Olympian Smiles at SO Dental Chatswood
Beautiful smiles of talented Olympians at SO Dental Chatswood:
Seth is in the Youth squad of Volleyball Australia and just competed in the under 19 World Championships in August 2017. He is having a hard decision of whether to continue his high school curriculum or to move to Canberra to be trained with the Olympic squad. Seth is currently having braces and orthodontic treatment at SO Dental Surgery in Chatswood. He is very happy with his handsome smile!
Kay is our lovely hygienist at So Dental Chatswood. She is a coach and referee in the Australian Taekwondo. Kay was the 10th Taekwondo World Championships National Coach and represented Australia in the World Championships. Our black-belt Kay currently enjoys working at So Dental Surgery as a Gentle hygienist and assistant.
Cost of Invisalign Clear braces
The cost of Invisalign is around $4500 to $9000 which is similar to braces. Invisalign is clear aligners which are virtually invisible, so you can keep living your normal life. Invisible braces are the clear alternative to braces that can help you achieve a straighter smile.
To find out if you are suitable for Invisalign you will require an initial consultation. At this appointment, we will discuss the issues you are having with your teeth and will then discuss the results you are able to achieve. Our dentists and staff at SO Dental Chatswood had completed training and are experienced in Invisalign. If you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign, a treatment plan will be mapped out with your goals in mind.
You will then be required to attend a second appointment where photographs and impressions will be taken. The images and impressions are sent off and are then digitised into a 3D image (ClinCheck®). From these images your dental provider will prescribe the precise tooth movements throughout your treatment.
Once you have agreed to the proposed treatment plan, aligners are then custom-made for you. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into their desired position. You aligners are to be removed ONLY when eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Once your treatment is complete you will be fitted with Vivera retainers and will be required for check-ups every 3 months.
We are dentists in Chatswood who would use the best treatment plans for your needs. Your oral health comes first!
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What is Bad Breath?
Sometimes called halitosis, bad breath is usually caused by poor oral hygiene habits, infections that occur in the mouth, unhealthy habits, such as smoking and alcohol intake, and foods that you eat. Other culprits include dry mouth, respiratory tract infections, systemic diseases such as diabetes, kidney, liver and lung disease and gastrointestinal issues, which may include acid reflux and other stomach digestion problems.
Signs & Symptoms
Bad breath odours vary, depending on the source or the underlying cause. Some people worry too much about their breath, even though they have little or no mouth odor, while others have bad breath and don’t know it. The underlying symptoms can be poor oral hygiene resulting in dental plaque, food debris build up and development of gingivitis. Because it is difficult to assess how your own breath smells, try to smell your breath by placing your hand over your nose and mouth and breathe, or ask a relative. Consider seeing a dental professional to confirm if bad breath is an issue for you and to ask how to treat it.
Most bad breath originates in your mouth, and there are many possible causes that include: certain foods you eat (garlic and onions, in particular), alcohol or cigarettes, poor oral hygiene, gum disease, diabetes, dry mouth, sinus or throat infections, lung infections, kidney/liver failure and gastrointestinal issues.
Determining the cause of bad breath can be tricky without the help of a healthcare professional, because there are so many possibilities that may be causing it. So make an appointment with your dental practitioner, who can give you a diagnosis or refer you to your family physician or another medical professional, if necessary.
In general, the best way to prevent bad breath is to brush your teeth twice a day and brush your tongue and floss once every day. But there are also other techniques to freshen your breath, which your dentist or doctor can discuss with you.
Always make sure you’re practicing great oral care habits. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help to control plaque development and use of a tongue scraper will help control odor causing bacteria that form on the tongue. Use of floss is important to keep the spaces in between your teeth clean. Regular dental visits twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning are also excellent steps.
Although bad breath may be nothing serious, if simple self-care techniques don’t solve the problem, you should consult with your dentist or physician.
Oral Health and Pregnancy
Dental Health in Chatswood: The following is a good read on Oral Health and Pregnancy. If you would like more information, please contact So Dental Chatswood. We are Dentists in Chatswood who would like to tell you more about Dental Care.
