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Teamwork saves teeth: Mouthguards are a must for Sunbury athletes

Date: 16th May 2017
Mouthguards From Sunbury Dentist

As the new season of Aussie rules football unfolds, we urge children and adults in the Sunbury area to protect themselves from oral trauma. How? With dentist-made mouthguards. Our dentists work with you to design a customised mouthguard that fits comfortably, allows speaking and normal breathing, and provides protection superior to any store-bought model. It could be the most important protection you wear during contact sports.

 

Who needs a mouthguard?

Anyone, anytime they participate in any sport or activity in which collisions could cause impact to the head, face, or mouth.

  • “Anyone” includes all ages and both genders. Remember, girls and women are becoming highly-involved in contact sports too, especially after the successful first season of women’s Aussie rules football.

  • “Any sport” of course encompasses football, soccer, rugby, and hockey in which collisions can be part of the game or unintentional. However, mouth protection is also a good idea for other activities where you could fall, or take an elbow or ball to the face.

  • “Anytime” means during training as well as games.


Why “no mouthguard, no play?”

Across the country, sporting clubs, coaches, and parents are encouraging players to wear custom-made mouthguards. Many organizations are establishing firm “no mouthguard, no play” policies, for good reason.

 

These guards are moulded specifically to fit the athlete’s mouth. They stay in place to minimize risk of injury to teeth, dental work, and soft tissues. They should be examined regularly by the dentist to maintain proper fit and check for wear or damage.

 

The dentists and staff at Smile in Style are your teammates in oral wellness. We want to help you keep your teeth for life, no matter how hard you play!

 

Call Smile in Style in Moonee Ponds at 03 8400 4104 or Sunbury at 03 8001 6021 or book online at www.smileinstyle.com.au to schedule an appointment for your customised mouthguard.


 


Oral care tips from your Moonee Ponds dentist

Date: 10th January 2017


Oral Care Moonee Ponds, Smile In Style

Oral care is an essential, but often neglected, aspect of overall health and wellbeing. Smile in Style focuses of preventive care at our Sunbury and Moonee Ponds dental offices. With a combination of good habits at home, and regular dental care, you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.


Proper oral hygiene


Your brushing and flossing techniques are just as important as frequency.

  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle.

  • Don’t skip flossing or you will only be cleaning two-thirds of the tooth surface.

  • It should take about two minutes or longer to brush thoroughly.

  • Take care to clean under and around dental bridges, braces, and other appliances.

  • If you’ve consumed something acidic, rinse with water promptly, but wait about an hour before brushing. Acid softens enamel and it needs time to harden in order to avoid damage.


Healthy food for healthy smiles


Like the rest of the body, your mouth relies on good nutrition to maintain proper health.

  • Antioxidants boost your immune system, helping your body fight off oral and other disease.

  • Calcium rich foods help maintain strong tooth enamel.

  • Polyphenols, which are found in both green and black tea, have been found to inhibit bacterial growth.

  • Crunchy raw veggies help keep teeth clean by scraping plaque and debris from the surface as you chew.

  • Water is essential for rinsing teeth and keeping hydrated is important to a healthy body.


Preventive dental care


Visiting your dentist regularly is vital to maintaining good oral health.

  • Professional cleaning removes plaque and tartar that is missed by your toothbrush.

  • Early diagnosis of oral disease facilitates efficient, effective treatment and prevents the loss of teeth.

  • We offer guidance and advice to help optimise your home care routine.


Have you seen a dentist recently? Call us at or 03 8001 6021 (Sunbury) or 03 8400 4104 (Moonee Ponds) and arrange an appointment or book online at www.smileinstyle.com.au

 


The importance of treating sleep apnoea and how your Sunbury dental office can help

Date: 10th January 2017
Dental Sleep Apnoea Sunbury, Smile In Style

Many people who are diagnosed with sleep apnoea opt against treatment, because they find CPAP intolerable. However, there are alternatives, including comfortable and convenient oral appliance therapy, available from Smile in Style Dental offices in Sunbury and Moonee Ponds.


What sleep apnoea does to your body

Snoring alone is harmless except for disturbing the person’s sleep partner. The sound indicates that air is moving through the airway. However, in many cases loud snoring follows a period of no breathing, which is called an apnoeic event.

