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Tongue Discoloration

tongue discolorationThe word “oral health” instantly brings to mind an image of healthy teeth and gums. But what about the tongue? While many consider the tongue as the strongest muscle in the body, pound for pound, it is in fact not a single muscle but a group of muscles that allows for tasks such as tasting, swallow, and talking altogether.

Because you are using your tongue in performing such activities, all day and all night long, any tongue irregularities such as discoloration can easily result to discomfort and frustration. Among the most common, most visible, and therefore most bothersome irregularities which affect the tongue is white tongue discoloration.
  • 30 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Ballarat Dentist, Dental Checkups, Dental Checkups in Ballarat, General Dentistry,
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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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Water Fluoridation: Good Or Bad

Water Fluoridation Good Or BadThe controversial debate on whether or not water should be fluoridated still rages on in Australia, as much as it rages on in other regions of the world. The fluoridation of tap water supply remains to be among the most controversial topics of political-health discussion in many places in the country.

Fluoridation In Australia

In Australia, the fluoride debate still remains relevant despite the fact that 90% of the entire Australian population is supplied with fluoridated water. In Queensland, for instance, the Cairns Regional Council announced in early 2013 that it is providing fluoride-free water supply.

Several parties in Australia like the Australia Fluoride Action Movement claim that fluoride poses dangerous effects not only to people, but also to about every natural organism on the face of the planet. More often than not, however, these sorts of claim remain unsupported by any relevant research or study.

The Australian Dental Association

To counter these unsubstantiated claims, the Australian Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Michael Folly reports that most councils only make moves of eliminating fluoride from their water supply as a response to highly coordinated actions by organised activist groups.

According to the Australian Dental Association fluoridation of public water supply results to significantly lower visits to the dentist and reduced incidences of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • 22 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Australian Dental Association, Dental Checkups, General Dentistry, Water Fluoridation,
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Dentist Ballarat CBD: Why Choose Root Canal Treatment Over Tooth Extraction?

Why Choose Root Canal Treatment Over Tooth ExtractionIn the past, people are instantly scared upon hearing that they need a Root Canal Treatment. As a consequence, they opt to have an alternative dental treatment, which is usually tooth extraction.

Then again, this was long ago. The significant advancements of techniques and technology used in dentistry today have erased the notion that Root Canal Treatment should be feared. This statement is supported by a study published in the Journal of Endodontics which showed that the perception of pain associated with root canal therapy decreased to a minimal level within 7 days.

Root Canal Treatment Relieves Pain

If you have an intense toothache that goes on for days, this might be due to an infection of your tooth pulp. As the enamel of your tooth gets damaged, bacteria are able to enter into the inner parts of your tooth. Bacteria then attack your tooth pulp, causing the living part of your tooth to inflame and get infected. This results to recurring toothaches, swelling gums, and worse, infection in other body parts.

If you are suffering from unbearable pain in your tooth, you should see your trusted dental care partners at CBD Dental Ballarat immediately. It is crucial that we could determine the cause of your toothache and the need for a Root Canal Treatment. If you do need to undergo root canal therapy, you do not have to worry about anything. This dental treatment is meant to relieve get rid of the pain and not the other way around. It has an extremely high rate of success and it can actually prevent the onset of more serious health problems.
  • 18 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Dental Treatments, Root Canal Treatment, Tooth Extraction,
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Dentist Ballarat CBD: Replacing Missing Teeth Is A Must

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We provide the very best of modern dentistry for the local Ballarat community and its surrounding regions. Claim your FREE dental consultation today by calling us on (03) 5532 3148 or by simply booking an appointment online.
  • 17 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Dentist Ballarat, Missing Teeth, Restorative Dentistry,
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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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Dental Care For Cancer Patients

Dental Care For Cancer PatientsUnwanted oral health complications during cancer treatments are the norm and not the exception.

While most people are aware that cancer treatments such as bone and marrow transplant, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy causes adverse physiological side effects such as persisting nausea, loss of weight and appetite, and hair loss, not all too many people know that undergoing cancer treatment also, and rather significantly, compromises oral health.

Cancer Treatment Side Effects

As the numbers have it, 75% of people who receive bone and marrow transplant suffer from oral health complications that result from the treatment. This is also true for 40% of patients who are subjected to chemotherapy. Among the most common oral health complications that result from cancer treatments include the following:
  • 11 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
  • Cancer Treatment, Dental Care, Dental Checkups, General Dentistry,
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