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Dental Health Week

Dental Health Week

This week August 4-10 is Dental Health Week and the Australian Dental Association (ADA) wants all parents and children to ask each other : “Who is the Sugar Bandit in our family?”

Often Grandparents, parents, and friends will reward good behaviour, offer a special treat, comfort or even bribe children with sugary treats. It’s ok we’ve all done it! Unfortunately, children who consume high sugary foods and drinks on a regular basis are at greater risk of dental decay as well as obesity and diabetes.

Every time we eat, the bacteria (dental plaque) in our mouth and the acid from the food provide an acid attack which over time will develop cavities in our teeth. The greater and more frequent the exposure to these sugars, the greater the acid attack, the more rapid the progression of dental decay.

We are all aware of the obvious sugary treats such as confectionery and soft drinks, however, we must also be aware of the ‘hidden sugars’. These sugary treats can be often be marketed as ‘healthy’ options – such as dried fruit, museli bars, biscuits and fruit juice which still contain an abundance of sugars. Certainly it is normal to occasionally indulge in the odd sugary treat, and best to consume at meal times when salivary flow is high. However, we must be aware of the frequent ‘grazing’ on sugars to avoid dental decay.

So go on, dob in your families’ sugar bandit for the sake of your kids oral health.

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Dental Plaque and Calculus

Dental Plaque and Calculus

What is that on your teeth?

Dental Plaque and Calculus

Dental plaque is a sticky film that develops on your teeth throughout the day. It is removed in the morning and at night with tooth brushing and flossing.

When not removed, it can cause dental disease such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Plaque is made up of the food that we have eaten throughout the day and bacteria. When plaque is not removed and remains on the teeth for a long time, it hardens and turns into calculus, otherwise also known as tartar. Once the plaque has turned into calculus, you are no longer able to remove it through brushing or flossing, instead you need to have a dental hygienist or dentist remove with specialised instruments.

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