Most people love their morning coffee. But, like many of our favourite foods and drinks, coffee can potentially cause problems for your teeth.

What’s the problem with coffee

Coffee contains tannins that stain teeth and creates acid that can damage tooth enamel. The addition of sweeteners also creates a bacterial playground in your mouth, setting up prime conditions for dental decay and halitosis (bad breath).

However, the most apparent effects of when coffee and teeth meet are not particularly threatening but cosmetic. Tannins in coffee will eventually stain teeth, turning those high-beam pearly whites into yellow-hued sodium lights.

Do I have to give up coffee?

Not all. Certain coffees actually have compounds that help prevent tooth decay. Besides, if we gave up everything that was potentially harmful to our teeth we’d have a bleak existence indeed. Nor is total elimination of our favourite morning beverage a practical measure. Running damage control on the effects coffee has on your teeth is a far more realistic solution.

What can I do about it?

Fortunately, there are several proactive measures you can take when coffee and teeth come together to make sure your dental health isn’t adversely affected. Like drinking your coffee without bacteria-feeding sweeteners that allow their waste products to attack tooth enamel. Limiting coffee intake is a good idea. If that’s not an appealing idea, it’s even more important for you to:

  • Thoroughly brush your teeth after you’ve had coffee.
  • Vigorously swish your mouth out with water when you don’t have immediate access to a brush and paste.
  • Have a snack. Eating before and after drinking coffee reduces the effects it has on your teeth.

Helpful hint: Apples have fibres that break down the sticky coating coffee leaves behind.

Many Dentists drink coffee too!

The most important thing you can do to counteract the damage coffee consumption can do to your teeth is to visit your dentist. Having a six-month dental exam and cleaning is key to maintaining healthy teeth and overall oral health. Plus, regular dental cleanings alleviate the stains that coffee can leave behind. Your dentist may even suggest you periodically brush with stain-removing baking soda, but wait until he suggests it – It is more abrasive than normal toothpastes and can cause tooth wear! If you are still concerned about the adverse effects coffee may have on your teeth, contact your dentist for more comprehensive information on how to maintain optimal dental health when coffee and teeth meet.

True or false: The condition of your mouth can say quite a bit about your overall health?

Answer: True!

How is this possible? Just like most other parts of your body, your mouth contains bacteria. Millions, in fact. But the mere existence of bacteria in the mouth isn’t a problem… actually, it is a good thing. The problem is that when you aren’t in the best health, the types of bacteria in your mouth can become unbalanced. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral infections. Conditions that affect your dental health include:

  • Diabetes. This condition reduces your body’s ability to fight infections, which puts your overall health – including your dental health – at risk.
  • HIV/AIDS. People with uncontrolled HIV/AIDS can often get painful mucosal lesions in their mouth.
  • Osteoporosis. If you have osteoporosis, your bones loose density and weaken as they loose Calcium, this includes the bone that supports your teeth. You have a greater risk of loosing teeth through gum disease.
  • Alzheimer’s disease. People suffering from Alzheimer’s tend to have progressively poorer dental health, this is due to not remembering to clean properly,  or loosing the desire or capability to brush and floss.

Sometimes, issues in your mouth are not necessarily caused by overall poor health. For example, taking some blood pressure medications or antidepressants for mental health can affect the body’s production of saliva causing dry mouth (Xerostomia), Saliva fights bacteria, so its lack causes  loss of ability to keep the levels of bacteria in the mouth in check, resulting in oral health issues.

It also works the other way too. Not taking care of your dental health can lead to issues in other areas of your body. Prime examples include:

  • Endocarditis. This is an infection of the inner lining of your heart. This can happen when bacteria from one part of your body, such as your mouth, get in your bloodstream and latch onto any damaged areas of your heart.
  • Cardiovascular disease. Growing evidence suggests that problem bacteria in your mouth could be linked to clogged arteries, heart disease, and increased risk for stroke.
  • Pregnancy and birth. Poor oral health and gum disease can be factors involved in premature birth and a low birth weight.

Obviously, making an appointment to see your doctor is important for your overall health. But don’t forget regular visits to your dentist either! They know what to look for regarding your dental health, which can offer telling glimpses into your general well-being.

