Why We Love Our Mums: Oral Health and Pregnancy

While most mums-to-be will take enormous care of general health during pregnancy, oral care can often take a back seat. However, it is critical to look after your teeth and gums during pregnancy, and routine dental care is perfectly safe. We will make sure all treatments provided will not harm your baby.

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If you are planning on adding to your family or are already pregnant, come and see us straightaway and make sure we know you are pregnant. It is critical to ensure your teeth and gums are in great shape. Because gums are more sensitive to dental plaque, it increases the risk of pregnancy gingivitis, where your gums will bleed more frequently and could look red and swollen. We can help you with this condition by providing more frequent professional dental cleanings, and it is essential to make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness exposes your teeth to strong stomach acid that softens tooth enamel. Afterwards, rinse your mouth with water but wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth. Lightly smearing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste can help protect them, or otherwise rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

Top Tips to Ensure Busy Mums Have Great Smiles

If you are a mum, then you probably put your needs after those of your family, but it is essential to care for yourself and particularly to look after your oral health. Because of hormonal changes that take place throughout life, women can be more vulnerable to developing oral health problems, including gum disease. Hormones can also affect the bones, causing bone thinning or osteoporosis in older women. Follow our easy tips to ensure your smile remains strong and healthy.

  • Drink more water. Keep some cooling in the fridge and make sure you always have a refillable bottle with you.
  • Carry a travel toothbrush with you and some dental floss. That way when you have a moment, you can freshen up wherever you are.
  • If you can’t brush, chew sugar-free gum, preferably containing xylitol which kills mouth bacteria.
  • Make smarter snack choices by choosing cheese or by keeping plenty of ready washed and sliced fruits and vegetables.
  • Don’t forget to floss every day as otherwise, you’ll be leaving a third of your tooth surfaces uncleaned. It only takes a couple of minutes to floss thoroughly but if you’d like some more tips just ask our friendly dental team.

Even Children Who Brush Regularly Can Still Get Cavities

We know that most parents are meticulous when it comes to caring for their children’s teeth which is why it can be extremely distressing if your child develops tooth decay. But, tooth decay in kids can be caused by different reasons other than poor dental care.

A study discovered that children’s teeth develop differently and that children who have tooth decay could have tooth enamel that is thinner and less dense. These teeth, called hypoplastic teeth are less resistant to tooth decay, and this could be due to diet during pregnancy. Apparently, our modern diet has less fat-soluble vitamins A, K2 and D, and E, and coenzyme Q 10. These vitamins are essential for healthy tooth development. Also, more women over age 20 are lacking in calcium which is essential for building healthy teeth and bones. Another problem is that many so-called healthy foods have hidden sugars, so it is worth reading food labels.

When we see a child with good oral hygiene but who has cavities, we can analyse their diet, and if needed can make suggestions on how to make it more tooth friendly. Also, professional topical applications of fluoride may be useful.

How to Enjoy Your Easter Chocolate and be Cavity-Free Too

With Easter just around the corner, chocolate treats are everywhere. While most people know that eating too much chocolate will ruin their diet, it’s easy to forget the potential effect on teeth. Whenever you eat foods that are sweet or starchy, your mouth bacteria use the excess sugars to create energy, producing a weak acid that erodes tooth enamel. Repeated exposure to these acids eventually causes cavities. However, by protecting your teeth against excessive exposure to these acids, you can reduce your risk of tooth decay, and the really good news is that you can still enjoy a few Easter goodies.

Chocolate Is Better for Your Teeth

Because it melts so easily, chocolate leaves less residue over your teeth and is far better than choosing sticky toffee or caramel. Also, avoid sweets that are very acidic or sour.

Don’t Graze on Sweet Treats

It may be fun to snack on sweet treats, but it’s terrible for your teeth because they are continually exposed to acid produced by your mouth bacteria. It’s far better to indulge as a part of a main meal and afterwards, eat something like a crunchy apple or carrot because the high fibre content has a slight scouring action on your teeth.  Finish your meal by rinsing your mouth with water and wait at least half an hour before brushing because initially your tooth enamel is softer due to exposure to acids and it will gradually re-harden as pH levels begin to normalise.

Get Crafty This Easter with Projects Your Kids Will Love

This Easter, why not spend some time crafting with your kids? It’s a great way to spark their imagination and creativity.

Easter Flowers

Make pretty Easter flowers with cupcake liners that are folded in half and cut into petal shapes. Use several different size liners to make a multi-petalled flower, holding it together with floral wire poke through the middle and covered with paper or floral tape.

Peeps Mason Jars

Peeps mason jars are easily made using empty mason jars decorated with bright paint colours. The jars can be filled with Easter goodies and make lovely presents.

Easter Chick Family from Empty Egg Cartons

Each segment of an empty egg carton is a perfect size for an Easter chick. Kids can decorate these to create entire families.

Bunny Party Hats

Make bunny party hats from head-sized paper cones and which are decorated with cut-out bunny ears and noses, using straws for whiskers.

What to Do with the Kids This Easter Holiday

If you are busy planning your Easter activities, be sure to look into Party in the Park in Frankston. There are lots of activities for the entire family.

Active kids will love the range of children’s sports available which includes Cricket Victoria, Auskick, and Frankston Netball Association is there too. There’s also bowling and obstacle courses, and if you have a little one that’s a bit unsteady on their bicycle, there are cycling lessons. The Hip Cat Circus will be there, and no party is complete without free face painting!

Other features include The Kazoos and Friends, Bam Allstars, and Windmill Theatre Company is putting on Beauty and the Best. The People’s Playhouse is doing a performance of The Tree of Life, and Hey Dee Ho is doing a production of In the Jungle.

Bring your own picnic or support one of the community group barbecues.

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.