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Your Dentist for North Ryde and Macquarie Park on Dental Scraping

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Here at your favourite North Ryde and Macquarie Park dentists, we recommend that you pay us a visit every six months, for a cleaning, a fluoride rinse, and a general checkup on your oral health. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and keeping in touch with the state of your teeth can prevent problems from developing in to larger maladies.

One of the most important procedures that we provide for our patients is dental scraping. Using a specialised tool, your dentist is able to scrape and clean your teeth below the gumline, in areas that are inaccessible to your daily routine of brushing and flossing. There are a number of reasons why this is so important.

The surfaces of your teeth lying under the gumline are just as susceptible to cavities as the visible area of them. Your gums do an admireable job of sealing off foreign substances from entering this sub-gumline area, but some will inevitable get past – and once it does, this warm, moist area is highly amenable to the growth of cavity-producing bacteria.

But it isn’t only your teeth that are in danger should you neglect this area – your gums can also suffer. Prolonged bacterial growth under your gumline can lead to bloated and bleeding gums, a reaction that is actually your gums’ attempt to clean up. Left unchecked, it can lead to issues such as periodontitis and gingivitis.

By cleaning these sub-gumline areas of your teeth, you can prevent the unchecked growth of bacteria taking its toll on your oral health, and potentially, avoid cavities or rotten teeth, over time. It is a sensible decision to protect the only set of teeth that you have, with a twice-yearly, comprehensive cleaning, courtesy of your dentists at North Ryde Macquarie Park Dental.

So book your appointment today!

Your Cosmetic Dentist in Macquarie Park on Stress

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The pace of modern life is a frantic one. We are being asked to juggle careers, family, friends, and our individual pursuits, all while the standards for success continue to climb. Augmenting this, of course, is the smartphone revolution. We are almost never parted from them, and as a result, constantly in touch and available.

This is having a number of unfortunate impacts upon our health. Researchers have discovered a huge variety of health ailments that have resulted from this reality, and your teeth are squarely in the crosshairs. As your favourite provider of cosmetic dentistry at Macquarie Park, we think you need to remain aware of them.

First, when we are stressed, we tend towards some poorer habits. Our diet suffers, we sleep less, and we might easily smoke or drink more heavily than usual. Our exercise and health regimen might also be backburned. Altogether, these impacts can easily result in our teeth suffering from some neglect.

But there is also a direct physiological impact of this stress, as well. Our body produces more of the hormone cortisol when we are stressed out, which suppresses our immune system. This can result in a gum ailment, known as Acute Necrotising Ulcerative Gingivitis, or ANUG, where areas of our gums will actually die, and necrose, in our mouth. This can result in receding gums, bad breath, and considerable pain.

In short, it helps to control our stress level. Some deep breathing exercises, or some yoga, can make a world of difference. As can leaving your phone turned off for a few hours each day.

For any and all of your cosmetic dentistry needs in Macquarie Park, come and visit us, or book your appointment today.