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Medicine-Induced Dry Mouth

What else can I do for Dry Mouth

Having a dry mouth caused by medication is more common than you think…especially amongst older generations. If left untreated, dry mouth can interfere with your oral health and function, affect your general health and significantly impair your quality of life! Dry mouth is professionally referred to as Xerosomia.

A study in 2017 showed that 73% of Veterans Affairs patients were dispensed one medicine that could cause dry mouth. 22% were dispensed two medications that could cause dry mouth and 5% were dispensed with three!

Saliva balances out the number of bacteria in your mouth and without sufficient saliva, tooth loss, decay, gum disease and even bad breath are more likely. There is ...

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7 foods that benefit your teeth!

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We all know about the foods that are bad for our teeth, but what foods actually benefit your teeth?

Cheese – Eating cheese raises the pH in your mouth, this lowers your risk of decay. It is thought that the chewing action required when eating cheese increases saliva. Cheese also contains calcium and protein, nutrients proven to strengthen tooth enamel.

Yoghurt – Apart from containing calcium and protein like cheese, yoghurt has probiotics that benefit your gums. The good bacteria take over the bad bacteria that cause cavities. Just make sure your yoghurt has minimal sugar…you don’t want to undo all the good work!

Apples – The fibrous texture of apples stimulates your ...

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Dental Myths BUSTED!

Here are some dental myths that we have busted!

Do Oral Diseases only affect your mouth?


There is actually strong evidence linking oral diseases to the rest of your body. Gum disease can increase the risk of many chronic diseases (and vice-versa) such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Is Fluoride dangerous?


Fluoride is added to your everyday toothpaste in safe doses. Many studies have proven that fluoride is effective in helping protect your teeth from decay. It should be noted that it is not recommended that you swallow toothpaste. Children should always use a toothpaste formulated especially for children as they contain less fluoride.

Is fruit juice a good alternative to water for children?

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Oral Health for Busy Lives

Man Hiking | Oral Health Fairfield, NSW

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to how you brush your teeth, beyond squirting on some toothpaste and scrubbing back and forth. But as we will tell you, how you brush your teeth matters a great deal, with how often you brush, how long you brush, the kind of technique and the toothbrush you use are all major influences on the effectiveness of your brushing.

To gain the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush for at least two minutes morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck. The advantage of these toothbrushes is that they remove the plaque ...

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7 things you didn't know about your teeth

Teeth | Dentistry Fairfield NSW

No. 1: Sour can be just as bad as sweet.

Sugar isn’t the only dental villain that undermines healthy teeth. Acidic, low-pH foods, such as sour candy, wine & fruit juices soften teeth. The result: enamel erosion and diminished tooth size. Citric acid is the worst acid for your teeth.

No. 2: Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but it can break easily.

Ice, popcorn, and tongue & lip piercings can chip teeth. Unlike skin, teeth can’t re-grow. Just as you wouldn’t run a marathon with a bad leg, you shouldn’t chomp away if your teeth aren’t as strong as they used to be, ie: if they are broken down or ...

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Oil Pulling...

An ancient Ayurvedic ritual, oil pulling was introduced to the modern world in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD. Dr Karach claimed that oil pulling could cure a variety of illnesses ranging from heart disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders.

To ‘oil pull’, simply put some oil into the mouth, traditionally sesame oil, but often coconut oil is recommended for its antibacterial qualities. You then swish the oil around and around. Let the oil move around and between the teeth, around the tongue, gums, etc., ideally for 20 minutes.

The basic purpose is to ‘pull’ bad bacteria from the mouth and spit it out in the oil when ...

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