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ORAL HEALTH AND PREGNANCY
Janet Doyle- 16/05/2017 Postscript.com.au
Jo Purssey, Oral Health Therapist and Oral Health Advisory Panel member, answers your questions about oral health and pregnancy
1. If a customer visits the pharmacy and asks for advice about maintaining a good oral hygiene routine during pregnancy, what advice can I offer?
Contrary to the old wives’ tales, pregnancy itself doesn’t damage the mother’s teeth, however it can lead to issues with gum disease and increased risk of tooth decay. Janet Doyle- 16/05/2017
As with all the life stages, maintaining an effective oral hygiene routine is essential during pregnancy to prevent dental decay and disease. This means brushing morning and night and morning with a fluoridated toothpaste, regular interdental cleaning, eating a balanced diet, and visiting your oral health professional regularly.
For optimal health during your pregnancy, a visit to your oral health professional as soon as you are planning a pregnancy or as soon as you know you are pregnant is recommended. This will allow plenty of time to assess, plan and attend to your own oral health, as well as provide much needed information on what is the ideal environment for your new baby to secure optimal oral health for their future.
2. If I notice a heavily pregnant customer browsing the mouth wash aisle in the pharmacy, what information about OTC products during pregnancy should I share with her?
Many over-the-counter products are safe to take during pregnancy. Mouth wash solutions that contain alcohol should also be avoided, as no known quantity of alcohol is considered safe during pregnancy.
You could suggest she try an alcohol-free, fluoridated mouth wash, which can help provide some additional protection against decay.
Ideally, the best suggestion to make is to ask if the customer has had a recent oral health check? Do they know the status of their own oral health, as this will directly impact on the babies oral health for life, once they are born?
3. If, while speaking with a customer who is obviously pregnant, I notice her gums look quite red and inflamed, what advice should I offer?
Hormonal changes can make pregnant women more susceptible to gum disease called gingivitis – where gums become red and inflamed, and prone to bleeding.
There have been some studies, which suggest a link between gum disease and preterm/low birth weight babies. While the current evidence is not predictable, it would be best to ensure your own oral health is being managed.
Signs of gum disease may include:
- Red (instead of pink) and/or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums (particularly when brushing or cleaning in between the teeth)
- Unpleasant breath
Explain to your customer that the hormones swirling through her body during pregnancy have changed her bodies inflammatory response, and suggest she see her oral health professional for advice.
While hormones play a part, it is also important to advise her that it is still bacterial deposits or plaque that is the major cause of gum disease. Keeping teeth clean, paying particular attention to the gum line, will dramatically reduce a pregnant woman’s risk of gingivitis or more complex gum diseases.
4. A customer asks me for advice about additional vitamins or supplements during her pregnancy to keep her teeth in top shape. What can I recommend?
Although supplements will have no effect on teeth calcium and vitamin D are of particular importance during pregnancy, for both the mother and the growing baby. Calcium protects the mother’s bone mass, and meets the nutritional needs of the baby, while vitamin D helps the mother’s body utilise that calcium more effectively.
Encourage your customer to increase her own calcium intake by consuming more dairy products, and other foods high in calcium like salmon or trout, leafy greens like kale and spinach, dried beans, almonds and chia seeds. Good food sources of vitamin D include cheese, fatty fish like tuna, mackerel or salmon, eggs, and foods fortified with vitamin D However, you should encourage your customer to check with her obstetrician, mid-wife or GP before making any decisions relating to supplements or dietary changes, to ensure there are no other medical considerations which may impact on the pregnancy and developing baby.
The best source of vitamin D is sunlight, so exposing skin to the sun each day can assist your customer to get adequate vitamin D. For fair skinned people around 5-10 minutes during summer, and 15-30 minutes during winter will suffice. People with darker skin need longer exposure as their darker skin reduces the penetration of UV light – from 15minutes up to an hour in summer, and from 20 minutes up to three hours in winter. Once again, you should encourage your patient to check with their medical professional, before taking any action regarding supplementary dosing or action.
