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BABY TEETH ARRIVING

BABY TEETH ARRIVING ! Most babies will develop teeth between 6 and 12 months of age. Around 3 months of age, babies will begin exploring the world of their mouth and have increased saliva and start to put their hands in their mouth.  The first tooth usually appears around 6 months old. Typically the first teeth to come in are almost always the lower front teeth the lower central incisors) and most children will usually have all their teeth by age 3. Keep your child comfortable whilst teething with baby Panadol, teething rings and gum massage and/or gum teething gel. …

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KNOCKING OUT A PERMANENT TOOTH

KNOCKING OUT A PERMANENT TOOTH A knocked out permanent tooth is an emergency, if you don’t get help as soon as possible it can be impossible to salvage the tooth and the socket can become badly infected. By taking quick action, you can save both the tooth and socket. • Find the tooth • Pick it up by the crown, not the fleshy root • If it looks dirty, give it a quick rinse with a sterile saline solution, milk or saliva. Don’t scrub it or touch it So unappealing as its sounds, try to put the tooth back into …

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KEEPING KIDS LUNCH BOXES HEALTHY

KEEPING KIDS LUNCH BOXES HEALTHY Life is hectic and so packing and preparing healthy lunch boxes for the kids can sometimes seem impossible.  Packing a water bottle in your childs lunchbox is essential. It not only keeps their body hydrated but also their teeth. The fluoride helps strengthen their teeth, wash away excess acids after eating and fights dry mouth. Avoid buying cordials, soft drinks and fruit juices. CELERY, CARROT AND APPLE;  These are perfect snacks for the lunch box. They act like a toothbrush to their teeth. The high vitamin A and C is also beneficial. YOGHURT, MILK AND …

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DENTAL FILLINGS

DENTAL FILLINGS • Dental fillings are used to repair worn, decayed or damaged teeth. • A healthy diet and regular tooth brushing can prevent tooth decay and the need  for dental fillings, along with regular dental checkups. Types of filling material include;  • Dental Amalgam ( also known as Silver) • Composite Resin ( also known as Tooth coloured fillings) • Glass Ionomer cement • Gold ( rarely used) • Porcelain Some types of material may be better than others, so discuss your options with your dentist. Ian, the Mosman dentist. Dentist Mosman. Image:Pixabay

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FOODS THAT STAIN YOUR TEETH

FOODS THAT STAIN YOUR TEETH If wine can stain a table cloth, it’s no surprise that red wine, an acidic drink known for its rich colour will discolour teeth. White wine which has even more acid also can. Fruit and berries: Especially blackberries, blueberries and other vibrant fruits can stain teeth. Soft drinks, juices, and sports drinks are also very acidic and can cause staining, along with Tea and coffee. When consuming these drinks/food it’s a good idea to rinse with water straight after, and brushing teeth as soon as possible is a good idea. Keep up your  regular dental …

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THE ARRIVAL OF BABY TEETH

THE ARRIVAL OF BABY TEETH Most babies will develop teeth between 6 and 12 months. Around 3 months of age, babies will begin exploring the world of their mouth and have increased saliva and start to put their hands in their mouth.  The first tooth usually appears around 6 months. Typically, the first teeth to come in are almost always the lower front teeth (the lower central incisors) and most children will usually have all their baby teeth by age 3.  Parents can ease teething pain by massaging their baby’s gums with clean fingers, offering solid not liquid filled teething …

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KNOCKING OUT A PERMANENT TOOTH

KNOCKING OUT A PERMANENT TOOTH A knocked out permanent tooth is an emergency, if you don’t get help as soon as possible it can be impossible to salvage the tooth and the socket can become badly infected. By taking quick action, you can save both the tooth and socket. Find the tooth Pick it up by the crown, not the fleshy root If it looks dirty, give it a quick rinse with a sterile saline solution, milk or saliva. Don’t scrub it or touch it So unappealing as its sounds, try to put the tooth back into the socket. Then …

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INTERESTING FUN FACTS ABOUT TEETH

INTERESTING FUN FACTS ABOUT TEETH The average person spends around 38 days in their lifetime brushing their teeth. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Like finger prints, everyone’s tongue print is different. Giraffe’s only have lower teeth. If your right handed, you will chew your food on the right side. If your left handed you will tend to chew your food on the left side. The amount of money now left by the tooth fairy is $2. In 1866, Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist. Sharks continuously shed their teeth. 35,000 in a …

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TOOTHACHE

TOOTHACHE A toothache is most often caused when the nerve of the tooth is irritated. There are numerous reasons for a person to experience tooth pain: Dental cavities/tooth decay Hot or cold air Temperature sensitivity/hot or cold liquids or food Teeth grinding or clenching Orthodontic movement/braces Abscessed tooth Impacted wisdom teeth Pregnancy Gingivitis/periodontal disease Tooth fracture Acid Erosion Damaged fillings/crowns                                                                                                                                                             A toothache needs to be differentiated from other sources of pain such as facial pain, sinusitis, ear and throat pain or an injury to the Jaw. See your dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause of your …

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Mouthwash and your dental routine

Mouth Wash and your Dental Routine. Dental mouthwash can be a useful weapon in your dental health routine. Brush, floss and rinse? Brushing removes most food, bacteria and plaque from the surface of your teeth and  flossing gets in where your brush can’t reach . Some of us wonder if they should include mouthwash in their dental routine . Check with your dentist as he will be able to advise you on which mouthwash is suitable for you. If you suffer from a dry mouth it is best to avoid mouthwashes with alcohol in them as it will dry your …

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