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How to whiten teeth

Teeth Whitening

Within modern society, we all aspire to have a whiter and brighter smile. This is why some people decide to undergo teeth whitening treatments in order to improve the aesthetics of their smile.

What is teeth whitening?

The teeth whitening process consists of applying a bleaching agent known as hydrogen peroxide to the teeth, which assists in removing internal discolorations and surface stains the tooth has sustained over time. The outer layer of the tooth, known as the enamel, picks up stains and becomes discoloured over time as a result of a number of things, such as tobacco use, the consumption of dark coloured liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine. Tooth discolouration can also result from simply not taking good care of your teeth. Teeth whitening treatments may assist in lightening teeth, while helping remove stains and discolouration.

Teeth whitening products

There are several ways to whiten your teeth, such as whitening toothpaste, to whitening treatments conducted in your dental practice that can assist in whitening the appearance of your teeth.

Teeth whitening can be achieved through a number of methods, which are dependent on individual preference and budget. Whitening conducted by a trained dentist such as Dr Sudhesh can dramatically whiten teeth. However, you may require additional whitening treatments as your teeth may become discoloured as a result of new stains. Furthermore, a custom mouthpiece tray can be formed for you and used at home. You typically wear your custom mouthpiece for several hours a day or overnight for a specified period of time. Whitening done at home can also produce dramatic results, although it is not as effective when compared to in-practice whitening conducted at Teeth@Mittagong. It is also possible to purchase over-the-counter whitening products, although it is recommended that you consult with your dentist before purchasing these products as they may be harmful to your health.

Although whitening may seem like a good idea for those of you with stained or discoloured teeth, it must be noted that not everyone’s teeth are suitable for whitening. If your gums and teeth are not in a healthy condition before whitening treatments, the procedure may cause further damage. Teeth whitening treatments generally pose no serious risk if done correctly, although if whitening products are applied incorrectly severe damage may occur, such as:

  • Damaged or inflamed gums
  • Uneven coloured teeth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Weakened enamel strength

How to whiten teeth naturally

If you’re looking for an alternative to whiten your teeth, there are some ways to keep your teeth looking whiter and brighter, naturally. The secret to a healthier smile is simple, just maintain good oral health. It might sound a little too easy for your liking, but it’s that simple. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth daily, chewing sugar-free gum after meal consumption, drinking water throughout the day, consuming a sensible diet and visiting your dentist regularly. In addition to maintaining good oral health, individuals should look to avoid common foods and beverages that stain teeth, such as:

  • Coffee or tea
  • Red wine
  • Spicy foods

Furthermore, smoking cigarettes also causes unsightly stains on teeth which can be extremely difficult to remove.

When it comes to achieving a healthier, brighter and whiter smile, Teeth@Mittagong can help remove extrinsic stains on the tooth’s surface by performing a simple scale and clean.
For more information on these services, or to book a consultation, please contact us today.

Cost of Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Zoom Teeth Whitening for $650 in Mittagong

Zoom Teeth Whitening for $650

Yellowing, discoloured teeth are not the end of the world. Find out how Zoom Teeth Whitening by Philips can significantly boost the whiteness of your teeth in a single treatment.

What is Zoom Teeth Whitening?

Zoom Teeth Whitening is a revolutionary teeth whitening treatment that is one of the most celebrated treatments available on the marketing. Here at Teeth@Mittagong we offer both in-chair and take-home Zoom Teeth Whitening treatments for patients so that you can get the most appropriate treatment for you.

What is the difference between the take-home and the in-office Zoom Teeth Whitening treatments?

At Teeth@Mittagong, our dentists are especially trained to assess and diagnose the cause and the appropriate treatment to brighten our patients’ smiles. If they deem that teeth whitening is the most appropriate treatment, ether take-home or in-office teeth whitening treatment could be best for you.

The two treatments differ in a few different ways. The most obvious difference is that one of the treatments are carried out by the dentist in the chair, whereas the other treatment uses custom designed trays to whiten your teeth at home over time.

At Teeth@Mittagong for $650 you will receive a 2 hour treatment of in-office Zoom Teeth Whitening and a take-home teeth whitening touch-up kit to help extend the longevity of your results

What is the Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment procedure?

Prior to your Zoom Teeth Whitening in-office procedure, regular teeth cleaning is generally recommended.

