How to Protect Your Smile This Christmas

Christmas is such a fantastic time of year but increased alcohol consumption combined with sugary treats can make it a tricky time for teeth. Follow our simple strategies for better oral health, reducing the risk of needing emergency dental care.

  1. Eat less sugar as this feeds plaque bacteria in your mouth, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Also, sugar is often hidden in foods like dried fruits and fruit juices. When you do have a sweet treat, make sure it’s something you love rather than eating something to be polite!
  2. Drink more water and less alcohol, as alcohol dries out the mouth and too much increases the risk of tripping or falling, potentially knocking out or chipping your teeth. When you do drink alcohol, reduce its impact by drinking plenty of water at the same time.
  3. Christmas is a time for wrapping and unwrapping presents and packages but make sure you use the proper tools instead of your teeth. The same goes for opening bottles or cracking nuts as these activities can easily damage your pearly whites.
  4. If you are keen on sports, ask us about a custom-made mouthguard. A custom mouthguard can reduce the severity of any sporting injuries and may prevent teeth from becoming chipped or broken, or worse, knocked out.

Have You Been Naughty or Nice to Your Teeth? How to Protect Your Dental Health This Silly Season

If you’re like us, you’re probably excited about the upcoming festivities, but spare a thought for your teeth as they often have to work overtime during the holidays. This year, why not think creatively about healthy advent calendars or how you can pay better attention to your mouth.

Advent Calendars

Advent calendars don’t need to be filled with sweets and chocolate. Instead, why not replace sweets with small trinkets from the dollar store, or make a list of fun activities for the whole family. Write each activity on a separate slip so they can be tucked into the advent calendar, ready for a child to find. Nothing beats a good Christmas story, so purchase and wrap up a few bedtime books for your child to open. You can read the book together at bedtime.

Tips for Adult Teeth

Alcohol consumption generally rises during Christmas, but it can increase the risk of dry mouth, meaning bacteria aren’t washed away so effectively. When enjoying a drink, make sure you swish your mouth regularly with water and keep well hydrated. Although the holidays are a time for indulgence, it’s also good to practice moderation and especially if you are trying to set a good example for kids. When loading your plate with Christmas goodies, be sure to include foods that are nutritious before moving onto the treats.

Regularly Exercising Provide Significant Long-Term Benefits

Building and sticking to a regular exercise regime can be tricky at first, but it’s worth persevering as exercise provides numerous long-term benefits. Many people find exercising energising, and especially when they feel fitter and stronger, and there are other significant benefits too.

Regularly exercising can:

  • Help with weight control or aid weight loss
  • Reduce your risk of Type II diabetes, some cancers and heart disease
  • Improve your muscle and bone strength, reducing the risk of osteoporosis later in life
  • Improve your overall mood and mental health
  • Increase agility so daily tasks are easier and you are less likely to have a fall
  • Help you to live a longer and healthier life

Consistency is important as it’s critical to exercise regularly. You don’t need to work out every day and especially if you take vigorous exercise as rest days are important. Strenuous exercise isn’t right for everyone, and even a thirty-minute brisk daily walk can provide enormous health benefits. If it has been a while since you last exercised regularly, make sure you take it slowly and consult your GP before beginning a new exercise regime. One common mistake is to exercise too hard, resulting in an injury that can prevent any physical activity.

What Is Crown Lengthening and Should I Consider This Treatment?

We perform crown lengthening treatments quite regularly, and it’s a procedure that removes gum tissue and sometimes bone from the front of your upper jaw, exposing more of your natural teeth.

Who Needs a Crown Lengthening Treatment?

Sometimes, we recommend this procedure if a tooth needs to be restored and where not enough structure protrudes above the gum line. This can happen if a tooth breaks off or if it is substantially damaged or decayed. Exposing more of the natural tooth allows our dentists to place a crown more easily. Often, a crown lengthening treatment is carried out to correct what’s called a “gummy smile” when someone exposes too much gum tissue during smiling or talking.

How Is It Done?

We use local anaesthesia to keep you comfortable during crown lengthening and the time required depends on how many teeth must be treated. Even if only a single tooth needs treating, we usually need to lengthen the neighbouring teeth too so that we can create an even and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Our dentist will carefully remove the excess gum tissue and any excess bone so that your teeth will automatically look longer. It will take a while for your gums to heal completely, and we provide precise instructions on how to care for your mouth during healing.

Rejuvenate Your Smile with Facial Injectables

As we age, skin loses its natural elasticity and volume. Ageing can create fine lines and wrinkles, as well as deeper lines, folds and grooves. Facial injectables are a non-invasive and quite gentle way to soften the signs of ageing without the need for invasive and costly surgery and include dermal filler and anti-wrinkle injections.

Dermal Filler Injections

Dermal filler injections help to replace lost volume in the skin and are useful in treating deeper lines and folds including nasolabial and marionette lines that develop between the nose, mouth and chin. Often these lines are the first to show. Dermal fillers are also useful in creating beautiful, plumper lips and can enhance facial structure by creating fuller cheeks.

Anti-wrinkle Injections

Your facial muscles contract and relax many times, eventually creating fine lines and wrinkles known as dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles most often develop around the eyes and forehead. Anti-wrinkle injections relax these muscles, automatically creating a smoother appearance.

Why See a Dentist for Facial Injectables?

Dentists have advanced knowledge of facial anatomy and know exactly how each facial muscle works, so they are the very best people to see for facial injectables. They can use one or both treatments to help provide a fresher and subtly enhanced facial appearance and treatments last for several months before they need topping up.

