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26/Sep/2017

Baby bottle tooth decay is something that causes your child’s young natural teeth to decay. Nursing bottle mouth can also be a problem in young children, causing early cavities. It is a condition that can be avoided.

Causes

When children nurse and bottle feed, they are exposed to sugary liquids for a great length of time, leaving the health of the child’s teeth and gums in a vulnerable position. This includes extended nursing on milk that includes breast milk feeding, juice and formula at naptime and bedtime.

Avoiding Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

  • To tooth decay that results from a bottle, you will want to avoid the following:
  • Do not get in the habit of offering your child a bottle as a pacifier.
  • Avoid laying your child down at naptime and bedtime with a bottle. If your child insists on a bottle, then fill the bottle with plain water as opposed to formula, milk or juice.
  • Never offer your child a pacifier that has been dipped in sugar or honey.
  • Baby Gum Care

After each bottle or breast milk feeding, it is important to brush gently the gums of your baby using a baby tooth and gum cleanser or water. Brush with a soft bristle brush that is designed for baby brushing. You can also wipe the gums of your baby with a gauze pad or a soft, damp washcloth.

It is important to understand that you should not wait until the first tooth cuts to begin early prevention of tooth decay. You should begin an oral health routine for your child right from their first days of life. This is because you will help to ensure healthy gums and teeth.

What To Do When Your Child is Teething

Typically, your baby will first get in their two lower front teeth at around the age of six months. The two upper central incisors will then follow. During the following 18 to 24 months, the rest of their baby teeth will come in. Teething signs include fussiness and drooling and the urge to place objects in the mouth. You may find that your baby also may run a temperature. All are considered normal while teething. However, if your child begins to run a fever, then it is important to contact your physician.

You can help your baby to alieve the pain associated with teething by running a cold, wet finger over their gums or by using a cold, damp gauze cloth. Other things that can help include a cool teething ring, a piece of toast or a teething biscuit. There are also medications that can be used on the gums, but you will want to consult with your physician prior to using any medications.

For more information on baby dentistry, or to have any questions you have answered, or to schedule an appointment by calling My Smile Dentist receptionist at the number below.

Call us at 02 8036 2411

We offer Child Dentistry that begins as soon as a baby’s first teeth break through.


26/Sep/2017

Dentists around the world recommend their patients to visit twice a year for dental checkups. You might be wondering why are we asked to visit dentists and what exactly is the importance of regular dental checkups? Don’t worry as we sit down and try to clear out at least some of the confusion around the need of having dental checkups every six months.

Regular oral health checkups are considered extremely important as they help your dentist to get to the problems at the very initial stage. Our mouth is one of the most important part of our body considering the fact we eat all kinds of junk food using this poor organ. It becomes even more important to see if our food or our lifestyle is impacting badly on our oral health. A thorough dental visit will give your dentist a chance to look at any problems. It would consist of:

  • Checking of cavities for plaque or tartar
  • Your gums will be checked if there are any signs of gum disease
  • Examining your tongue
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Damaged fillings
  • Checking for tooth decay
  • Your face, neck and throat will also be examined
  • X-rays

Once, your dentist is done with the checkup, you might be advised for cleaning processes. Your oral health practitioner may then proceed to clean your teeth and gums and remove any plaque and tartar in the process known as scaling. They will also floss between your teeth and might polish your teeth, if required. The trip is then ended with a review of your own brushing and flossing techniques.

If your dentist finds any severe impending problems, they might advise you for more procedures like root canal treatment. You can visit My Smile Dentist for your regular dental checkups. Our highly trained and skilled doctors are experts in pain free dental procedures in Sydney and Parramatta.

Call us at 02 8036 2411 for more information and appointments for regular dental checkups, Invisalign metal-free teeth straightening, Root Canal Treatments, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Cosmetic Dentistry, and Laser Dentistry.


26/Sep/2017

Invisalign is a comparatively new technology introduced in Australia to improve your smile. If you feel shy when smiling or often find yourself covering your lips when laughing, it is time you think about Invisalign. Get your confidence back and make this world a little more beautiful with your happy and carefree smile.

Straight teeth not only help people with their confidence but are also good for your health. Crooked or broken teeth can get in your way to properly cleaning and flossing your teeth. Irrespective of the reason why you are thinking about Teeth Straightening Procedures, you will find the best solutions with My Smile Dentist.

