What are the Benefits of Dental Flossing?

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Are you one of those diligent people who brush their teeth twice daily, however only think to floss when you feel the discomfort of food caught between your teeth? Perhaps you have never considered the importance of flossing.

Why do it?

Flossing should be an essential part of your daily oral care routine. It does about 40% of the work to remove the plaque and food debris that adheres in-between your teeth and gums, which helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath.

Who should floss?

Flossing is not just for adults. Children should begin cleaning between their teeth as soon as they have two teeth in contact. For most kids, the only place in contact (and the most common area of decay I see in kids’ teeth) is between their back baby molars. As they don’t have the manual dexterity required to floss correctly, it’s best if they are helped by an adult until they are 8-10 years of age.

Flossing is extremely important for those fitted with orthodontic braces, however the process needs to be done gently to avoid damaging the braces. A floss threader and interdental brushes are a helpful alternative to usual dental floss. 

If your gums bleed when you first start flossing, provided the bleeding stops quickly it’s unlikely to be a problem. Continue with daily flossing and you should see an improvement. However, if bleeding continues to reoccur we recommend you make an appointment with your dentist for a check-up.

What to use?

It depends on your personal preference and the recommendation of your dentist -   

  • Waxed floss slides easily between closely spaced teeth
  • Unwaxed floss will squeak against clean teeth, indicating that plaque has been removed
  • Super floss is recommended for people with bridgework
  • People with wider than average spaces between their teeth are often better using interdental brushes (e.g. Picksters). Your dentist can advise you about which size is best for you.

How to floss?  

If you are unsure whether your technique for flossing is correct, our qualified staff at The Dental Lounge Robina, would be happy to discuss your dental hygiene routine with you, however here are some basic steps to follow:

  • Step 1 – Wind approx. 45cm of floss around your middle fingers and rest it across your thumbs and index fingers. Hold the floss tightly (without any slack) between your two hands.
  • Step 2 – Use a gentle up-and-down motion that goes down one side of the tooth, just under the collar of gum and then back up the other side (like an on-the-side “C”). Repeat this technique on all your teeth.
  • Step 3 – Rinse your mouth vigorously to remove any food particles and loosened plaque.

In addition to brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups and cleans are vital to maintaining optimal oral health. To schedule an appointment, phone (07) 5580 8855 or use our online request form to schedule an appointment. 

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Dental Tourism - Why It’s So Risky!

The Dental Lounge Robina - The Risks of Dental Tourism

If dental treatment offered at a fraction of the price inclusive of a luxury resort style holiday in an exotic location sounds like an offer that is too good to be true - then it probably is!  Dental Tourism may seem appealing, but what are the actual risks and costs associated to this type of vacation?

Although overseas dental locations claim to offer treatment in a safe, clean and hygienic setting, it is important to understand that in Australia we have strict standards for dental procedures and sterilisation of equipment that developing countries do not have.  The term “high quality” in a developing country could have a completely different definition compared to the materials and equipment used in Australia, which are among the world’s best.  Materials and techniques of an inferior quality can pose a health risk causing infection, lasting damage or treatment outcomes that don’t meet your expectations - resulting in disappointment and more expense.

You can be assured that our team of dental professionals at the Dental Lounge Robina have completed quality training and adhere to strict Australian standards to ensure that we provide the best dentistry treatments possible. Can you be sure that your overseas dentist is fully trained to the same standard?

Dental tourists tend to be seeking complex dental work such as bridges, crowns, dental implants and root canal treatment at a cheap price.  Such specialised treatments require time to complete successfully and attempting to squeeze the dental work into one short holiday is neither safe nor effective long term; especially when follow-up post-treatment dental care is compromised.

It is also important to note that standard travel insurance covers the cost of emergency overseas medical treatment, but excludes treatment which is cosmetic or elective.  It is highly unlikely your insurance company will cover the following claims:

  • The need to cancel or reschedule due to the dental procedure not going ahead as originally planned.  
  • The cost of remedial treatment due to the procedure not being successful.
  • Emergency post-procedure treatment; including if you need to stay longer than you had originally planned.

In addition, some people find that upon returning from a dental holiday they find themselves needing to seek out further treatment to rectify dental complications, which could have been avoided had they sought dental treatment at home in the first place.  Sadly, every year we see several disaster cases of dental work done overseas. Unfortunately, many of these require retreatment and some are beyond fixing. 

When it comes to dental tourism, it is important to be aware of these potential pitfalls and although it may appear to be a great deal at the time you need to consider the potential risks involved. 

Why not keep your holiday as a purely pleasant experience and allow our team of professionals at The Dental Lounge Robina to provide you with quality and safe dental care. Click here to view our range of services and contact us today (07) 5580 8855 to discuss how we can help you.

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The natural way to straighter teeth – the no-braces approach!

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In our last month’s blog titled ‘Take note if your child is a mouth breather’ we discussed the negative impact that mouth breathing can have on the development of a child’s facial and dental structure. The sooner nasal breathing and correct swallowing is established, the better.

It is important that mouth breathing be treated early so the negative impacts can be reduced or even avoided.  Don’t put it off, as the development of the face is 90% complete by early adolescence and changes are harder to make. The good news is that The Dental Lounge, Robina, offers a treatment system that can help correct the problem of mouth breathing, which in turn can assist in correcting breathing problems and misaligned teeth.