Those who take good care of their oral health and especially their teeth, tend not to face dental emergencies and unsightly decay. Apart from this, recent scientific research is finding that poor oral health has links with cardiovascular disease and even possibly Alzheimers disease. If these findings prove true a healthy mouth consequently is a roadway to a healthy body.  Therefore, we should keep our teeth and mouth clean and well maintained. If we do, we can expect to have a happier healthier life less prone to chronic disease as we age.

Reasons for Teeth Staining and Yellow Appearance

Our teeth are really very resistant to staining but if we eat and drink some things they will darken, as the enamel is porous and traps staining material.

  • Those who regularly drink coffee and tea will usually have yellower teeth.
  • Smokers are more prone to stained teeth.
  • Improper brushing is also a factor which contributes, as plaque and hard deposits build up on the teeth which also stain.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption can stain teeth depending on the type.
  • Cannabis smoking causes a green grey staining, dry mouth and often contributes to dental neglect whch allows staining to enter softened enamel.
  • Tetracycline antibiotics given during tooth development cause a dark brown/grey internal staining.

Brushing is Not the Only Thing

The yellowish shade caused by surface stains on your teeth does gets lighter with daily brushing but it does not completely go away if it has penetrated into the enamel. With time, the enamel of your teeth does thin and wear especially if we eat very abrasive foods, brush with too abrasive toothpaste (smokers toothpaste), grind our teeth or drink acidic beverages, this thinning makes the yellower dentine underneath show through more and cause the tooth to appear darker. In addition as soon as the enamel is penetrated and the underlying dentine is exposed teeth are more prone to stains. In this situation brushing daily and even flossing are not enough to help. With the newest possible dental care products, getting rid of most yellowing and staining in teeth is not a big deal, unless it has been caused by Tetracycline antibiotics where bleaching has to be undertaken over many weeks to be successful. Sometimes we may need to mask the stain with veneers or crowns.

Do not Purchase a Wrong Product

There are many types of dental care products which promise you wonderful results – beware! Whitening strips are one such product.  They make the yellowish teeth appear white but, they are not able to do so for a long period of time. Similarly, many toothpastes make the same claim but not much difference is seen.

How to Get the Shine Back in Your Teeth?

Consult your dentist. You will be guided in the best way possible. They will suggest the best reasonable treatment for you. Never ever make the decisions about your oral health on your own.  If the problem has just started, they might suggest that you get normal bleaching. It is neither costly nor takes much time. It will help maintain the proper shine of your teeth.

However, there might be some cases in which beaching is not the right solution. Your dentist will certainly let you know what your choices are. Nowadays dentists have different ways which you can get that winning smile once again. The best bleaching system is the home bleach, but it should be supervised by your dentist using custom made bleach trays to stop gum damage. Never use over the counter products unless your dentist prescribes them.

Today’s technology will result in over 90% of people being able to have that whiter and brighter smile.

Those who take good care of their oral health and especially their teeth, tend not to face dental emergencies and unsightly decay. Apart from this, recent scientific research is finding that poor oral health has links with cardiovascular disease and even possibly Alzheimers disease. If these findings prove true a healthy mouth consequently is a roadway to a healthy body.  Therefore, we should keep our teeth and mouth clean and well maintained. If we do, we can expect to have a happier healthier life less prone to chronic disease as we age.

Reasons for Teeth Staining and Yellow Appearance

Our teeth are really very resistant to staining but if we eat and drink some things they will darken, as the enamel is porous and traps staining material.

  • Those who regularly drink coffee and tea will usually have yellower teeth.
  • Smokers are more prone to stained teeth.
  • Improper brushing is also a factor which contributes, as plaque and hard deposits build up on the teeth which also stain.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption can stain teeth depending on the type.
  • Cannabis smoking causes a green grey staining, dry mouth and often contributes to dental neglect whch allows staining to enter softened enamel.
  • Tetracycline antibiotics given during tooth development cause a dark brown/grey internal staining.

Brushing is Not the Only Thing

The yellowish shade caused by surface stains on your teeth does gets lighter with daily brushing but it does not completely go away if it has penetrated into the enamel. With time, the enamel of your teeth does thin and wear especially if we eat very abrasive foods, brush with too abrasive toothpaste (smokers toothpaste), grind our teeth or drink acidic beverages, this thinning makes the yellower dentine underneath show through more and cause the tooth to appear darker. In addition as soon as the enamel is penetrated and the underlying dentine is exposed teeth are more prone to stains. In this situation brushing daily and even flossing are not enough to help. With the newest possible dental care products, getting rid of most yellowing and staining in teeth is not a big deal, unless it has been caused by Tetracycline antibiotics where bleaching has to be undertaken over many weeks to be successful. Sometimes we may need to mask the stain with veneers or crowns.