The in-office teeth whitening treatment involves the following 6 steps:

  1. First your lips, gums and other tissues will be covered for extra protection, leaving the teeth exposed
  2. The active Zoom Teeth Whitening gel will be gently applied to your teeth
  3. The Zoom light will help activate the gel, removing the stains and discolouration
  4. After the gel has been on the teeth for 15 minutes, the gel is removed and the process is repeated
  5. After 4 applications of the gel and 60 minutes of treatment time under the Zoom light, the whitening process will be completed
  6. Once the final cycle is complete, sensitivity-reducing gel is applied to the teeth and the treatment is complete.

Maintaining your Zoom Teeth Whitening results

To help you maintain your teeth whitening treatment results, you will receive a Zoom home-use touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays. During this time after your treatment, we recommend that you avoid staining foods, drinks and tobacco products to help your teeth remain bright and white. Make sure you keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing regularly.

Cost of Zoom Teeth Whitening: $625

Do you have any questions about our teeth whitening treatments? Contact our friendly team at Teeth@Mittagong (Teeth at Mittagong) for more information on (02) 4872 1405.

Contact us for Zoom Teeth Whitening for the price of $650 today.

Why Choose Teeth@Mittagong as your Dentist

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Are you looking for a friendly, qualified dentist in Mittagong?

Here at Teeth@Mittagong, our dentists Dr Jerry Basson, Dr Louise McDonald, Dr Rai Manku, Dr George Saad and Dr Navjot Ranhotra believe in providing high quality treatments using state-of-the-art dental technology for their patients.

Get to know our fantastic dental team and the services we provide for patients from Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and all other surrounding regions.

Meet our Dentists

Dr Jerry Basson

Dr Basson has been practicing dentistry since graduating from the University of Sydney in 1988. He relocated to the Southern Highlands in 2000 before establishing Teeth@Mittagong with his wife Louise. He practiced for 7 years on Bowral Road before relocating down the road to the current practice.

Jerry has a special interest in learning new skills and keeping up to date with the latest dental technology. He has undergone further studies in implant dentistry in Melbourne and takes great pride in his work with replacing missing teeth for patients with single tooth, multiple teeth and All-on-4 full-arch dental implants.

Jerry’s implant dentistry study in combination with a mini-residency in prosthodontics up in Brisbane has really helped to shape the skill and expertise he displays today.

Dr Louise McDonald

Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Dr McDonald moved home to Lismore to commence her dental career. She spent time in Goulburn and Bowral private practices before delving into a research project focusing on oral cancer and the early detection of its spread to the lymph nodes of the neck. Her research at Westmead Hospital led her to gain a PhD from the Department of Oral Pathology in the Dental Faculty at Sydney University.
During the course of her research, Louise and Jerry were married in India. The couple have 2 beautiful daughters named Maya and Annika.

Find out more about Dr Manku, Dr Saad and Dr Ranhotra here.

Our dental treatments

General Dentistry

General dentistry is necessary to help keep your smile healthy all year round. Here at Teeth@Mittagong, we have a team of dental professionals including a periodontist and dental hygienists to work with you in preventing oral health problems.

Our general dental treatments include:

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is for patients looking to enhance the beauty of their smile. Chipped, discoloured, misshaped and even misaligned teeth in some cases may be able to be resolved using cosmetic dental treatments.

Our cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dental treatments are necessary for patients who suffer from tooth loss, weak, loose, or severely damaged teeth. These kinds of treatments help to effectively restore function and aesthetics to patient smiles.

Our restorative dentistry treatments include:

Are you looking for a dentist in Mittagong?

For more information on our practice and the treatments available, book a consultation with our team at Teeth@Mittagong on Main St, Mittagong today.

Three questions you might have about your teeth

1Visiting your dentist regularly, brushing and flossing daily are important if you want maintain a beautiful smile and to avoid losing your teeth. These three steps are essential to your oral and even your overall health. At Teeth@Mittagong in Mittagong we are committed to answering any questions you might have about your teeth in order to help you achieve a beautiful smile that last a lifetime.

Below are three questions that our patients frequently ask our dental professionals about teeth:

Why do I need to floss?

While brushing twice daily is keystone to good oral health, so is flossing once daily. Flossing at least once a day, preferably before sleep is essential as food debris that is caught between your teeth can be removed and will not wreak havoc in the mouth while you sleep. Flossing is also important as it reaches the gaps between your teeth as brushing alone will miss food particles and plaque that has built up between the teeth in these areas.

Failing to floss can irritate the gum and lead to tooth decay, both of which often require further restorative treatment.

Does it matter if I forget to brush my teeth sometimes?

