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Sore Teeth in Children: Causes and Solutions

Posted September 20th, 2017

What causes sore teeth?

Sore teeth may occur at any age for a variety of reasons. In children, there are a few common causes of sore teeth we see most often.

Teething

Babies and young children often get sore teeth and gums when teeth are erupting. Their teething pain can be soothed with a teething ring (try chilling it in the refrigerator first) or teething gel. Sore teeth during teething may cause your baby to be grizzly, febrile and generally a little unwell. Many parents understand that extra saliva will develop when a child is teething. This is accurate and requires no intervention. However it’s important to note that around 4 months old, all babies can produce excessive saliva in order to assist their digestion of solids. This doesn’t mean your 4 month old is teething, and it is perfectly normal.

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Why Does My Child Have Yellow Teeth?

Posted September 14th, 2017

Some parents are concerned that their kid’s adult teeth are yellow.  Most of the time the reason for stained teeth is simple and does not require any treatment.

Why do teeth appear yellow?

The first reason is because they look more yellow next to their baby teeth. Baby teeth are so white that they are sometimes called ‘milk teeth’. When a new adult tooth is next to a baby tooth (milk tooth) they can look quite yellow. In this case it is normal and the colour difference will not be as noticeable when there are more adult teeth and less baby teeth.

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Don’t Suffer With Sensitive Teeth!

Posted June 14th, 2017

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth?  Drinking cold drinks, eating ice cream, having hot coffees or even breathing in cold air can be extremely painful if you suffer from sensitivity.

Dentin hypersensitivity is the term used to describe sensitive teeth caused by many different factors. Some of these factors include gum recession exposing the root of the tooth, worn enamel, cavitieschips in the enamel or tooth surface and grinding of your tooth surface. Sensitive teeth can be managed and there are strategies you can use to ease the discomfort of your sensitive teeth.

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Achieve A Straight Smile Without Braces

Posted June 7th, 2017

Are you self conscious about crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth? Many adults have concerns with their smile – whether it’s straightness, gaps, overlapping or overbites, but they don’t want to have braces. There are now many treatment options for adults to straighten their teeth and improve their smile, without the need for traditional bulky orthodontics. Some options are:

Invisalign:

– Invisalign is a series of clear retainers, which gradually improve the alignment of your teeth. As they are clear, they are virtually undetectable, and give patients great results in minimal treatment time. Impressions of your teeth are taken in order to make the retainers, and highly advanced technology and imaging creates a prototype of how your teeth will reach their ideal straightness.invisaligh_002

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Dental Abscess: A Serious Dental Condition

Posted May 10th, 2017

A dental abscess is a serious but common problem. An abscess is a type of lump or swelling due to pus and infection. A dental abscess is exactly that – but in your mouth. Sometimes a dental abscess will present with no pain, but just look like a pimple type lump on the gum. However if there is pain associated with a dental abscess, it’s usually an intense, nerve pain.abscess

The lump itself will usually be above or below a tooth, on the gum. Redness, swelling and pus are all visible signs of a dental abscess. As a dental abscess is an infection, antibiotics are often used to treat them. A course of antibiotics will often reduce pain, swelling and clear up the infection immediately.

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Wisdom Teeth: What You Should Know

Posted May 3rd, 2017

We all know someone who has had a swollen face or a hospital visit to have their wisdom teeth extracted. The topic of having wisdom teeth extracted can sound scary and overwhelming, but at Vivid Dental we can make the experience easy. If you have any concerns or issues with your wisdom teeth, come in for a consultation.

Many patients think that all wisdom teeth must be extracted. This is not the case. Some people will have two wisdom teeth, some will have four, some will have none! No two mouths are exactly alike, and some wisdom teeth may exist harmlessly in your mouth – above or below the gum line, causing no problems at all. However, sometimes wisdom teeth can cause a number of issues, such as:

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Dental Cavities in Baby Teeth

Posted April 26th, 2017

Dental cavities are the most commonly treated tooth problem in both adults and children across the globe. However, few people understand what they are, how they occur. It’s important you know the correct treatment and how your children’s dentist will prevention them. It’s important to understand how your tooth is made up, to understand how cavities are formed.baby teeth cavities

Every tooth has a ‘crown’ (the part you see in your mouth) and roots. The crown is coated in natural tooth enamel, which is a hard surface designed to keep bacteria out. However, children’s tooth enamel is not as strong as fully formed adult enamel. Because children’s tooth enamel is not as strong, cavities can form in baby teeth much more quickly and easily than adult teeth.

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Teeth Whitening: David’s Story

Posted April 10th, 2017

David took great care of his teeth, but was always unhappy with their colour. While he brushed and flossed regularly, he also enjoyed lots of coffee, red wine, and was a long term smoker. Over the years, David’s teeth had become heavily stained and he was feeling self conscious about it. At his regular 6 monthly check up and clean, he discussed his concerns with our caring dentist Dr Theresa Leong.

