Advice and Education

Bruxism

Bruxism is characterized by the grinding of the teeth and is typically accompanied by the clenching of the jaw. It is an oral parafunctional activity that occurs in most humans at some time in their lives. In most people, bruxism is mild enough not to be a health problem. While bruxism may be a diurnal…

Brushing

Teeth cleaning is part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Toothbrushes are available with different bristle textures, sizes and forms. Most dentists recommend using a toothbrush labelled “soft”, since firmer bristled toothbrushes can damage tooth enamel and irritate the…

Dry Mouth

Xerostomia is the medical term for the subjective complaint of dry mouth due to a lack of saliva. Saliva is produced by the salivary glands in the mouth. It naturally protects the teeth, washing away plaque, debris and neutralising acid. A reduction or absence of saliva can be caused by a number of factors. Reduced…

Flossing

Dental floss is either a bundle of thin nylon filaments or a plastic ribbon used to remove food and dental plaque. Debris accumulates between the teeth. If not removed, bacteria will develop and plaque will form.The floss is gently inserted between the teeth and scraped along the teeth sides, especially close to the gums. Use…

Mouth Rince

Mouthwash or mouth rinse is a product used to enhance oral hygiene. Some manufacturers of mouthwash claim that antiseptic and anti-plaque mouth rinse kill the bacterial plaque causing caries, gingivitis, and bad breath. Plaque build-up can lead to inflamed gums. A mouth rinse can help by removing the plaque and reducing the inflammation. Anti-cavity mouth…

Lost Canine Guidance

When we grind our teeth from side to side … … the back teeth are protected to some extent by the canines. The back teeth are ‘separated’ as the canines meet. If the canines wear away then the back teeth will come together. This can cause fracturing of the sides of the back teeth ……

Occlusal Splint

When teeth are ground from side to side … … particularly during sleep … … this can wear down the front teeth … … and the molar cusps can be chipped and damaged. Clenching also tenses the jaw muscles … … and creates impact within the skull. This may cause pain and headaches. An Occlusal…

Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking can have a detrimental affect on children’s teeth. Over time the top teeth can be pulled forward … … and the bottom teeth pushed back