Taking your Vitamins | Cosmetic Dentistry in Macquarie Park

Thursday, March 08, 2018

In Australia, we are taught to avoid the sun from a very early age. It is reflected in our public service announcements, in our uniforms at school. No one likes sunburn, but recent research has shed some light on the importance of a controlled dose of sunshine. In its absence, our teeth – among other things – can suffer.

The only vitamin that our body creates for us, Vitamin D comes about as the result of a cholesterol in our skin reacting with UV rays, and are processed by your liver and kidneys in to a usable form. Without UV, your vitamin D levels remain low, which has real repercussions for your teeth.

Vitamin D plays a big role in the absorption and use of calcium, the building block for our teeth, as well as our bones and cartilage. In the absence of adequate Vitamin D, physicians note a strong correlation between greater likelihood of cavities, along with less bone retention in the jaw – something that can contribute to lost teeth. The value of proper intake, then, is high.

Luckily, we don’t need to risk a painful sunburn to gain adequate Vitamin D. Fifteen to thirty minutes of exposure around midday three times weekly is ample, with darker-skinned people requiring slightly more than those of us with paler skin. Should you be unwilling or unable to handle the sun for such a length of time, there are also Vitamin D supplements available at your chemist.

For the finest cosmetic dentistry in Macquarie Park, contact your experts at North Ryde Macquarie Park Dental today.

Your North Ryde and Macquarie Park Dental Clinic and Responsible Drinking

Thursday, March 08, 2018

The summer months are the period when Sydney comes alive. The weather is glorious, and sitting outside and enjoying a drink is standard behaviour for millions of us. And why not?

Regardless of our enjoyment, however, it can pay dividends over time to take a good look at our drinking habits, and more specifically, our choice of libation. This decision can make a considerable difference in our dental health overall. Many people may shy away from sugary drinks at the pub, but adding a shot of vodka doesn’t suddenly negate their negative impacts on our teeth, and as your North Ryde and Macquarie Park dental clinic, we are keen to help preserve your teeth.

To be clear, alcohol is never ‘healthy’ in the purest sense, as we well know. Any dram should be taken in moderation, or risk neurological issues or damage to our livers and kidneys. But in regards to our dental health, some are distinctly better than others.

As with soft drinks, the combination of sugars and acids makes for tough going on your enamel. Without a dose of moderation, overdoing it can lead to cavities and pool gum health over time. Mixed drinks, such as rum and coke and whiskey and dry, are among the worst offenders – but even something as innocent as a vodka/cranberry contains of a teaspoon of sugar, which along with the acidity in cranberries, puts your teeth in a tough spot.

Worst of all, however, is the humble Bloody Mary. The acidic tobacco, Worcestershire, and tomato juice combine to create an onslaught of poor ingredients for your teeth. Instead, go for lighter, paler, less sugary beers, a citrus-free gin and tonic, or lighter reds, like a Pinot Noir.

Contact your friends at North Ryde Dental for more information, or to book an appointment with your favourite North Ryde and Macquarie Park dental clinic.