Simple Tips for a Healthier Halloween

If your little ghouls and goblins are relishing the thought of trick or treating, follow these easy tips to protect their fangs.

Feed Them Before Trick or Treating

Give them a proper meal before trick or treating, and you could even try some spookily themed recipes that will help to fill them up. Hopefully, they won’t have such an appetite for treats later!

Look for Non-Food Goodies

Instead of sugary treats, get together with other parents and neighbours and offer non-food themed goodies such as little glow sticks, notepads, erasers and stickers.

Plan Halloween Parties That Are Focused on Fun Not Food

A Halloween party can focus on activities such as dunking for apples, a pumpkin hunt and creepy costume contests, and you can get creative with other things such as pinning the heart on the scarecrow. Face painting is perennially popular!

Make Healthy Halloween Treats Together

Halloween treats don’t need to be sugary as there are plenty of recipes that are healthy and tasty, and you can get creative with decorating the food.

Lastly, allow kids to have some treats and to select their favourites before putting their haul in the pantry. With any luck, they will forget about it in a few days, but otherwise, dole out one or two treats with a meal.

Don’t Miss the Halloween Spooky Flick at Bunjil Place

What could be better than watching a spooky flick on Halloween? This year, Bunjil Place is screening Hotel Translyvania.

Of course, Hotel Transylvania is THE destination of choice for all monsters and magical creatures. You need to watch the film to see what happens when a human unwittingly crashes the party and falls in love with Dracula’s daughter.

The fun begins at 5 PM on Thursday, October 31 and continues until 8 PM. Pack your picnic rugs and grab your free movie snacks for a fun Halloween night under the stars. There are all sorts of other Halloween festivities that include free craft events, and a photo booth so you can capture your memorable moments and fabulous costumes. There’s also plenty of Halloween themed treats to enjoy during the movie. The film screening begins at 6 PM, and the event is free to attend, but there is limited seating. Best get there early to enjoy this spooky night for the whole family.

Yes! We Are Telling You to Eat More Chocolate

Chocolate is a well-known cure for broken hearts and boredom or is essential for many celebrations. It is guaranteed to put a smile on anybody’s face, and now it has been proven that eating dark chocolate can reduce the risk of depression.

Yes, you read correctly as eating chocolate is healthy within reason, but the darker chocolate, the better. A Canadian study discovered that just 1.5% of chocolate eaters had depressive symptoms compared with 7.6% of people who didn’t eat chocolate. Additionally, further research has discovered that eating chocolate is good for the brain, and the heart and circulation. It’s been suggested that chocolate could be beneficial for major health issues. However, you do need to choose your chocolate carefully. A square or two of high-quality dark chocolate could lift your mood and has other possible medicinal benefits.

Dark chocolate is full of minerals that include selenium, zinc and potassium, and 100 g bar of 70% or higher dark chocolate provides 67% of your recommended daily iron. Eating cocoa has been shown to reduce levels of LDL or bad cholesterol and increase levels of HDL or good cholesterol.

Perhaps surprisingly, chocolate can help you lose weight, as a small square of good quality dark chocolate melted on the tongue twenty minutes before eating triggers hormones that tell you when you’re full, helping you to reduce the amount of food you eat more easily. Dark chocolate could help to prevent diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity.

Go ahead and indulge, but please brush your teeth afterwards as even dark chocolate still contains sugar.

Did You Realise Seasonal Allergies Can Affect Your Teeth?

Most of us welcome the spring, but those with allergies won’t look forward to sneezing, coughing and generally coping with a runny or heavily congested nose and itchy eyes. If that isn’t enough, the spring allergy season can affect oral health too.

Toothache

Allergies can affect your sinuses, causing them to become congested, and the mucus can press down on your upper back teeth. As a result, these teeth may begin to ache or will feel more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. If this sounds familiar, it’s worth taking antihistamines to treat your allergies and to see if your toothache disappears. Otherwise, come and see us here at Casey Dental in case you have an infected tooth.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a real problem for anyone with a blocked or runny nose and who must breathe through their mouth. Mouth breathing will quickly dry out your mouth, increasing your risk of dental problems that include tooth decay and gum disease. Also, antihistamines can cause dry mouth as a side-effect. To combat these problems, make sure you drink plenty of water, and you might want to try sucking sugar-free sweets or chewing sugar-free gum as this will stimulate your mouth to produce more saliva.

How Does Age Affect the Health of Your Teeth and Your Smile?

Not so long ago, ageing used to be associated with a full set of dentures, but this is a misconception as you don’t need to lose your teeth. Nowadays, it’s possible to maintain healthy teeth and gums for your entire life, provided you have a good oral care routine and a healthy lifestyle. Good oral health protects your overall health too.

However, your risk of developing dental issues does increase with age. It is more likely you will develop tooth decay or that your gums will recede, but these problems are frequently due to poor oral hygiene. Another problem is dry mouth, a condition which is often a side effect of medications. When your mouth is dry, bacteria and old food particles are less likely to be washed away, and it feels uncomfortable. The best way to cope with this problem is to drink plenty of water and to make sure you brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once-a-day.

We Can Help You Age with a Healthy Smile

When you visit Casey Dental, we can adjust your treatment plan to best suit your age and dental health. Our friendly team will offer lots of advice on how to cope with dry mouth and other problems like brushing and flossing when dexterity may be declining.