Simple Steps to Keep your Teeth Healthy and Pain-Free
Visit your dentist regularly
Rule number one in the dental health handbook is to know when you should visit your dentist Indooroopilly and to be diligent in ensuring you do visit them as regularly as you intend. It’s a good rule of thumb to visit your dentist Toowong or dentist Taringa every six months. This is the ideal period for your dentist to screen for any potential issues and to detect them early, and to provide timely treatment such as plaque removal to prevent new issues from developing. A regular schedule like this also helps to establish a bond of trust with your dentist, through which they can properly understand your dental needs.
Cut down on sugar
The biggest enemy of healthy teeth is excessive sugar consumption paired with an inappropriate or poorly followed oral health routine. Sugar encourages the development of plaque and bacteria on the teeth, especially around the gumline, which in turn contributes to tooth decay that may have you running to the Indooroopilly dentist or dentist Fig Tree Pocket for toothache pain relief. Seek substitutes for sugar, have less sugary snacks, and ensure to brush and floss regularly and properly. Also investigate which snacks you may be consuming that have higher sugar content than ‘meets the eye’.
Follow a suitable oral hygiene routine
The most tooth-friendly diet in the world is worth little if we do not also follow a suitable oral hygiene routine. Many of us may assume that we have our brushing and flossing routine down pat, but we need to ask ourselves, have we even re-examined our routine since the days of our childhood? Or are we just following it out of habit without paying much thought? It is not enough to simply brush twice a day for two minutes. We have to also think about the brush we are using, the toothpaste, the brushing technique, the pressure applied, the timing in relation to eating or drinking, and whether we actually floss as regularly as we should. Your dentist Chelmer can provide specific advice on your routine and tools.
Avoid smoking and alcohol
Aside from the general health benefits of quitting smoking or reducing alcohol intake, there are many benefits for your teeth and oral health too, as these habits can be destructive for teeth, too. Smoking can reduce oxygen in the bloodstream, making it harder for gums to heal. It can change the appearance of the tissue to be white, advance tooth decay, reduce our sense of taste, and contribute to bad breath. Alcohol dries out the mouth, reducing saliva, yet saliva is helpful for reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. These are just a few of the mechanisms by which these substances can affect your oral health.
Undertake EMS teeth cleaning
Here at River City Dental, our Indooroopilly dentists understand that people want cleaner teeth, without any discomfort. That is why we have invested in the world-class Swiss technology of Airflow Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) treatment. How does this work? It uses high pressure water to remove plaque and stains from teeth in a minimally invasive way, free of scraping. Your dentist Taringa will firstly apply a solution that causes plaque to show up in a different colour; this plaque is then thoroughly cleaned away with a high-pressure mixture of air, warm water, and powder. This method is highly effective at cleaning not only tooth surfaces, but also the deep pockets between teeth in a fast, effective way that is considerate of your teeth sensitivity.
Have fillings for any cavities before they become worse
If plaque and bacteria build up for long enough, they can result in a cavity in the enamel of the tooth. This can expose the dentin, which is still a hard substance like enamel, but a more porous one with ‘tunnels’ to the sensitive pulp in the tooth’s centre, made up of blood vessels and nerves. This can result in sensitivity to hot and cold, pain when eating, or other unpleasant symptoms that may prevent you from partaking in and enjoying everyday activities. Ultimately, if allowed to advance for too long, a cavity may permit an infection to develop which could result in a tooth abscess, which is highly painful, and frequently requires antibiotics and a root canal procedure in instances where the tooth can be saved. A timely dental filling at your dentist Indooroopilly can stop pain and prevent an abscess.
Have an emergency dentist in mind for emergencies
The nature of a dental emergency is that we never expect it to happen beforehand. It comes out of nowhere, so to speak, and suddenly we might find ourselves in a situation where we need treatment fast but don’t know where to go. A dental emergency can present in various different ways, but it may include a chipped tooth, a broken tooth, a knocked-out tooth, extreme toothache (particularly if associated with symptoms of infection), or bleeding – to list a few examples. It pays to have a dentist in mind in advance, even with their number saved in your phone in advance, so you are ready if this ever happens to you. Even better if this is your regular dentist, so you already know them and the location of their Toowong dental clinic. If you’re in a dental emergency in our area, contact River City Dental on (07) 3667 9595.
Replace missing teeth
There are many reasons you may be motivated to replace a missing tooth to maintain your oral health and stay pain-free. Firstly, it can be challenging and unpleasant to eat and speak when you have a missing tooth. Secondly, a missing tooth can result in the surrounding teeth, both above and neighbouring, to shift into the gap, changing your appearance, how it feels to eat, and whether future treatment will be possible. If you lose a tooth, or if you have had a lost tooth for a period of time, you should be visiting your dentist near me immediately. They may be able to offer a solution such as a dental implant or dental implants, a dental bridge, or dentures to replace your missing tooth and restore oral function.
