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Monday, December 30, 2019

3 Ways Pregnancy Will Change Your Oral Health

Pregnancy is a time of unusual changes to mum’s body, and her teeth are no exception. If you’re currently pregnant (or trying to be!) then you have a host of hormones to thank for all these changes. Here are three ways you can expect your dental health to change during your pregnancy along with some tips that will help you prepare for what to expect.
More Sensitive Gums
The first thing you may notice is your sensitive gums. Those surging hormones, estrogen and progesterone in particular, can make your gums react to the tiniest bit of plaque. They may become swollen, red, itchy, and bleed when touched with a toothbrush or floss.
It is very important to keep your teeth and gums clean at this time. The less plaque on your gums, the better. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and floss gently around each tooth.
Ask your dentist for recommendations on gum care during pregnancy. Now is the time to pay special attention to your gum health as it may be the only time you’re able to do so for a while. You may very soon be distracted by someone else’s needs!
Loss of Tooth Enamel
Some mums suffer from a condition called “hyperemesis gravidarum” which is severe form of morning sickness that mimics symptoms similar to food poisoning.
The bad news for dental health is that repetitive vomiting is damaging to teeth. Being ill on a regular basis means that teeth are exposed to acids nearly every day which dissolve tooth enamel.
Enamel can’t be replaced. As it thins out, teeth progressively get weaker and more sensitive and prone to decay. This ties in with another change in mum’s mouth during pregnancy.
Increased Risk of Tooth Decay
As mentioned above, the loss of enamel speeds up the tooth decay rate. But even mums who don’t struggle with morning sickness may be at an increased risk for developing cavities.
Pregnancy tends to cause unusual cravings. Expectant women feel better after snacking on the foods they’ve been craving. After all, their bodies are working hard, and they deserve a treat!
Those cravings are rarely for a balanced diet rich in a variety of nutritious foods, however.
If you experience such pregnancy cravings, then you may find yourself reaching for sweets or processed carbohydrates. If you’re often nauseous, then your diet may primarily consist of biscuits and fizzy soft drinks or fruit juice, all of which promote tooth decay.
Even if your diet is balanced, you’re probably tempted to slack off on the oral hygiene. Expectant mums tend to have more important issues to worry about than brushing their teeth. But you’ll regret it if you neglect your dental health now! Brush and floss every day and use fluoridated products to keep your mouth strong.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene During Pregnancy
Research suggests that aggressive gum disease in pregnant mothers can increase the chances of delivering prematurely, so maintaining good gum health is a must. Keeping your teeth healthy can reduce stress on your body and baby.
Maintain a steady routine of good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for prenatal dental checkups for more information.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Does Your Child Really Need to Visit the Dentist?

You may have several reasons for not bringing your child to the dentist. But there are still a few very important ones why your child should have regularly scheduled dental visits.
Establish a Healthy Foundation for Your Child with Early Dental Care
Your child should learn early on that going to the dentist is not a bad thing. If you wait only until they have a problem to introduce them to your family’s dentist, then they’ll be more likely to associate dental treatment with pain and fear.
The sooner you get your child used to the routine of visiting the dentist, the more cooperative they’ll be. They’ll also have a positive attitude towards their dental health and be brave and calm during dental procedures. You’ll find that dental appointments don’t have to be stressful occasions.
The dentist, yourself, your child–everyone benefits when you start bringing your child in for routine dental care as soon as possible!
Detect and Prevent Dental Problems Before They Even Start
Will your child need braces? What is their cavity risk like? Are there any problems with tooth development?
Find out the answers to these questions and more at your child’s dental appointment. The dentist will use x-rays and other techniques to screen for cavities and other potential problems that can be intercepted or reversed.
Early intervention can head off the problems while they’re still small, before they turn into more painful, complex and expensive ones to correct. Preventative care may limit the need for treatment altogether.
Regular Dental Visits Teach Your Children Good Dental Habits
The early visits and subsequent dental checkups to come are opportunities for your child to learn healthy dental hygiene habits. They’ll be taught easy brushing and flossing techniques that meet their current needs.
Dental professionals will use child-friendly language to explain the importance of caring for your child’s dental health. You the parent will learn about important topics like:
● Caring for your child’s teeth at home
● Dental sealants
● Fluoride
● Your child’s tooth eruption schedule
● When to start orthodontic treatment
● Dental products that are safe for your child
● Proper flossing techniques and oral health product selections
Your child’s dental appointments are crucial learning experiences for the whole family!
Dental Care Is Essential to Your Child’s Overall Health
Oral health is directly connected to overall health. This is true of everyone but especially important for children.
If your child is in pain, they can’t eat a healthy diet, won’t perform well in school and may lose sleep. He or she may even suffer from social anxiety. Oral infections can also lead to infections elsewhere in body.
Even those little baby teeth matter! They are all your child has until his or her adult ones come in. If they fall out too soon, the new teeth may come in crooked. Not to mention, cavities in baby teeth quickly move to infect the incoming new teeth.
Having healthy teeth and gums is critical to your child’s well-being for the future of their smile. Only a dentist can verify that your child’s mouth is problem-free and then help your child maintain optimal oral health.
Dental care is an urgent matter for kids. So, don’t wait any longer. Call today to schedule a dental checkup for each member of your family!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule—What It Is and How It Affects You

Dental health is an essential aspect of kids’ overall wellness and happiness. Oral pain can negatively impact their diet and sleep schedule and even their performance at school.
What if your family doesn’t have the coverage or funds to afford the dental care your child needs to stay healthy?
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule can help!
In 2014, the Australian Government set up a plan to ensure that all children in the country have access to the dental care they need. This program is called the Child Dental Benefits Schedule or CDBS, for short. At one point it was uncertain whether the CDBS would be continued, but to date it remains available for qualifying families.
What’s Covered Under the CDBS?
The CDBS covers the typical basic preventative and restorative treatments that general/family dentists provide.
These can include:
● Dental cleanings
● Dental exams
● X-rays
● Sealants
● Fillings
● Root canals
● Extractions
Each qualifying child is entitled to a total of $1,000 in benefits that can be used towards such procedures over a given two-year period. These benefits can be spread out over the course of the two years or used up at once on urgent necessary treatment.
You’ll notice that what isn’t covered are cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and implants. Your child can still receive any treatments you want them to have, but you’ll have to pay the gap yourself for procedures that exceed or are not covered by the $1,000 allowance.
Who’s Covered Under the CDBS?
Children ages 2-17 can qualify for the CDBS as long as they are within that age range for at least one day in a given year.
Consider, for example, a 17-year-old who turns 18 on second day of January. They are still entitled to their benefits throughout the rest of that year.
Additionally, qualifying kids need to be a part of a family that is already receiving Medicare payments and other benefits from the Australian Government such as Family Tax Benefit A. Dentists who accept Medicare are qualified to provide your child with services under the CDBS.
Does Your Child Qualify for the CDBS?
Your child should qualify for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule as long as he or she is receiving government benefits and is in the acceptable age bracket.
Are you not sure about which other government assistance qualifies your child for the CDBS? Do you have any other questions about the program? You can contact Medicare directly to learn more or for help enrolling.
Otherwise, head to a dental office that accepts Medicare payments and ask for their help in determining which services your child qualifies for.
Make the Most of the CDBS!
The Australian Government instituted the Child Dental Benefits Schedule on the basis of the understanding that dental care is a basic human need. You owe it to your family to make the most of this provision and ensure your child has access to dental treatment when they need it.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is one potential way for your child to access the dental care that is so vital to their health and happiness. As long as your child qualifies, we urge you to take full advantage of the program! Call your family’s dentist to find out more.