  • As the person reaches deep stages of sleep, muscles relax. In a healthy person, breathing continues as normal. In an apnoea patient, the airway collapses.

  • Breathing stops, causing blood oxygen levels to drop.

  • In response to physical stress, the brain releases adrenaline, causing heart rate and blood pressure to rise.

  • The person begins to wake. As deep sleep evolves to lighter stages of sleep, the muscles become firmer.

  • The airway begins to recover, and the person gasps for air. The passage of air through a partially restricted passage creates vibration, and the sound we call snoring.

  • The person may not completely wake up. Once breathing resumes, he or she begins sinking back into deeper sleep.

  • Muscles relax again, and the cycle repeats.


This can happen many times every hour, preventing the person from reaching the deepest stage of sleep. The immediate effects include fatigue, difficulty focusing, and daytime sleepiness. In the long term, untreated apnoea can increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, and other serious health conditions.


How oral appliances help


Unlike CPAP, dental treatment does not involve any machines or cumbersome masks. A small, custom made oral appliance is designed to comfortably hold the airway open. Book online at www.smileinstyle.com.au or call us at 03 8400 4104 (Moonee Ponds) or 03 8001 6021 (Sunbury) and schedule a consultation.

 


Lightwalker ATS the best Dental Laser in the World/ a visit to Fotona:

Date: 10th June 2016
The first LAHA Masters of Laser Dentistry class in the world.
The first LAHA Masters of Laser Dentistry class in the world.

I have just returned fresh and inspired from the 2016 annual Fotona LAHA symposium in Bled Slovenia. This symposium was attended by a wide range of practitioners including, dermatologists, gynaecologists, cosmetic surgeons, sleep specialists and dentists. Fotona make the most advanced medical and dental lasers in the world, with an ever widening range of new applications.        

 

Caroline attended the Laser Aesthetics Symposium.  This was our first holiday together without our children.  Following the  Symposium I took part in the first LAHA Masters of Laser  Dentistry course in Ljubljana, Slovenia where  I completed the first module in a 5 module course, alongside  11 other students from all over  the world. The first module covered laser physics, laser safety, a visit to the Fotona laser factory to view production and an overview of the working of the Fotona Lightwalker ATS system. I am glad to have passed the first module and now plan to complete the remaining 4 modules over the next 2 years. The other modules will be clinically based with lectures from dentists at the forefront of Laser Dentistry in:

 

-          Paediatric dentistry

Caroline and I with Lake Bled in the background.
Caroline and I with Lake Bled in the background.

-          Endodontics (root canal therapy)

-          Sleep Dentistry

-          General Dentistry

 

Having purchased the first Lightwalker ATS in Australia at our Moonee Ponds practice and then following up with installing another laser at our Sunbury Smile in Style practice, we aim to make the Lightwalker a centrepiece and mainstream treatment modality within our business. Laser s can be used in dentistry for fillings without the need for local anaesthetic, root canal therapy, treatment of periodontal disease, treatment of snoring, and for soft tissue removal such as frenectomies.   We aim to achieve this by actively educating our dentists and staff in its use and sharing knowledge from the Master’s program. We hope our staff and patients enjoy this exciting journey with this cutting edge technology.

 


Invisalign: The beauty of a healthy smile

Date: 2nd December 2015

You want a healthy mouth; you want an attractive smile – but you have crooked teeth. What can you do? Contrary to many people’s expectations, orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to be embarrassing, uncomfortable, or difficult. The answer is clear, very literally. Invisalign is comfortable, effective, and transparent. If your orthodontic case is not complex then Invisalign provides a viable alternative to fixed braces (we also offer fixed braces at Smile in Style using the IP appliance).

Why straight teeth are healthy teeth


Have you noticed that it’s difficult to clean around crooked or crowded teeth? Some surfaces are hard to reach, and some spaces are too tight for toothbrush bristles or floss to fit. Not only does this take extra time and cause you frustration, it can also lead to cavities and gum disease. If you have misaligned teeth, you are far more likely to leave plaque left behind. Even one tiny spot that can’t be cleaned is an invitation for decay.