Forgetting to brush your teeth once or twice will not have a lasting effect on your oral health, however this can be a very damaging habit. Forgetting to brush or brushing only once a day can not only discolour your teeth, it can also cause decay and gum disease.

The ADA (Australian Dental Association) recommends brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque, (the sticky film on teeth). Patients should brush the inside surface of each tooth first, where plaque may accumulate most, then clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the outer gum line and gently brush back and forth for approximately 2-3 minutes, twice daily. Don’t forget to brush the tongue, which can also accumulate bacteria.

Why do I need to have a six monthly check-up with my dentist?

It is essential to partner brushing and flossing with a visit our Mittagong dental practice at least every six months – this is so our dentists can assess your dental health and identify any issues before they become problematic.

During this appointment Teeth @Mittagong can perform your regular professional clean and oral evaluation. These appointments can help to stop plaque from building up on or between your teeth, as when plaque hardened it cannot be removed by brushing alone.

When plaque is ignored and you do not visit the dentist every six months the build of plaque can cause cavities to form as the bacteria eats away at enamel. This can cause your gums to become inflamed and eventually become infected. Ultimately tooth decay and gum disease can cause tooth loss, as well as a host of other problems. Your six monthly check-up can help you avoid these concerns and keep your teeth for life.

Superior care at Teeth@Mittagong

At Teeth@Mittagong, we service the Mittagong area and provide superior dental care for all our patients. Whether you want a more aesthetically pleasing, functional or healthy smile, at Teeth@Mittagong we are dedicated to helping you achieve your dental desires.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss any other questions you have or to book an appointment with our dental professionals.

How do I make my teeth look straight without anyone noticing?

VEENERS

Resolve minor cosmetic problems without braces and whitening treatment with porcelain veneers.

Need a good excuse to share your smile without feeling self-conscious? Porcelain veneers provide the ideal cosmetic treatment to resolve a range of minor aesthetic problems.

With access to advanced technology that offers us the opportunity to custom create your porcelain veneers in house using CEREC, our practice is able to provide you with beautiful veneers in a single appointment.

Why choose veneers?

Because the treatment involves the removal of a small amount of enamel and the placement of a thin porcelain shell, porcelain veneers can provide a solution for a handful of aesthetic problems:

  • They can cover cracks, chips and minor breaks

Although the shell is slender, it still has the capacity to provide a strong cosmetic cover for the tooth. Using a bonding material, the veneer is carefully secured to the front of the tooth offering a little more structural support.

  • They make the teeth appear whiter and are stain resistant

Since the porcelain shells are placed over the ‘smile zone’, your teeth are able to seem naturally bright and white without the need for teeth whitening treatments.

Not only can they be custom designed to your preferred shade and are able to cover stains that may not be able to be resolved otherwise; they also don’t stain! This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take care of them though.

Our dental professionals here at Teeth@Mittangong will ensure you have all the care instructions you need to help them remain strong for as long as possible.

  • Change the shape of your teeth

Do you think your teeth are a little long for your liking or maybe a little short? Porcelain veneers are custom made for the smile you desire.  The veneers can be made wider and thicker in areas if you want to widen or lengthen one or more teeth. Otherwise if you prefer, they can be made smaller and the tooth’s enamel can safely be made slightly thinner in areas to suit your cosmetic desires.

Before we prepare your teeth for the treatment, we will ensure you know all of the facts and are completely satisfied with your treatment plan and your expected results.

  • Disguise minor alignment problems making your teeth look straight and fill gaps

For those who have a few gaps between their teeth or feel as if their smile is a little out of line, porcelain veneers provide a solution without the need for braces or even invisible aligners. Get the look of orthodontic treatment without the lengthy treatment time!

Porcelain veneers provide the ultimate solution to your cosmetic needs

To find out more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic treatments offered at Teeth@Mittangong, book an appointment at our dental practice today. 

5 delicious foods that naturally whiten your teeth!

Dark cocolate has whitening properties
Feeling embarrassed by discoloured stained or yellowed teeth is sadly a reality for many Australians.

The causes can be due to staining foods, illness, smoking and a handful of other detrimental factors.

Here at Teeth@Mittagong we can help assist your smile back to full gleam and shine with one of our excellent treatment options. But for those in-between treatment breaks, have a read about our 5 recommended delicious foods that naturally whiten your teeth – you might be surprised by what you see!

1. Steak

That’s right – steak! Reported by the ADA (American Dental Association), not only does the chewing action associated with red meat keep the jaw and gums healthier, but the phosphorus in steak encourages healthy formation of bones and teeth. Phosphorus plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It encourages growth, maintenance and stimulates the repair of cells.

