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October 2009 Today’s Dentistry eNewsletter

Are you a 17-second brusher? Child's restricted breathing and laughing gas

Welcome to this edition of our Health Tips newsletter

Last edition we covered the link between gingivitis has to diabetes sufferers, help for denture wearers, tax rebates on dental treatments and the buzz on electric toothbrushes.

If you missed any of these articles or would like some further information on them visit the Newsletter section of our website or contact us.

In this edition we will turn the spot-light on:

As always, we want to educate you and your family on the best possible dental hygiene practices and keep you up to date with the latest technology and research.

Happy reading,

Drs Darryl and David and the team at Today’s Dentistry


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Are you a “17 second toothbrusher”?

imageA recent survey showed that on average, people brush their teeth only once a day. It also showed that the average person spends only 17 seconds each time they brush their teeth.Now we all know that no one deliberately sets out to have tooth cavities or jawbone infections. The trouble is that many adults continually have problems with their teeth.

Researchers tell us over 60% of adults have already suffered from gum or periodontal disease, when bacteria burrows down between the teeth and the gums and eats away at the jawbone. This usually occurs without any pain or symptoms, until the teeth abscess.

As well as this, nearly half of adults (44.5%) have untreated tooth cavities. It’s the same situation. It’s not until the cavity has advanced and the decay has eaten down to the nerve that your teeth ache. By then it’s often too late for a simple fix such as a filling – the only thing that can stop the pain is extraction or root canal.

So why not try timing yourself. We recommend you brush your teeth for the recommended time of 3 minutes 2-3 times a day, and that you also floss, even if it is only once a day. Do this and you’ll have a much greater chance of avoiding the problems of tooth cavities and gum/periodontal disease. The other bonus is that your trips to the dentist will be a lot more pleasant.


Is your Child’s Schoolwork Suffering Because of their Restricted Breathing?

imageRecent research shows a new reason why many children are suffering low school marks, mood swings and irritability… It is thought up to 11% of children may suffer from Obstructive Sleep Disorders (also known as Sleep apnea) where enlarged tonsils and adenoids restrict the flow of air to the lungs. This means less oxygen to the brain, speeding up of the heart rate, and increases in blood pressure. It also can result in poor memory and concentration, hyperactive behavioural problems and ADHD type symptoms. Sleep specialists say the combination of noisy breathing during sleep, enlarged tonsils and a restricted palate are risk signs of Obstructive Sleep Disorder.

Failure to treat the problem by age 8 could mean a reduction in IQ of 10 points and four times greater probability of being in the bottom quarter of the class.

We recommend bringing your child in for their first dental visit at age 3 when we will check not only the health of their teeth, but also any signs of Obstructive Sleep Disorder.


The Story of Laughing Gas

imageLaughing Gas, or Nitrous Oxide, was discovered in 1793. Many famous people of the time inhaled purified nitrous oxide for recreational purposes and this led to it being offered to the public at carnivals and travelling medicine shows. At these events the public would pay a small price to inhale a minute’s worth of the gas.Poet Robert Soutry wrote at the time: “I am sure the air in heaven must be this wonder working gas of delight.”

In 1844 a dentist, Dr Horace Well, saw one of the shows and noticed a man taking the gas smash his shin and laugh. The next day the dentist used nitrous oxide when having one of his own wisdom teeth removed and felt no pain.

This was the first time any type of sedation anaesthesia was used for any medical procedure. It is still commonly used today.

Nitrous oxide acts to reduce anxiety as well as provide some pain relief. If you feel that nitrous oxide would benefit you during your next dental treatment, please let us know. We would be happy to arrange it for you.


Pressure Points to Stop Toothache in it’s Tracks

imagePlease advise your friends and family members that if they suffer toothache and need prompt relief there are some pressure points guaranteed to give same day relief.Just pick up the phone and call (07) 3263 2677. We’ll do our best to see them that day and stop their pain fast!

Patient Centre

Packed with useful information, links and resources for you – our patient.
 

More dental resources here


  • Dr David Kerr during dental treatment with female patient Tooth Extraction Pain - “I have some tooth pain following a tooth extraction a couple of days ago. What is a normal amount of pain after an extraction and what is the expected healing time? What should I be aware of in relation to complications such as dry sockets and blood clots?”” – Question from Robert from Zillmere, Brisbane
  • Baby teeth not falling out before adult teeth - In our first article in this series, we answered some of the questions we often receive from parents who are concerned about how their kids adult teeth are developing. Sometimes when your child’s adult teeth are developing, weird stuff can happen! Here we talk about shark teeth – when adult teeth come through behind baby
  • Ill-fitting Dentures - “I have a top denture and a lower partial denture. I am very concerned about preserving my existing teeth and preventing gum shrinkage. Not to mention that my current dentures are ill-fitting. It’s time for my six month cleaning but I am not happy with my existing dental care – I want a dentist who

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