Wear a mouthguard when playing sports
To prevent the likelihood of a dental emergency occurring in the first place, you should be wearing a mouthguard when playing any contact sports such as Australian rules football, rugby, or boxing. If you don’t wear this during sports, the risk is that you will incur a nasty injury to your teeth and potentially lose or crack a tooth during a collision, hit or other incident. The less obvious damage that could occur may include injury to your teammates or opponents, and to your own cheeks, gums, tongue, and lips.
Correct any alignment or bite issues
Alignment issues may include teeth that overlap, teeth that are too far apart, or teeth that are on an angle. Bite issues may include overbite and underbite. An improper bite can wear down your teeth in different ways as they grind and rub together during eating. It may also increase the risk of developing jaw issues because you have to work your jaw in strange ways to effectively eat. Misalignment may create more opportunity for plaque and food debris to collect, resulting in tooth decay or gum disease. Therefore, there is a strong argument to have your bite or misalignment corrected, in addition to which we must consider the benefits to confidence and wellbeing. Invisible aligners such as Suresmile Aligners from River City Dental can correct minor orthodontic issues in adults, and may be suitable. Discuss with your Toowong dentist for more information.
Start healthy dental habits young
This applies less to our own oral health as adults, and more to the oral health of the next generation. If you have children, you have a tremendous opportunity to help them establish a positive attitude towards dental care, to instil them with a sense of responsibility for their own oral health, and to reduce their anxiety around visiting the dentist. As soon as baby teeth start emerging or around one year old, you should be bringing your child to the dentist for their first visit. Obviously, it is most convenient to take your child to the dentist you already know and trust, so make sure your own regular dentist is a family-friendly dentist that is capable of making children comfortable – such as our friendly team here at River City Dental.
Wear a night guard when sleeping if you grind your teeth
If you have a partner that you share a bed with, you might find they tell you that you grind your teeth – when you had no suspicion you even did this! Your nocturnal habits could be doing more damage than you realise, and as a matter of fact, they may not even be nocturnal. A lot of us clench our teeth or grind them during the day, without even being aware of it. To reduce the risk of this, we need to try to be conscious of the habit, and reduce risk factors such as high stress levels. You may also wish to have a night guard custom made by your dentist Taringa or dentist Indooroopilly, to wear at night to both reduce the likelihood of grinding, and the damage that grinding can cause.
Gum disease treatment and prevention
When people think of oral health, they first and foremost think of their teeth, but we need to take a bigger picture view that also encompasses the gums. Without healthy gums, we can’t have healthy teeth in the long term, and the prevention and reduction of gum disease is part of the puzzle that we cannot neglect if we are to have healthy and pain-free teeth. Treatment for gum disease includes plaque removal from the teeth and gum line by your Indooroopilly dentist and the application of oral antiseptic rinses. In instances where the gum disease has advanced and become periodontitis (affecting the structures that hold teeth in place), other treatments may be necessary at your Brisbane dentist, such as deep cleaning, scaling, and root planing.
Have yourself screened for oral cancer
Regular trips to the dentist near me may help to detect oral cancer or mouth cancer in its early stages, and early diagnosis and treatment is the most effective means of supporting a good outcome. Mouth cancer may present as a mass or lump, an ulcer that doesn’t heal, white or red patches in the mouth, a stiff jaw or tongue, painful gums, loose teeth, difficulty swallowing or other symptoms. Tobacco and alcohol consumption are the largest risk factors and account for more than three out of four cases of mouth cancer. Age, being male, sun exposure, and obesity may also be contributing factors. Through physical examination and a report of your symptoms, a dentist can undertake an early check that may then be further investigated with biopsy, ultrasound, MRI, or other methods.
Consider same day dental crowns
When our teeth have been damaged or become weak, it may be necessary to have them protected with a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth-like cap that is secured over an existing tooth (or, for missing teeth, a dental implant) to act in the position of the regular tooth. This allows normal eating and chewing, and protects the tooth underneath from further damage or decay, while also masking any cosmetic issues. Dental crown benefits may include improved self-confidence, reducing further damage or breakage, and protecting a tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure. Your dentist Indooroopilly will be able to assess and advise on whether the dental issue you are experiencing requires a crown. Ideally, you will go to a dentist, such as River City Dental, that can offer you a same day crown – meaning you don’t have to come back again a few weeks later.