2. Strawberries & apples

I’m sure we’ve all heard an “apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what about strawberries? Both apples and strawberries contain malic acid. This is an acid substance that increases saliva – cleaning the teeth and removing stains so just chewing on apples can whiten your teeth.

Strawberries also have added benefit of ellagitannins which carries antioxidants that can help reduce the appearance of bacteria associated with staining and oral inflammation. They also are host to vitamin C which is not only good for the immune system but beneficial to prevention of periodontal disease (gum disease).

3. Broccoli

Everyone’s favourite little tree according to mum and dad, so how is it good for your teeth? Broccoli is high in fibre and fibre consumption helps reduce inflammation that can occur in the mouth. Like it raw? You might not have ever tried it but eating raw broccoli can polish and clean the teeth as well as contribute beneficial iron as a strengthening defence against plaque – reducing staining and the occurrence of cavities.

4. Cheese

Cheese contains a happy variety of calcium and phosphorus for strong enamel. It also contains lactic acid which is known to protect against decay and when it is hard enough, it stimulates the production of saliva – your mouths own self-cleaning facilities.

5. Dark Chocolate

When it comes to tasty delicious foods that whiten – dark chocolate takes the cake! But not literally, for dark chocolate to have whitening properties it needs to be relatively refined and unsweetened but it sure is a pleasant surprise. This little treat contains an antioxidant found in cacao called Tannins which help to prevent the incidence of bacteria sticking to the teeth. It also is known to neutralise the bacteria that cause bad breath along with hosting a compound called theobromine; a substances known to harden enamel.

Like most foods though, there is always such a thing “as too much of a good thing” so make sure you consume all these different foods in moderation and spread them evenly throughout the diet to help you achieve whiter brighter teeth.

What can we do for you?

The team of professionals here at our Mittagong dental practice are trained to diagnose the cause behind your discolouration and staining problems. Our whitening treatments are designed specifically to assist in the rejuvenation and effectively brighten your pearly whites.

To find out more about tooth-friendly foods and drinks or to discover how our whitening treatments can potentially lighten your teeth, book a consultation with us at Teeth@Mittagong today.

 

How can I replace my missing teeth?

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Have you suffered from single, multiple or even total tooth loss? At our dental practice located in Mittagong, we offer one of the most advanced restorative treatments to date…

Tooth loss can arise from a number of unfortunate instances such as oral trauma, the need for extraction, decay, periodontal disease, sporting accidents and more. If you have had the misfortune of losing a tooth (or even multiple teeth) at Teeth@Mittagong we offer an advanced solution that is far more comfortable, effective and aesthetically pleasing than traditional restorative devices such as dentures.

What are dental implants?

Comprised of a highly biocompatible titanium alloy, these devices are surgically placed into the site of tooth loss and act as a replacement for your missing tooth root. These restorations are highly stable as over a period of months a successfully placed implant will actually encourage your jaw bone material to grow around it, integrating the implant into your jaw like that of a natural tooth root.

This implant is then restored with a beautiful porcelain crown or bridge, generating aesthetically pleasing, highly functional and long term results for patients.

If I have lost all of my teeth are dentures my only option?

No! Thanks to dental implants, patients who are edentulous (missing all of their teeth) have the option to restore their smile to full form and function without the need for uncomfortable and wobbly dentures and sticky denture glues. It is important to note that for a dental implant procedure to be successful there must be sufficient jaw bone material present, and as such bone grafting treatments may be needed before implant placement.

What are the benefits of dental implant treatment?

Dental implants offer a range of benefits over traditional restoration procedures as they:

• Offer a total solution to tooth loss
• Do not require patients to limit their diet
• Can restore normal speech for patients who have suffered from impaired speech as a result of tooth loss
• Look, feel and function like a natural tooth
• Offer a long term solution to tooth loss

If you have experienced tooth loss, book a consultation at our dental practice located in Mittagong to explore the option of dental implant restorations.

Keeping your child’s teeth healthy

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Showing your children how to brush, floss and instilling the importance of regular dental visits will help ensure your child understands the significance of good oral hygiene.

At Teeth@Mittagong, we are committed to ensuring parents are informed about proper dental care for their children. As such, in this article we have shared with you some useful  tips to help your children protect their teeth and gums for a healthy and beautiful smile.

Care for your children’s teeth with these useful steps

At Teeth@Mittagong we make your child’s visit to us fun and exciting, and we ensure they are involved throughout the whole process of their treatment or check-up.