5. If a customer comes to me regarding her dreadful morning sickness, which has her throwing up at least once a day, should I suggest she brush her teeth straight afterwards to combat bad breath? Is this the right advice?
Unfortunately, for many women, vomiting during pregnancy is not uncommon. While for most women this will stop after the first trimester, some will experience ‘morning sickness’ all day long for the duration of their pregnancy! Frequent vomiting increases the risk of tooth erosion and tooth decay, as the strong stomach acids associated with vomiting, change the pH level of the oral environment, which can damage enamel and alter the type of bacterial activity in the mouth.
It’s important to advise your customer to avoid brushing her teeth immediately after she has vomited, as this can actually damage the enamel that has been softened by the stomach acid. The best advice to give would be to rinse with plain tap water straight after she has vomited, and then wait at least half an hour before brushing her teeth.
Drinking plenty of water, Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free lozenges may also help to stimulate ‘protective saliva’, and neutralise the acid in her mouth.
*The Oral Health Advisory Panel (OHAP), is a group of independent healthcare professionals with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of good oral health and its impact on general wellness. The Panel aims to take oral health beyond the dental clinic. Follow them via twitter @OHAPanel to stay up to date with practical advice on good oral health habits.
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Why do you need a mouth guard?
Custom-fitted Mouthguards at SO Dental Surgery Chatswood
SO Dental Surgery Chatswood uses MINISTAR S® Innovative pressure moulding technique making the best “Custom-fitted” mouthguards to protect your child’s teeth, mouth and jaw. One of our dentists takes an impression and creates a plaster model of your teeth. Custom-fitting allows us to accurately assess your mouth and provide the best fitting mouthguard that is most appropriate for you.
Custom-fitted mouthguards provide a better fit than other varieties, as they are made to suit your individual needs. When made by your dentist, a custom-fitted mouthguard is:
- Allows you to speak clearly
- Won’t shift or fall out
- Won’t restrict your breathing
A custom-fitted mouthguard not only protects your teeth but can also prevent or reduce the impact of injuries to other parts of your head and jaw.
Information from “Colgate Oral Care Center” The Importance of a Mouth Guard
Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injury in sports. According to the ADA, an American Association of Orthodontists survey found that 84 percent of children do not wear mouth guards while playing organized sports because they are not required to wear them. Although other protective materials, such as goggles, helmets, shoulder pads or shin guards are required in order to participate, mouth guards sometimes are not. But not only do mouth guards save teeth; they help protect the jaw as well.
All young athletes would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard. Sports such as football, wrestling, soccer, basketball and lacrosse — to name a few — pose a high risk of injury to the mouth and jaw. The chances of a sports-related injury to the mouth and jaw are minimized by wearing a mouth guard, which best explains why you need one. Athletic mouth guards are thin, flexible pieces of plastic that are placed in the mouth and over the teeth to protect oral structures during any sports activity.
Types of Mouth Guards
There are three types of mouth guards, as detailed by WebMD. Stock and boil-and-bite mouth guards are usually found in most sporting goods stores. Athletic mouth guards can vary in comfort and cost. A custom-made mouth guard fabricated by a dentist or orthodontist is considered by many to be the most protective option. The most effective mouth guard is resilient, tear-resistant and comfortable. It should fit properly, be durable, be easy to clean and should not restrict speech or breathing. Generally, a mouth guard covers only the upper teeth.
Taking Care of Your Mouth Guard
A mouth guard must be taken care of and cleaned properly like any other appliance that is utilized to help your teeth. It should also be replaced once it becomes worn out because it will no longer offer optimal protection.
Here are some tips on how to keep your mouth guard clean and in good condition:
- Gently scrub it after each use with a toothbrush and some toothpaste.
- Store it in its protective case.
- To prevent it from melting or becoming deformed, keep it out of hot water or the sun.
- Avoid chewing on it.
- Replace it if it doesn’t fit properly and at the beginning of a new sports season.”
For more information or to book an appointment, contact SO Dental Surgery in Chatswood. Our dentists and staff are most happy to give you advice and to provide you or your family custom made mouthguards for your needs.
