How to Maintain Strong, Healthy Teeth

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A strong tooth is a healthy tooth and maintaining this health is important if you want to avoid tooth decay, gum disease and cavities. Fortunately taking care of your teeth is easy if you just follow the few basic guidelines listed below.   Always Floss Flossing is just as important as brushing because it is the only way to remove debris left in small gaps between or behind the teeth. You should floss once a day with whatever kind of floss or tape you find best, and make sure that you are doing so effectively. If you’re unsure of what technique to use, then ask your Ipswich family dentist for advice at your next appointment.   Drink Water Staying hydrated...

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How a Root Canal Procedure Is Performed

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A root canal treatment is prescribed when an injury or cavity damages the root of a tooth and causes an infection. The pulp tissue inside your teeth provides nerves and nutrients to each tooth. When this is damaged by infection, a root canal saves the rest of the tooth by removing the dead or diseased pulp. It’s very important to have this procedure as soon as possible to avoid developing an abscess, damaging the underlying bone tissue, or letting the infection spread to other teeth. While the idea of a root canal treatment may sound intimidating, the modern technique is comfortable and should feel no different from getting a filling. Read on to find out more about how a root...

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Why You Should See a Dentist for Your Next Mouthguard

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Many adults and children across Australia use mouthguards on a regular basis. Mouthguards protect against injuries during sport and prevent clenching and grinding damage during sleep. A mouthguard is like an insurance policy for your teeth – you make a small investment now to protect against future damage requiring expensive dental procedures. Whether you need a mouthguard to protect you during contact sports or for a good night’s sleep, there is a range of options to choose from. It may be tempting to buy a standard plastic protector from a supermarket or sports shop as a cheap and fast solution, but getting a custom-made mouthguard fitted by a dentist offers a huge amount of benefits, just a few of which...

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Children’s Dental Check Ups

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At Ipswich Family Dental Practice, we specialise in children’s dentistry. We are here to guide you through your child’s first visit, through the growth of their adult teeth, and beyond. We aim to provide excellent oral health care along with education on how to keep their teeth in perfect condition.   The First Check Up It’s hard to predict when your child’s teeth will begin to develop, but the first tooth is expected to appear at between 6 and 10 months. Dentists recommend the first check up as soon as a tooth erupts, or no later than your child’s first birthday.   Positive Experience A visit to the dentist should be a positive experience for a child. At Ipswich Family...

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5 Common Dental Problems and How to Prevent Them

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Your mouth may seem like a small part of your body, but it gets a lot of use every day and small oral health issues are likely to arise fairly often. Here are 5 of the most common problems our patients experience and some tips on how to avoid them. Bad Breath (Halitosis) Everyone experiences bad breath sometimes, as much as we may not want to admit it. Luckily, bad breath is usually something that good oral care at home can fix. Make sure you brush and floss regularly, use a freshening mouthwash, and clean your tongue to remove excess bacteria. If you have persistent halitosis, this can often be caused by an underlying dental condition such as gum disease,...

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Overcoming Your Dental Anxiety

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In a recent study by the Australian Dental Journal, it was found that around one in 7 people experiences a high level of dental fear, and the majority of the population were revealed to experience some nervousness about dental visits. Fortunately, dentists are specially trained to work with anxious patients and will strive to make you as calm and comfortable as possible. A dentist’s ultimate aim is to provide the care and treatment you need in a non-threatening environment. At Ipswich Family Dental, we will do all we can to alleviate your concerns before and during your appointment – read on for more tips on how you and your dentist can make sure your visit is stress-free. Be Honest about...

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Pros and Cons of Different Types of Dental Fillings

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If you haven’t had a filling before or it's been a while since you've had to get one, you might be interested to learn that there are different types of dental fillings available these days. Modern fillings are quite different from the old style silver and amalgam fillings of previous years. Let’s look at some of the new techniques and materials that have replaced older dentistry procedures. What Are Fillings for Your Teeth? First, just what are fillings? Dental fillings are used to repair and restore teeth that have been damaged by decay. They effectively ‘fill’ the hole, also known as a cavity, which has developed in the tooth. Skilled dentists use fillings to build teeth back up to their...

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The Advantages of Getting Dental Implants

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Our teeth form a large part of our sense of self-esteem and confidence, as we talk, smile and laugh with the people around us. People who have lost teeth through accidents, tooth disease or simply age can feel self-conscious about the gaps in their smiles. But with modern dentistry technology, there’s no need to worry about missing teeth – dental implants can offer you a long-term solution for this issue. Read on to learn more about dental implants and the benefits this dental technique can hold for you. Implants: Permanent, Fixed Dental Solution Dental implants are designed to be permanently fixed into place, offering you a long-term solution to improve your smile. While bridges may last 5 to 10 years,...

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Crowns and Bridges – What’s the Difference?

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Modern cosmetic dentistry can help you improve your smile quickly, comfortably and affordably.  Whether you’re concerned about chipped, broken or missing teeth, today’s advanced dentistry techniques can create a completely natural-looking smile using dental crowns or bridges. Are you unsure what the difference is between crowns and bridges for your teeth? Read on to learn more about these two dental techniques and find out which option is right for you. Dental Crowns – Repairing Damaged or Broken Teeth Dental crowns are an ideal way to restore and repair broken or damaged teeth, creating a new and improved smile. They are often used when the work required is quite significant and cannot be addressed by porcelain veneers, which are generally thinner...

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The Benefits of Getting Braces

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  DO you feel self-conscious about your smile or worried about smiling or laughing in front of people? If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, you’ve probably considered teeth straightening options before. Braces are still one of the most popular methods for straightening crooked or misaligned teeth. They expertly improve the alignment of your teeth, giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. You may be surprised by the amount of options offered by dental clinics these days. There are many fast and effective orthodontic treatments to straighten teeth, with a range of different types of braces available. Let’s look at some of the most popular orthodontic treatment solutions for straightening teeth and the benefits they can offer you.   The...

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