All About 'Happy Gas'

Nitrous oxide, or ‘happy gas’ as it is aptly nicknamed, is a light sedative that offers a relaxing sensation during dental treatment. It is a quick and easy process that is perfect for patients who are a little nervous at the dentist. It’s becoming very popular at the Dental Lounge, and there are many people that find it helpful. 

The gas is inhaled through a nosepiece, and begins to take effect after five minutes. Just as quickly as happy gas works, it wears off once the nosepiece is removed, allowing you to drive home safely after your dental treatment. 

As you are awake throughout the procedure, we only recommend happy gas for adults and children with mild dental anxiety. Happy gas is not suitable for patients with severe anxiety, breathing difficulties, during pregnancy, or after recent eye surgery.

If you are interested to find out more please contact us and we can have a chat to see if happy gas might be something that will help you. 

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Straight Teeth = Better Health!

Straight Teeth Better Health!

Is there anyone that doesn't desire straight, beautiful teeth?

But there’s more to straight teeth than first meets the eye.  While being easy on the eye is nice, that’s just one benefit. There are other things you should know, things you probably never thought about before.

If you’re lucky to have well-aligned teeth, you might never have realised the problems crooked or crowed teeth can present. People with teeth like that will often find it difficult to effectively clean their teeth. The gaps in between the teeth can be especially troublesome to access either by flossing, or interdental brushes (little brushes that slide between teeth).  Plaque starts to build up in the areas difficult to clean, long term plaque build-up leads to excess bacteria growth which in turn causes irritation, decay, gum disease, and sometimes eventual tooth loss.

So straight teeth are easier to keep clean, will harbor less plaque and therefore bacteria. There’s even been some studies that have linked the bacteria found around crowded teeth with colon cancers and Alzheimer’s disease! People with straight teeth in general will have healthier teeth and gums and typically keep their natural teeth for longer.

What about abnormal tooth wear?  Crowded teeth often cause one or more teeth to stick out at an odd angle.  In order to effectively chew your food, you may move your jaw in strange ways, struggling to get crooked teeth to cut and chew food.  Teeth now rub together in ways they were never meant to and tooth enamel is worn off much quicker than normal.

Do you know that teeth that are misaligned can push and rub up against soft tissues in the mouth? If you routinely bite your cheek or lips due to a misaligned bite, it can result in cuts, sores, infections, and be a real source of annoyance.

Straight teeth not only look good, they also align and bite together better, avoiding soft parts of the mouth. Each tooth hits accurately and evenly, which means it has almost negligible impact and is less likely to cause tooth wear and cuts inside the mouth.

One of the benefits that cannot be stated enough, is improved confidence and self-esteem.

People that are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth often become embarrassed and hence, self-conscious of their smile. They will often smile with their lips sealed and cover their mouth while talking or laughing.

Straightening your teeth can have a massive impact on your self-esteem and confidence.

A confident smile conveys friendliness and happiness.  People feel more attractive due to the confidence that radiates through their smile.  We all understand that confidence also improves your emotional and mental health, having confidence is a great benefit going through life.

There is also mounting research to link inflammation in the mouth and the bacteria that causes it, to many common diseases.  Researchers are finding the same bacteria ends up in the bodies of people with hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, colon cancer and brain diseases like Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Research is ongoing, but it is easy to imagine how bacteria gradually going via bleeding gums into the bloodstream is most likely not a good thing.

Being able to keep your teeth clean by removing plaque effectively helps to reduce bacterial growth and inflammation. The importance of this benefit is now far greater than we have ever known in the past.

For patients looking for a straighter smile, we offer a variety of orthodontic solutions individually designed to adapt to your specific needs and lifestyle. Check out our Fastbraces special and our video covering Invisalign and Myobrace as well (Myobrace help kids avoid the need for braces later in life).

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Teeth Whitening: How Does It Work?

