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About Dental Health Week

From the 5th to 11th of August, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) will run its annual event called Dental Health Week. The aim here is educating and spreading awareness to the Australian public on good oral health, why it’s important and how to maintain it on a consistent basis. Your own oral health has a small part in your overall health and well being, so that is all the more reason for us to be passionate about our dental services.

This year, ADA has come up with the tagline “How’s Your Oral Health Tracking?” It’s pretty self-explanatory, right? Well, what’s really impressive is how they’re upping the ante in educating people this time. Now everybody, including you, can refer to this Oral Health Tracker document to understand the target goals related to Australians’ oral health improvement for the coming years.

This Oral Health Tracker was made by ADA in conjunction with the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) as well as other leading oral health experts in Australia. It’s especially useful for showing the correlation between poor oral health and certain chronic diseases such as diabetes, other conditions plus their risk factors.

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Evaluate Your Oral Health Practices

So in line with this year’s Dental Health Week, take a moment to reflect and ask yourself the following questions (be honest – you owe that to yourself):

 

1. “How often do I brush my teeth?”

If your answer here is once a day, here’s the reality. You’re not alone on this by a longshot. It’s been reported that 50% of Australians only brush one time every day on average.

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Still, it’s worth noting that most people brush right before going to bed, which is also the most important time to do so as that’s when your mouth is most vulnerable to bacteria growth. But on the other hand, why risk the burden of cavities when you only need around two minutes after lunch to brush your teeth?

The golden rule is brushing twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. Also, it matters to brush with circular strokes and without applying too much pressure. Brushing more aggressively or intensely can strip off the actual structure of your tooth and part of your gums. Then toothaches can occur as a result.

 

2. “Do I make time to floss every day?”

Sure. It may be an annoyance for you to floss. That appears to be the case for a good number of Australians, as almost 40% have revealed that they never floss or clean in between their teeth.

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But making an effort to floss is just like taking vitamin C or getting a flu shot at the start of winter. Prevention is better than cure. The slight inconvenience you experience is surely worth being able to avoid worse situations down the road. Especially something known as gum disease.

If you want to minimise your chances of getting gingivitis or periodontitis, rely on flossing daily to keep plaque from building up on your teeth. Use either normal dental floss or try an interdental brush instead.

 

3. “When have I last seen my dentist?”

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Perhaps the most surprising statistic is this: 65% of Australians have NOT made an appointment with a dentist in the past two years. Are you one of them? If yes, or if the last time you saw your dentist was over six months ago, please see them as soon as possible.

Your dentist is the only person qualified to look closely at your mouth and teeth and determine the current state of your oral health. Your dentist will know whether part of your teeth needs urgent attention, or whether you’ve been doing what you’re supposed to be doing, or brushing and flossing the way you’re supposed to.

Life without great oral health can be pretty tough. So place full trust in your dentist and schedule a dental check-up at least two times a year.

 


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With the highest rate of summer flu in Australia in a long time, the need to avoid the flu this winter is more crucial than ever. Flu is often overcome after a few days of bed rest, hot soup and a large dose of fresh orange juice for that Vitamin C hit. However, for the elderly or those with a weakened immune system, the flu can leave a nasty effect. Hospitalisation with flu can be a common occurrence for those over the age of 65, with a fear of it progressing to pneumonia.

With this in mind, our Crabourne doctors have come up with some ways to avoid the flu this winter and some tips on when to know if you should visit a doctor.

Symptoms of the Flu vs. Symptoms of a Cold

The symptoms of the flu and a cold are often confused, with some even believing that they are the same thing. It is important to note whether you have the flu, as this requires seeing a doctor in order to minimise the duration of your symptoms, however, a cold does not.

Synonymous symptoms of the flu and a cold include:

  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Flem

Additional flu symptoms include:

  • Fever / Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Aches in the body
  • Headache
  • Chest discomfort
  • Discoloured mucus
  • Shortness of breath

How to avoid the spread of flu this winter

  • Get the flu vaccination

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When discussing flu, this is no secret. The flu vaccination is extremely effective and will increase your likelihood of developing full immunity to the flu this winter.

At our bulk billing doctors in Cranbourne all consultation appointments & flu vaccine are free of charge. 

  • Thoroughly wash hands

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The flu is highly contagious and so good hygiene habits are extremely important, in order to reduce the risk of spreading. Our hands carry more bacteria than anywhere else on the body, making regular hand washing high on the priority list to avoid the flu this winter. It is recommended to lather soap in your hands for 15-20 seconds, making sure to rub in between all fingers and over all nails too.