When you’re at home, we recommend following a proper oral hygiene routine with your kids to help teach them about the importance of oral health. The ADA (Australian Dental Association) recommends brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque, (the sticky film on teeth) which is often the main cause of tooth decay. Flossing daily will help to remove plaque from between their teeth and under the gum line, before it can harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by professional cleaning.

Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods which can produce plaque acids that cause tooth decay. When you do eat these foods, we recommend trying to eat them as a meal instead of as a snack, the extra saliva produced during a meal can help rinse food from the mouth.

Following some simple tips such as these can help your child avoid dental problems. As a result, your child may feel relaxed and, dare we say, excited when it’s time to visit us at Teeth@Mittagong.

Brushing Techniques to teach your child:

At Teeth@Mittagong, we can help teach your children how to take care of their teeth properly. However, we also recommend supervising your children until they get the hang of the following steps:

  • Use a pea-sized dab of an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste. Take care that your child does not swallow the toothpaste.
  • Brush gently back and forth, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush the inside surface of each tooth first, where plaque may accumulate most. We recommend that everyone spend approximately 2-3 minutes brushing twice daily. A fun way to keep track of time with your child is to play their favorite song during brushing.
  • Clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the outer gum line and gently brush back and forth.
  • Brush the surface of each tooth, especially the front and back chewing teeth.
  • Start flossing your child’s teeth at the age of 4. Why so young? Starting early helps your children get in the hang of flossing. Brushing alone will miss food particles and plaque that has built up between the teeth. If you start early once your child reaches the age of 8, they will more likely feel comfortable flossing on their own.
  • Don’t forget to brush the tongue, which can also accumulate bacteria.

Finally, and most importantly, visit the dentist regularly. Your child should have their first dental visit at about the age of two, and follow up with regular dental checkups to help prevent dental problems. At Teeth@Mittagong, we will not only check for signs of cavities or gum disease at each appointment, we will also help keep your teeth extra clean and can help you and your family maintain your healthy smile.

Take advantage of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Australian Government is now assisting around 3.4 million children to improve their dental health via a new Government funded dental scheme—The Child Dental Benefits Schedule, which assists children between the ages of 2 and 17 years of age. Parents are given $1000 to use on their child’s dental health over a two year period. To learn more about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule click here.

To discover more about children’s dentistry or to book an appointment for your child to see one of our fun and friendly dentists at our Teeth@Mittagong, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Childrens Dentistry: now more affordable with the new Child Dental Benefits Schedule

cdbsWith the introduction of the child dental benefits schedule, caring for your child’s teeth has never been easier, and more affordable!

Did you know dental caries are the most common infectious disease in children? Here at Teeth@Mittagong in Mittagong we are committed and passionate about teaching parents how to best care for their children’s teeth. Below we have provided some useful tips to help look after your children’s teeth at home.

Firstly, it’s important to identify how tooth erosion occurs…

Tooth decay can cause pain, infection and even affect children’s growth. Childhood caries is caused by a build-up of bacteria upon your child’s teeth that eat away at their enamel causing tooth decay and erosion. Food particles that are not correctly removed from brushing and flossing causes the germs to spread on your mouth which eventually lead to plaque forming and eventually into acid that erodes the enamel. Over time, this acid eats away at the surface of the tooth, creating holes or ‘cavities’.

How often does my child need to visit the dentist?

It is recommended to visit us every six months for your childs general check-up. Usually, if your child follows a consistent and proper oral hygiene routine at home, all that is needed is a professional clean. In some cases, fissure sealants may be used to protect your child’s teeth from tooth decay.

Teach your children how to take care of their teeth properly for a lifetime of healthy habits…

We recommend following a proper oral hygiene routine with your kids to help teach them about the importance of oral health as well as watching what your children eat.

Eat a tooth friendly diet…


Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods which can produce plaque acids that cause tooth decay. When you do eat these foods, we recommend trying to eat them as a meal instead of as a snack, the extra saliva produced during a meal can help rinse food from the mouth.

Follow good brushing and flossing techniques


 

Following some simple tips outlined below can help your child feel confident when it comes to caring for their teeth, and relaxed when visiting us for their 6 month check-up.