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Humankind has been obsessed with keeping our teeth white for centuries.We can trace this cultural compulsion all the way back to the Egyptians, who made mixtures of wine vinegar and crushed pumice to whiten their pearly whites. The Romans even used extreme measures for teeth whitening:they would use urine to keep their teeth polished. Thankfully, we don’t have to go through such unsavory treatments today.

So, how does teeth whitening work?

Whitening Techniques

As you probably already know, we have several ways to keep our teeth white. Brushing your teeth with toothpaste on a regular basis is one of those ways. You may also use other whitening products to remove stains at a low cost, sans the urine breath. Finally,you can make an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth cleaned and whitened.

All whitening techniques available today are either one of two ways:

  • Non-bleaching procedures

Whitening toothpaste falls under this category as it only works on superficial stains. It relies on abrasions to remove the surface stains, but it also hasa chemical or polishing agent to aid this process. Since whitening toothpaste can only remove superficial stains, the effects are pretty minimal.If you do decide to go down this road, just be sure to use toothpaste that’s approved by the American Dental Association. (Check if there is an Australian equivalent).

A dentist or hygienist also relies on abrasions when they do professional cleaning services. This helps them polish the teeth and remove stains caused by our lifestyle choices, from smoking and drinking red wine to indulging in coffee.

  • Bleaching procedures

Bleaching procedures change the color of inner dentin, where most discoloration occurs. Compared to non-bleaching procedures, their effects are more visible,and they last longer. These procedures can make your teeth three to eight shades brighter. Bleaches have an active ingredient, andcould either be carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Both can remove superficial as well as deep stains.

Light-activated whitening sessionsor chairside bleaching, like Zoom Whitening,can dramatically whiten your teeth. However, if you like drinking coffee or wine, your pearly whites will have new stains and become slightly discolored in a year.

You may have a mouthpiece custom-made by your dentist so you can bleach your teeth from the comfort of your home. You should be able to wear this overnight or several hours a day. You can also buy several over-the-counter products for teeth whitening, including whitening strips, gels that can be applied with a brush, and boil-and-bite applications.

Are these whitening techniques good for your teeth?

That depends on a bunch of factors. Aside from your teeth, your genetics and dental hygiene have a role to play in this. Everyone responds differently.For instance, while tooth sensitivity is a possible side effect, not everyone will experience it.For some, whitening toothpasteis enough to polish their pearly whites. Others with serious discoloration may require more drastic procedures. Consult with us to find a method that’s best for you.

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The Elephant in the Room – Bad Breath!

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If you suffer from bad breath, there is every chance you may be unaware of it and it can be one of those embarrassing problems that no one wants to discuss. Let’s address some common causes and cures for this ‘elephant’ in the room, medically known as halitosis.

Causes

  • Ingesting foods with a strong odour such as coffee, garlic or onions. This will be obvious to anyone who stands too close, but generally this is temporary and once the food has passed through your body, the problem will disappear.
  • Poor dental hygiene habits such as not brushing and flossing daily means that some food particles will remain in your mouth, leading to bacterial growth that produces volatile sulphur compounds and stinky breath.
  • If you have dentures and don’t always remove them at night to clean, food particles can also become trapped causing the same problem.
  • Infections in your mouth from tooth decay will emit a foul odour, and chronic bad breath can also indicate gum disease.
  • Following a low-carb diet can cause “ketosis breath” as the liver utilises the fat present in the body as an energy source, producing “ketones”. The pungent smell resulting from this is often likened to nail polish remover.
  • Also, those who follow a low-carb diet are usually eating plenty of protein, and the breakdown of protein in the body can produce a breath that smells strongly of ammonia.
  • Acid reflux, where you regurgitate small amounts of undigested food can leave a bitter or sour taste in your mouth and cause your breath to smell acidic.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products will cause what is commonly known as “smoker’s breath”.
  • Bad breath can also be a sign of tonsillitis, sinus issues or other undiagnosed diseases.
  • Dehydration and a dry mouth can cause bad breath due to reduced saliva production, which leads to an excess growth of bacteria in your mouth.