The Myobrace System is a no-braces approach to help improve the alignment of the jaw and tongue and is most effective after a child’s permanent front teeth have come through, but before all the permanent teeth have erupted.  It is a three-stage appliance system designed to treat upper and lower jaw problems while correcting poor breathing habits. Myobrace looks similar to a mouth guard and is worn for just 1-2 hours in the day and overnight while sleeping, for approx. twelve months.

The treatment process also involves activities to help the child develop jaw muscles, correct jaw and tongue position, improve correct breathing and swallowing. Daily use of the Myobrace results in straighter teeth giving improved function, as well as leading to better facial development. In many cases, this can save thousands of dollars long term by eliminating the need for braces when the child is older. By correcting this problem early in life other issues such as poor sleep, poor concentration, and self-confidence can also be prevented.

Our team at The Dental Lounge Robina, have completed training with Myobrace Australia, and we have successfully helped patients who have benefited significantly from the system. And, although the Myobrace appliances work most effectively on younger children, we do have teenage and adult treatment options available. Click here for more details.

If your child is mouth breathing, grinding teeth during sleep, or their jaw or teeth are starting to become poorly aligned, contact us today (07) 5580 8855, so that we can discuss your specific situation and help you make the best decision.

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Take note if your child is a mouth breather!

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It may surprise you to learn that although babies and young children naturally breathe through their noses, more and more children are developing the bad habit of breathing through their mouths as they grow.  In many cases the problem can continue unnoticed until adulthood when it becomes more difficult to correct.

If you observe your child while they are watching TV or playing, and they fail to keep their lips sealed (i.e. their mouth is open to breathe), then your child is probably a mouth breather. Other indications can include snoring during sleep, dark circles under their eyes, crooked teeth or chronic bad breath.

Mouth breathing can be caused by:

  • Conditions such as enlarged adenoids, asthma, or allergies where there is actually an obstruction to the nasal airway requiring them to breathe through their mouth to get the necessary amount of oxygen.
  • Sometimes children need to breathe through their mouth when they suffer from a cold, but after they are well again still continue to breathe through their mouth out of habit.
  • Stress and anxiety  

The problem with breathing through the mouth is that it negatively affects facial and dental development. This habit can cause the upper jawbone that runs from the teeth up to the eyes to grow downward and backward, resulting in a thinner upper jaw and face which can constrict the nasal passages, making it even harder to breathe through the nose.

The tongue ends up resting in the middle of the mouth or down in the oral cavity to allow air to pass rather than resting in the normal position up against the palate behind the front teeth.  Each time we swallow normally the tongue presses up against the palate stimulating the upper jaw.  However, if we swallow incorrectly the tongue’s force is directed elsewhere and because it is a strong muscle this results in the palate changing shape making it harder for the teeth to fit and remain aligned. In fact, the muscles in the tongue, cheeks and lips work together in a similar way to braces, determining the position of teeth.

The Dental Lounge @ Robina has a special interest in children’s dentistry and offers a range of dental services including the Myobrace system, featuring a device that helps children improve the alignment of their jaw and tongue.  **Stay tuned for our next blog wherein we will discuss in more depth the benefits of Myobrace as a natural preventative system.    

In the meantime, if you think your child is presenting with the indicators mentioned above, the sooner you consult with a dental professional the better.  Contact us by phoning (07) 5580 8855, or pop in and we will be more than happy to discuss your particular situation and provide a recommendation.  The Dental Lounge is conveniently located at 7/100 Cheltenham Dr, Robina QLD 4228.

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How to achieve a whiter brighter confident smile – it’s never been easier!

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If you find yourself avoiding having your photograph taken or smiling with your mouth closed because you are self-conscious about the discolouration of your teeth, come and talk to us at The Dental Lounge @ Robina.  We can help you achieve a bright confident smile in no time!

There are a number factors that result in tooth discolouration.  Coffee and wine, various foods and smoking are common causes.  Exposure to tetracycline antibiotics in early childhood, certain medical conditions and natural aging can also affect the colour of your teeth.   

Today there are many different methods you can use to whiten your teeth. Here is a breakdown of some of the popular whitening treatments from home-based options through to professional whitening techniques.

  • Whitening Toothpaste – You will find that most major toothpaste brands have a whitening option for removing teeth stains, however the whitening effects are mostly due to its abrasiveness and will take longer to see results compared to other options.
  • Whitening Mouthwash – Mouthwash containing hydrogen peroxide can help prevent teeth from staining too much, however must be used immediately after consumption of foods and beverages that cause stains.
  • Whitening Strips – These strips, which contain a film of bleaching agent, are applied to your teeth morning and night.   
  • At-home Whitening Kits – Your dentist may prescribe a whitening agent, usually a gel-like solution, which is applied to a mouth-guard like tray that you insert into your mouth and wear for around two weeks. The trays are transparent and can be worn from 2 – 8 hours discretely during the day, or as some people prefer overnight whilst sleeping. All whitening treatments depend on your lifestyle, but with proper care this method can give good results for 3 - 12 months.
  • Teeth Whitening at your Dentist’s Surgery (e.g. Zoom Whitening) – A gel is applied to your teeth and then an LED light is used to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades lighter over the course of an hour.  This is a significant enhancement to the results achieved by home whitening alone.

The Dental Lounge @ Robina offers two types of whitening services; Home Whitening and Zoom whitening.  Advances in technology mean that these methods provide better results and whiter teeth with less effort.   

Contact us today, ph. 5580 8855 or send a message via our website.  Our friendly team of dentists are ready to help you achieve a brighter whiter confident smile and it won’t take long!

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