Do not Purchase a Wrong Product

There are many types of dental care products which promise you wonderful results – beware! Whitening strips are one such product.  They make the yellowish teeth appear white but, they are not able to do so for a long period of time. Similarly, many toothpastes make the same claim but not much difference is seen.

How to Get the Shine Back in Your Teeth?

Consult your dentist. You will be guided in the best way possible. They will suggest the best reasonable treatment for you. Never ever make the decisions about your oral health on your own.  If the problem has just started, they might suggest that you get normal bleaching. It is neither costly nor takes much time. It will help maintain the proper shine of your teeth.

However, there might be some cases in which beaching is not the right solution. Your dentist will certainly let you know what your choices are. Nowadays dentists have different ways which you can get that winning smile once again. The best bleaching system is the home bleach, but it should be supervised by your dentist using custom made bleach trays to stop gum damage. Never use over the counter products unless your dentist prescribes them.

Today’s technology will result in over 90% of people being able to have that whiter and brighter smile.

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at-home whitening

Those who take good care of their oral health and especially their teeth, tend not to face dental emergencies and unsightly decay. Apart from this, recent scientific research is finding that poor oral health has links with cardiovascular disease and even possibly Alzheimers disease. If these findings prove true a healthy mouth consequently is a roadway to a healthy body.  Therefore, we should keep our teeth and mouth clean and well maintained. If we do, we can expect to have a happier healthier life less prone to chronic disease as we age.

Reasons for Teeth Staining and Yellow Appearance

Our teeth are really very resistant to staining but if we eat and drink some things they will darken, as the enamel is porous and traps staining material.

  • Those who regularly drink coffee and tea will usually have yellower teeth.
  • Smokers are more prone to stained teeth.
  • Improper brushing is also a factor which contributes, as plaque and hard deposits build up on the teeth which also stain.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption can stain teeth depending on the type.
  • Cannabis smoking causes a green grey staining, dry mouth and often contributes to dental neglect whch allows staining to enter softened enamel.
  • Tetracycline antibiotics given during tooth development cause a dark brown/grey internal staining.

Brushing is Not the Only Thing

The yellowish shade caused by surface stains on your teeth does gets lighter with daily brushing but it does not completely go away if it has penetrated into the enamel. With time, the enamel of your teeth does thin and wear especially if we eat very abrasive foods, brush with too abrasive toothpaste (smokers toothpaste), grind our teeth or drink acidic beverages, this thinning makes the yellower dentine underneath show through more and cause the tooth to appear darker. In addition as soon as the enamel is penetrated and the underlying dentine is exposed teeth are more prone to stains. In this situation brushing daily and even flossing are not enough to help. With the newest possible dental care products, getting rid of most yellowing and staining in teeth is not a big deal, unless it has been caused by Tetracycline antibiotics where bleaching has to be undertaken over many weeks to be successful. Sometimes we may need to mask the stain with veneers or crowns.

Do not Purchase a Wrong Product

There are many types of dental care products which promise you wonderful results – beware! Whitening strips are one such product.  They make the yellowish teeth appear white but, they are not able to do so for a long period of time. Similarly, many toothpastes make the same claim but not much difference is seen.

How to Get the Shine Back in Your Teeth?

Consult your dentist. You will be guided in the best way possible. They will suggest the best reasonable treatment for you. Never ever make the decisions about your oral health on your own.  If the problem has just started, they might suggest that you get normal bleaching. It is neither costly nor takes much time. It will help maintain the proper shine of your teeth.

However, there might be some cases in which beaching is not the right solution. Your dentist will certainly let you know what your choices are. Nowadays dentists have different ways which you can get that winning smile once again. The best bleaching system is the home bleach, but it should be supervised by your dentist using custom made bleach trays to stop gum damage. Never use over the counter products unless your dentist prescribes them.

Today’s technology will result in over 90% of people being able to have that whiter and brighter smile.

Are you looking for a dentist who can protect the oral health of your whole family? The right family dentist can look after the teeth of both adults and children, letting every member of the family enjoy good dental health. Here are five things to check for when looking for high-quality family dentistry in your local area.

