Why we’re focusing on new ways to improve your smile
The first week of August is Dental Health Week, which is a reminder to everyone of the importance of taking care of your oral health. Here at Paramount Dental Sydney, we want to use this opportunity to remind you of all the different ways you can do that.
The Link Between Diet and Oral Health
When you decide to improve your oral health, you probably don’t think about your diet. And yet improving your diet is one of the most important changes you can make to protect and improve your smile this Dental Health Week. Your nutrition and eating habits play a huge role in the health and strength of your teeth and in tooth decay. Here are some dietary tips that will help you avoid cavities and improve your oral health:
Avoid sugary foods like soft drinks, candy, and fruit juice.
Drink lots of water.
Limit the number of snacks you eat and try to choose healthy foods when you do snack.
Chew sugar free gum to encourage saliva flow.
Eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups to ensure that your teeth have all the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy.
The Importance of Sleep
Your sleeping habits can be very important and very detrimental to your oral health. Here are some of the sleep disorders we can help with at Paramount Dental Sydney:
Teeth grinding can be very damaging to your jaw, teeth and gums. It will also annoy your partner and anyone who has to try to sleep through the noise. It’s often related to stress and anxiety and doesn’t always cause symptoms, though some people experience headaches or facial pain. If you grind your teeth, your dentist can help you find the cause and protect your teeth using an Occlusal Splint.
If you snore, then your dentist can help. Snoring can be very disruptive to your sleeping patterns and your partner. It can also progress into sleep apnoea, which can increase your risk of heart disease and other serious health threats. Your dentist has a specialised understanding of your mouth, jaw, and airways. This can help them identify the cause of your snoring and prescribe the most effective treatment.
The jaw is one of the most complex joints in your body and problems with it are fairly common. These are known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorders or TMJ and can cause jaw pain, clicking or ‘sticking’, and even headaches or earaches. When you visit your dentist with a jaw problem, they will perform a thorough exam to determine the cause and work with you to find treatment options that suit your needs.
The Not-So-Silent Threat of Gum Disease
Gum disease is one of the most common threats to your oral health. It causes pain and discomfort in the gums and teeth and affects around 20 percent of Australian adults. It’s also the single most common cause of tooth loss. Gum disease comes in two different forms:
This is the less severe form of gum disease and occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth and causes gum infections. It causes swelling, redness and bleeding but is completely reversible with good brushing habits and dental cleaning.
If you have gingivitis and don’t clean the plaque thoroughly it can advance to periodontitis. At this stage, the infection gets worse and the gums pull away from the teeth, leaving pockets which trap even more infection. You will need to see your dentist urgently at this stage because these pockets can’t be cleaned using a toothbrush. Long term dental problems are common at this stage, including tooth and bone loss.
If you want to avoid both problems, then you need to brush twice a day and floss every day. You should also see your dentist regularly for a check-up, so any signs of infection can be treated and eliminated early.
Why You Need Regular Check-ups
The most important step you can take to improve and maintain your oral health is to have regular check-ups. When you have a check-up, your dentist will look for signs of any oral health problems and give your teeth a really deep clean. As Phoebe Bell, the dental hygienist here at Paramount Dental Sydney says, “We are currently using laser technology to treat gum disease and use the AIR FLOW to polish and disinfect the oral cavity during hygiene treatment – we are getting fantastic results for our patients.”
This will help you avoid serious dental problems and ensure early diagnosis of dental health threats. And because early diagnosis is key to a good outcome, this will help protect your oral health over the long term.
Anxiety and the Dentist
A lot of people avoid the dentist, often because they’re afraid of experiencing pain or discomfort. This is a very common fear that often stems from a bad early experience or from stories about dental procedures from the past. This fear can result in very poor dental health, toothaches, crooked or stained teeth, and even tooth loss.
There is no easy way to get over dental fear, you just have to take the first step and keep moving forward. It can also help to work with a dentist who’s sympathetic to your fears and specially trained to help you overcome it. At Paramount Dental Sydney, we work with a lot of anxious patients to help them overcome their fears and enjoy better oral health. That’s why we offer a range of gentle treatments that are nothing like what you may have experienced in the past. Dentistry has changed a lot over the last few years and isn’t anything like the stories you might have heard. We also offer a range of options to help treat symptoms of anxiety including oral medications, laughing gas, and sedation.
We want to help you have the best experience possible when you come to visit. So, tell us what’s standing in the way of your best oral health and we’ll work with you to overcome it.
No matter how well you take care of your oral health, you may still have a dental emergency on the weekend or late at night. Dental emergencies can include:
A tooth that’s cracked or broken while playing sport or eating.
A dislodged tooth.
Severe pain in the gums or teeth.
If you experience this kind of problem, the last thing you want to do is wait until the next day or until Monday to get it fixed. That’s why we offer experienced, 24 hour dental care at Emergency Dentist Sydney. Our staff are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to answer questions about your dental care and offer treatment when necessary. They have extensive experience and training in a range of dental emergencies, so you don’t have to worry about substandard care just because you’re calling late on a Sunday night!
Interest Free Payment Plans
Unexpected dental costs can be difficult on the budget, which is why we offer interest free payment plans for all our treatments. Here are some of the features of our payment plans:
They’re completely interest free.
They cover up to 9,000 dollars’ worth of treatments and have no minimum spend.
You can spread the costs fortnightly or over 3, 9, or 15 months with easy fortnightly payments.
You can apply on the spot at Paramount Dental Sydney.
Low establishment fees.
So, book in an appointment with your dentist this Dental Health Week. As Dr. Amrinder Oberoi from Paramount Dental Sydney says, “Your mouth is the gateway to the health of your body. That’s why this event is so important, because it sheds some light on this fact.”
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