My Smile Doctors & Dentist have a strong focus on making sure your oral health is at its best, always. Once in the premises, you will receive high quality treatments from a skilled and compassionate team. Dr. Navdeep Dhillon is a certified provider of Invisalign bringing improved and beautiful smiles to teens and adults, alike. The expert oral magician does that without the need of metal braces which means you won’t have to experience metal in your mouth for months like in traditional teeth straightening procedures. Dr. Dhillon is one of the very few Australian dentists who have been accredited with the Prestigious Invisalign Immersion Accreditation and also proudly carries the Platinum Provider Status for Invisalign.

Unlike other methods, Invisalign creates a custom removable covering for the teeth which is shaped to encourage teeth to move into the right position. These tailor-made and removable aligners are designed to fit your lifestyle without restricting your meal times or hampering your confidence in the process. If you or your child doesn’t like the look of traditional braces, Invisalign invisible braces might feel like godsend to you. No more wires or metal brackets and easily removable too. Invisalign teeth straightening can take between 9 months and 18 months depending on the degree of the change of position required. Our expert doctors will be in a better position to guide you when you visit us.

Residents of Sydney / Parramatta can visit us to learn more this life-changing and pain free teeth straightening procedure. You won’t even feel there is anything on your teeth!

We also specialize in single-visit root canal treatments, Zoom Teeth Whitening Procedures, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Dentistry, and other pain-free oral health procedures. Learn more about My Smile Doctors by visiting our website.


26/Sep/2017

Are you thinking of getting your teeth whitening done? Do you feel that your teeth are discolored?

My Smile Dentist Sydney offer zoom teeth whitening on a regular basis. We have the Zoom 4 white speed laser, which can get you a Hollywood smile in 1 hour. Zoom whitening is the best way to whiten you teeth. Zoom in chair whitening is the best way to whiten your teeth in the shortest amount of time. Teeth Whitening is a process where a teeth whitening gel is applied to your teeth and then it is activated by a blue light or laser. The Hydrogen peroxide in the gel is activated by the Laser, which then starts the process of teeth whitening. In about 1 hour you can see that the teeth are lighter by 6-8 shades. In addition to the Zoom in chair teeth whitening you can also get the zoom take home teeth whitening. The take home teeth whitening kit has the same zoom whitening gel but with a lower concentration. This will help you to maintain your white shade for as long as you keep using it.

So don’t wait to get a gorgeous smile with the zoom teeth whitening system. We also offer the best price in Sydney for zoom teeth whitening. Come to my smile doctors and experience the difference.

We have ceiling mounted entertainment screens so you can relax and watch your favorite TV shows white getting your zoom teeth whitening done.

At the moment we have a special offer and we are providing 50 % off the regular price ($1000) of zoom whitening and giving it for $499 only. Plus you can get the zoom whitening take home kit for $100 only!!! When you buy it with the zoom in chair teeth whitening, regular price $299.


26/Sep/2017

Many patients view crooked, crowded, or poorly aligned teeth as cosmetic problems, but there are health issues some serious that should be considered when determining if Invisalign or another tooth straightening dental treatment is called for.

Health conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease can occur due to an inability to reach between teeth for proper cleaning. There is also new evidence to show that poor oral hygiene can also result in digestive and heart health issues as well. Bone loss and jaw pain are also frequent side effects to misaligned teeth, a condition that may get worse over time.

However, the benefits of a perfect smile do not end with just your appearance.

  • Crooked teeth can interfere with proper chewing, a problem which is with you at every meal if not confronted.
  • Good oral hygiene (such as regular brushing and flossing) can be much more difficult and ineffective with crooked teeth. When your teeth are not straight and evenly spaced, there is a much higher likelihood that there will be hard-to-reach spaces that do not receive the proper treatment from your daily cleaning routine. As a result, unwanted plaque and tartar can build up unnoticed. Over time, this can lead to such serious consequences as Tooth Decay, Gum Disease, or even tooth loss. Since no one enjoys spending time in the dentist’s chair having Root Canals, Fillings, and Oral Surgery, it is important to stay on top of your oral hygiene.
  • An abnormal bite can be the result of uneven teeth, a jaw that is out of proportion or misaligned, or both. Crooked teeth can be brought into alignment using traditional metal braces; although they are not used as much today as they have been in the past. More popular currently are the alternatives available which are less noticeable, so that orthodontic patients do not have to sacrifice their looks in the short term to have a beautiful smile foreverInvisalign is a type of removable and virtually invisible aligner that fits over the teeth instead of wire being held in place by brackets.When it comes to considering your options for straight teeth at Enhance Dental, it’s easy to see the Invisalign benefits and clear advantages to improve your smile.The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan.
  • Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you’ll be smiling like you never have before! invisalign

26/Sep/2017

Even wondered who orthodontists are?

