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Pregnancy Gingivitis: What You Need To Know

Posted June 21st, 2017

If you are pregnant and find that your gums are starting to bleed, don’t be alarmed. Pregnant women are more prone to pregnancy gingivitis because of the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy. That is why it is so important to keep on top of your oral hygiene.

Thorough brushing and flossing will keep your gums healthy, along with a healthy diet, helping you to avoid pregnancy gingivitis. A healthy diet during pregnancy should include calcium rich foods like milk, cheese, yogurt and green vegetables.

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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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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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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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Do You Need a Dental Crown?

Posted February 9th, 2016

If you have had root canal treatment, or have been advised that you need it, it’s often recommended that you have a dental crown placed over that tooth after treatment. Many patients ask why dental crowns are so highly recommended.  If you have broken a tooth or have a heavily filled tooth, a dental crown may also be the answer.

During root canal therapy, the nerve and pulp of your tooth is removed. This leaves just the outside shell of your tooth – which appears normal, but is missing its blood supply and nerve system.

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Grinding Teeth, Headaches and Jaw Pain

Posted January 5th, 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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Healthy Living for 2016

Posted December 28th, 2015

Many of us start the New Year with many resolutions we want to achieve. One of the most common resolutions, is aiming to implement healthy living to stay well. However as the year progresses, we lose motivation, we become ‘too busy’, or ‘too tired’ and we often lose sight of our goals. Whether your goal is losing weight, quitting smoking, eating more vegetables or going for a jog every day, we can help.

Healthy living doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul. Even the smallest changes can make a big difference to your health.

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Party Seasons Causes Stained Teeth!

Posted December 22nd, 2015

The Christmas and New Year break usually involves lots of functions, parties and BBQ’s, which can mean lots of cocktails, wines and treat foods.This can be highly detrimental for your dental health, resulting in stained teeth and decay. Keep in mind that alcoholic beverages usually contain very high levels of sugar and acidity. This can cause worn enamel, cavities and stained teeth.

Try to have some water after each beverage or treat, as the water will help dilute the sugar and acids in your saliva, and wash away colouring to prevent stained teeth. Even after a big night out, it’s important to brush your teeth, to prevent the acids and sugars coating your teeth overnight.

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Jaw Pain, Grinding and TMJ

Posted October 27th, 2015

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.

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