According to the Australian Government, you should always wash your hands after:

  • You have been to the toilet
  • Coughing / sneezing / blowing your nose
  • Being in contact with someone who has a cold or the flu
  • Shaking someone’s hand
  • Before touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Before preparing food and eating

Carrying hand sanitiser is a good way to ensure your hands are clean at all times, without the need of water.

  • Look after your body

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Looking after your body and boosting your immune system plays a crucial part in avoiding the flu this winter. Eating well, with an array of different protein-rich foods and ‘five-a-day’ fruit and veggies, in addition to staying well hydrated, implementing a good sleep pattern and taking part in regular exercise, all contribute to a healthy immune system, weakening the likelihood of catching the flu.

  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing / sneezing

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Due to the high level of contagiousness that the flu embodies, the virus is often expelled into the air after coughing or sneezing. This makes covering your face as your sneeze or cough extremely important when suffering from the flu, as it restricts the spreading of the virus.

Going back to the point made before about hands, try to avoid sneezing or coughing into your hands as this introduces a new risk of spreading. Instead, try to use your elbow instead of your hands to prevent the diffusion of germs and always remember to dispose of used tissues immediately.

  • Steer clear of those who are sick

The infectious manner of the flu means that you are able to catch it, simply just by being near someone who has it. As it’s hard to establish the differences between the flu and a cold, it’s recommended to just keep your distance from anyone who is unwell to protect yourself from catching it. With that being said, that means sharing food or drink with someone who is sick is a no-go too.

In addition to this, it is recommended to also clean frequently touched surfaces including door knobs, laptops and phones, just to ensure no bacteria is lingering.

  • Know the symptoms of flu

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Knowing the symptoms of flu means that you know exactly what you have and how to treat it (a lot of fluid and rest being the main contender). You will also know that you need to see a doctor immediately, and with our specialist and professional doctors at Cranbourne Medical Centre, nothing could be easier.

 

Need more medical assistance? Make sure to book an appointment at Cranbourne Doctors or give us a call on (03) 5995 1000.

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On many occasions, people are often told the reasons for toothache is due to cavities which can be a daunting reality for people. Toothaches can sometimes begin very suddenly. They can also cause pain and discomfort that can be mild or severe which may also affect your head, jaw and ear.

However, our professional Cranbourne dentists understand there are other reasons causing pain to come from your pearly whites. To pinpoint the problem and avoid unnecessary stress we have provided several reasons you may be experiencing dental discomfort.

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Reasons for Toothache Include:

1. Sensitive Teeth:

Sometimes you might have pain from your teeth when your teeth are exposed to cold air, foods and liquids. This could mean your teeth have become sensitive linked to stimuli such as cold temperature. Mild sensitivity can be related to receding gums or a worn-down tooth.

2. Brushing your Teeth too Hard:

It is understandable you want to try get your teeth as clean as possible. However, by applying increased pressure or brushing over-aggressively it can cause more problems and discomfort. Intense brushing can strip away the structure of the actual tooth and the gums that cover the root of your tooth.

3. Severe Sinus Infection:

During flu or allergy season, you may suddenly develop a sinus infection that asserts a level of pain to your teeth. The reasons for toothache is because the roots of certain teeth sit right by the sinuses. The pressure that comes from the sinus infection can impact your tooth pain.

4. Grinding or Clenching Your Teeth when Sleeping:

Also known as bruxism, can occur without you knowing it in your sleep. An imbalance in the meeting of your teeth when they grind can cause tooth pain. Over time, it can lead to tooth sensitivity and pain. The ways to treat this type of pain could involve using a night guard, after evaluation by your dentist.

5. Cracked Tooth:

This can be caused by many things due to trauma to the mouth. This can be anything from biting down on a hard object or receiving some kind of blow to the face. Severe bruxism may also be a reason for your toothache. The symptoms of a cracked tooth could include a sharp pain when chewing or biting. It would be helpful to visit your dentist so they can restore the tooth before the crack worsens.

Overall:

The reason for toothache could have an easy or simple-to-treat cause or it can become more complicated. Therefore, it can be best to be prepared and speak to your dentist for a proper evaluation. By following up with your regular dental care appointments every six months to avoid any serious problems.

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Gum disease is an infection of the gums and surrounding tissue which is caused by plaque build up on the teeth. There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. The leading cause of gum disease is lack of dental hygiene including brushing and flossing teeth.

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The Two Stages Of Gum Disease

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Initially, gums may feel swollen and appear increasingly red. During brushing, the gums may even appear to bleed, thus becoming painful and uncomfortable.  If gingivitis is not treated correctly, it may transition to a more severe form of the disease, periodontitis.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease where the infection spreads to the supporting bone and fibre which hold the tooth in place. At this stage, the damage caused may be permanent, thus causing further problems down the track.