  • The ADA (Australian Dental Association) recommends brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque, (the sticky film on teeth)
  • Brush gently back and forth, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush the inside surface of each tooth first, where plaque may accumulate most. We recommend that everyone spend approximately 2-3 minutes brushing twice daily. A fun way to keep track of time with your child is to play their favourite song during brushing.
  • Clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the outer gum line and gently brush back and forth.
  • Brush the surface of each tooth, especially the front and back chewing teeth.
  • Start flossing your child’s teeth at the age of 4. Why so young? Starting early helps your children get in the hang of flossing. Brushing alone will miss food particles and plaque that has built up between the teeth. If you start early once your child reaches the age of 8, they will more likely feel comfortable flossing on their own.
  • Don’t forget to brush the tongue, which can also accumulate bacteria.

Take Advantage of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

At Teeth@Mittagong in Mittagong our team of dedicated and professional dentists care about the health of your Childs teeth and gums.  Remember to take advantage of the new Government children’s dentistry bonus introduced this year. To find out more click here.

For more information about the child dental benefits scheme or to book an appointment please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What causes tooth loss?

oral carePreventing tooth loss means a long-term commitment to smart, healthy dental and diet choices.

Tooth loss can cause severe oral and general health issues as well as negatively impact on your general wellbeing. Here at Teeth@Mittagong in Mittagong we are committed to educating patients on preventative dental treatment to avoid costly and unnecessary dental work from arising.

The importance of a good oral care routine

Visiting your dentist regularly, brushing and flossing daily are important if you want to avoid losing your teeth. Studies revealed by the Academy of General Dentistry found that gum disease was the largest contributor to tooth loss amongst adults closely followed by oral trauma. Gum disease is largely a result of irregular and poor oral hygiene as well as incorrect teeth cleaning techniques.

This is why here at Teeth@Mittagong we recommend following and maintaining a good oral health care routine which includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day and visiting us here at Teeth @Mittagong for your regular professional clean and oral evaluation. These habits stop plaque from building up on or between your teeth. Plaque build-up can cause cavities to form as the bacteria eats away at enamel. This is what causes your gums to become inflamed and as such, infected.  Tooth decay and gum disease can weaken the tissues supporting your teeth, which can make your teeth loosen and fall out.

What are the early warning signs of gum disease?

If you are suffering from the early stages of gum disease it is important to visit us for an oral evaluation and to reduce the risk of tooth loss. Below are a few early warning signs that can indicate the presence of gum disease:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Tender and bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums / longer appearing teeth

While the best way to prevent tooth loss is to practice good dental health habits, for those already  suffering from tooth loss, we can help restore your missing teeth and your beautiful smile through the use of dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants can enhance your appearance, aid with oral functionality, restore facial structure, and improve your oral and overall health.  Loose, wobbly dentures can become cumbersome, and because our mouths have evolved over the last 50 years since traditional dentures were created, they are now more uncomfortable than ever. Dental implants offer a more stable, long-term solution to singular, multiple or even total tooth loss.

Dental implants are essentially a tiny biocompatible titanium screw inserted directly into your jawbone material at the site of tooth loss. After a period of months your dental implant will fuse with the jawbone as it heals, providing a strong and durable tooth root alternative. A dental crown (cap) or bridge (three caps fused together to form one dental appliance) is then placed over the implant to complete your smile. Depending on your dental needs and after your mouth assessment here at Teeth@Mittagong we will determine which treatment option is best for you.

To discover more about dental implants, or to arrangement an appointment for an oral health evaluation here at Teeth@Mittagong in Mittagong please contact us on (02) 4872 1405

Give a gift to grin about this Christmas!

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Has someone in your circle of friends or family members voiced their concerns about the state of their teeth? Perhaps they have complained about stains, discoloration or yellow teeth? If so, Teeth@Mittagong has a solution for them, and perhaps, for you!

By using a high quality tooth whitening treatment, the dentists here at Teeth@Mittagong are able to help brighten your teeth for a youthful, more attractive smile.

We get to the root cause

Why see a dentist when there are so many teeth whitening products on the market? Our dentists are trained to diagnose the source of tooth discolouration and will work with you to determine the most effective treatment that can work safely and effectively.

At Teeth@Mittagong, we utilise high quality tooth whitening treatments designed specifically to help rejuvenate and effectively brighten your smile. Our whitening treatments use the most advanced and innovative technology and materials to help whiten your teeth safely, quickly, and with maximum results.

At this point you might be wondering, what causes tooth discolouration? And how can you maintain that beautiful white smile post-treatment at our dental practice?

How to maintain your new bright smile?