Don’t worry. You are not alone.

Most people, who have never experienced orthodontic problems, do not know who orthodontists are. For them, everything related to teeth is handled by a dentist. This however, isn’t true. Dentists are medical practitioners who handle most dental cases including dental problems such as tooth pain, root canal problem, etc. Orthodontists are also dentists, who are specialists in teeth alignment. They are professionals who can ‘move your teeth’ i.e. they can correct your misaligned teeth, straighten them, and improve your smile. So, if you have a badly shaped or improperly shaped jaw structure, you must consult an Orthodontist Sydney and not a dentist.

Here are some signs that indicate that you should specifically consult an Orthodontist like us.

  • Your upper teeth hang over your lower teeth and you are unable to close your lips properly due to them.
  • When you bite, your upper teeth go behind your lower teeth, making it difficult for you to chew your food.
  • If your jaw bone is shaped in such as way that your upper teeth and lower teeth don’t touch when you bite, you should consult an orthodontist.
  • You have crowded and/or overlapped teeth.
  • If you are unable to chew your food properly.
  • If the spacing between your teeth is more than normal.

A dentist may be able to help you but if you want effective treatment, you must consult the specialists.

WHEN SHOULD YOU VISIT AN ORTHODONTIST?

There is no specific age when you should visit an orthodontist. If your teeth are not aligned properly and are interfering with the way you talk, eat, and look, you must book your consultation right away. The best time to decide if a person needs orthodontic treatment is when he is about 7 year old. You must take your children and teens for an orthodontic consultation as soon as they feel comfortable. In case they require aligners, talk to them about it. Any age is a good age to use aligners but the sooner you do, the easier it will for them. As they grow, they will start feeling bad about their dental shape and might start feeling less confident about their looks. This is the reason why most orthodontists recommend parents to get their children’s teeth aligned at an early age.

If your teeth aren’t aligned and you hate the conventional braces that make you look odd, ask your orthodontist about Invisalign. These clear and almost invisible braces are highly effective and have many added advantage over the conventional ones. Contact us for more details.

DENTAL CONSULTATION WHILE UNDERGOING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

Dental problems are different from orthodontic problems. If you are already undergoing orthodontic treatment and are facing dental trouble, speak to your orthodontist first. He will evaluate your condition and, if required, will refer you to a dentist. Even if you are not facing dental problems, do not skip your regular check up every six months. Dental check up is very important for maintaining oral hygiene even when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

We hope this blog educates you about the importance of an orthodontist. If you need orthodontic treatment, book your appointment with us at 02 8036 2411.


26/Sep/2017

Do you have misaligned teeth? Do you put your hands in front of your mouth while you are smiling? Do you feel uncomfortable when people stare at your teeth because they look odd? Do you want to straighten your teeth but have been avoiding this due to the inconvenience that the conventional braces cause?

If yes, we have something good for you. No more metal braces, no more pain, no more food restrictions. Technological advancement has made teeth straightening simpler and easier. There is now a wonderful alternative to metal braces; the clear braces. They are as effective as metal braces but are much more convenient as compared to their counterparts‚ Only highly experienced dentists like us offer Invisalign Sydney treatment and therefore, you must consult us to know more.

Here is some basic information about Invisalign that you would like to know before you decide to choose them:

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE INVISALIGN?

  • It is nearly invisible. Now you can easily convince your teen to go for teeth alignment, as these clear braces will not make them look odd!
  • These braces are removable. You are free to eat and drink whatever you want. There are no food restrictions. The only thing that matters is a good oral hygiene.
  • Metal braces cause a lot of irritation in mouth, whereas Invisalign doesn’t.

IF NOT METAL; WHAT ARE THE ALIGNERS MADE OF?

The aligners are made of plastic. The plastic is very strong and non-toxic. Invisalign uses medical grade plastic to ensure your safety.

IS THIS A NEW TECHNOLOGY? WHY HAVE I NOT HEARD ABOUT IT?

Invisalign is not something new. The company started its operation in 1997 and soon started selling its products globally. Invisalign has been in use in Australia for a few years. You probably haven’t heard about it because only certified orthodontists like us are eligible to offer Invisalign services. These braces use 3D imaging technology and require a special training. Speak to us today to know more about invisalign & Invisalign Cost.

IS INVISALIGN SAFE FOR USE?

Yes, absolutely. Like any other medical product, these braces have undergone thorough testing prior to be commercially released in the market. They are clinically tested in America as well as in Australia.

IS IT AN EXPENSIVE PROCEDURE?

