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What are Dental Bridges?

Dentist In Ballarat: What are Dental Bridges?Dental bridges, as its name indicates, are fixed prosthetic devices that are specifically designed to bridge the gap that is typically left by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges basically consist of two parts: abutment teeth and the pointics. Abutment teeth, or the abutment part of dental bridges, essentially functions as anchor teeth to the pointics. Abutment teeth are dental crowns that are installed on either side of the gap, or on both sides of the gap. Pointics, on the other hand, are replacement false teeth that fill in the dental gap that commonly results from tooth loss.

Advantages Of Dental Bridges 

Looking at it from a purely cosmetic vantage point, restoring the completeness of your smile is arguably the greatest advantage that dental bridges bring to the table. When you have a complete set of teeth, you essentially have the right set of anatomical support that preserves the natural shape of your face. As soon as you lose a teeth, your facial musculature cannot help but change. Essentially, the more teeth you lose, the more your facial anatomy is compromised. Tooth loss basically translates to a facial profile that collapses inwards, typically resulting to a prematurely aged look. As such, apart from completing your smile, dental bridges also provide the necessary support structures that help you preserve the youthful features of your face.
  • 26 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Ballarat Dentist, Missing Teeth, Restorative Dentistry In Ballarat, Tooth Loss,
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Gum Health

Gum HealthContrary to the popular misnomer, it is not aging but gum disease, medically known as periodontal disease, that is the most common culprit of tooth loss.

Religiously practicing good dental hygiene best increases your chances at keeping your teeth and gums healthy and intact, even as you get older.

Unlike most unwanted dental condition, periodontal disease rarely presents any painful symptoms in its earlier stages.

It is for this exact reason that most people who already have periodontal disease are caught unaware until it starts to present more noticeable and serious symptoms.

Gingivitis And Periodontitis

Gingivitis is essentially gum disease at its infancy. This gum condition typically occurs when the gums, or the gingival, become inflamed. Among the most prominent symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, and tender gums that tend to bleed a little too easily. When left untreated, it is quite easy for gingivitis to progress into periodontitis, or advanced-stage gum disease.
  • 23 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Dental Checkup, General Dentistry, Gingivitis, Gum disease treatment in Ballarat, periodontitis,
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Preventive Dental Care: Going Beyond Good Dental Habits

Preventive Dental Care  Going Beyond Good Dental HabitsIf you are among the handful of people who think that they don’t need to regularly visit the dentist just because they religiously practice good dental habits — brushing 2-3 times everyday with fluoride toothpaste, using high quality dental floss and interdental cleaners, and even rinsing with dentist recommended mouthwash— then you couldn’t be more mistaken.

While the abovementioned exponentially increase your chances of preserving good oral health, keeping good dental habits alone, especially when refusing to seek professional dental help, usually isn’t enough to truly and comprehensively keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Plaque and Tartar Buildup

The inside of the mouth does not solely consist of flat surfaces that are readily accessible to the bristles of a toothbrush, not even to fine threads of a dental floss. These hard to reach spaces of the mouth (most especially including areas below the gum line and the gaps between the mouth) amass enough plaque and tartar buildup overtime.

If left untreated, this accumulation of plaque and tartar is what usually results to chronic dental anomalies such as gum disease and tooth decay, which eventually results to tooth loss. This is where preventive dental care becomes a necessity.
  • 12 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Dental Checkups, Dental Health, Preventive Dentistry,
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Is Fluoride in Water Good or Bad?

Is Fluoride in Water Good or Bad?The controversial debate over water fluoridation is not confined to Australia but continues to be on and off the politico/ health agenda in many countries, depending on which side of the debate shouts the loudest.

In Australia, the fluoride debate is still a controversial subject despite the fact that 90% of the population is now receiving fluoridated drinking water. In Queensland, Cairns Regional Council announced in early 2013 that it was to eliminate fluoride from its drinking water. Later in the same year, in August, the state government of New South Wales was prepared to remove the discretion of local councils in deciding what they put in their water supply. Neither of these actions has taken place without some sort of justification offered.

Statements made by such groups as the Australian Fluoride Action movement allege that fluoride harms just about everything in the environment and not just people. It is these sorts of claims, often unsubstantiated by scientific evidence, which may well influence action by councils. To counter their arguments, Dr Michael Foley, an Australian Dental Association spokesperson said that councils are making these moves only by following highly co-ordinated actions by activists. The Australian Dental Association has its own policy in relation to water fluoridation, stating that governments have to keep water fluoridation as part of their Health Policy.

There are some facts about fluoridation that are quite clear according to well documented statistics. One is that where water is fluoridated in Australia there are fewer visits to the Ballarat dentist and tooth decay is less aggressive.
  • 7 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Ballarat Dentist, Dental Checkups, General Dentistry in Ballarat,
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Dental Care For Diabetics

Dental Care For DiabeticsDiabetes is an unwanted systemic condition that affects the entire the body, prominently including the mouth, teeth, and gums. Professional dental upkeep is especially important for people who suffer from diabetes.