  1. Experience in providing family dentistry

The best family dentists have years of experience in caring for children and adults. Check the website of the dentist or ask about their experience to find out whether they have the track record you expect. Children’s dental needs can be quite different from those of adults, so check that the dentist has some experience with providing dentistry to all members of the family.

  1. Patience and Sedation facilities

It can be really difficult to establish a bond between a dentist and child which is necessary to overcome fear and anxiety. Make sure that the dentist you choose for your family is not hurried and can listen and establish a rapport with your child. Some longer proceedures can be tedious even for the most patient dentist and young person. Nitrous Oxide sedation can make those longer treatments seem to zoom by quickly for them and should be provided as an essential option for even routine family dental care.

  1. Reasonable prices

Before you register with a dental practice, find out how much treatment will cost. This will allow you to compare prices and work out how much you need to budget for family dentistry.

  1. A welcoming environment

Dental checkups can be scary for children. Minimise their fear by choosing a dental office that has a welcoming environment and a comfortable, child-friendly waiting area. Some family dentists provide toys or books to keep children entertained while they wait to see the dentist.

  1. Recommendations from other families

The best family dentists receive good reviews from their patients. Search online for reviews of the dentists in your area or ask other parents for recommendations. Learning about other patients’ experiences can help you decide whether a dentist is right for your family.

We welcome families into our practice, and we look forward to assisting you and your family with your dental needs. Call our friendly reception staff today to book an appointment.

teeth cleaning

If you brush your teeth twice daily, you may not feel inclined to have them professionally cleaned as often as is recommended. In fact, if you’re like many people, visiting the dentist may be one of those things that you avoid for as long as possible. But having a sparkling white smile is not the only reason for getting regular cleans performed by the dentist. Below are four important reasons to visit your dentist for professional teeth cleaning… and they may not be what you expect.

Regular cleaning prevents gum disease

Cleaning teeth is essential to preventing gum disease. While you probably think cavities are your biggest worry when it comes to your teeth, gum disease is actually an even bigger threat. It can lead to both loss of teeth and loss of bone in your jaw and is something that a people can suffer from without even realizing. Regular brushing and flossing is your first line of defence, but a professional cleaning is much more thorough and removes disease-causing bacteria that you simply can’t remove yourself.

Screening for oral cancer

While it may not be as high profile as some other types of cancer, oral cancer does exist. Like other cancers, the earlier it’s detected the better and your dentist can look for early warning signs whilst cleaning teeth. Regularly visiting the dentist makes detection more likely.

Gum disease can lead to heart attack or stroke

There’s a strong link between heart disease and the health of your mouth. Although the relationship isn’t completely understood, it’s believed that the bacteria, which cause gum disease, migrate into the blood vessels and cause inflammation. This, in turn, can lead to cardiovascular disease.

In fact, a growing body of research suggests that poor oral health may play a role in many chronic diseases. Science has shown that inflammation plays a role in both heart disease and diabetes and chronic inflammation is increasingly being tied to poor oral health. Even rheumatoid arthritis may have ties to your mouth. Cleaning teeth regularly could be the key to protecting your heart and preventing serious disease.

Gum disease can cause problems with your joints

As joint replacements have become more common, a link between gum disease and artificial joints is emerging. It appears that in those with gum disease, bacteria from the mouth can end up in the bloodstream—often thanks to gums that bleed during brushing or flossing—and take up residence in the artificial joint, causing an infection.

Although the link is still tentative, preventing gum disease by cleaning teeth may also help protect you from arthritis. The same studies which found oral bacteria in artificial joints also found them in some of the patients’ natural joints which were affected by arthritis.

So, while there are many reasons for professionally cleaning teeth regularly, they’re not all purely cosmetic. Not only will you have a sparkling smile, fewer cavities, and fresher breath — you may also have a healthier body.

Click here to find out more about check up and teeth cleaning at Dr Martin Jest Dental Surgery

 

children's dentistry

Although dental decay is the most common and widespread childhood disease, parents often overlook the importance of scheduling dental appointment for their children. With cavities at epidemic levels amongst children in Australia, it is important to make children’s dentistry a priority. The first dental visit should take place within six months of the first tooth erupting or by the child’s first birthday.