Cures

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes using a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every two months. Remove dentures every night and clean thoroughly.
  • Floss daily.
  • Scrape or brush your tongue twice daily.
  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash to help eliminate bacteria.
  • Drink plenty of water to help wash away food particles and bacteria.
  • If you follow a low-carb, high protein diet, consider using carb-free mints or gum to freshen your breath.
  • Be sure to visit your dentist regularly – at least twice a year.

If bad breath is causing you to feel self-conscious, or you notice people always taking a step back when speaking to you, come and visit our professional caring team at The Dental Lounge, Robina. We can determine what the underlying cause is and treat the problem. Or, if it’s not an oral issue we may be able to refer you to someone who can help further.

To schedule an appointment, phone (07) 5580 8855 or click here to view our ‘New Patient’ offer. Incredible Value at $199! 1 hr long thorough exam for adults only. T&Cs apply.

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Caring for Young Teeth – right from the Beginning!

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Preventative dental care is just as vital for babies and young children as it is for adults. Some people may be tempted to believe that because these teeth are going to fall out anyway; instilling good dental habits can wait until the permanent teeth come through. However, your child’s first teeth play an important role in helping your child to chew properly and speak correctly. These teeth also reserve the correct space in the gums and help to guide the permanent teeth into the proper position in your child’s mouth.

When and where to expect babies first teeth?

  • There can be a huge variation in when a baby’s first tooth erupts, with a few babies born with a tooth through already and others still have no teeth by their first birthday.  However, generally speaking, the first tooth usually appears around six months of age.
  • The first teeth to emerge are the front eight teeth – four on the top and four on the bottom; a front bottom tooth is usually the first to make an appearance.

When and how should you begin to encourage good dental habits with your child?

  • Before your child even has their first tooth, you can gently wipe their gums once a day with a clean, damp soft cloth, and so begin to instil good dental habits from birth.
  • When the first tooth emerges, choose a toothbrush designed for babies - with soft, rounded bristles and a small head, and gently brush with small circular movements, concentrating on the area where the tooth and gum meet.  Be particularly gentle when your child is teething as their gums will feel very tender and sensitive. Begin flossing as soon as there are two teeth touching each other.
  • Around the time of your child’s first birthday is the ideal time to take them for their first dental check-up
  • Aged 1 is a good time to introduce a low-fluoride children’s toothpaste. Simply smear a thin film on the toothbrush and encourage spitting out toothpaste after brushing, but don’t be concerned if they swallow this small amount in the process.
  • Swallowing large amounts of fluoride can have a detrimental effect on teeth and can make your child ill or cause diarrhoea, so do not allow licking or eating toothpaste straight from the tube.

What is a good oral health routine?

  • Brushing your child’s teeth after breakfast each morning and again before bedtime, after they have had their last food and drink for the day is a good lifetime routine to establish. It is best for you to brush your child’s teeth until they are able to properly do it themselves – usually by eight years of age.  Remember that leading by example is a powerful way to teach good oral habits.

What food and drinks are best avoided?

  • Never put anything sweet on a child’s dummy, if you use a pacifier.
  • Never put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice, formula or milk.
  • Fruit juice should be diluted with ten parts water to one-part juice.
  • All sugary foods cause tooth decay, and much damage is caused if even small amounts are consumed regularly throughout the day, not allowing teeth time to repair themselves. This includes dried fruits, fruit juices and fruit smoothies.

If you have any concerns about your child’s teeth, or they are due for a check-up, contact the Dental Lounge at Robina to  schedule an appointment, phone (07) 5580 8855 or complete our online request form. 

Your child may be eligible for $1000 from the Children’s Dental Benefit Scheme?

The government is allowing $1000 of dental treatment over a two-year period for eligible children through MEDICARE. Call us on (07) 5580 8855 to find out if you are eligible.

The whole team at The Dental Lounge is ready to help your child feel comfortable.  Our dentists are very gentle and are experienced with all the typical forms of anxiety kids often feel when visiting the dentist.  They will be in safe hands.

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