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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

It’s Easter again!! All of the shops have been promoting their Easter eggs since Christmas. Doesn’t it seem to get earlier each year? We’d like to help you protect your teeth during this time. The last thing anybody wants is to have a filling after a fun time of year.

Did you know that each time you eat sugar your teeth are under an acid attack?

This weakens the enamel on your teeth and can cause cavities and decay; each acid attack lasts between 30-45 minutes. Here’s a few tips on how to protect your teeth this Easter:

  • Ensure you brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes. The fluoride is going to provide your teeth with the protection it needs.
  • Keep those sweet treats, whether it’s Easter eggs or sweets, to meal times to reduce the amount of acid attacks you expose your teeth to.
  • If you’re having a sugary treat you should try and have a non-sugar drink with your treat. For example, have milk or water as this will flush away any sugar sitting on your teeth. Having fizzy, sugary drinks will add to the acid attack and even cause erosion; this applies to diet fizzy drinks as well.

Are you planning on doing an Easter egg hunt for your little ones?

There are ways to reduce how much sugar you expose them to. Of course everyone has treats (even us), who doesn’t’?

Why not try a couple of these ideas?

  • Swap the end prize for a nice fluffy teddy instead of a big egg.
  • There are plenty of tooth friendly treats out there such as sugar free sweets.
  • Make a swap to dark chocolate as this contains less sugar than milk and white chocolate.
  • Make a fun filled Easter hamper. Ideas include a small dark chocolate egg, sugar free sweets, colouring books and pencils, a nice fluffy teddy and some arts and crafts (examples could be outdoor chalks, paints with plastic eggs, coloured papers such as crepe paper, shredded paper, card or tissue paper which could be used to stick on shapes of Easter themed print outs).

If you’re stuck on what to do over the long weekend with your little ones how about trying one of these fun activities?

Egg painting – All you need for this is some eggs which can be real or plastic, some paint, an old sheet to protect your surfaces and some messy hands. Once painted you could fill a basket with them or hang them up for everybody to see. What a good way to let your creative side out!!

Colouring in – Grab an Easter themed colouring book or print off some pages that you can find on the internet and some colouring pens or pencils. This should keep them entertained!

Plant some pretty flowers – your little ones can watch their new plants grow.

Glow in the dark egg hunt – all you need for this is some plastic eggs that can be opened, a small glow stick to snap and place inside the egg along with a small prize. This could be sugar free treats or even a clue to lead you to the end prize. Fun for both the little ones and adults!!

Whatever you do this Easter all of us from Tower Dental hope you have an egggg-cellent time!!

 

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN’S TEETH HEALTHY

HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN’S TEETH HEALTHY

Whether your baby has no teeth or is already teething, dental care should be at the forefront of your mind as this is essential for giving your child the best chance at avoiding dental issues in later life. This is your opportunity to encourage healthy tooth development and positive dental habits. While it may not seem like a pressing priority right now, it truly is never too soon to start.

Your baby’s teeth are ready and waiting under their gums the moment they’re born. While ‘dental hygiene’ may seem strange for teeth still hidden under the surface, it’s a vital part of healthy development. The trouble is that you can’t exactly brush teeth which aren’t there, so many new parents are at a loss as to what they should do. The good news is that there are a few different options which can make a huge difference to young dental health, and we’re going to talk you through some here.

Limit sugar

Sugar is a risk to teeth everywhere, and your baby is no exception. Sugary foods and drinks can damage teeth before they’ve fully grown, meaning your baby will be fighting a losing battle straight away. The thing to remember here is that babies aren’t born with a sweet tooth. As such, leaning towards sugar-free foods and drinks is always a better option.

Using dummies

There have been endless conversations about the impact dummies can have on tooth development, and the consensus isn’t good. If your baby sucks a dummy as their teeth are growing, they are more at risk of issues like protruding front teeth. If your child currently uses a dummy discuss this with your dental team and aim to stop this by the time the adult teeth are starting to arrive at approximately six.

  

It’s never too soon for a toothbrush

Whether your baby has one tooth or none, it’s never too soon to get them used to a toothbrush. Letting them play with a soft-bristled brush will give you a chance to develop their understanding of dental health at a young age. Don’t think that you can skip brushing because it’s ‘just one tooth’. The moment your child’s teeth come through you need to get them into the routine of brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

Know when to call the dentist

It’s also vital that you don’t hesitate to bring your child to see a dentist. We recommend starting this as soon as your baby’s teeth come through, or certainly within six months after teething starts. The sooner you bring them into our practice, the sooner we can help you to ensure your child’s dental health is as good as it can be.

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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HEALTHY GUMS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR BODY

HEALTHY GUMS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR BODY

Periodontal (or gum) disease is caused when the bacteria in plaque builds up between your gums and teeth causing the tooth and surrounding gum to become inflamed. If untreated, this can cause the supporting bone structure to deteriorate, resulting in gum recession or even tooth loss!

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A growing body of evidence, also suggests that there is a connection between systemic disease and gum disease, so therefore treating gum inflammation could help manage both the conditions. Some systemic conditions with connections to oral health include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and breast cancer. Let’s see how these are linked…

 

Diabetes

Gum disease could have direct consequences on the ability to regulate glucose levels. It creates a link, as the inability to control glucose levels generates an environment for the bacteria that cause gum disease (which thrive on sugars) to grow.

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Heart Disease

Hardened (swollen) arteries are a symptom of heart disease and could stem from oral inflammation, decreasing the flow of blood to your heart, which can lead to a heart attack or a stroke.

Stroke

The inflammation present in gum disease is the same inflammation that causes hardening of the arteries resulting in strokes, therefore preventing gum disease could decrease the risk factor for certain types of stroke.

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Breast Cancer

Researchers found in a recent study that women who had gum disease had a 14% overall increased risk of breast cancer over women who didn’t have gum disease and this risk increases to over 30% if the woman smokes or has smoked in the past 20 years.

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Luckily, periodontal disease is preventable!

Knowing and reducing your risks where possible (stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake, improving your diet and increasing exercise) and then adding the following steps to your daily routine can help…

Brush after every meal. This will help remove food and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums BUT remember your teeth aren’t the only thing in there, so give your tongue and the roof of your mouth a good brush too, bacteria like to hide in every area of the mouth.

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Floss at least once a day. Brushing can clean the surface of the teeth, but it cannot do the same for the spaces in between teeth, flossing will help release particles of food and plaque trapped between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush may not reach.

Use mouthwash to reduce plaque and can remove any remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.

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Limit your intake of fizzy drinks and alcohol. These contain phosphorus, which is an important mineral, but too much of everything is bad and this applies to phosphorus too as this can cause oral hygiene problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.

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Be sure to schedule regular check-ups (at least once every six months) with your dentist, or dental hygienist, as identifying symptoms of gum disease early is key to protecting your teeth and gums and your whole body.

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If you are worried about periodontal disease, talk with your dental professional. Tower Dental offers a full oral health assessment to assess the condition of your teeth and gums and a full range of treatments depending on the severity of your gum disease.

By following these guidelines you can help secure a healthy body, mouth, teeth and gums, and increase the possibility of a LONG and healthy life!

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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How to Take Care of Your Oral Health When You’re Sick

How to Take Care of Your Oral Health When You’re Sick

When you’re sick, a lot of the things on your to-do list go by the wayside. It’s important to remember that your oral health and overall health are connected. Taking care of one, can definitely help the other! Here are a few tips to take care of your oral and overall health when you’re under the weather. 