After-care management should be followed closely to prolong the effects of teeth whitening treatments. Below are a few simple tips you can implement to prolong your beautiful white smile:

  • Consider foods that don’t stain your teeth: Foods and drinks that are generally darker in colour will likely show up on your teeth such as red wine, black tea and coffee. However, foods that are firm or crisp are known to help clean teeth, food such as raw carrots, celery and popcorn are helpful teeth cleaners.
  • Wash away the stains:  Be sure to drink a glass of water after every meal. Water acts as a natural cleaner and has the power to wash away bacteria and residue left on the teeth after eating. It is also important to brush thoroughly at least twice daily and even better if you can brush after you consume any main meal or drink.
  • An apple a day: Apples are often considered ‘nature’s toothbrush’ and are a great way of cleaning teeth on the go or at lunch time when you are at work and unable to brush your teeth
  • Get a calcium boost: This may come as a surprise to many but cheese is also known for helping maintain healthy white teeth as it can increase the neutralization of acid and remineralisation of enamel.
  • Chew sugar-free gum: Chewing gum is also very beneficial when it comes to maintaining a white smile. Chewing gum helps to clean teeth mechanically by removing debris, and it stimulates production of saliva, which increases your saliva’s ability to neutralise acid and remineralise your enamel. Make sure you get ‘sugar-free’ gum because we don’t want to be adding extra sugar to our mouths!
  •  Quit smoking:  Smoking is one of the largest causes of teeth decay and discolouration. The nicotine and tar in the cigarette results losing their natural white sparkle.
  • Remember to floss:  Flossing removes some of the staining between teeth, and can make your smile look instantly whiter. Try to floss several times a week as this will not only improve the health of your gums, but can improve your overall oral health.

Treat yourself this Christmas to a beautiful new white smile, or give a gift this Christmas that your family and friends will talk and smile about this festive season and beyond.

For more information on our teeth whitening treatments, information on other cosmetic dentistry options, or to book an appointment at our Mittagong dental practice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Stages and Symptoms of Progressive Gum Disease

The Stages and Symptoms of Progressive Gum Disease

Dentistry might seem obsessively focused on the health and well being of your teeth but without healthy gums there are no healthy teeth…

At Teeth@Mittagong we are just as concerned for your gums as we are your teeth because gums create a structure and protective layer for your teeth to remain rooted and healthy. The gums are made of soft tissue and as such, are left more susceptible to developing oral health problems than teeth (which are made of some of the strongest substances in the body). There are many stages of gum disease and the severity of the gum disease will determine the symptoms and whether or not you will be able to take control of your gums with a thorough brushing or flossing. The only problem with identifying symptoms for gum disease is that they are very common indicators and many people who are experiencing symptoms will have no idea that gum disease is the cause.

What are the stages of gum disease?

Your gums can go through three stages of gum disease if you neglect to properly clean and take care of them:

Stage 1: Gingivitis or Gingival Disease…

One of the most common forms of gum disease, Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that is caused by irritations and bacteria left on the teeth from food and air born microbial bacteria. You can determine the signs of gingivitis by paying close attention to these common symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums when flossing or brushing
  • Inflammation
  • Red or tender gums
  • Bad breath

During this stage your gums can appear pink and healthy and can be easily attended to with careful brushing and flossing to alleviate some of the debris and plaque that is irritating your gum line. If you do not take care of your gingivitis it can progress to stage 2: Periodontitis.

Stage 2: Periodontitis or Periodontal Disease…

Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that will require dental attention to prevent it from doing permanent damage to your oral health. The signs and symptoms are more obvious with this type of gum disease but they can still be passed off easily:

  • Chronic bad breath (halitosis)
  • Receding gum lines
  • Deep pockets around the gum line
  • Loose, wobbly or shifting teeth
  • Sensitive teeth and gums
  • Aching gums

If this stage of gum disease isn’t seen as soon as possible you will definitely begin to notice something is wrong once you reach stage 3: loss of teeth and sturdy gums.

Stage 3: Loss of teeth and sturdy gum line…

Gum disease is a deteriorating disease that can be easily rectified in its earlier stages but if it progresses so far as to reach stage three then that is where the real problems can begin. If the gums are so inflamed and infected that they begin to recede and deteriorate the teeth will no longer have a healthy happy structure to keep them tall and happy. This can cause the teeth to fall out either from tooth decay or from lack of support. If they fall out as a result of tooth decay it is usually because bacteria has managed to infect the sensitive tooth pulp inside the tooth or the tooth roots (that have become exposed due to gum recession). If you identify with any of the symptoms presented in this article at Teeth@Mittagong we urge you to come in for a dental check-up as soon as possible because receiving treatment today can reduce your chances of needing advanced dental restoration treatments tomorrow.

