Is Extracting Teeth Bad?

Is Extracting Teeth Bad?

When it comes to your teeth, is going au natural the right choice? Many of our patients who experience problems with their teeth wonder about whether it’s better to keep all of your natural teeth or simply extract them.

The simple answer is that while there are instances where removing a tooth instead of treating it is the simpler option, 90% of the time we recommend saving your natural teeth.

Why is it important to keep a full set of teeth?

There are actually a few reasons:

  • Avoiding teeth extraction helps prevent adjacent and opposing teeth from moving or being otherwise negatively impacted.
  • When it comes to chewing, we want to make sure that your chewing forces are spread out over as many teeth as possible.
  • Last, but most definitely not least, we want you to keep a beautiful, full smile!


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Making Oral Cancer History

Making Oral Cancer History

I know; this is a more serious blog topic than we usually tackle but it’s worth talking about. Sadly, chances are we all know someone who’s fought or is fighting against some form of cancer. If we want to be part of making cancer history, building awareness and sharing vital preventative information is the key!

Oral health

At Dental O So Gentle we care about your complete health, including oral health and preventing oral cancer. We not only treat your teeth and gums, but we’re trained to look for abnormalities that could affect your greater health. If we notice something amiss, we’ll work together to find answers, offer support and decide on a solution to keep you fit and well.
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Everything You Need to Know About (TMJ) Jaw Pain

Everything You Need to Know About (TMJ) Jaw Pain

What exactly is TMJ (Jaw Pain)?

The TMJ—or Temporomandibular Joint—is located just in front of each of your ears. Basically, it’s a fancy technical term for the jaw joint. This joint is actually quite a unique part of the body because it contains both a hinge and sliding motion. This unique functionality allows us to open and close our mouths and slide our jaw forwards, backwards and to the side.

Not to get too technical again, but the TMJ sits in the hollowed area of the skull called the fossa, and it has a disk to cushion the bone and assist with movement. In order to have movement, the joint has a number of ligaments and muscles.
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Teeth Grinding and It’s Effects (Bruxing)

Teeth Grinding and It’s Effects (Bruxing)

For those of us who aren’t naturally morning people, waking up at any time that ends in AM can be awful! But for those who grind their teeth at night, it can be even worse!

Grinding teeth while you sleep can cause a lot more than just an infuriating noise for those who share your bed/room. You could wake up with a sore jaw or—over time—you might grind down your teeth to stubs.

What causes teeth grinding?

Commonly known causes of teeth grinding – which is also known as bruxism – are stress, anxiety, tension, anger and frustration.
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Bad Breath And How To Get Rid Of It

Bad Breath And How To Get Rid Of It

There are very few things upon which the whole of humanity can agree. But our revulsion towards bad breath can certainly be counted as one.

No one wants bad breath and no one wants to be around someone with bad breath. But is there anything you can do about it? To find out, let’s start at the beginning.

What is bad breath?

Bad breath, or halitosis, is mostly the product of sulphur-producing bacteria, normally living on the surface of the tongue or the throat. The bad odour is caused by the bacterial wastes left in the mouth, as well as decaying food particles and other debris in your mouth. Poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, disease, infection, tobacco use and severe dieting can all contribute to halitosis too, but fortunately, while unpleasant, halitosis is not infectious.
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How To Make Sure You’re Smiling After A Long Flight

How To Make Sure You’re Smiling After A Long Flight

We’ve all seen those airline ads: a glamorous passenger lounging in her First Class seat, being waited on hand and foot. For most of us, however, we tend to turn right upon entering the plane to face the endurance test of playing squashed sardines for hours, trapped in an aluminium canister with hundreds of strangers.

Try as you might, kicking the seat in front of you isn’t going to help your legroom situation. And unless you want to start doling out money for expensive eye-masks, good quality noise-cancelling earphones, personal beanbag or blow-up pillows, or dragging along spare clothes to change into upon arrival, it’s hard to land at your destination feeling like anything other than a disheveled old rag.

Luckily, the team at Dental O So Gentle has some good air-mileage between them and can offer some handy tips for walking off the plan feeling refreshed. Believe it or not, it’s all about the mouth.
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Flossing: Babies, Children, Adults

Flossing: Babies, Children, Adults

Q: Which teeth should I floss?
A: Only the ones you want to keep!

Q: When should I start flossing my children’s teeth?
A: As soon as two teeth touch each other.

Starting to floss your children’s teeth from a young age is super important. The best way to ingrain healthy dental habits is through leading by example. When they see you undertaking important tasks, like using dental floss, they’re more likely to copy what you are doing. Of course, initially you’ll need to floss your children’s teeth for them because they lack the dexterity to do it themselves. As they master the necessary skill involved it is important you show them how to do it themselves. In no time at all you’ll find that not only are they able to floss independently but you’ve successfully managed to help form a fantastic lifelong habit that will keep their teeth and gums healthy.
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How To Whiten Your Teeth With Lipstick

How To Whiten Your Teeth With Lipstick

This one’s for all the women out there!

Have you ever wondered what colour lipsticks and glosses make your teeth look whiter and brighter?

Choosing the right lipstick shades can make all the difference when it comes to enhancing the colour of your teeth – be it white or yellow! So here’s a few tricks of the trade to help create that A-list-worthy smile for any occasion.
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How To Maintain Dental Hygiene During Pregnancy

How To Maintain Dental Hygiene During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time for expecting Mums, and is the first stage in a long and rewarding journey.

Dental hygiene during pregnancy is just as, if not more, important than ever, and your teeth and gums require close attention.

Is it possible to loose teeth as a result of pregnancy?

I’ve heard this many times, but the truth is that this is a myth. Pregnancy does not cause tooth loss – untreated tooth decay and periodontal disease does.

What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay results from repeated acid attacks on enamel and poor dental hygiene. It all begins with a film of bacteria forming over the teeth – called plaque.

This bacteria transforms the sugars and starch found in common foods into harmful acids, leading to gum irritation, gingivitis, and more seriously gum disease.
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Dental Sport Injuries

Dental Sport Injuries

In mid-November 2015 Ronda Rousey, the undefeated UFC fighter, fought and lost in a now infamous match against Holly Holm, in Melbourne. Rousey’s loss was made all the worse by having some teeth knocked loose and suffering such dental sport injuries that she has not been able to fight since, and won’t be able to until her injuries heal.

Every year, we witness professional athletes make headlines due to dental sport injuries. Sure, these traumatic incidents make for good viral videos, but the result is clearly painful and rather serious for the athlete. Dental sport injuries commonly sideline sportspeople for extended periods of time.

Take Damian Martin, the Perth Wildcats’ captain, for example; after breaking his jaw late last year, he had to have his teeth splintered and two metal plates surgically inserted into his jaw before he could play again!

We know better than most, just how far dentistry has come in treating dental sport injuries, but the fact remains that prevention is always better than a cure. The best way to avoid dental sport injuries during sport is by wearing a professionally made, custom mouthguard. Designed specifically to lessen the impact of blows to the teeth and skull, wearing a professional mouthguard can significantly reduce trauma to your teeth in the event of an accident.
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