Transparent braces are expensive as compared to metal braces. They use state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology to create a series of aligners that will be used time to time to align your teeth properly. If you are opting for this treatment, be ready to pay a little more than the conventional braces. But the convenience they offer, make them worth the extra cost. Consult our Invisalign dentists to get an estimate.

AM I AN ELIGIBLE CANDIDATE FOR INVISALIGN?

Clear braces are suitable for everyone expect people whose teeth have been misaligned in an extraordinary way such as:

  • Severe derotation of cylindrical teeth
  • Complete extrusion

Your Invisalign dentist will be able to evaluate the conditions of your teeth and would be able to tell you if you are eligible for undergoing this form of teeth alignment. To visit the official website of invisalign, Click here and to book you consultation with our orthodontists, call us at 02 8036 2411.


26/Sep/2017

Dental emergencies are painful and irritating. Thankfully, they are rarely so severe that you have to rush to an Emergency Dentist immediately. In most cases, you experience pain and bleeding that can be controlled by some over-the-counter pain relief medicines. If you are experiencing severe and unbearable dental issues, call your dentist for help. If you are unable to contact your dentist, here is what you should to do:

TOOTHACHE

This is one of the most common forms of dental emergencies that people face. If you are experiencing a sudden pain in your tooth:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water.
  • Use a floss to dislodge any food particles that may have got stuck between your teeth.
  • Do not use anything sharp such as a needle to dislodge the particle or else you may harm your gums or scratch your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth again and apply an ice pack on the cheeks.
  • DO NOT apply any pain relief ointment on your gums or cheeks. We have met many people who tried doing it and ended up burning their gum badly.

BROKEN BRACES

The first and immediate thing that you have to do is to cover the sharp, protruding portion of the brace with cotton ball or with a chewing gum so that it doesn’t hurt. The wires are very sharp and therefore, you should not ignore covering them. Once you are done, call up your emergency dentist for suggestions. He will suggest you how to take out the wire or the brace. In case you are unable to do that, you may have to rush to your dentist immediately. However, in most cases the broken braces can be removed easily.

TOOTH KNOCKOUTS

Rinse the tooth lightly with plain water ensuring that you don’t disturb the tissues. Try to put it back in its socket. If it doesn’t go inside easily, don’t force it or else you may harm the gum and the tissues. In most cases, he will ask you to visit him as soon as possible. You have to act fast or else the tooth will die. You should also ask him how to take care of the broken tooth while you are on your way. Most doctors suggest you to dip the tooth in a container filled with milk or lightly salted water.

BROKEN CROWN

If the crown has fallen off, there is nothing much to worry about. Most people assume this is an emergency but it actually isn’t. If you have dental cement at home, use it to coat the interior of the crown, and try putting it back on the tooth. This is a temporary solution. If you don’t have dental cement, don’t worry. Store the crown in a water filled container. Fix your appointment with your dentist and he will do the needful. DO NOT try to use glue to attach it. Yes, a few of our patients have tried doing this.


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26/Sep/2017

AT MY SMILE DENTIST, WE ARE COMMITTED TO EDUCATING PATIENTS, WHICH IS WHY THIS ARTICLE FOCUSES ON AN IMPORTANT CONDITION WHICH ALL PATIENTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF.

Most Australians think of snoring as an annoying habit, but what most people are unaware of is that snoring can indicate you are suffering from a potentially serious medical condition known as sleep apnoea

This condition not only affects your sleep (with some patients waking up more than 30 times in an hour), but also your daily life and can lead to serious health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes. In this article we discuss the associated health risks and the treatments available to cure sleep apnoea, and get you back on the road to a better night’s sleep.

What is Sleep apnoea?

Snoring is only a small part of the problem, and not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Sleep apnoea is a potentially deadly condition where instead of partially blocking the airway while you sleep, the muscles completely block off the passage. This causes you to wake up so you can manually start the breathing process, and can occur hundreds of times a night.

Different types of sleep apnoea

Sleep apnea comes in several forms, and it is important to understand which may be affecting you. During you assessment here at My Smiles Dentist, we can determine the type of sleep apnea you are suffering from and thereby recommend the appropriate treatment plan.

Obstructive sleep apnoea: This is the most common form of sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea causes most sufferers to snore loudly.

Central sleep‚ apnoea: Central sleep apnoea is a less common form of sleep apnoea, central sleep apnoea affects the central nervous system of people with this form of sleep apnoea seldom if ever snore.