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Drink plenty of water

Not only does staying hydrated help your body feel better, but it is also important for good oral health. Water helps to wash away food particles and encourages saliva production. Saliva works as a natural defense against cavity-causing bacteria that buildup on teeth over time. If you’re sick and are having difficulty drinking water normally, we recommend using a straw.

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Avoid sugary and acidic foods and beverages

Although many people love the idea of eating popsicles when they’re sick, we recommend avoiding them since their high sugar content can promote tooth decay or enamel erosion over time. Fermented fruit juices such as grape juice can also be acidic and contribute to enamel erosion too. Be sure to check labels and monitor sugar and acidic in your daily diet. 

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Rinse with salt water

Salt water helps to kill bacteria that may be on your toothbrush. Simply dissolve two teaspoons of salt into a cup of warm water and use the mixture as you normally would with regular tap water.

Use mouthwash if possible.

We recommend rinsing twice daily with mouthwash to help kill bacteria and protect against infections in addition to brushing and flossing. 

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Eat nutritious foods and snacks.

When you’re sick, your immune system is weak and your body needs to be able to fight off infections. Nutritious foods like leafy greens, yogurt, beans or lean meats can help provide energy to strengthen your immune system.

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but it also helps to brush away harmful bacteria from your mouth. Snack on an apple if you can’t brush or rinse after eating sugary foods. The fibrous texture will help ‘brush’ away food particles.

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Reschedule your appointment 

If you’re feeling under the weather, it’s best to stay home and take care of yourself. Reschedule your appointment with us when your cold and flu symptoms have gone away. We have implemented additional health and safety protocols in our office to keep everyone healthy. We understand if you aren’t feeling well and would be happy to check in on your oral health when you’re feeling better. 

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Tower Dental in Balwyn is proud to offer a range of dental services from general checkups to cosmetic procedures including veneers or teeth whitening! Call us today and schedule an appointment and keep your oral health on track.

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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Transform Your Smile With Veneers

Transform Your Smile With Veneers

Even if you weren’t born with perfect teeth, dental veneers can transform your smile into the symmetrical, white, dazzling teeth you’ve always desired. Veneers are one of the most versatile ways to correct a variety of dental issues. The exceptional team of cosmetic dentists at Tower Dental in Balwyn offer their expertise in dental veneers to men and women who want to upgrade their smiles, easily and affordably.

From broken teeth to uneven gaps between your teeth, learn how veneers can easily correct more smile flaws than you think.

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Versatile veneers

Feeling like you have too many unfixable problems with your teeth? You might be surprised to learn that veneers are an excellent choice for correcting a variety of common dental concerns for an instantly improved smile. Along with providing an easy solution to brighten stained and discolored teeth, we often recommend dental veneers for other cosmetic issues such as:

  • Filling the spaces between your teeth to even out gaps
  • Reshaping crooked teeth so they appear more uniformly aligned
  • Reshaping pointy or small teeth
  • Repairing chips, cracks, or teeth that have worn unevenly
  • Making teeth look uniform in size, shape, and color

The veneers we use are thin shells of porcelain or resin that we custom fit to your individual teeth. The result is often a movie-star quality smile, that looks natural on you.

The many advantages of porcelain veneers

During your consultation for veneers, your dentist in Kew discusses your options and recommends the type of veneers that work best for you. There are several benefits to choosing porcelain veneers for correcting smile flaws, including:

  • Porcelain mimics the light-reflecting quality of natural teeth so your veneers appear extremely realistic
  • Porcelain is highly durable
  • Porcelain veneers don’t require extensive tooth reshaping that’s necessary with dental crowns
  • Porcelain veneers don’t require any special care; brush and floss as you normally would
  • Porcelain veneers are nonirritating to sensitive gum tissue
  • Porcelain is stain resistant so your teeth stay whiter and brighter

We customize the shade and color of your porcelain veneers so you get just the right tooth color to complement, rather than overpower, your appearance.

Am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers?

Most men and women who desire to correct common dental issues are good candidates for porcelain veneers. However, there are some exceptions. A veneer is not an ideal choice, for instance, for teeth that are severely decayed or fractured. Additionally, you need to have an adequate layer of enamel on each tooth so the veneer can form a strong bond to the natural tooth.

The skilled team of general and cosmetic dentists at Tower Dental use their expertise to identify whether veneers are the best choice for you. If you do have more complex dental issues, your dentist in Hawthorn may recommend a different restorative solution, or combine veneers with other techniques so you get the complete smile makeover you desire.

Dental veneers are a two-step process

It typically takes two visits to get your custom veneers. During your first appointment, we prep your teeth and create a mold that we send to a dental lab. The lab manufactures the veneers according to your dentist’s specifications. We also help you choose the perfect color for your new smile during the initial visit.

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After your custom veneers arrive at the office, you return to the office so your dentist in Camberwell can position the veneers, further customize the shape and size of them as necessary, and bond them securely in place with a special dental cement. The procedure can be performed under a local anesthetic if you’re concerned about discomfort.

Preparing your teeth

Because porcelain veneers don’t respond to whitening, and it’s important to match the veneer color to your natural teeth, you may need some prep work before your dentist in Surrey Hills installs the custom veneers. For example, they may recommend a whitening treatment for adjacent teeth, so your veneers can be matched to a brighter shade of enamel. If your provider discovers any concerns with gum disease or other dental health issues, they typically recommend treating these problems before beginning your veneer makeover.

Ready to learn more about veneers and whether they’re right for you? Find out how you can transform your smile in no time.

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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Have Your Teeth Had A Deep Clean Lately?

Have Your Teeth Had A Deep Clean Lately?

Dental hygiene can fight bad breath and prevent gum disease. So it’s important to regularly brush and floss, and see a dentist twice a year for routine dental cleanings.

Sometimes, though, a dentist will recommend deep teeth cleaning. Signs that you might need a deep cleaning include bleeding gums, receding gums, and loose teeth. But, sometimes life can get in the way of your ability to maintain optimal dental health.

When circumstances prevent you from maintaining the best possible oral health, you may benefit from a deep dental cleaning. At Tower Dental in Balwyn, our dentists often recommend deep cleanings for people who haven’t had professional cleanings every six months and need some extra care to bring their teeth and gums back to a healthier state. Read on to learn what a deep dental cleaning is and why you may need one. 

Your gums might have deep pockets

Unlike your favorite sweatshirt, if your gums have deep pockets, that’s not a good thing. When you don’t brush as often as you should, and you can’t remember the last time you had a professional cleaning, there’s a good chance plaque and tartar have built up on your teeth, especially along your gumline. After a while, the plaque can cause your gum tissue to pull away from your teeth and create pockets. 

Gum pockets are a breeding ground where bacteria can settle and form a sticky film of plaque. When this happens, your gums can become inflamed and pull away from your teeth. Once in the pockets, plaque can get trapped, and you won’t be able to remove it with brushing and flossing, or even a regular professional cleaning

To find out if you can benefit from a deep cleaning, our experienced dentist in Kew use a small dental probe to measure the area around your teeth and gums. Healthy gums have pockets that are no more than 3 millimeters deep. If a pocket measures 5 millimeters or more, the pocket is too deep for a regular dental cleaning. 