Older patients with missing teeth can regain their smiles with dental implants

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Are you finding it difficult to laugh, smile and speak with confidence? At Teeth@Mittagong we can help patients who have lost their teeth with restorative dental implants…

Time can make fools of us all – especially where teeth are concerned. As we age it is commonplace for many people to lose their teeth due to a variety of reasons, but this tooth loss can have the same consequences for every patient. Thankfully advancements in the dental profession have created innovative restorative treatments to help restore and rejuvenate our smiles. At Teeth@Mittagong in Mittagong, many of our older and younger adult patients who have lost their adult teeth seek us for restorative treatment options to address concerns about their missing teeth. We offer dental implants because they are consistently proving to be a viable solution for both older and younger adult patients.

Once an adult tooth falls out there is no backup plan…

It is common knowledge that adult teeth are not designed to fall out naturally and that once they fall out there is no way that we can grow them back. The difference between baby teeth and adult teeth is that baby teeth are not designed to last and are not as durable as adult teeth. Your baby teeth actually grow through to help the mouth develop oral mobility while the jaw and skull are still growing. Once the mouth is large enough to accommodate adult teeth, the baby teeth will be pushed out to make room for the adult teeth. That means that the adult teeth are our permanent teeth and the way that we eat, smile, laugh, grin, whistle, drink – in short anything that will require us to make a sound or to chew food – will be dictated by the formation of our teeth. If this formation is disrupted (such as tooth loss) it can negatively affect our lives in more ways than one.

Hindered oral mobility is the first signs of a suffering mouth…

Are you finding it difficult to chew your food or speak properly? The reason may be your missing teeth. You see, your teeth work in unison to achieve speech and eating abilities that you have no doubt developed over time. Each tooth plays a role in forming words, chewing food, occluding (biting together) and clashing against each other. If one or more teeth are missing this disrupts the unison and tasks that you once thought simple, like eating and speaking, can evidently suffer.

In the long term your jaw, remaining teeth and oral health can follow suit…

If missing teeth are not replaced, a number of oral health problems can begin to develop:

  • Jawbone re-absorption: Without the stimulation of the tooth when you eat and speak the jawbone will not receive the vibrations necessary to keep it strong and healthy. Over time the jawbone can actually deteriorate without the tooth to support its sustainability and growth.
  • Teeth migration: Did you know that teeth can actually migrate to the vacant space to pick up the slack for the missing tooth? This can cause teeth to become crooked, distorted and will leave them weak and susceptible to infections.
  • Gum deterioration: Similar to the jawbone, without the stimulation from the tooth the gum line can begin to recede and become susceptible to infections.

At Teeth@Mittagong our patients can substitute missing teeth with dental implants and prosthetic teeth…

A dental implant is a permanent solution to a solvable problem that actually restores the connection between the tooth and the gum line /jawbone. While traditional restorative measures replace teeth, unlike the dental implant they do not restore this connection which is essential for the longevity of your oral health and mobility. At Teeth@Mittagong we are dedicated to helping all of our patients with missing teeth with this fantastic restorative treatment. See if you are a suitable patient today!

The Power of a Beautiful Smile

Did you know yellowed or stained teeth could be holding you back professionally?

A recent study has found that a beautiful, white and balanced smile could play a key role in being hired for a new job! The study explored the attitudes of men, women and business owners, and of the 2000 interviewed, almost a third link beautiful, white teeth to wealth, status and intelligence. Another study found that those who had a harmonious, bright smile were more likely to get a job or receive a raise!

At Teeth@Mittagong we understand the need for a beautiful smile…

If your confidence is lacking because of the aesthetic nature of your smile, at our Mittagong dental practice we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments so you can have confidence in your professional life:

  • Tooth Whitening – by using our high quality tooth whitening treatment, we are able to help brighten your teeth for a youthful, more attractive smile
  • Porcelain Veneers – a cosmetic treatment that allows our elite dentists to completely rejuvenate and transform the look of your smile, porcelain veneers are thin shells that are adhered to the front of your teeth, enabling us to close gaps, straighten your smile and (being stain resistant) ensure your smile is beautiful for longer!
  • Invisalign – an extremely effective orthodontic treatment, Invisalign uses clear aligner trays to shift your teeth into their desired positions, without needing braces! They are also removable which means you can maintain an optimal oral health routine.

Our esteemed dental professionals will be able to recommend which treatment bests suits your individual condition and needs.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry or to book an appointment at our Mittagong dental practice, please do not hesitate to contact us.