Dr Leong was able to explain to David that the staining of his teeth may have been caused by several factors, including:

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Ageing Teeth and Dentures

Posted April 6th, 2017

As we age, our body’s change in several ways. Your dental health will also change as you grow older, and it becomes even more crucial to take great care of your teeth. Dentures, implants and restorative dental work can all be used to improve your dental health throughout the ageing process. Implants provide the most natural replacement of a tooth – as they are physically attached to your jaw, making them sturdy and durable. Dentures are removable and less like your own teeth, however are more affordable. Many people think losing teeth with age is inevitable. This is not true – healthy teeth that are well cared for can definitely last a lifetime. 

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Gum Disease – The Quiet Health Threat

Posted March 30th, 2017

Sarah considered herself very healthy. She ate well, exercised each day and loved practicing yoga. She was diligent with her water intake, ensured she ate loads of organic fruit and veggies and avoided alcohol and refined sugar. To Sarah, health and well-being was always a priority. It came as a huge surprise to Sarah to find out that she had neglected a very important aspect of her well-being for years – her oral health.

After noticing some bleeding whilst brushing her teeth, Sarah booked in an appointment with our team. Following a thorough examination, one of our caring dentists was able to explain to Sarah that she had moderate gum disease. Her gums were puffy, inflamed and had loosened from the tooth structure, allowing harmful bacteria and plaque to enter the blood stream.

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Grinding Teeth: symptoms and causes

Posted December 27th, 2016

Many people are subconsciously grinding teeth throughout the day – at work due to stress, perhaps when they’re nervous due to public speaking, or while concentrating. Others maybe be grinding teeth during the night, without even knowing. Signs that you may be grinding teeth include a sore, tender jaw especially in the morning, or worn down and chipped edges on some of your teeth. Your partner may notice the sound of you grinding teeth during your sleep and often patients don’t realise they grind but their partner insists they do. Dentists can usually tell whether or not you have been grinding teeth, by checking your occlusion (the way your teeth bite together) and checking for wear facets. If you aren’t sure, it’s best to have a check-up. So you are grinding teeth, what next? Many patients don’t see an issue with grinding their teeth – they don’t notice it so why does it matter? Grinding teeth can cause lots of extra tension in your jaw joints and muscles which can become a quite painful condition, and can increase the risk of arthritis or osteo-arthritis in those joints.

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Dark, Stained or Yellow Teeth?

Posted December 20th, 2016

Many patients come to us hoping to improve the appearance of a black tooth or generalised yellow teeth. There can be many reasons that may result in black or yellow teeth over time. Some of the reasons can be:

  • Smoking cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco
  • Frequent drinking of coffee and black tea
  • Frequent drinking of red wine
  • Consumption of deeply coloured foods such as curries, cherries, berries and some tomato based sauces
  • Antibiotic usage as an infant
  • Dead or damaged nerves
  • Leaking amalgam fillings
  • Cavities

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It can be difficult to know where to start – often patients think there is no easy fix, and that they just have to live with their current condition. However, at Vivid Dental, we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you haeve generalised yellow teeth, or a dark grey or black tooth, we can help you.

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Is Organic Toothpaste Better For You?

Posted December 13th, 2016

With a significant movement towards organic lifestyle choices becoming increasingly popular, many patients ask us if organic toothpaste is better for their teeth and their children’s teeth. While some people are concerned about fluoride being ‘toxic’ and chemicals being ingested, brushing with regular toothpaste, organic toothpaste isn’t always a better option.

Vivid Dental supports the controlled use of fluoride for strengthening teeth. Most brands of organic toothpaste don’t contain fluoride to strengthen teeth, or sufficient ingredients to effectively remove plaque and bacteria. While organic toothpaste may sound appealing as a holistic option, the lack of fluoride can mean soft, weak tooth enamel and ineffective removal of bacteria, which ultimately leads to cavities and dental disease.

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Orthodontic Treatment Relapse

Posted November 29th, 2016

Did you have orthodontic treatment as a teen, but find years down the track your teeth have reverted back to crookedness? Many patients who have had braces, retainers or other appliances find that later in life their teeth relapse into their original alignment. This can be caused by a number of factors, particularly not wearing a prescribed retainer, and sometimes the age at which treatment was completed.

