Dental Savers is a community minded clinic looking after the locals of Caboolture, North Lakes, Narangba, Elimbah, Rocksberg, Burpengary, Deception Bay and Bribie Island. Below are some helpful tips on maintaining a healthy dental hygiene. Refer to our FAQ page for more helpful information.
How to Floss
If you don't floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth! There are two types of floss to choose from; Nylon (multifilament) and PTFE (monofilament) floss.
Make sure you use enough floss, about 18 inches should do it.
Wrap the majority of the floss around the index or middle finger of one hand, and a small amount on to the index or middle finger of the other hand.
Gently slide the floss between the teeth in a zig-zag motion.
Make a C shape with the dental floss as your wrap it arond the side of the tooth.
Carefully pull the floss upward from the gum line to the top of the tooth.
Unroll a fresh section of floss from your finger for each tooth.
Don't forget to floss both sides and the back of your teeth. Plaque build up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, so daily flossing is recommended.
Knocked out teeth
Teeth that have been knocked out can still be saved. Acting fast will increase the likelihood of the tooth being saved.
Pick the tooth up by the crown, not the root.
If it's dirty, rinse the tooth in saline water or milk.
If possible, place the tooth back where it fell out immediately. It is important to keep the tooth moist at all times. The tooth mustn't be left to dry.
If it's impossible to place the tooth back in the socket, put it in one of the following; Emergency tooth preservation kit, Milk or your Mouth (against the cheek).
See the nearest available dentist or endodontist ideally within 30 minutes.
It is still possible to save a tooth that has been out of the mouth for an hour or more, however it's less likely to be successful.
How to Brush
Proper brusing takes two minutes - at least. To properly brush your teeth use short and gentle strokes, paying attention to the gumline, molars and around fillings, crowns and other restoration work.
Firstly, clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then the lower teeth. Once finished, move to the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth. Once you've brushes the front and back of your teeth, clean the chewing surfaces.
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, after having a cold and every few months.
When consuming food high in sugar or carbohydrates, the bacteria in your mouth and plaque break down, forming acids. The acids dissolve the enamel (outer surface) of the tooth. The first sign of tooth decay is a chalky white spot. At this stage, the decaying can be reversed.
You can prevent tooth decay with healthy eating by limiting sugars and processed foods to meal times. Choosing water or plain milk over softdrink is recommended, as drinking excessive carbonated drinks can dissolve the tooth enamel.
Preventing tooth decay is as simple as maintaining a healthy oral hygiene regiment by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, complemented by a healthy diet.
Bruxism & Clenching
Bruxism refers to a condition where a person rubs their teeth together with a great deal of pressure while they are asleep. People can also clench and gnash their teeth to some degree while they are awake, but it's usually noticed and they stop.
Bruxism is a very big problem in dentistry for the following reasons;
The person doesn't realise they are doing it or don't believe they do it when they are told
It accelerates the wear of the teeth and dramatically increases the risk of cracked tooth syndrom, chipped or broken fillings, crowns and inlays.
Patients think the dentist has done poor quality work because their filling or crawn has been broken and continues to break after being fixed
Headaches, jaw joint and facial pain often develop from the excessive forces and from the changed induced by the excessinve wear.
Is there any cure to bruxism? In short, no, but there can be periods of time where it goes away for a while, and sometimes it can go away on its own.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome
Cracked Tooth Syndrome is a very common problem, usually affecting teeth that are heavily filled. The decay and subsequent filling causes a weakening of the remaining tooth structure. Like all materials, teeth are subject to stress and fatigue. After many bites on the tooth, a hairline fracture can develop, usually at the bottom corner of the cavity.
Grinding your teeth is a common habit and can make your tooth worse.
If nothing is done about the crack, it will continue to slowly spread like a crack in glass. Sometimes the crack goes off to the side and a fragment of the tooth breaks off. The crack can also go deep into the root and at times, right in to the nerve. It is not a good idea to leave it, because a small crack can be treated effectively, but a bigger one can lead to root canal treatment or even extraction.
The nerve can be attacked by the bacteria, leading to extreme sensitivity to hot and/or cold, and a persistent ache in the tooth as it dies, usually of moderate to severe intensity. The infection in the nerve can spread in to the bone underneath, causing an abscess. This pain is usually severe and not always effectively controlled by pain killers or anti biotics.
The most effective method of treating cracked tooth syndrome is to bind the whole tooth together with a crown so that any chewing force moves the tooth as a whole, rather than splitting it apart.