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Gum disease and dental cleanings

Red, inflamed gums and gum pockets are the early signs of gum disease. If your dentist in Hawthorn catches it early enough, a regular professional cleaning may be able to get your mouth back into shape. But, if the plaque along your gums remains in the pockets, and your gums have been red and inflamed for a long time, the pockets can become deeper. 

At this point, the best way to remove the accumulated plaque buildup is with a deep cleaning that includes scaling and root planing. If you let the earliest stages of gum disease — called gingivitis — remain untreated, it can quickly progress to periodontitis — an irreversible form of gum disease that can lead to bone and tooth loss. 

Deep cleaning can help restore your mouth to optimal health

A deep cleaning has two parts: scaling and root planing. Scaling removes the plaque and tartar above and below your gumline. During the scaling process, your dentist in Camberwell cleans all the way to the bottom of the gum pockets to ensure that all the plaque is removed, so it can no longer cause gum irritation. 

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The next part — root planing — involves smoothing the roots of your teeth so your gums can reattach more easily. Scaling and root planing may take more than one visit depending on the severity of your condition. In some cases, you may need a local anesthetic to help keep you comfortable. 

Our dentist in Surrey Hills also use the most advanced laser technology to eliminate infected gum tissue and halt tooth decay. Laser dental cleanings reduce the need for anesthesia, allow your gum tissue to heal quickly, and reduce your risk of infection from bacteria. 

If it’s been a long time since your last professional dental visit, book an appointment online or over the phone.

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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Are Dental Implants Worth The Money?

Are Dental Implants Worth The Money?

If you want to know more about dental implants and the best ways to care for them, you’ve come to the right place!

There are a variety of reasons why you might be interested in dental implants. If you find that you’re missing teeth due to gum disease, cavities, or even an accident, you have options when it comes to replacing your teeth. Chances are you’ve heard about dentures, and may even think they are your only option. However, there is something better available for you—dental implants. But how do you know if implants are right for your situation, and how long are they going to last? You may also be curious about how you care for them, so in this article, we’re going to cover:

  • What dental implants are
  • How long dental implants last
  • How to take care of dental implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Are dental implants a better option for you?

Dental implants are designed to replace your missing tooth or teeth. Typically they include a titanium implant that your dentist in Balwyn will put into your jaw bone. Eventually, the implant will fuse with the surrounding bone, making it very stable and strong. An abutment and crown is placed on top of the implant, designed to look like your natural tooth. In order to be a good candidate for a dental implant, you’ll need to have a certain amount of bone available in your jaw. Most people who choose to undergo this type of procedure have a successful outcome, and wonder why they didn’t do it sooner. 

Depending on your situation, you and your dentist in Kew can discuss what options are best for you. Dental implants are available as:

  • A single tooth
  • A bridge with a few teeth
  • An entire jaw replacement

Most dentists agree that dental implants are a better alternative to traditional dentures because they can give you back your ability to chew, speak and smile with confidence again—returning your quality of life. In addition, getting a dental implant is a good idea because:

  • They are like natural teeth. Implants are placed into the structure of your jaw. They then fuse with the bone, making them very strong and stable, just like your natural teeth. They can bring back your chewing power and allow you to eat your favorite foods again. Your dentist in Camberwell will also customize your implant(s) so they are the same color as the rest of your teeth. 
  • Prevent bone loss in your jaw. One of the biggest problems of missing teeth — besides the problems chewing and speaking — is that when left unfilled, those gaps can lead to bone loss. When there is no root or tooth to function as normal, the bone of your jaw begins to deteriorate and recedes back. 
  • Keep your teeth stable. When you have gaps between your teeth, it can cause the surrounding teeth to start to lean in, possibly becoming crooked. This can make it even more difficult to chew and speak normally, not to mention it can have an impact on your smile.
  • Provide confidence. With the stability and security that comes with dental implants, you can smile, speak, and eat with confidence, and won’t have to worry about your teeth. 
  • They are long lasting. Dental implants are not only stable, but they are also designed to last a very long time.

Now that you know the benefits of dental implants, it’s time to learn exactly how long you can expect them to last, as well as how to care for them. 

How Long Do Dental Implants Last? 

How long can you expect to enjoy the use of your dental implants?

The short answer to how long dental implants last is, for quite a long time. They are designed to be a permanent solution to your missing teeth, and look like and function just like your normal teeth would. Because the implants are anchored into your bone, they are viewed by dentists as the most stable, effective, and long lasting tooth replacement option. The longer answer to that question is that it can vary from person to person—how long dental implants last is determined by how well they’re cared for (more on that later). 

You can expect the titanium screw that goes into the bone to last a lifetime, however, the crowns or abutments you may find need to be replaced due to wear and tear after 10-15 years. Again, this all depends on how you use and care for them. That being said, dental implants are a permanent solution. As long as you care for them like you would your natural teeth, they can last you a lifetime.

How Do You Care for Dental Implants?

What’s the best way to care for your dental implants?

In order to get the most out of your dental implants, you’ve got to ensure you’re properly caring for them. Just like your natural teeth, you’ll need to make sure you care for them to prevent the build-up of plaque and bacteria, which can lead to infection and other issues—possibly limiting the lifetime of your implants. In order to keep your implants happy and healthy, we recommend:

  • Brushing and cleaning them twice per day, just like you would with natural teeth in the morning and at night. Make sure to use a soft bristle toothbrush as well.
  • Make sure you brush in, on and around the crown to ensure you’re getting all the spaces where plaque can form.
  • If your dentist in Hawthorn recommends it, try using a toothpaste designed to be less abrasive.
  • Use an unwaxed floss, or a specific type of implant floss that your dentist recommends.
  • Consider using an oral irrigator.
  • Visit your dentist for check-ups and cleanings every six months.

You can discuss the specifics of the care of your dental implants with your dentist in Surrey Hills, and they’ll ensure you’re checking off all the boxes when it comes to keeping your implants clean. 

Dental implants can last you a lifetime with the proper care and maintenance. If you’re considering a permanent solution to your missing teeth, talk to your dentist in Mont Albert about dental implants.

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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HOW TO PREVENT TEETH STAINS

HOW TO PREVENT TEETH STAINS

Have you noticed your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be and maybe not as white as you’d like? There are many things that can make your teeth lose their luminosity. But there are just as many ways to reverse teeth stains and prevent them from happening in the first place. Here are 5 tips to keep your smile healthy and bright.

  1. Stay Away From Tobacco

Chewing or smoking tobacco is one of the worst things you can do for your oral health. Numerous studies have shown that smoking causes oral cancer, increases your risk of developing gum disease, and prevents your gums and teeth from healing naturally. From a cosmetic standpoint, just a few months of smoking cigarettes can turn your teeth from white to yellow, and years of heavy smoking can turn your teeth from yellow to brown. If you’re a smoker and are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, consult your dentist in Balwyn on how to quit smoking today. 

  1. Avoid Foods Known To Cause Teeth Stains

Unfortunately, many of the foods we enjoy daily can stain our teeth over time. To keep your teeth white, you should avoid coffee, green tea, dark berries, soy sauce, sugary drinks (especially dark colas), cranberry juice, tomato sauce, and red wine as much as you can. All of these foods and drinks have certain properties that can break down your tooth enamel and leave behind stains.

However, we know a little secret that lets you enjoy a glass of wine from time to time while protecting your teeth. If you’re having wine, pair it with cheese! Cheese helps neutralize the acidity in the wine, forming a natural barrier that protects your teeth from chromogens. 

