TAKING YOUR DENTAL OPTIONS TO THE 4TH DIMENSION!
 

 
 
 

Your Oral Health

 
To maintain good oral health it is vital to apply good dental care practices every day. Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on how to best care for your unique smile. However, there are a few standard practices everyone should adopt.
 
 
 

Your Oral Health

 
 
 
 
 

Brushing & Flossing Tips

 
The following are some tips, from our resident oral hygienist Alison Lynch, to help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.

Brushing

  • Using a soft tooth brush is essential.
  • It is important to brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes.
  • You should aim your toothbrush bristles at a 45 degree angle to the gum line.
  • Brush with a gentle, circular motion.
  • All tooth surfaces should be covered for the best plaque removal to be achieved.

Flossing

  • Flossing is just as important as brushing, as floss removes plaque from areas that your toothbrush cannot reach.
  • You should floss at least once a day.
  • For the best results, floss should be wrapped around the middle fingers and held with the index finger and thumb - leaving about 6cm of floss in between.
  • The floss should then be inserted between teeth and wrapped to one side, forming a 'C' shape around the tooth, underneath the gum.
  • The floss should then be gently pulled and the same process repeated on the other side of the tooth.

If you notice bleeding when you brush your teeth, this may be a sign that you need to floss more regularly. Bleeding should subside if you maintain good flossing practices. If not contact your dentist.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gum Disease

 
Gingivitis is one of the most common gum diseases. Symptoms of gum disease generally include:

  • Swollen, red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Bad breath
Gingivitis can be reversed by a visit to an oral hygienist and good dental care practices at home. It is important to address gingivitis as soon as symptoms are noticed, because other periodontal diseases, notably Periodontitis, results in the deterioration of fibre, bone and tissue of the surrounding structures, if gingivitis is left unchecked. The results are unattractive tooth lengthening, tooth mobility and chronically sore swollen gums, thereby making the simple pleasures of eating and smiling rather more difficult.

The build up of bacteria known as plaque is the prime cause of gingivitis. Mineralised plaque develops into a hardened, cement substance called calculus, which irritates the gums and eventually leads to gingivitis. If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, book an appointment with us today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tooth Erosion

 
Unlike many other dental problems, tooth erosion is irreversible. Because of this, it is important to adopt good dental hygiene and lifestyle habits to reduce the risk of tooth erosion.

The following are a few useful tips to help protect your teeth from erosion.
  • Drink plenty of water daily.
  • Reduce your intake of carbonated (fizzy) drinks, fruit juices and cordials.
  • Limit your intake of acidic foods and drinks to main meals.
  • Avoid sipping or swishing drinks (drinking through a straw can help).
  • Make sure you brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.
  • Visit your dentist for regular check ups. The early detection of tooth erosion can save you discomfort and money in the future.

Fluoride treatments, such as rinses, can help protect your teeth from erosion. However, it is important that you check with your dentist first to ensure you receive the treatment that is right for you.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sensitive Teeth

 
If you are sick of putting up with sensitive teeth, be sure to visit Dynamic Dental @ 486. We can provide you with the right soft toothbrush and tooth paste to help you treat sensitivity one day at a time.

Tooth sensitivity is caused when the root surfaces of the teeth are exposed due to gum recession. When microscopic tubules on the exposed layer come into contact with heat, cold or a high sugar concentration, fluid within them reacts and stimulates nerves that cause pain and discomfort.

Using the correct toothpaste with a sensitivity toothbrush can help relieve pain and can make a lasting difference after 4-8 weeks of daily use.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cosmic Dentistry

 
For convenient cosmetic dental services, be sure to book an appointment at Dynamic Dental @ 486. We offer a comprehensive range of dentures and implants at our independent practice personalised to suit your unique smile. Our friendly team will consult with you to ensure all your questions are answered, as well as provide you with important maintenance tips.

The orthodontic products we offer include.
  • Dentures
  • Implants
  • Braces
  • Crowns
  • Bridges

Tooth Whitening

At Dynamic Dental @ 486, we are committed to helping you smile with confidence. To achieve this, we sell take-home Zoom DayWhite products from leading brand Philips. In addition to helping you achieve a brighter smile, Zoom DayWhite can provide your teeth with added enamel protection as well as reduce sensitivity.

Orthodontics/Braces

Apart from helping you look great, straight teeth will allow you to better maintain good oral health in the long run. At our orthodontic practice, we can tailor braces to help you achieve a beautiful, straighter smile.

There are a variety of orthodontic bracket systems available at our practice. Our range includes porcelain orthodontic systems, which are known to be more cosmetically appealing than metal brackets, though the down side is that it usually takes more time to achieve the desired result than the more traditional metal bracket systems. They are also more expensive and don't always cater to the patient's needs.

It is estimated that 7 out of 10 people would benefit from orthodontic systems at some stage of their lives. In order to ensure that orthodontic problems do not develop, it is important to be assessed at an early age. For most individuals, the best time to commence orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 12-14. However, before braces are fitted, cleaning and preliminary treatments may be required.

In order to properly maintain your braces, as well as prevent decay and gingivitis, it is important to do the following:
  • Brush 3 times a day.
  • Use Super Floss once a day (flossing both around brackets and between teeth).
  • Interproximal brushing after eating.
  • Fluoride mouth rinse on a daily basis.

Crowns

To better strengthen a tooth that is vulnerable to fracture (as a result of a root canal treatment, etc) an artificial crown may be required to protect and straighten the natural one. The crown is the part of the tooth that is seen above the gums.

Artificial crowns are made from long-lasting materials, usually porcelain and gold alloy. Though the risk of allergies to these materials is rare, this should be assessed before crowns are placed.

The preparation for a crown involves the following steps
  • At your first appointment, the area around the tooth will be numbed with local anaesthetic, and the tooth then shaped with a high speed drill. This will make the tooth smaller so that the new crown can fit according to your bite.
  • To ensure that changes to the prepared tooth are recorded, regular impressions will be taken throughout the process.
  • After shaping is completed, a temporary crown will be attached to the tooth with protective temporary cement. It is important to remember that the temporary crown is delicate, so sticky foods and hard foods should be avoided.
  • At your next appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown fitted with dental cement. No drilling will be required, and the cement should reach full strength after 24 hours.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bruxism

 
Bruxism refers to the excessive clenching and grinding of teeth not associated with normal chewing. This grinding causes excessive wear on the teeth and may lead to pain in the jaw joints. Because grinding may occur during sleep, you may be unaware that you are doing it.

The signs and symptoms of bruxism include:
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity to both heat and cold.
  • Chronic facial pain and headaches, caused by muscle contraction.
  • Flattened and worn tooth surfaces, which can reveal yellow underlying dentine layer.
  • Broken and chipped teeth.
  • Loose teeth.
  • Ear ache.
  • Jaw joint pain and stiffness.

At Dynamic Dental @ 486, we can repair damage caused by bruxism using crowns, inlays and fillings. We can also help correct behaviours that may cause excessive grinding and clenching.

One way we can help protect your teeth is by providing you with a hard plastic splint that fits over your teeth and is worn at night. This adds a cushioned layer between the dental arches to help prevent damage caused by sleep bruxism.

TMJ

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a group of conditions that cause pain, discomfort and/or dysfunction in the jaw joints. TMJ can also cause pain in the neck, ears, head and face. At our Belmont practice, we are able to relieve painful symptoms associated with TMJ with the latest techniques. Book an appointment with us today and our friendly staff will work out a treatment system personalised to your unique condition.