We all know how unhealthy soft drinks are regardless of the brand. They are detrimental to the health of your teeth and also the body generally.
One can of soft drink alone may contain up to ten teaspoons of sugar. This is well above the daily requirement of sugar consumption for a grown adult, so you could imagine the impact it can have on a growing child whose daily requirements are much lower.
Sugar, comes in various forms:
- Sucrose– Sugar cane source
- Fructose– Natural Fruit source
- Lactose– Found in mild dairy products
At Dural Dental Practice, we take pride in looking after your overall health which is why it is important for you to let us know if you are on any medications for Osteoporosis prescribed by your General Practioner.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a common disease affecting over 1 million Australians. This disease makes our bones more brittle leading to a higher risk of fracture. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals such as Calcium more quickly than the body can replace them, causing a loss of bone thickness (bone density or mass).
We are pleased and excited to introduce Sleep Dentistry (Sedation) to Dural Dental Practice!
What is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep dentistry often referred to as twilight sleep or twilight sedation is a form of sedation achieved with the combination of sedative and pain relieving drugs. The intravenous sedation is administered and supervised by an experienced medical doctor/ anaesthetist.
The drugs create a deep, calming relaxing effect for the entire duration of your dental procedure. During this time you will be unaware of, and undisturbed by the noises, tastes, sights and smells of the dental procedure, or of the needles, drilling or instruments in the mouth. There will be no pain, anxiety or discomfort. However, you will still be able to cooperate with the dentist when asked and drift off again with no recollection of the treatment being performed.
This will be ideally suited for:
- anyone above the age of 12, who are anxious or nervous
- anyone experiencing difficulty with getting numb (anaesthesia)
- anyone with a strong gag reflex
- anyone needing one long dental appointment to get complicated work (such multiple fillings, wisdom teeth extractions)
What is Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)?
Dry mouth occurs as the result of a decrease in the amount of saliva in your mouth. It may occur for several reasons, including: dehydration, as a side effect of medications, lifestyle habits like smoking, or a symptom of medical conditions such as the autoimmune disorder Sjögren’s syndrome.
What can cause it?
Many people commonly experience dry mouth because of dehydration and a lack of water throughout the day. Tea and coffee consumption may contribute as these drinks are diuretics, causing water to be eliminated from the body. For others, dry mouth occurs with the smoking, or the use of certain medications which are known to affect saliva flow and cause dry mouth. In fact, there are hundreds of medications known to have this as a side effect. Medical conditions such as Sjögren’s syndrome, which affects the salivary glands among other areas of the body, causes dry mouth in more frequent and severe ways.
There are a variety of energy drinks on the market being consumed by all age groups of people, most notably among teenagers. Energy drinks contain Citric Acid- a preservative that enhances their flavour and shelf life but also happens to be very good at dissolving the enamel on the tooth surface. Because enamel cannot be regrown after it is damaged the effects are irreparable. The loss in enamel makes the teeth sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, prone to decay and unsightly. Most energy drinks contain sugar as well as Citric Acid which enhances the damage to natural tooth structure by reducing the pH of the saliva further.
Try to avoid frequent consumption of energy drinks if possible. When you do consume these types of drinks we recommend you rinse your mouth out with water (or drink plenty of water) immediately afterwards to prevent the acid from sitting around your teeth for long periods of time. Chewing sugar-free gum will also help reduce the acid around the mouth.