  1. Eat Foods That Protect Your Teeth

While you’re avoiding staining foods and beverages, replace them with options that protect your teeth. Crunchy, water-heavy foods like celery, apples, and carrots increase saliva production as you chew, and your saliva helps neutralize any acids that might break down your tooth enamel and leave your teeth more susceptible to stains. 

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You might think that strawberries would stain your teeth because of their bright red color, but these berries contain malic acid, a natural astringent that works to remove stains from the surface of your teeth. Yogurt and other dairy products do double-duty — the calcium strengthens your teeth and neutralizes the pH balance in your mouth to decrease stain-causing acidity. 

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  1. Sip Beverages Through A Straw

If you can’t live without a tall glass of iced coffee on a summer afternoon but want to do your best to prevent stains, make sure you drink it through a straw. Drinking through a straw directs the beverage past your teeth so the liquid will avoid most contact with your teeth — particularly the teeth that show when you smile. For best results, put the straw at least halfway into your mouth to prevent your drink from hitting the outsides of your teeth.

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  1. Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

Plaque buildup, a white, hard material that forms on your teeth, forms a sticky film that stains love to stick to. Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash all help reduce plaque and keep your teeth white. You should make an appointment with your dentist at least twice a year to get a professional cleaning and polish. You can also ask your dentist about teeth whitening if you want your teeth to really shine before a special event like a wedding or high school reunion. 

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DEFINITION OF DENTAL STAINS

Very simply, the discoloration of your teeth due to a variety of factors. Dental stains can be broken down into two categories:

  • Extrinsic staining – Pigmented deposits found on the tooth surface that are caused by topical or external agents.
  • Intrinsic staining – Stains incorporated within the tooth structure.

Causes of Stains on Teeth: Extrinsic staining

  • Plaque
  • Calculus
  • Foods and beverages
  • Tobacco
  • Certain types of bacteria and topical medications
  • Enamel defects
  • Salivary dysfunction
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Small grooves, pits or fissures in the tooth surface.

 

Causes of Stains on Teeth: Intrinsic staining:

  • Dental restorations (i.e. corroded amalgam fillings)
  • Dental decay
  • Trauma to a tooth
  • Necrotic or infected nerve
  • Infections
  • Medications (i.e. Tetracycline)
  • Genetic defects
  • Hereditary diseases such as hypocalcification or fluorosis that affect dentin and enamel development

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At-home: Extrinsic Staining only:

  • Watch what you eat! Keep track of how much stain occurs how frequently with different foods/beverages and reduce consumption accordingly. Anything that can stain a white shirt can stain your teeth!
  • Rinse with water after consuming dark, sugary and acidic foods
  • Don’t smoke!
  • Consider shorter recalls – getting a professional cleaning more often can reduce your overall amount of stain.
  • Brushing at least 2 times a day- especially after consumption of staining agent. Consider an electric toothbrush!
  • Over the counter whitening products (whitening strips, toothpaste, rinses etc.) If you choose to use a whitening toothpaste, we recommend using a sensitive whitening toothpaste brand such as Sensodyne Whitening to prevent gum sensitivity and recession.

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TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR TEETH STAINS:

In-office: Extrinsic Staining:

  • Professional teeth cleaning – Keeping up with your regular recall appointments will help keep stains to a minimum.
    Professional whitening – We offer in-office, at-home and over the counter options to meet your needs. Read more here!
    Intrinsic Staining:
  • This type of stain requires permanent restoration – i.e., replacing an old amalgam filling or placing a new veneer/crown/etc.
    In some cases of hypo calcification and fluorosis, microabrasion can be performed. When in conjunction with in-office whitening, desired results MAY be achieved. This depends on the depth of the stain.

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Taken Out

Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Taken Out

Wisdom teeth are our third set of molars that usually come in during your late teens to early twenties. Over time our jaws have shrunk, leaving little room for the extra row of teeth, which is why they can cause pain and need to be extracted. Besides pain, what are some of the common signs you need your wisdom teeth taken out?

Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Taken Out:

Not every patient experiences pain associated with their wisdom teeth. Sometimes your dentist in Balwyn will recommend pulling them based on your x-rays if the wisdom teeth will cause overcrowding or put excess pressure on the other teeth as they move.

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How to know when to get your wisdom teeth pulled?

When overcrowding occurs, teeth that were once straight begin to shift. Shifted teeth can cause problems such as one tooth moving in front of another, gum issues, and even result in infections caused by trapped food.

Pain is usually the first sign that your wisdom teeth are causing problems and will need to be pulled (extracted). The pain is typically a dull, aching pain in the jaw. Certain foods that require more chewing like meats and root vegetables can make the pain worse when chewing.

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Hot/cold sensitivity can be another indicator.

Impacted teeth is another common issue from wisdom teeth coming in crooked. When there isn’t enough room in the mouth the teeth will commonly grow in on an angle and sometimes not in the same direction as the rest of your teeth. This usually results in tenderness, swelling, gum infections, and damage to surrounding teeth. When wisdom teeth are impacted, it is highly recommended to remove them as soon as possible. Impacted teeth are more likely to cause jaw issues and can cause other serious problems.

What Can I Expect With Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery?

Wisdom tooth removal is a pretty common routine procedure at this point. If the teeth are impacted or require any cutting into the gums then an oral surgeon will usually perform the procedure.

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After removal, your dentist in Kew will use surgical dental sutures to close the wound to allow for proper healing. You will also be given something to assist with pain and swelling, a mouth rinse, as well as special post-care instructions to help keep the wound clean and avoid infection.

Does Recovering From Surgery Take Long?

Healing from any tooth removal can take some time. A diet consisting of soft foods or even liquids will be required for a couple days to avoid chewing on the area and to help with pain. You will need to ice the area for the first 48 hours or as needed for pain.  

It will be important to follow the cleaning instructions from your dentist in Hawthorn during recovery.

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Treat The Pain and Avoid Infection

There is no reason to live in pain. Wisdom teeth removal is a common and quick procedure. If you are experiencing any pain or have questions about wisdom teeth removal, our team is here to help!

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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Amalgam Versus Composite Fillings

Amalgam Versus Composite Fillings

If you have cavities, you need to choose between silver amalgam and composite fillings. In both cases, your dentist in Balwyn will remove the tooth decay and place the filling. However, the two choices have quite a few differences. Learn more about your filling choices, so you can make a decision.

The major difference between the two types of fillings is in the color. Composite fillings are made from materials matching the color of your teeth whereas amalgam fillings are made from metal.

Even though composite fillings are a more advanced version of traditional fillings such as dental amalgam, sometimes, traditional fillings triumph over its successor. The traditional fillings offer increased protection in extreme circumstances where chewing can lead to tooth damage. Only your dentist in Kew can tell you which type of filling is appropriate for you. Still, it is essential for you to know the difference between the two.

What are Composite Fillings?

Composite fillings also referred to as resin composite fillings are made using plastic and ceramic compounds. In the beginning, dentists were not able to use composite fillings in the back of the mouth, as the resin compounds were not strong enough to handle chewing and grinding. Since they were the same shade as a person’s teeth, dentists used them in the front teeth, but that was a long time ago.

