You Should Be Flossing Your Teeth Daily

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It's something we all know we should be doing, but a lot of us can't be bothered with. Flossing after brushing should be a mandatory part of your oral hygiene routine. It's all a part of maintaining strong and healthy teeth, which is something a lot of us can be a little better at.   The Benefits of Flossing We all know it's good for your teeth, but exactly how is flossing good for us? Maybe if we gain a deeper understanding of our oral hygiene, we'll make flossing a part of our daily oral hygiene routine.   Gets Rid of Bacteria and Food There are millions and millions of bacteria in places your toothbrush just can't reach. There are...

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What is Periodontal Disease?

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It's important to maintain good oral health and hygiene practices. Part of this is scheduling in a regular appointment with your dentist. A healthy mouth is a happy mouth, and your dentist can help provide you with the maintenance and treatments necessary to combat nasty diseases. One common issue that people deal with is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is another name for gum disease and it's characterised by symptoms like swollen gums and bleeding around the teeth. People of all ages can experience this, but it's easily treatable and simple to avoid. The team at Ipswich Family Dental Practice offers treatment for children as well as adults when it comes to combating gum disease, and you can learn more about...

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Adult Braces are Better Than You Think

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The thought of getting braces as an adult can be daunting and downright terrifying to many people. An adult's confidence and appearance tend to be more on the firing line than they would have in childhood, and it can be tough when an orthodontist tells you they're necessary. However, in this day and age, adult braces are a lot better than you think. There are many discrete and common options that allow adults to take care of their teeth without taking a hit to their confidence. At Ipswich Family Dental Practice, we offer a wide range of orthodontic services for both children and adults, and there are a few modern options that are available if you would like to take...

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How Teeth Affects Your Self-Confidence

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A smile is a person's most precious and beautiful expression. When someone smiles at you, it brings joy and happiness straight away. Being proud and confident in your smile is a sure way to smile more often and share your positive vibes with the people around you. What then, is the consequence of being self-conscious of your smile? In this article, we will discuss some of the ways that your teeth can affect your self-confidence.   Aesthetics The most obvious effect of misaligned, discoloured, broken or missing teeth their appearance. In the world of Hollywood, movie and TV stars almost unanimously have great teeth. Furthermore, bad teeth are usually used as a visual device for creating mistrust and mockery about...

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Top 10 Foods That Damage Your Teeth

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Everybody knows that it's important to take care of their teeth. Regular brushing, flossing and routine trips to the dentist are the basics, but it's also important to know that some foods are particularly damaging to teeth. Many dentists will avoid these foods altogether, but for many, that may not always be practical. It is useful to understand potentially damaging foods so that extra care can be taken to limit the harm. In this article, we will briefly touch on the top 10 foods that damage your teeth.   Carbonated Soft Drink Soft drink, even diet and sugar free soft drinks, are damaging to teeth. Soft drinks contain corrosive acids that can damage tooth enamel.   Potato Chips While satisfying...

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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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