The first dental exam

The one-year dental examination enables the children’s dentist to teach the parent preventive care as the baby’s new teeth come in. The dentist explains proper cleaning and hygiene so that a dental care routine for the child can be set in motion to promote the growth and maintenance of strong, healthy teeth without cavities. Attention to children’s dentistry can lead to the avoidance of dental problems later in life.

Follow up visits

Baby teeth or ‘primary teeth’ help your child’s development. They help infants with learning to chew and speak properly and they also reserve space in the gums for permanent teeth. The average child has a set of 20 primary teeth by the age of two to three years.

Follow up children’s dentistry visits should be made every six months to ensure each baby tooth comes in properly and there is no crowding. The children’s dentist can alleviate any malformation and provide for the entrance of the permanent teeth.

At age three, if there is a tooth still within the gum and eruption is not assured, the dentist will advise of dental options to fix the problem and prevent pain.

When children have a full set of healthy, white teeth and there is an indication of the need for braces, parents will be advised of options that may be required in the future to straighten teeth. Sometimes early intervention may be possible so regular check-ups can aid in minimizing overall treatment plans long term.

Proper diet and hygiene prevent cavities

During the toddler years when a child is developing the capability to look after their own teeth, parental support in providing a proper diet and a dental hygiene routine at home is important. Attending children’s dentistry appointments for dental cleaning and advice in conjunction with a proper diet and home hygiene routine is the optimal combination for healthy teeth and preventing cavities.

Children’s dentistry in Australia

Children’s dentistry, also referred to as ‘pediatric dentistry’ is concerned with comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for children from birth through to adolescence. The definition also includes the oral health care of patients with special needs beyond the age of adolescence. The Pediatric Dentistry Society of Australia and New Zealand is a specialist organisation committed to the advancement of pediatric dentistry and the promotion of children’s dentistry education within Australia.

Should you wish to schedule a dental appointment for your child, please be in touch with our friendly reception staff.

first visit to the dentist

Are you Nervous about Your First Visit to the Dentist?

Many people get nervous when they are going to visit a dentist for the first time. Children may have a phobia of going to the dentist and this phobia needs to be eliminated so that it does not stick with them for their whole life. The first visit to the dentist is crucial. If it is your first visit to the dentist or your child’s first visit, there are plenty of tips to make it easier for you.

Prepare Yourself

The basic tip to remain calm is by talking to others who visit the dentist often. This will give you a general idea about what to expect on your first visit to the dentist. Everyone has a different story and perspective so only use it to get an idea and do not believe every single thing they say because if someone is afraid of the dentist they are going to invoke that fear into you. It varies from dentist to dentist, some are more accommodating than the others for the people who are nervous and fearful, some are specialized in dealing with kids etc.

Prepare your Child

If it’s the child’s first visit to dentist than the parent should make sure they do their best to eliminate any fear of the dentist as this will help the child throughout their life. Parents can do so by sharing their own first experience in a positive light and making it feel less intimidating to the child.
Use positive phrases like “You have been so good this week that we can have a special treat by going to see Martin to have your teeth counted”. Don’t use negative phrases that instil doubt like, “It won’t hurt” or “There is no need to get scared” or “You don’t need to worry”. Children are very sensitive to these phrases and they know that if you are saying these things there is reason to worry. If you personally are fearful there is no need to pass this fear on to another generation, is there?

The Best Choice for You

We are very happy to see your child. But if you don’t live near us we would advise you to call around dentist offices to check to see which one would be the best one for you. Or ask your friends who they see. Some dentists specialise in treating patients who have a phobia of dental visits and get too anxious. If you suffer from anxiety you might want to find someone who is well suited so that your fear will lessen instead of heightening. Remember that we do use laughing gas for nervous children or adults.
You may prefer to take your child to a pediatric dentist for their first visit. Phone us and we can let you know who we recommend.

General Steps

In a regular dental check-up, a dentist will usually check your gums and teeth for decay or other infections, clean them, occasionally take x-rays to check the overall health of your gums and teeth. Although sometimes the check-up would be more thorough than usual, this might involve the examination of the area of head and neck too, including the x rays and medical history (most probably on your first visit to that dentist, even if you have been seeing another dentist previously.)

Important Note

If someone has a serious medical situation or health problem it is very important that they mention it to their dentist before the check-up or treatment. It is advised to mention it at the time when they are making an appointment itself. The usual check-up will usually last up to 30 minutes or more. Apart from the regular visits one also has to regularly maintain their dental health for healthy teeth.

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