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Now, dentists are able to use composite fillings in the back of the mouth, but some dentists do not choose to for few reasons. Some dental plans do not cover composite fillings, unless they are used in the front teeth to restore a person’s smile. Other reasons dentists choose to forgo this advanced method is that even with the advancement, they do not last a long time and can wear out easily due to chewing and grinding. Hence, dentists choose to go with the older and tested option of dental amalgam fillings.

What is Dental Amalgam Fillings?

In comparison to its successor, dental amalgam have shown to withstand the test of time, as they can last up to eight to ten years, and sometimes, even more. By far, they are the best option to fill cavities located in the back of the mouth, as the area is constantly getting wet. Other factors that make dental amalgam a great choice; it is cost-effective and easy to maintain. The only disadvantage that people see is its color.

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The color of the dental amalgam is silver and is visible when someone talks or opens their mouth. Still, most people go with this option, as it costs less, their dental plan covers it, and they do not have to worry about going to the dentist in one to two years to get the cavity filled in again, which is a relief.


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What Should You Choose?

Your choice comes down to the location of the cavity. If the cavity is located at the back of the mouth, choose dental amalgam. In fact, your dentist in Camberwell will recommend you choose that in the first place. If the cavity is in the front teeth, choose composite fillings, as you do not want silver teeth.
In the end, your dentist in Hawthorn and you will decide together on the option that is best for you.

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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Is Your Mouthwash Burning Your Mouth? Here’s Why

Is Your Mouthwash Burning Your Mouth? Here’s Why

Many of us reach for mouthwash to beat bad breath or to put an extra shine on freshly-brushed teeth. But do you ever experience a burning sensation when using mouthwash?

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If so, it could be cause for concern.

Types of Mouthwash

There are two common types of mouthwash found in stores:

  • Cosmetic mouthwash: These control bad breath and leave behind a nice taste, but they have no chemical or biological function. The benefits are purely temporary. These types of mouthwash help to dislodge food stuck in the teeth, which helps reduce the risk of tooth decay. If a product doesn’t kill bacteria associated with bad breath, then its benefit is considered to be solely cosmetic.
  • Therapeutic mouthwash: These are available over the counter and by prescription. These help reduce or control plaque, gingivitis, bad breath, and prevent tooth decay. They may be called antiseptic, anti-plaque, anti-gingivitis, or anti-cavity, depending on their focus.

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Why a Mouthwash Would Burn

There are a couple factors at play when a mouthwash starts to burn inside the mouth. Here’s a look at each.

  • Menthol is used in mouthwash, giving it a strong, minty flavor and makes your mouth tingly and cold. Rinses with high levels of menthol are likely to sting the most. Menthol is used in dental products because it is antimicrobial, meaning it kills bacteria and stops their growth.
  • Alcohol is also a common component in mouthwash. Alcohol has the ability to kill germs, but mouthwash doesn’t contain enough alcohol for that to happen. Instead, it’s there to act as a vehicle for other ingredients. It can also dry out your mouth. Some mouth rinses contain high levels of alcohol—ranging from 18 to 26%. This may cause a burning sensation in the cheeks, teeth, and gums.

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Remember that you do not need alcohol in mouthwash for effective cleaning. It all depends on what you are looking for, and you can also use a non-alcoholic mouthwash.

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Mouthwash is a secondary action, but the most important activity is to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss your teeth regularly. Once this is complete, you can now rinse your teeth with mouthwash. First, remove the food particles, germs, and bacteria, clean the gumline, and then rinse to eliminate all those germs hiding away.

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If you are still not sure and want to learn about the fact of why does your mouthwash burn, you can always come in and speak to our specialists at Tower Dental.

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Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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The 6 Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease

The 6 Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease

Gum disease is a condition that affects millions of people. According to the Australian Dental Association, almost half of Australian adults above 30 years of age are affected by gum disease. Its symptoms can go unnoticed until you visit a dentist for an oral exam.

Our oral health is only a part of a bigger system, and any problem associated with it can affect our whole body. Neglecting it can lead to gum disease and progress into life-threatening health conditions. With a pandemic at hand, that’s the last thing you want to happen.

Here are the health conditions that will help you understand how maintaining your oral health can prevent you from having serious health conditions.

How does gum disease develop?

Plaque and tartar buildup starts the progression of gum disease. These bacteria release toxins that infect the gum tissues and bone structure resulting in tooth loss and chronic inflammation.

Young patients don’t usually show signs of gum disease because the beginning of infection can be painless. The symptoms only become more prevalent when an adult reaches the age of 30 to 40s.

Signs of gum disease

  • Bad breath
  • Red or inflamed gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums

At first, it starts as gingivitis or inflammation of gums but it is already the onset of periodontal disease. Gum disease or Periodontal disease is a chronic gum inflammation due to infection that requires lifelong care. Sadly, it can only be managed but never reversed. What’s more is it can trigger other life-threatening conditions such as:

Heart disease

Chronic inflammation is our body’s enemy. It becomes a problem when the body starts to attack healthy cells. This is also the reason why gum disease is linked to heart disease.

  • According to the Australian Dental Association, patients who have poor dental hygiene are three times more prone to heart disease.
  • Gum disease negatively affects the blood pressure of hypertensive patients and disrupts the effects of hypertension medications.

On a good note, the treatment for gum disease has shown a decrease in blood pressure of some patients which sparked hope for further studies about the link of periodontal disease to heart disease.

Tower Dental encourages our patients to go to the dentist frequently to monitor cases like gum disease that shows no symptoms during its onset. We help them be aware of the risks associated with gum disease and how to reverse it in its early stage.

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Diabetes

Bacteria thrive in the presence of sugar. High glucose levels in the body help the bacteria propagate which fuels the germs to attack the teeth and gums, causing gingivitis. On the other hand, periodontal disease increases the blood sugar levels that can put you at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

How does gum disease increase blood sugar levels?

The bacteria that infect the gums will leak into the bloodstream and cause a stir on the body’s immune system. In defense, the body will trigger the rise in blood sugar levels to fight off the bacteria.

Since chronic inflammation is associated with gum disease, blood sugar levels can be hard to control with diabetic patients. Likewise, diabetes can also make it hard for the body to fight off infections such as gum disease.

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Rheumatoid arthritis

The bacteria called Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans are found in both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis patients. It triggers the inflammatory autoimmune response of our body’s defense system that makes the immune system proteins overactive. Thus, causing joint inflammation.

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Alzheimer’s disease

Gum disease is also linked to an increase in a patient’s risk for Alzheimers. The bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) found in gum disease is also found in the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient, according to this study.

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects 5 million Australians. It begins with memory loss and becomes worse over time. Experts have warned that to avoid complications like Alzheimer’s disease, prevention is paramount since the bacteria from gum disease have a lot of tendencies to infiltrate the body.

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Pneumonia

Pneumonia, COPD, and asthma are another set of health conditions affected by chronic inflammation with gum disease.The infection in the gums triggers the immune system to stay on high alert and ensures a body-wide inflammation, including the airways and lungs.

Coronavirus or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is an infectious respiratory infection with a high mortality rate. With the chronic inflammation in gum disease patients, they have a higher chance of getting infected with COVID-19 and suffering its worse complications.

Your dentist in Balwyn wants to help you prevent this from happening to you and your family. We are in a difficult time, and any preventive measures towards health would have a big impact on our safety.

Prevent gum disease from putting you at risk of COVID-19

Being aware of gum disease is good, but getting an appointment with your dentist in Kew is better. It’s never too late to be sure that you don’t have dental conditions. 

