Go on to Google and do a search for mouthwash. As you start to type more of the word into the search field you will be provided with some suggested queries. Most commonly the suggested queries will be asking the question, “does mouthwash cause cancer”. If you actually take a look at some of these queries you may be troubled to see multiple news outlets talking about the risks of cancer from using your mouthwash. We wanted to put your mind at ease with regards to any risks associated with using your mouthwash as well as provide some additional clarification on the situation you’ll see on the internet.
At Central Brisbane Dental one of the more common questions we receive is whether or not electric toothbrushes are better than regular brushing. In short, the answer is yes, although there is some debate in the dental community. The debate comes down to technique rather than effectiveness. We would expand on this point further though. If you are using a poor brushing technique with either an electric toothbrush or manual brushing, you are exposing yourself to the same risks of damage to your teeth.
Tongue and lip piercings are becoming an increasingly popular form of body art and a common fashion trend. However, dentists largely do not recommend them as they have the potential to cause significant health risks. The American Dental Association representing 143 000 members cites oral piercing as a public health hazard.
Nobody likes to floss. Like many things in life, we know it is good for us but we just don’t want to do it. We use any reason we can to get out of flossing our teeth. The excuses range from flossing being too difficult and fiddly to us being just plain lazy.
A recent news story by the Associated Press seemed to give us the perfect reason to stop flossing. They claimed that there is little scientific proof that flossing actually works. Therefore, we should stop wasting our time doing something that doesn’t have strong evidence backing it up.
Making the choice to go vegan happens for lots of reasons. Some people don’t feel that animals are treated well in the process of producing meats and dairy products. Others have allergies, and others just see the vegan lifestyle as a healthier alternative. We don’t claim to be an expert on the vegan diet, but we are experts when it comes to your dental health. Today we want to talk about alternative sources of calcium, which can help to strengthen your teeth.
In 2016 it’s common practice to pull out our smartphones and take a selfie while hanging out with friends, enjoying a meal and any number of other everyday activities. For all the discussion about selfies, at the end of the day, this is a modern practice used to share our experience with friends and family. Did you know that your habit of taking a selfie can be used to improve your dental hygiene?
Do you suffer from snoring and sleep apnoea?
Snoring is a common problem reported to affect over 30% of the adult population. It is caused by the relaxing of the throat and upper airway during sleep which makes the airway smaller and airflow through it more turbulent. This results in vibration of the soft tissues at the back of the throat when breathing in air during sleep. Snoring progresses to sleep apnoea when this airway obstruction makes it difficult to breath during sleep, reducing the amount of oxygen being delivered to the blood and circulated to the rest of the body. Habitual snorers have been shown to have a higher risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
Do you clench or grind your teeth?
Would you be doing it without even knowing?
Teeth clenching and teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common habit that many people may have without even knowing. A major contributing factor is stress and anxiety which many of us experience everyday in our busy lives either at work or at home. Stress and anxiety can cause us to subconsciously clench and grind our teeth together, commonly during sleep.
The dental research world is continually trying to make the perfect filling material and they have come close with Glass Ionomer Cement (GIC). Although not as strong or as aesthetic as composite resin fillings, GIC fillings can boast the advantage of being therapeutic white fillings that repair the tooth and prevent further decay.