If you had orthodontic treatment as a child and your teeth have become crooked again over time, you may be thinking “I don’t want to go through braces again!” which is perfectly understandable. At Vivid Dental, we are proud to provide options that make straightening your smile easier, more comfortable and less visible. retainer-2

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Grinding Teeth, Jaw Pain and Headaches

Posted October 25th, 2016

Many people are subconsciously grinding teeth throughout the day – at work due to stress, perhaps when they’re nervous due to public speaking, or while concentrating. Others maybe be grinding teeth during the night, without even knowing. Signs that you may be grinding teeth include a sore, tender jaw especially in the morning, or worn down and chipped edges on some of your teeth. Your partner may notice the sound of you grinding teeth during your sleep and often patients don’t realise they grind but their partner insists they do. Dentists can usually tell whether or not you have been grinding teeth, by checking your occlusion (the way your teeth bite together) and checking for wear facets. If you aren’t sure, it’s best to have a check-up. So you are grinding teeth, what next? Many patients don’t see an issue with grinding their teeth – they don’t notice it so why does it matter? Grinding teeth can cause lots of extra tension in your jaw joints and muscles which can become a quite painful condition, and can increase the risk of arthritis or osteo-arthritis in those joints.

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Headaches, Jaw Pain and Grinding Teeth

Posted August 8th, 2016

Many people are subconsciously grinding teeth throughout the day – at work due to stress, perhaps when they’re nervous due to public speaking, or while concentrating. Others maybe be grinding teeth during the night, without even knowing. Signs that you may be grinding teeth include a sore, tender jaw especially in the morning, or worn down and chipped edges on some of your teeth. Your partner may notice the sound of you grinding teeth during your sleep and often patients don’t realise they grind but their partner insists they do. Dentists can usually tell whether or not you have been grinding teeth, by checking your occlusion (the way your teeth bite together) and checking for wear facets. If you aren’t sure, it’s best to have a check-up. So you are grinding teeth, what next? Many patients don’t see an issue with grinding their teeth – they don’t notice it so why does it matter? Grinding teeth can cause lots of extra tension in your jaw joints and muscles which can become a quite painful condition, and can increase the risk of arthritis or osteo-arthritis in those joints.

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Wisdom Teeth – The Facts

Posted June 3rd, 2016

We all know someone who has had a swollen face or a hospital visit to have their wisdom teeth extracted. The topic of having wisdom teeth extracted can sound scary and overwhelming, but at Vivid Dental we can make the experience easy. If you have any concerns or issues with your wisdom teeth, come in for a consultation.

Many patients think that all wisdom teeth must be extracted. This is not the case. Some people will have two wisdom teeth, some will have four, some will have none! No two mouths are exactly alike, and some wisdom teeth may exist harmlessly in your mouth – above or below the gum line, causing no problems at all. However, sometimes wisdom teeth can cause a number of issues, such as:

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Grinding Teeth and Jaw Pain

Posted May 9th, 2016

Many people are subconsciously grinding teeth throughout the day – at work due to stress, perhaps when they’re nervous due to public speaking, or while concentrating. Others maybe be grinding teeth during the night, without even knowing. Signs that you may be grinding teeth include a sore, tender jaw especially in the morning, or worn down and chipped edges on some of your teeth. Your partner may notice the sound of you grinding teeth during your sleep and often patients don’t realise they grind but their partner insists they do. Dentists can usually tell whether or not you have been grinding teeth, by checking your occlusion (the way your teeth bite together) and checking for wear facets. If you aren’t sure, it’s best to have a check-up. So you are grinding teeth, what next? Many patients don’t see an issue with grinding their teeth – they don’t notice it so why does it matter? Grinding teeth can cause lots of extra tension in your jaw joints and muscles which can become a quite painful condition, and can increase the risk of arthritis or osteo-arthritis in those joints.

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Wisdom Teeth – The Facts

Posted April 11th, 2016

We all know someone who has had a swollen face or a hospital visit to have their wisdom teeth extracted. The topic of having wisdom teeth extracted can sound scary and overwhelming, but at Vivid Dental we can make the experience easy. If you have any concerns or issues with your wisdom teeth, come in for a consultation.

Many patients think that all wisdom teeth must be extracted. This is not the case. Some people will have two wisdom teeth, some will have four, some will have none! No two mouths are exactly alike, and some wisdom teeth may exist harmlessly in your mouth – above or below the gum line, causing no problems at all. However, sometimes wisdom teeth can cause a number of issues, such as:

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Sugar Decays Baby Teeth

Posted February 16th, 2016

The number of children under 12 having fillings is rapidly increasing and has more than doubled since 1970. Deciduous teeth (or “baby teeth”) decay more quickly and easily than adult teeth. High levels of sugar and acidity in your child’s mouth can cause their baby teeth to decay.

Monitor how much sugar is in your child’s diet, and remember, this isn’t just ‘bad’ sugars like lollies and biscuit. Fruit, juice, milk, cordial, even white bread, all also contain high levels of sugar. If your child frequently sips from a bottle or cup, make sure they are only having water. The frequency of sugar in take is more relevant than the quantity of sugar itself – eg to sip on cordial or juice over the entire day is more damaging to the teeth than to eat one high sugar chocolate and then have a glass of water.

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