Be mindful of the silent onset of gum disease and schedule an appointment now. Some diseases can only be managed like periodontal disease. So the next time you brush and floss, realize that you’re not only doing it for your teeth but also for your body.

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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Top 20 Things to Know Before An Invisalign Treatment

Top 20 Things to Know Before An Invisalign Treatment

What do I need to know before getting Invisalign?

Before getting an orthodontic treatment in Balwyn for your misaligned teeth, like Invisalign, there are a few things you should know.

1. You must be disciplined in wearing your invisible aligners

Wearing Invisalign entails self-discipline.  Invisalign must be worn for about 22 hours a day.  You only need to remove them when you eat and drink. To attain maximum benefit of using Invisalign, you must stick to a routine.

2. Remove your aligners wherever you eat

You can eat anything you want.  Having aligners does not require any strict diet. You just have to make sure that food stuck in between your teeth and along your gum lines are removed.  

Thus, it is imperative that you brush your teeth before putting your invisible aligners back in your mouth.

3. Avoid sugary, colored and acidic drinks

Can’t live without your morning coffee or afternoon tea?

You may still drink them so long as you remove your invisible aligners before having your colored sugary and acidic drinks.  

These drinks can leave a stain on your aligners or may cause discoloration.  If you want to drink while wearing Invisalign, enjoy the refreshing taste of water.

4. Skip your lipstick

Felt like your makeup is incomplete without lipstick?

Since Invisalign are clear plastic aligners, wearing lipstick, colored lip gloss and lip balm can stain your aligners.  Try a colorless lip balm or other alternative.

5.  Do not smoke while wearing your Invisalign

The yellow stains caused from smoking cannot be removed with washing or scrubbing your aligners.  

Smoking with your aligners on can cause permanent discoloration, not to mention that is it unhealthy to teeth and gums.  If you wish to smoke, be sure to remove your aligners.

6. Be patient with the results

While advertisements and campaigns may say that you can get straighter teeth alignment in days, remember that results are not always instant.  

The duration of the treatment depends on the complexity of the misalignment of your teeth.  Thus, you must ensure that you follow your routine, including your scheduled dental visits with Tower Dental .

7. Your teeth may feel more sensitive

Invisalign are made to work around your set of teeth to move them into a better position.  There may be a constant force while working around teeth movement, thus, making your teeth feel more sensitive.

8. Invisalign should be cleaned on a regular basis

Wearing Invisalign for about 22 hours a day and leaving them uncleaned can cause them to be discolored and smelly.  

Whenever you are not using your aligners, it would be great to wash them properly, soak them in a cleaning solution, and rinse them before using them again.

9. Observe proper oral hygiene

Brushing and flossing after eating and before putting on your Invisalign are a must.  If you use your aligners without brushing or flossing your teeth after eating, harmful bacteria may be trapped in between your teeth and the aligners, which in turn can harm your teeth and gums.

10. There may be difficulty removing the aligners off your teeth

Invisalign are custom made to snugly fit your teeth, and some patients find it hard to get used to pulling the aligners out to eat or drink.  

11. For some patients, their Invisalign treatment may come with attachments

Attachments are tooth-colored buttons placed on certain teeth to allow proper grip of the aligners.  Attachments are more visible and they stain.

12. Invisalign may affect your speech

Similar to metal braces, patients may feel that they have a lisp at the beginning of the treatment.

13. Orthodontic treatments are never painless

While it is true that Invisalign is without metal brackets or wires, it is in no way painless either.  Remember that these clear aligners are made to grip onto your teeth to align them.

As your teeth move to their proper positions, nerve ending in your gums are pulled or stretched as well. This may sometimes cause a stinging sensation in your gums.

However, your dentist in Kew will give tips and techniques on how to relieve the pain. They will advise you about the proper way of using Invisalign to lessen any discomfort.

But be sure to consult your dentist in Balwyn for the most optimum pain relief recommendation.

14. Invisalign may not be the ideal treatment for you

Whether or not Invisalign is the right treatment for you is dependent on the complexity of your misaligned teeth.  By visiting your dentist in Camberwell you can determine if Invisalign is right for you.

15. Invisalign may act as a teeth whitener

The happy side effect of Invisalign is giving your teeth a whiter appearance.  When you use a whitening toothpaste while brushing your teeth, the whitening agents are trapped within the bounds of the Invisalign.  Thus, helping your teeth achieve the desired alignment and color.

16. Invisalign is for all ages

Both children and adults can enjoy the wonderful benefits of Invisalign.  Kids, teens, adults and even those in their senior years can undergo this orthodontic treatment. Invisalign can be offered to anyone with misaligned permanent teeth, but with a proper dental recommendation.

17. The cost of Invisalign varies

The cost of Invisalign varies per patient. Each patient has his or her unique dental needs.  Some patients may use lesser number of trays for their treatment than others.  Also, some have insurances that may cover a portion of the cost.

18. Use of retainers after Invisalign treatment

After the completion of your Invisalign treatment, your dentist in Hawthorn might recommend that you wear retainers when you sleep.  This is to ensure that you keep your teeth in place.

19. You can still date and kiss

Invisalign treatment should not be a dating problem or a kissing issue. You can still enjoy the perks of your love life even when you are wearing your clear aligners.  

However, for boys, if you notice that your girlfriend or your date is wearing lipstick, be sure to remove your aligners before kissing.  Remember, lipstick may leave permanent stains on your Invisalign!

20. Choose the right Invisalign provider

How do I know whether to choose a dentist or orthodontist?

Both dentists and orthodontists can provide Invisalign. An orthodontist has an extra year or two of training for correcting bites and straightening teeth.

Tower Dental dentists in Surrey Hills are experienced with Invisalign treatment. They provide high-quality orthodontic treatments for each of their patients and educate them on how each treatment is beneficial.  

Your dentist in Mont Albert will check on the complexity of your misaligned teeth and recommend the ideal Invisalign treatment for you.

Having an Invisalign treatment is a big decision that may affect your appearance as well as your way of life.  

While these clear aligners may help enhance the beauty of your smile, other factors may need to be considered.  

Invisaligns may affect your speech, eating and drinking habits, time and makeup routine, and may even test your patience.

It is always best to consult your dentist in Deeepdene before getting an Invisalign treatment.  Tower Dental is the right Invisalign provider for you!

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

 

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What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

White Coating on Tongue
Your tongue is supposed to be a lovely shade of pink. If parts of your tongue appear to be coated with a white substance, this could be oral thrush, a yeast overgrowth that occurs inside the oral cavity. Of course, it could just be whitish from not brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth. You do that, don’t you? If the white brushes away, you’re good to go.

White Patches on Tongue
Leukoplakia is a condition that can happen if the tongue has been irritated, such as with smoking or tobacco use. Every medical professional will advise you to quit that tobacco habit, but it’s ultimately up to you. If you see white patches, though, book your Balwyn dentist appointment to be on the safe side and to rule out oral cancer.

Overly Red Tongue
While an overly red tongue can be a symptom of a Kawasaki disease, it’s much more commonly associated with a vitamin deficiency, such as folic acid or B-12. The solution could be simply adding a vitamin supplement to your morning smoothie. That’s not so bad, right?