At this severe and advanced stage of gum disease, the gum is weakened to the point where a small gap may form between the tooth root and the gum. This gap is called the ‘periodontal pocket’, where bacteria can get trapped, causing even more irreversible damage to the gums and teeth.

In the worst case scenario, teeth may become loose and fall out, or in severe cases, be extracted by a dentist.

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How To Know If You Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease can occur at any stage of life. Symptoms to look out for may include:

  • Inflamed, red, swollen gums
  • Increased sensitivity or pain in gums, especially when brushing teeth.
  • Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  • Receded gums, making particular teeth appear ‘longer’
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

How To Treat Gum Disease

It is important if you do recognise any symptoms of gum disease, to seek professional help as soon as possible. At Cranbourne Dental Centre, we inspect the plaque and tartar build up, and clean where needed. In the case of gingivitis, we will instruct on the correct dental hygiene technique.

In the case of periodontitis, further action may be required. Non-surgical treatment includes antibiotics to treat any infection and root planning; this includes smoothing over root surfaces, discouraging any further tartar and bacteria build up.

Surgical treatments include gum pocket reduction surgery, reducing the size of any open gum tissue. Soft tissue and bone grafts are another option, to reinforce damaged tissue or bone, to reduce further damage in the future.

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How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease is completely preventable and with a few easy steps, it is easy to reduce your likelihood of any infection.

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day, for on average 2 minutes.
  • Using a soft toothbrush to reduce pressure and replacing their toothbrush every 3-4 months.
  • Better yet, an electric toothbrush is a fantastic option to increase efficiency and cleanliness
  • Flossing once a day to remove hard to see and reach plaque buildup.
  • Consuming a healthy diet and reducing sugar intake
  • Regular dental check-ups
Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000 or contact us here 

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What is a Root Canal?

The term “root canal” is directly linked to the process of cleaning the canals inside the tooth’s root. The ultimate goal of a root canal is to save a tooth that is severely infected, rather than disposing of it completely. This dental procedure will remove the dead or dying nerve tissue and bacteria from inside a tooth so that you can preserve the tooth and reduce the risk of removal.

With modern technology helping root canal treatments to be a painless and smooth treatment, the ‘painful’ stigma that surrounds root canals can be put to bed. More often than not, root canals will take up to two trips to your Cranbourne dentist; it’s easy!

What are the Symptoms of a Root Canal?

  •             Severe and persistent toothache
  •             Swelling in your face or cheek
  •             Foul-smelling and foul-tasting breath
  •             Swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck
  •             Sensitivity when chewing
  •             Pain in your jawbone, neck or ear

Often the common cause of needing a root canal is a cracked tooth, a deep cavity or a tooth that has undergone repeated dental treatment.

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What is the Root Canal Procedure?

  1.         The dentist at Broad Oak Medical and Dental Centre will insert a numbing gel (anaesthetic) around the bad tooth – it’s common to feel a slight prick as the needle is inserted.
  2.         When your tooth has become numb, your dentist will use a very tiny drill to remove a small portion of the top of the tooth and expose the pulp¹.
  3.         The infected pulp is removed with a set of instruments called files.
  4.         The canals (pathways that run through teeth) are cleaned with disinfecting solution to remove bacteria and any remaining parts of the pulp. Medicine may be applied to the area here, to prevent further infection.
  5.         Now the tooth is clean, it may be filled and closed. Often this will be with a temporary filling until your next appointment when you receive the permanent crown.

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¹.Pulp is essentially the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue of the tooth. It supplies blood to the tooth whilst it is also the reason you feel sensations such as temperature on your teeth.

How to take care of a Root Canal?

With care and attention, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can remain healthy for the rest of your life. Ensure you are visiting your dental clinic in Cranbourne every six months, brushing twice-a-day with a deep clean toothpaste that fights germs, flossing once-a-day and avoiding chewing on hard foods that can cause teeth to break.

Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000

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At Cranbourne Dental Centre, we strive to ensure all our clients can attain high quality and accessible dental care.  For children, there is the ‘Child Dental Benefits Schedule’ (CDBS) which is an initiative that allows for up to $1000* for basic dental treatments. 

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible, the patient must be aged between 2-17 for at least 1 day of the calendar year.  They must and also be eligible for Medicare, Family Tax Benefit A, or other relevant Australian Government payments.

To be able to receive the benefits for your child, eligibility will be granted if you are their parent/guardian, or if you’re an approved care organisation responsible for the child.

If you are unsure whether your child is eligible for CDBS, you can contact the Department of Human Services.

Which Services Are Eligible For the CDBS?

  1. Dental check-ups and teeth cleaning
  2. Fissure sealants and fillings
  3. Dental x-rays
  4. Extractions
  5. Root canals 

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How To Claim?