Why Invisalign is the healthy orthodontic solution


Once your misalignment is corrected, proper oral hygiene will be simpler and more effective. However, oral hygiene during treatment can be a real challenge with fixed braces. If you think it’s hard to clean between crowded teeth, just imagine cleaning around fixed brackets and wires. Invisalign is different. The aligners are shaped to slip over your teeth rather than being attached. That means you can remove them while you eat, brush, and floss.


Invisalign benefits


In addition to oral health, there are many other reasons for choosing Invisalign. The best known and most popular benefit of Invisalign is cosmetic. The aligners are transparent, so they are barely noticeable when you smile. They are also ultra-thin, making them especially comfortable to wear. You simply wear each aligner for two weeks, then discard it and use the next aligner in the progressive series.


Invisalign makes orthodontic treatment simple. comfortable and convenient, in about the same timeframe as traditional braces. Smile in Style is proud to provide this service at both of our practice locations. Please call our Moonee Ponds office at 03 8400 4104 or call our Sunbury office at 03 8001 6021 to schedule a consultation and find out if Invisalign is right for you.

 


The Negative Impact of Amalgam Restorations on Your Health

Date: 3rd June 2015

By Dr Terry Rose, a Melbourne Wellness Alliance Partner

Dr. RoseFor decades, there has been an ongoing debate within the dental community surrounding the use of certain dental materials. As many of the dental materials used today have been in use in dentistry for over a century, rarely do patients question the safety and efficacy of a material like amalgam. In the world of holistic dentistry, care providers give careful consideration to the potential effects restorative materials will have on the mouth and body. This is one of the reasons that we offer mercury and metal free restorations at Smile In Style. As holistic dentists, we also acknowledge the link between oral health and general wellbeing and the importance of working together with other healthcare professionals such as Dr. Ari Diskin to improve your overall health. 


The hazards of mercury within dental amalgam are becoming more well-known to dentists and their patients. In many general forms, however, the dangers of toxic mercury have been readily acknowledged. This toxic substance has gradually disappeared from many consumer products such as thermometers, due to these dangers.

The concern with mercury in dental restorations is that the body is constantly exposed, allowing accumulation to occur. Before toxicity becomes critical, mercury diminishes the activity of the body’s immune defences. Additionally, mercury has been shown to cause antibiotic resistance, paving the way for bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other harmful microorganisms to threaten optimal health.

Ongoing research on mercury has continued to implicate this substance in the area of infectious medicine, showing its natural tendency to actually encourage fungus and bacteria within outer cell walls. Some of the organisms that easily accumulate with heavy metals in the body include Candida, strep, staph, and amoebas.

Ultimately, metal in the mouth and body tends to cause problems. In a study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, it was determined that the body tends to have a highly allergic reaction to metals inserted in medical or dental treatments. Of the various dental materials to cause allergic reaction, mercury tops the list, followed by titanium and then gold.

When you choose a restoration that is free of mercury and metal such as a CEREC restoration made from biocompatible porcelain, you are actively protecting your health and wellbeing. http://www.smileinstyle.com.au/cosmetic-dentistry/cerec.html  Mercury is not the only concerning material. There is also a negative effect when multiple metals are present, such as amalgam restorations and metal alloy dental crowns or titanium implants. When mixed with saliva, these metals create electromagnetic waves significant enough to show up on EEG readings. Though the brain naturally produces electromagnetic waves, those created by metals are far greater, interfering with capabilities such as motor skills or emotions. In addition, there is more and more information linking individual teeth and the association with acupuncture meridians which affect different organs, their processes and disease states. http://www.smileinstyle.com.au/tooth-chart/index.html


At Smile in Style, our concern extends to the health and wellbeing of our patients. We are one of only a few dental practices in Melbourne that follow the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) protocol for safe amalgam removal.  If you would like to know more about safely removing your amalgam restorations or the links between oral health and general wellbeing, contact us in our Moonee Ponds or Sunbury practice.  We care about your health and are proud to provide holistic dental care for you and your family.

 

Dr. Rose will be presenting at Diskin Life on Monday July 6  at 7.15-8.15pm. Please go to http://www.eventbrite.com.au   to book a seat to this highly informative evening.



 


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Date: 6th February 2015

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