Irregular Red Bumpy Patches
If your tongue looks like a roughly drawn map of irregular red and bumpy patches, this isn’t a fortune-teller sign that you’ll be going on a trip soon. You might be suffering from a high fever, in which case, taking a long journey overseas is the last thing you should be doing!

Tender, Sore Tongue
If your tongue is overly sensitive in one spot or all over, you could have a food allergy or a developing canker sore. Don’t worry about it, unless it doesn’t go away for a time. After that, time to call in your dentist in Camberwell for a professional opinion!

Hairy Tongue
Yep, sounds strange, but sometimes a protein build-up can cause small bumps to become elongated trapping food resulting in what looks like strands of hair on your tongue. Usually a good brushing or tongue scraping will take care of it, but if it doesn’t, a trip to your dentist in Kew is in order.

 

Your Balwyn dentist is the first line of defense against both serious and benign health concerns. So, stick out your tongue at the dentist and be ready for a comprehensive oral checkup. You never know what your tongue might be telling you about your health!

Worried about your tongue or just need to schedule a dental check-up?  We look forward to seeing you and seeing what that tongue of yours is telling us about your health.

Our clinic is conveniently located close to Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Camberwell. Please feel free to contact our caring dentists on 03) 9817 7144 for any of your dental needs.

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6 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Dental Health

6 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Dental Health

Taking steps to improve dental health is a critical part of your overall wellbeing.

The new year is the perfect time to design resolutions for establishing healthy habits. Whether it’s improving toothbrushing habits or completing dental treatment, wellness resolutions are always in season and the benefits of setting goals can be rewarding and motivating. Remember to make resolutions attainable by taking baby steps to achieve them.

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12 Ways to Look After your Teeth this Christmas

12 Ways to Look After your Teeth this Christmas

Christmas is only days away which means the festive season is in full swing. During this enjoyable time of year, you’re likely to attend parties and later than usual nights out, plus indulge in party foods and drinks. Below we have included things to mindful of this festive season so you can still have an enjoyable time and look after your oral health.

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Suffering from Periodontal disease?

Suffering from Periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease refers to disease of the supporting tissues, i.e. the gums and bone, surrounding each tooth. A Periodontist is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

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Have you got questions about dental fissure sealant?

Have you got questions about dental fissure sealant?

The term may be unfamiliar but the good news is it's a simple preventative procedure that's performed to help protect teeth from decay. 

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6 Ways Teeth Whitening Can Change Your Life

6 Ways Teeth Whitening Can Change Your Life

Here at Tower Dental in Balwyn, we offer various teeth whitening options. We offer a take-home whitening kit, which uses a custom tray fitted to your mouth filled with a whitening gel…all within the comfort of your own home! We also offer Zoom in-office teeth whitening. With in-office whitening, we begin by applying the whitening material on the front surfaces of the teeth, then we send you home with a touch-up kit. Both techniques are quick, easy, affordable, and give you great results.

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Top 8 Benefits of Invisalign

Top 8 Benefits of Invisalign

Do you want to have a beautiful smile? Misaligned and crooked teeth not only affect how you look but also how well you can clean your teeth. Your smile and teeth are a crucial part of your overall look.

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7 Reasons You May Need A Crown

7 Reasons You May Need A Crown

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a broken, cracked, or otherwise damaged tooth to restore it to its original shape and appearance. It is one of the most common dental procedures and has evolved (thanks to modern technology) into a practically painless procedure that serves to protect the tooth for many years.

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Let’s Compare Braces

Let’s Compare Braces

If you need orthodontic treatment and unsure what options are available to you, you'll be pleased to know that there are an array of applications that may suit your individual needs. Read on to find out which braces are best for you.

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How To Choose Toothpaste For Children: With or Without fluoride?

How To Choose Toothpaste For Children: With or Without fluoride?

There are a few different things to consider when buying toothpaste for babies and kids. One of the most important questions you might have is whether you should use a fluoride-free children's toothpaste.

Fluoride helps strengthen children's teeth but shouldn't be swallowed.

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Create a Perfect Smile With Dental Implants

Create a Perfect Smile With Dental Implants

Have you experienced tooth loss? You’re not alone. Millions of Australians lose their teeth, primarily because of injury, tooth decay and periodontal disease.

If you’re one of those people who are missing one or more teeth due to tooth decay, injury or disease, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Tower Dental in Balwyn can help determine if dental implants are a viable tooth-replacement option for you.

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How Covid May Affect Your Dental Health

How Covid May Affect Your Dental Health

It’s hard to believe it has been more than a year since COVID-19 made its way to Australia, disrupting life, work and school as we knew it. You may not realize this, but COVID-19 has also affected many people’s teeth.

 

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Dental Health During Menopause

Dental Health During Menopause

Menopause is the start of hormone changes that end a woman’s menstrual cycle and her fertility. Menopause can begin as early as the 40s, although the specific age that menopause
happens will vary from woman to woman. Hormone changes namely decreasing estrogen in the body can impact a woman’s entire body, including the oral cavity. Can menopause impact dental health? You might be surprised to know that your teeth and gums may experience some changes with the onset of menopause.

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What Happens if You Forget to Wear Your Invisalign Aligners?

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When it comes to orthodontic treatment, not many options offer the same freedom and flexibility as Invisalign®. The clear aligners straighten your teeth and can be removed when eating or brushing. However, this benefit may come with some drawbacks. When patients do not wear their aligners often enough, it can impede their progress or cause a relapse. At Tower Dental in Balwyn, we want your Invisalign treatment to be as successful as possible.

So how does Invisalign work, and what happens if you forgot to wear Invisalign for a week?

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Your Top 3 Dental Veneer Questions Answered

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How Much Of My Tooth Is Removed With Veneers?
This really depends on what the veneer is being used for.  A veneer can be as thin as 1/2 mm, or about the thickness of a fingernail.  So if the dentist is adding bulk and length to a tooth, very little enamel needs to be removed.  But if your dentist in Kew is trying to make teeth appear straighter or reshape them, we often need to take away more enamel where the teeth stick out too far.  Also, if they are trying to cover dark, stained teeth, the veneer needs to be thicker so the porcelain can hide the dark tooth underneath without looking too “chalky”.  In addition, if the tooth already has fillings, they will extend the veneer to cover the fillings.  One thing to keep in mind is that the thicker the veneer, the more creative the lab can be in creating an aesthetic, natural looking tooth.  On the other hand, the less tooth that is removed by your dentist in Surrey Hills, the more enamel is left to bond to.

In saying that, some veneers don't require any removal of tooth structure at all! Proper planning and expertise always lead to the optimal aesthetic success and beauty.

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Is your child wearing the right mouthguard?

Is your child wearing the right mouthguard?

You wouldn't let your child ride a bike without a helmet and protective padding, right? Yet it might surprise you to know that many Aussie parents are risking their children's teeth by having them wear less than effective mouthguards when playing other sports.

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What is tooth pain signaling, and what should you do about it

What is tooth pain signaling, and what should you do about it

Did you know that the most common cause of dental pain is tooth decay? This bacterial infection can spread through many parts of the tooth, and even into the gum tissue. Traumatic damage and gum disease can also result in tooth pain.

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The Top 8 Dental Myths And Misconceptions.

The Top 8 Dental Myths And Misconceptions.

There is a wealth of advice available online regarding tips for proper oral care. Unfortunately, much of it is false or misleading. New developments in healthcare happen each day, and sometimes the messages get crossed. Other dental myths have existed for years, passed down from generations before. Set the record straight with the facts. Here are the top 8 dental myths and misconceptions.