Complex sleep apnoea:Complex sleep apnoea is a form of sleep apnoea which is a combination of obstructive sleep apnoea and central sleep apnoea.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP APNOEA

A common sign of sleep apnea is fighting sleepiness during the day. You may find yourself wanting to fall asleep during the quiet moments of the day when you’re not active, even if you’re not sleepy during the day.

  • Snoring
  • Chronic headaches
  • Choking or gasping while asleep
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

In children, sleep apnea can cause hyperactivity, poor school performance, and angry or hostile behaviour. Children who have sleep apnea also may breathe through their mouths instead of their noses during the day.

5 HEALTH DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH SLEEP APNOEA

Obstructive sleep disorder can damage your judgment, work performance, mood, health and safety. Below are the top 6 health dangers you need to be aware of.

High blood pressure. Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure in people who have it. The frequent night-time waking that affect people with sleep apnoea cause hormonal systems to go into overdrive, resulting in high blood pressure levels at night. Low blood-oxygen levels may also contribute to hypertension in people with sleep apnoea.

Heart disease. People with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to suffer heart attacks and die in the middle of the night. The causes may be low oxygen or the stress of waking up often during sleep. The disrupted oxygen flow caused by sleep apnea makes it hard for your brain to regulate the flow of blood in arteries and the brain itself.

Weight gain. Adding weight raises your risk of sleep apnea, and up to two-thirds of people with sleep apnea are severely overweight. Sleep apnoea causes the release of the hormone ghrelin, which makes you crave carbohydrates and sweets. Getting treatment for sleep apnea can make you feel better, with more energy to exercise.

Car accidents. Daytime grogginess can put people with sleep apnea at increased risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. People with sleep apnoea are up to five times more likely than normal sleepers to have traffic accidents.

Cognitive ability. Scientists measuring sleepiness have found that sleep deprivation leads to lower alertness and concentration. It’s more difficult to focus and pay attention, so you’re more easily confused. This hampers your ability to perform tasks that require logical reasoning or complex thought and retain information.

TREATING SLEEP APNEA AT MY SMILE DENTIST

The increased risk for health problems linked to sleep apnoea can be scary, but effective treatment for sleep apnea is available at My Smile Doctors, located in Sydney, Parramatta. Our high quality treatments are designed to give you the best results possible, promoting better overall health and well being.


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26/Sep/2017

AT MY SMILE DENTIST, WE CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE A WHITER BRIGHTER SMILE IN UNDER AN HOUR WITH OUR ADVANCED ZOOM! TEETH WHITENING TREATMENT.

At My Smile Dentist, we are committed and passionate about helping patients achieve total optimal health. As the saying goes: prevention‚ is always better than cure and, as such, we have compiled a list of cleaning techniques and tips to help you keep your smile as bright as can be. This article is especially useful for patients who have taken advantage of our special teeth whitening treatment package, and want to maintain their new pearly whites for as long as possible.

CLEANING TIPS TO FOLLOW

Brush and floss: Brush your teeth twice a day with FDA approved fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day.

Use the proper equipment: Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can reduce plaque and gingivitis.

Practice good technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum. Gently brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue.

It is recommended to brush your teeth at least 2 to 3 minutes in total.

FOODS AND BEVERAGES TO CONSUME IN MODERATION

Wine: Red and white wine are notorious for staining teeth due to their acidic natures which can erode at tooth enamel.

Tea and coffee: Like wine, the ordinary black tea most people drink is rich in stain-promoting tannins. It is important to realise that tea is actually a bigger stainer than coffee.

Cola: Acidic and chromogen-rich, cola can cause significant staining. But even light-coloured soft drinks are sufficiently acidic to promote staining of teeth by other foods and beverages

Sports drinks: Recent research found that highly acidic sports drinks can soften tooth enamel setting the stage for staining

Intensely coloured fruits: Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, and other dark coloured fruits can cause stains. If you eat them, try to drink a glass of water directly after consuming them to produce saliva with your mouth or better yet, brush your teeth if possible.

And of course!.sweets

Hard candies, chewing gum, popsicles, and other sweets often contain teeth-staining colouring agents. If your tongue turns a funny colour, dentists say, there’s a good chance that your teeth will be affected.

REGULAR PROFESSIONAL MAINTENANCE

Lastly, it’s important to follow up your at-home care with a professional clean and regular examination. During your consultation we are able to effectively and safely remove the built up tartar that only a professional clean can remove.

ZOOM! TEETH WHITENING SPECIAL

For patients who have yet to experience our advanced teeth whitening special, this is your chance before it expires. This package includes a 1 hour in chair Zoom Teeth Whitening and before and after photos.


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