Treatment is bulk billed through Medicare

  • Eligible children pay $0 – no out of pocket costs
  • No wait list – your child will have the next available appointment

To be able to claim CDBS with Cranbourne Dental Centre, simply make an appointment with us and inform us of the service required and mention that you would like to use CDBS. We will then require you to sign a consent form agreeing to the services and the cost.

At Cranbourne Dental Centre we offer bulk-billing, which means patients will not need to submit a claim with us under the CDBS.

One thing to note with the Child Dental Benefits Scheme is that it is not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and will not be paid for any services provided in a hospital operating theatre.

Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000

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Dental Fissures Sealants Cranbourne Dental Centre

At our Dental Clinic Cranbourne, our team of professional dentists offer the service of dental fissure sealants. This service targets the pits and fissures within the grooves of the tooth. Generally, this is the permanent back teeth, as it is a hard to brush, prime opportunistic area for decay to build. Fissure sealants are coatings applied to the grooves in the tooth, designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of your teeth.

Dental fissure sealants are generally looked at as a procedure directed at children to prevent cavities; however, at any age, dental sealants can be recommended as a preventive measure.

Some key benefits of dental sealants may include:

  • Dental fissure sealants are very easy to apply and can be applied quickly in one session.
  • A pain-free experience to apply.
  • By implementing dental sealants, patients can look forward to spending less money in the future on procedures as they will have already taken the preventive measure.

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How are Dental Fissure Sealants applied?

  1. To begin with, one of our Dental Professionals at Cranbourne Medical Centre will clean the given tooth which is receiving the dental sealant.
  2. Once the tooth is cleaned, an ‘acidic gel’ is applied to the tooth, to ensure the sealant can effectively ‘grip’ onto the surface.
  3. Teeth are then cleaned, rinsed and dried, ready for the sealant to be applied. The sealant is then applied.
  4. The sealant is then applied to the tooth with a brush, and the formula will bond with the tooth and will then harden to become the sealant. In some cases a curing light is used to speed up this process; this can depend on the particular sealant.

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How Long Do Fissure Sealants Last?

Fissure Sealants can last a number of years, usually up to 10, and will continue to prevent against cavities and decay. It is important however that Sealants are checked up on in bi-annual check up appointments to ensure against any potential wear or chipping.

Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000 or contact us here.

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Fastbraces vs Invisalign – Dentist Cranbourne

Fastbraces vs Invisalign? Both are popular options for those wanting to straighten their smile. It can be difficult to know which option is right for your unique needs. Fastbraces vs Invisalign- Dentist Cranbourne break down the unique advantages and drawbacks of each treatment to help you make this decision.

Orthodontic care is rising in popularity with nearly two-thirds of Australians considering treatment to fix crooked teeth. Teeth alignment can help boost self-confidence by giving you that perfect smile. Seeing an orthodontic specialist can also identify and prevent dental issues due to misaligned teeth, including:

  • Pain and issues from jaw misalignment
  • Bacteria build-up between teeth as it’s easier to get food stuck in crooked teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not properly addressed.
  • Wearing down of protective enamel due to misaligned teeth, which can lead to cavities.

When it comes to getting braces, dentists at our Cranbourne medical centre understand everyone has different needs and priorities. We offer both Invisalign and Fastbraces treatment options to our patients to accommodate their requirements.

Invisalign

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As opposed to traditional braces with metal brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to fix crooked teeth. By wearing the aligners in sequence, Invisalign progressively guide teeth into alignment.

It’s the most discreet option for braces as they can be virtually invisible. The aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours per day, and can be taken out whenever you choose. This is particularly useful if you are attending a special occasion or taking photos. It also leads to fewer eating restrictions as you don’t need to worry about damaging the braces. Invisalign is comfortable to wear as it doesn’t have any metal that may cut the mouth.

However, this method is often less effective for severe orthodontic problems. For serious cases of teeth misalignment, wearing Fastbraces may lead to better outcomes.

Fastbraces

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Fastbraces uses a modern triangular metal brace design to align the root of the teeth along with the visible crown. This treatment is much faster than other treatment options and is often more affordable as a result. Like traditional braces, our Cranbourne doctors tighten your Fastbraces over time to move teeth into the correct positions.

As Fastbraces uses metal brackets and wires, it may cut or rub the inside of your mouth. You must also be careful when eating to avoid damage to the braces.

The verdict

Fastbraces vs Invisalign? Ultimately, your choice in braces comes down to what you regard as your top priority. Invisalign is a great option for those seeking a discreet fix for minor teeth misalignment, whereas Fastbraces will help you achieve a perfect smile in a shorter timespan. Visit Broad Oak Medical Centre in Cranbourne for a professional consultation to choose the most suitable treatment for you.

Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000






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