Tassie Smiles Dental is a firm believer in prevention. A preventative approach involves regular checkups and professional cleanings. It involves ensuring a good home maintenance program with good brushing, flossing and rinsing protocols in place. Certain procedures such as fissure sealants and fluoride treatments are optional adjuncts that are successful preventative procedures.
The cornerstone of prevention is thorough oral care and professional cleanings. The toothbrush should be at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, aiming the bristles of the brush towards the gum line. Then move the brush gently back and forth brushing one to two teeth at a time. It is best to brush for two minutes twice daily. It is important to brush the area where the tooth adjoins the gum including the gum itself as this is typically a neglected area. It is important to remember that flossing daily is critical in maintaining a clean mouth. The use of an oral mouthwash can be helpful in some cases although this does not compensate for a poor brushing and flossing routine. A good quality brush, a fluoride containing toothpaste and a good brushing technique will reduce dental issues. Professional cleanings are also important at an interval recommended by your dentist.
FISSURE SEALANTS – PROTECTION
We all like to protect our children. Fissure sealants are a thin coating of dental material bonded to the grooves (on the biting surfaces) of posterior teeth soon after they are fully erupted into the mouth. They protect these surfaces from tooth decay by preventing food and plaque from sitting in these grooves. Not all pits and fissures require sealing. They are required when the fissures are deep and trap the food. Fissure sealing teeth makes cleaning their surfaces easier.
Fissure sealants are a non invasive procedure that does not require any removal of the tooth structure and they are usually placed at about 6-9 years of age.
SPORTS MOUTH GUARDS
Sports injuries can result in serious oral trauma. Mouth guards are designed to protect the teeth and gums from such trauma. In most cases the cost of the trauma would far out- weigh the cost of a mouth guard. It is essential to wear a mouth guard while participating in any risky sporting activity.
Tassie Smiles Dental offers only professionally made mouth guards which are heated and vacuum moulded on dental impressions taken in the surgery. Professionally made mouth guards are better fitting, more comfortable and are thus more likely to be used. We highly recommended that you use the best quality mouth guard possible when participating in any sport (training or competing). Always remember- WEAR IT!
Five good reasons to wear a mouthguard:
- Cushions teeth against impact
Sports other than traditional contact sports can involve heavy knocks to the teeth and mouth. Wearing a mouthguard while playing any sport where there is a chance of being hit in the jaw or head will help prevent you from chipping, breaking or knocking out a tooth.
- Protects against jaw joint injuries
Wearing a mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact or blow to the face which may otherwise result in an injury to your mouth or jaw.
- Protects against soft tissue injuries
Cut, grazed or bruised lips, cheeks and gums are likely to occur as a result of direct impact to the mouth area. The reinforcement of a mouthguard can help minimise soft tissue injuries.
- Helps prevent neck & jaw injuries
Any impact to the neck or jaw can result in serious injury. Wearing a mouthguard at the time of impact reduces the likelihood of jaw dislodgement or neck trauma.
- May help reduce concussion
A head clash or trauma is not uncommon at both game time and in training. Make sure you have your mouthguard in at all times as it may help reduce the chance of concussion.
*This information was extracted from the Australian Dental Association, Mouthguard Awareness campaign.
So there you have it – five good reasons to wear a mouthguard. We tailor make mouthguards to fit the shape of your teeth and mouth. A mouthguard is a fantastic investment as you are protecting those pearly white assets from injury which in the long run can save you a lot of money.
To contact us for a quote on a mouthguard, phone 03 6243 8171 today.
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GRINDING & CLENCHING GUARDS
Grinding or clenching normally occurs while you are sleeping and is referred to as “Bruxism” in Dental circles. Occasional grinding is generally not a problem but more regular grinding can result in significant damage to the bite surfaces of teeth.
Grinding & Clenching is also a leading cause of headaches and jaw pain when you wake after sleeping.
Common symptoms of this are typically noticed by a patient in the morning. These include:
- Uncomfortable teeth,
- A mild ache in the jaw radiating up the sides of the face towards the temples.
- Tooth indentations on the tongue,
Grinding can often be linked to stress and anxiety or an abnormal bite. Most patients are unaware that they grind their teeth. In many cases they are only informed by a family member who hears the grinding whilst they are asleep. Severe grinding increases the number of dental problems an individual will experience. These signs are detectable by a dentist and include excessive wear on the tops of the teeth, increased incidence of tooth fracture and frequent failure of dental restorations.
A night guard or occlusal splint is the device most often recommended as the treatment for grinding (bruxism) and TMD (dysfunction of the jaw joint). This occlusal guard will protect the natural teeth or any prosthetic teeth such as crowns, veneers or implants. A night guard will also help to relax the jaw muscles, reduce muscle spasm and alleviate headaches.
If the grinding is being aggravated due to stress it would be wise to seek medical advice to help you in reducing your stress.Treatment may also require the help of a physiotherapist.