Am I More Prone to Cavities?

Prone to Cavities

Most people assume that if they brush and floss regularly and visit their dentist every six months, they won’t get cavities. But that’s not always the case. Good dental hygiene certainly helps but your diet and other factors can affect how prone you are to developing cavities.

 

Genetics and Your Teeth

Some people have naturally deeper crevices in their teeth than others. This creates a more comfortable place for bacteria to burrow and cause a cavity. Some people also don’t produce as much saliva as others.

Saliva plays an important role in washing away food debris as well as neutralising acids and repairing early tooth decay. Your saliva contains calcium, bicarbonate and phosphate, which are essential in naturally protecting your teeth from decay. Medication, stress, ageing, smoking and autoimmune disorders can cause your saliva production to dwindle.

People with lower saliva production can help by drinking more water. Additionally, your dentist can find ways to compensate for your low production of saliva. Naturally deeper crevices in teeth can be helped with the use of sealant, which provides a protective layer over the grooves of your teeth.

 

Social Class

Research conducted in America by the American Dental Association found that lower socioeconomic groups tend to have greater levels of untreated cavities. This is related to a person’s ability to afford or access dental care as well as other lifestyle factors.

People in lower socioeconomic classes are more likely to consume diets high in sugar and are more likely to smoke, creating the perfect conditions for cavities to develop.

 

Sugar & Tooth Decay

The most significant factor that makes some people more prone to developing cavities than others is diet. Tooth decay is highly correlated to sugar in your diet.

The mouth is full of hundreds of bacteria, many of which are important to the oral ecosystem. But some of the harmful bacteria cause cavities by feeding on sugar in your mouth. As bacteria breaks down sugar, it creates acids that erode the tooth enamel, harming the protective layer on your teeth. The bacteria thrive and multiply between your teeth, causing decay.

 

How to Prevent Cavities

Brushing and flossing daily with fluoridated products is the most effective way of preventing cavities. You can also reduce your intake of sugar and carbohydrates (which convert into sugar in the mouth) to lower the chance of getting a cavity.

 

Visit your dentist regularly and address any existing problems as soon as possible. If you need a friendly dentist who offers the highest standards of care in Cannon Hill and Morningside, visit My Dentist at Cannon Hill. Book an appointment online or call us on 07 3902 1023.

Hygiene at your Dental Practice

Dental Clinic Hygiene - My Dentist at Cannon Hill

Most patients probably don’t think about hygiene at the dentist and just how important it is. Many would assume that all dental clinics rigorously follow the highest hygiene standards, but that’s not always the case.

Although it’s relatively rare in Australia, there have been cases of dental clinics having poor hygiene standards. The most prominent case was in July 2015 at a Sydney dental clinic and more recently in 2016, another one in Brisbane.

 

Severe Hygiene Breach at a Sydney Dental Clinic

Thousands of people who visited one of the four clinics were warned they could have potentially been infected with serious diseases.

The Dental Council of NSW had discovered breaches in infection control. Patients who had invasive procedures at the clinics over the past 10 years were informed they could have contracted hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.

The scare was followed by an investigation in which the NSW Dental Council restricted the registration of 12 dentists working at those practices, while six practitioners were suspended and another six had restrictions placed on their registration.

 

Hygiene is a Right

This incident highlights the importance of choosing a dental clinic where rigorous standards of hygiene, infection control and sterilisation are upheld and not just promised. All dental practitioners have a legal duty of care to their patients.

Hygiene has to be more than a promise, it is common law. It is the responsibility of a dental clinic to comply with the Dental Board of Australia’s guidelines on infection control and ensure infection control measures are properly implemented in the workplace.

The dental board specifies that all dental practices are carried out in a manner that protects and enhances public health and safety. This means ensuring there is a minimal risk of diseases being spread.

 

How to Make Sure a Dental Clinic is Hygienic

To ensure you’re receiving safe care from a dentist, you should consider or ask about the following:

  • Whether the dental practitioner is registered (anyone can check the national register online)
  • Does the surgery look clean and tidy?
  • Is the dentist wearing appropriate clothing, gloves, eyewear and a mask?
  • Are there appropriate hand washing facilities?
  • Are the instruments clean?
  • Are there packaged instruments and disposable items?
  • Does the dentist have an assistant?

 

If in doubt, ask the dentist about their sterilisation process or whether they have an autoclave. If you’re not satisfied with the answers or feel like something is wrong, then leave the clinic.

 

High Standards from My Dentist at Cannon Hill

We are committed to providing the highest standards of care while offering a friendly and relaxed environment. Our level of care involves maintaining impeccable hygiene and infection control through exhaustive monitoring and highly trained staff.

If you’d like more information about the high standards of hygiene at our dental clinic, please contact us online or call us on 07 3902 1023. We treat patients in Brisbane, as well as surrounding local areas including Cannon Hill, Morningside, Murarrie, and Carina.

Pregnancy and Your Dental Health

Dental Health and Pregnancy - Brisbane Australia

Expectant mothers often experience dental problems, including gum disease and a higher risk of tooth decay. This is because, during pregnancy, increased hormones affect the body’s response to plaque and increases exposure to damaging acids.

Up to 70 per cent of pregnant women are affected by gingivitis, highlighting the importance of good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist when you are pregnant.

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Top 10 Reasons for Toothaches

Top 10 Reasons for Tooth Aches - Brisbane Australia Dentist

Toothaches are the most common dental complaint in the world. It’s usually the main reason people visit their dentist. Toothaches are caused by a variety of factors, some more unexpected than others.

It is important to remember that the problems that can lead to a toothache can be prevented or treated early. Toothaches usually only occur when the problem has been there for some time and has slowly developed and is now a much larger problem.
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The World of Flossing: What You Should Know

Flossing in Brisbane Australia

Flossing every day is as important as maintaining regular brushing habits, yet half the population of Australia fails to do it. Cavities can build up easily between teeth, which can dramatically increase the chance of developing gum disease. Most bad breath is also linked to a lack of flossing, which comes from bits of food trapped between your teeth.

Now that we’ve acknowledged the importance of daily flossing, we can explore the wide range of dental floss products available and proper flossing technique.

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Pain-Free Dental Visits with The Wand STA

Dental Wand STA

If you’re nervous about dental treatment, cringing every time you think of visiting the dentist, we have good news for you. My Dentist at Cannon Hill offers you the latest dental tools and gadgets that allow you to undergo dental procedures without the stress of pain. Whether its wisdom tooth removal or extraction, we do it all, right here at our practice in Cannon Hill.

Our care practices are centred on the need for compassion for patients who are often worried about undergoing dental treatment. As such, we now provide specialised care for our patients, ensuring their needs are always catered to.
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