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What To Do If Your Child Chips A Tooth

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It’s an accident most parents will inevitably face, in fact fifty percent of children will suffer some sort of dental trauma as they grow up. Your child can be a baby, a toddler, or of school age.  So what do you do?

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6 Fun Facts About Your Teeth

6 Fun Facts About Your Teeth

Teeth are a very important part of your body. Without your teeth, you would not be able to smile, eat the food you love, or talk to people. We all know that seeing your dentist and brushing your teeth regularly will keep your teeth healthy, but do you know these fun facts?

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All You Need To Know About Zoom Whitening

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Are you thinking about getting your teeth whitened? Maybe you’re a big coffee drinker and, over time, your teeth have become stained. Perhaps you recently quit smoking and want to whiten your teeth as part of your fresh start as a non-smoker. Whatever your reasons are, you may want to consider Zoom whitening.

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Does Chewing Gum Really Clean Your Mouth?

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You may have heard that chewing gum can help clean your mouth and keep your teeth and gums healthy, but is this true? Well, the short answer is yes! It’s surprising, but chewing gum can be a very handy weapon to keep your breath fresh, teeth strong and mouth free of the acids and bacteria that lead to tooth decay.

But it’s not as simple as picking up any old packet of gum in the supermarket. Read on to find out our top tips on how chewing gum can help clean your mouth.

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Why Smiling Is Good For Your Health

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Put simply, endorphins make you feel happy and relaxed. Plus, they can act as a natural pain reliever, which helps the body in times of discomfort or stress. Smiling also releases the chemicals dopamine and serotonin, both of which lift your mood and acts as a natural antidepressant. One study even suggests that smiling can help us recover faster from stress and reduce our heart rate. In fact, it might even be worth your while to fake a smile and see where it gets you. There’s been some evidence that forcing a smile can still bring you a boost in your mood and happiness level.

Research shows that children smile an average of 400 times per day, compared to the average happy adult who smiles 40-50 times per day and the typical adult who smiles only 20 times per day.

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What Can Be Done For Worn Down Teeth?

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As you age, it’s completely natural for your tooth enamel to slowly wear down. At the age of 30, for example, a “normal” adult will have lost about a millimeter from their front teeth due to the friction caused by chewing. Unfortunately, an increasing number of older adults are experiencing excessive wear beyond what’s considered normal. This can lead to a number of problems, from an unattractive smile to tooth sensitivity.

If you suspect you may be suffering from excessively worn teeth, it’s best to address this problem sooner rather than later. Here’s a closer look at worn teeth, common causes, how you can prevent wear, and treatment options your dentist may recommend.

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10 Reasons You Have Sensitive Teeth And How To Treat Them

woman drinking chilled water experiencing sensitive teeth

If you’ve ever felt pain or discomfort after a bite of ice cream or a spoonful of hot soup you’re not alone. While pain caused by hot or cold foods could be a sign of a cavity, it could also be that you have sensitive teeth.

Tooth sensitivity, or “dentin hypersensitivity,” is exactly what it sounds like: pain or discomfort in the teeth as a response to certain stimuli, such as hot or cold temperatures.

It may be temporary or a chronic problem, and it can affect one tooth, several teeth, or all the teeth in a single individual. It can have a number of different causes, but most cases of sensitive teeth are easily treated with a change in your oral hygiene regimen.

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Need Root Canal Treatment? No Worries!

 Need Root Canal Treatment? No Worries!

Root canal treatment has such a bad reputation. The reality is that for most people, having a root canal is no more stressful than getting a filling done. With today’s technology, most patients come away impressed with how fast and easy the procedure is. And most importantly, how pain free they are, both during and afterwards.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments To Transform Your Smile

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments To Transform Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is a diverse field that covers a lot of different dental needs. Due to various reasons, teeth can become stained, crooked or change color. This branch of dentistry improves the appearance of teeth regardless of what caused the change.

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Top Ten Tips For Keeping Your Children's Teeth Healthy

Top Ten Tips For Keeping Your Children's Teeth Healthy

With kids now back at school our dentists at Tower Dental wanted to make sure that any bad habits which developed during lockdown are changed as a more normal routine returns. Many of us have understandably let children graze on foods which are bad for their teeth over the last few months.

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( Posted in: Children's Dentistry )

What Is The Difference Between A Periodontist & A Dentist?

periodontist checking patient mouth

In the simplest terms, a dentist treats the teeth, gums, and other areas of the mouth while a periodontist only treats the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. The periodontist typically sees severe, complex cases that require a specialist rather than having the patient see a general dentist.

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Our Patients Say It Best!

Our Patients Say It Best!

We are always delighted when we receive positive feedback from our patients!

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Why Oral Health Care Is Important For Older People

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Whilst there are certain benefits to growing old, such as having the time to pursue our hobbies and spend time with the grandchildren, it can also be a challenging time, especially where our health is concerned.

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Are You Cleaning Your Teeth Correctly?

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One of the most obvious things that we can do to keep our teeth healthy is to clean them regularly. Even if we consider that we already do this, there are still often ways that we can improve on it. We can start by asking ourselves the following questions:

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6 Reasons You Should Take Care of Your Teeth

6 Reasons You Should Take Care of Your Teeth

We know taking care of our teeth is important, but sometimes daily brushing and flossing can feel a little monotonous. If you’ve noticed you’ve been a little lax with your at-home oral care or it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, we’ve got just the thing for you.

Here are 6 motivating reminders that will spark your interest in oral health and inspire you to get back on track.

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Why You Should Never Skip Your Dental Check-Up

Why You Should Never Skip Your Dental Check-Up

Even though many of us might think that our teeth are in good shape, regular visits to the family dentist are very important. Regular care and prevention of diseases in the mouth are the best possible care you can give your teeth. Tackling problems early on will save a lot of bother in the long run – it might save your tooth from an extraction or root canal therapy. It is important to visit your dentist at least once, but ideally twice, a year to get your teeth checked and cleaned.

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The 10 Most Common Dental Emergencies and How to Treat Them

The 10 Most Common Dental Emergencies and How to Treat Them

Just like any other health issue, dental emergencies happen without warning. Patients usually have no time to get ready for this. That’s why, the vast majority of people feel at a loss not knowing what to do when this situation occurs.

When a dental emergency happens, every minute is crucial. Knowing how to deal with this problem will help you save much time and alleviate your condition quickly. If you experience tooth pain or other uncomfortable sensation, you should visit your dental emergencies Kew clinic as soon as possible. The dentist will examine you carefully and provide an effective solution. But how do you know that you are dealing with a dental emergency?

Let’s talk about the most common dental emergencies. Hopefully, it will help you understand when you should seek medical help without any delays.   

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7 Signs You Need to See Your Dentist Immediately

7 Signs You Need to See Your Dentist Immediately

As the saying goes "prevention is better than cure". Visiting a dentist helps prevent different types of oral health problems. It’s incredibly important to visit your dentist on a regular basis. Normally, a person has to visit a dentist for regular checkups and cleanings at least 2 times a year.

There are situations when you may need to go to a dentist immediately. You may have dental issues that require fast and effective solutions.

If such issues arise, you need to see a dental professional as soon as possible. The big question is – when is it time to see your dentist? Let’s get the answer right away!

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( Posted in: Family Dental )