New Planmeca PlanScan- same day crown
Same Day Crown at SO Dental Chatswood:
We had just upgraded our CAD CAM system with the New and fastest Blue-Laser Colour Scanner.
We can provide our patients with the best fitting, cosmetic and functional ceramic crowns / Porcelain veneers in a single day with the latest generation ‘Planmeca PlanScan™ CAD CAM’.
Our newest scanner at SO DENTAL CHATSWOOD- state of the art ‘Planmeca PlanScan CAD CAM
The world of CAD/CAM dentistry has been evolving for 30 years. Now it’s time for a leap. Planmeca PlanScan is the innovative, technologically advanced, ultra-fast intraoral CAD/CAM system for restorative dentistry.
Everything about the Planmeca PlanScan makes restorative dentistry quicker and easier – from intuitive computer-guided image capture to plug-and-play technology that gives you the freedom to scan at multiple workstations. And, of course, it’s powder-free.
PlanScan is the only intraoral scanner in the world with blue laser technology. Its smaller wavelength (450 nm) is more reflective, resulting in sharper images. Its ability to capture fine details allows for more clinically precise prosthetics.
With video-rate scanning and Thunderbolt™* connectivity to your PlanCAD laptop, PlanScan captures and processes data almost as quickly as you move your hand – even with full-arch cases.
*Thunderbolt is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
For more information about same day crown or to make a booking, please contact SO Dental Surgery in Chatswood.
How to Prevent Acid Dental Erosion?
Here are some simple steps to protect your enamel from Acid erosion, starting today:
- Make an appointment to see our dentists and staff at SO Dental Chatswood if you haven’t been in the past 6 months, we will provide customised oral hygiene and dietary advice for your specific situations.
- Don’t give up the healthy food in your diet, particularly fruit, but take a fresh look at how to eat it. If you’re eating something acidic, have cheese, milk, or another non acidic food or drink with them.
- Don’t swish, swirl or hold acidic drinks in your mouth for too long.
- Many drinks, especially carbonated ones, can contribute to Acid Erosion. Try drinking through a straw or substituting the carbonated drink with water or milk.
- Try not to brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking and make sure you’re using a soft-bristled brush.
- Consider using a mouthwash along with a fluoride paste to give you extra protection from the effects of everyday acids.
- Use a good protective toothpaste as your daily fluoride toothpaste. eg. Sensodyne*proNamel* toothpaste, or daily application of GC tooth mousse.
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Lingual Braces at SO Dental Chatswood- straighten teeth from back surfaces of the teeth. They are a discreet way to straighten teeth in comparison to traditional fixed appliance braces and aligners. Lingual braces comprise of small brackets and arch wires which are bonded to the back of the teeth providing virtual invisibility. Each bracket is custom made to fit the back surface of each tooth, this ensures the brackets are of the correct size and shape for optimum results to be obtained. Lingual braces work in a similar way to conventional braces, but they are hidden behind the teeth.
SO Dental Surgery in Chatswood specializes in beautiful smiles- We embrace the philosophy of conserving tooth enamel with minimal or no preparation for porcelain veneers. Porcelain Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth colored materials designed to improve your appearance. The veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shade, shape, size, angle or length. They are translucent and natural looking.
Dental checkup and cleaning
Many Sydney dentists and dental practices make you go through the time and cost of an initial dental appointment before referring you to a hygienist for scale and clean. At SO Dental Chatswood, all your dental checkup and cleaning are carried out by our experienced and friendly dentists. We carefully examine your general health conditions, oral cavity, teeth before and during the treatment.
We use modern technology and our Dentist’s up-to-the-minute knowledge with skills, all in a virtually pain-free environment.
Preventive dentistry is the modern way of reducing the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth. It helps you to keep your teeth.
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Sleep Apnoea is a disorder affecting hundreds of millions worldwide; those affected (adults and children alike) literally stop and start breathing all through the night. This is due to the soft tissue of the airway collapsing so severely…
Snoring is a sound produced when the air passes through relaxed tissue in the back of the throat. Sleep Apnoea is best described as intermittent breathing or stopping breathing during sleep; Apnoea is a Greek word meaning “without breath”.