harm your teeth.
  2. Get into the habit of brushing your tongue gently each time you brush your teeth. Your tongue can harbour large amounts of bacteria, potentially causing oral health problems and bad breath.
  3. Always brush your teeth before bedtime and preferably first thing in the morning as well. Brushing before bed is particularly important because it removes excess food and bacteria before you go to sleep. While you sleep, your mouth is drier which allows harmful bacteria to thrive.
  4. Daily flossing is essential and if you struggle with traditional dental floss ask us for help and advice about other tools to try.
  5. Don’t forget to come and see us at least twice a year for your regular check-ups and hygiene appointments. If you do have any signs of dental problems, we can detect and treat them more efficiently and more quickly, and most likely treatment will be cheaper too!