Diabetics are at a higher than normal risk of developing a number of unwanted dental anomalies due to their inability to properly control their blood sugar levels.

Simply put, the lesser control your body has over its blood sugar levels, the higher are the chances that oral health problems will develop. Uncontrolled diabetes impairs white blood cell activity in the body. White blood cells are essentially soldiers that combat threats of bacterial infection. 

Dental Complications

  • Dry mouth. Diabetes, especially when left uncontrolled and unattended, dramatically decreases saliva flow. Decreased saliva flow typically results to an oral health condition called xerostomia. More popularly referred to as dry mouth, xerostomia results to further oral health complications such as mouth soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay.
  • Gum inflammation. Apart from aggressively impairing white blood cell activity, diabetes also causes the blood vessels to thicken. This compromises the otherwise optimal flow and distribution of nutrients in the body. Once nutrient flow and distribution has been compromised, the ability of the body to ward off infection is further reduced. Ultimately, this makes the body more susceptible to gum disease, which is caused by bacterial infection.
  • 16 Apr, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Dental Checkups, Dentist Ballarat, Diabetes, Gum Disease,
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Dentist Ballarat: Guidance On Choosing Your Mouthwash

Dentist Ballarat Come and visit your dentist in Ballarat at CBD Dental today. Book your appointment online or call us on (03) 5332 3148 and claim your Free dental consultation today!
  • 21 Mar, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Ballarat Dentist, Dentist, Dentist Ballarat, Mouthwash,
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Oral Health Element: Saliva

Oral Health Element: SalivaMost people, when they think about oral health, think of their gums and teeth. After all, the world literally spends billions of dollars every year on tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes alone.

Saliva, that watery substance that keeps your mouth moist, is often put on the sidelines when it comes to oral health considerations. Saliva, however, is no less than central in promoting and preserving an optimal oral environment.

Saliva Role and Production

A healthy body constantly produces saliva throughout the course of an entire day. The production of saliva mainly happens when you chew. As such, the more you chew, the more saliva is produced. Saliva production happens in the salivary glands, which sit in your cheeks, at the bottom of your mouth near the jawbone.
  • 18 Mar, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Dental Checkups in Ballarat, Dentist Ballarat, General Dentistry, saliva, xerostomia,
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7 Habits That Harm Your Teeth And How Your Dentist In Ballarat Can Help You

The Trusted Dentist In Ballarat CBD

Learn more about how to take proper care of your teeth, gums, and mouth by visiting your trusted dentist in Ballarat. For comprehensive dental and oral health care that gives you more reasons to smile about, come to CBD Dental Ballarat. Contact us today and experience gentle dentistry for you and your entire family. Here at CBD Dental Ballarat, we are committed to helping you enjoy a happier life by making sure that you achieve a much healthier smile. Book your appointment online or call us on (03) 5332 3148 and claim your FREE dental consultation today!
  • 6 Mar, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Ballarat Dentist, Dentist, Dentist Ballarat,
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Dentist Ballarat: Oral Cancer Detection

Dentist Ballarat-Oral Cancer DetectionRegular dental checkups easily allow for routine-careful oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer accounts for roughly six percent of all diagnosed cancers in Australia. Every day, 3 people are diagnosed with the disease. Early detection is crucial in increasing your fighting chances against oral cancer.

People die from oral cancer because the disease often progresses undetected until spreads to other parts of the body. When detected early enough, however, there exists a 90% chance of surviving the disease. For this reason, dentists during dental checkups are very vigilant about screening their patients not only for cavities and gum disease, but for any indications of oral cancer.

Risk Factors

While no one is immune from the disease, there are specific factors that increase risk of developing oral cancer.

Chain smokers, or people who heavily and regularly consume tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and even smokeless tobacco are often at a high risk of developing oral cancer. The same is true for people who are heavy consumers of alcohol. The risk is multiplied exponentially for people who are consumers of both tobacco products and alcohol.

People who are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV 16) are also at a high risk of developing the disease. Other risk factors include advanced age, overexposure to the sun, and a diet that substantially lacks fruits and vegetables.
  • 31 Jan, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Dental Checkups, Dentist Ballarat, Oral Cancer,
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Dentist in Ballarat: Omega-3, A Safeguard Of Oral Health

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Enhance your diet by including these types of foods in your menu. This will help you improve your oral health. For a complete dental care, don’t forget to always schedule regular dental checkup for a thorough check and cleaning of your teeth, mouth and gums’ overall health. Come and visit CBD Dental Ballarat for a high quality dental service. Call us on (03) 5332 3148 or book online and Claim Your FREE Dental Consultation Today!

  • 4 Jan, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Ballarat Dentist, Dentist, Dentist Ballarat,
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