My Hills Dentist https://myhillsdentist.com Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:46:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 https://myhillsdentist.com/x/lc-content/uploads/2019/08/cropped-Favicon-32x32.png My Hills Dentist https://myhillsdentist.com 32 32 5 Ways to Keep Your Face from Shrinking with Dentures https://myhillsdentist.com/blog/5-ways-to-keep-your-face-from-shrinking-with-dentures/ Thu, 10 Oct 2019 09:50:17 +0000 https://myhillsdentist.com/?p=2045 One of the things that people fear most about getting is the way their face may shrink as a result. With smaller bones, they end up with excess skin that sags and folds, sinking in around the mouth, cheeks, eyes and other places. Although some amount of bone loss is inevitable, here are [...]

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One of the things that people fear most about getting dentures is the way their face may shrink as a result. With smaller bones, they end up with excess skin that sags and folds, sinking in around the mouth, cheeks, eyes and other places.

Although some amount of bone loss is inevitable, here are five good strategies that you can use to reduce the loss of bone and the shrinking of your face.

Romantic middle aged couple smiling with their dentures, cuddling and hugging in their kitchen on a sunny day. Although some amount of bone loss is inevitable, here are five good strategies that you can use to reduce the loss of bone and the shrinking of your face that can result.

1 – Supporting Dentures with Teeth

If you don’t remove all your teeth, you’re not going to experience as much bone loss. The teeth you retain can not only hold your dentures in place, but they can also continue to stimulate your jaw bone, keeping it healthy and firm to support your skin.

But this strategy is limited because it isn’t always advisable to retain some of your natural teeth. If they’re cracked, infected, threatened by gum disease, or otherwise unable to perform the job of supporting your dentures, then they’ll have to go.

And you can’t use this strategy if you’ve already had your teeth pulled.

2 – Implant Dentures

Next to natural teeth, dental implants are the best way to support your jawbone to prevent it from being lost. And for most people they’re better, because you get a chance to start fresh. Bone grafts can help make sure there’s good support for the implants, and they can be placed to provide optimal support for your dentures, rather than just being where your natural teeth happened to be in the best shape. Implant dentures also let you bite and chew normally. This makes it easier to eat a balanced diet that supports healthy bones. And with our new digital dental implant system, the process is easier than ever.

But implant dentures may not completely prevent bone loss, and if they’re poorly fitted, you might see more bone loss than you’d like.

3 – Improve Denture Fit

Poorly fitted dentures don’t just allow bone loss — they can speed it up. When you are biting down in a way that irritates your gums, the odds are good that you’re also irritating bone, which can lead to accelerated bone loss. There are two main mechanisms your body uses to determine which bone to maintain. First, it responds to the positive stimuli of teeth that tell your body the bone is needed. Next, it responds to negative stimuli, such as excessive pressure or irritation, to determine what bone to remove. Without teeth and with irritation, your bone might be removed much more quickly.

That’s why it’s crucial to have good fit with your dentures. Neuromuscular dentistry helps us measure your bite properly so dentures don’t just sit inside your mouth, they are designed to fully fit your bite, which is what makes the fit of FOY® Dentures so good.

4 – Get Good Nutrition

Your body needs good nutrition to help maintain your bone — the same way it needs nutrition to heal bone. The best way to get good nutrition is to eat a varied diet that includes meats, vegetables, fruits, and other nutritious unprocessed foods.

This can be a bit of a challenge, though, if you don’t have properly fitting dentures or dentures with dental implants to support them.

5 – Wear Your Dentures Less

We hate to even bring this up because it seems like admitting defeat. Having to live without your dentures whenever you’re at home and only putting them on when you go out can really impact your quality of life.

But if your dentures are so poorly fitted that they’re speeding bone loss, then it’s the only good option.

Don’t live with dentures you can only wear sometimes. To learn more about quality dentures in Sydney that can help reduce bone loss and other complications of poorly fitting dentures, please call (02) 9686 7375 for an appointment with a denture dentist at My Hills Dentist  in Baulkham Hills.

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Yes, Even Nicotine-free E-cigarettes Are Bad for Oral Health https://myhillsdentist.com/blog/e-cigarettes-are-bad-for-oral-health/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 22:26:06 +0000 https://myhillsdentist.com/?p=52953 E-cigarettes have been making waves once again, after the seventh death related to e-cigarettes and vaping was confirmed in America. Here in Australia, the sale of liquid for e-cigarettes that contains nicotine is illegal, which lowers the risk associated with the habit significantly. But while we’ve all heard stories of friends or acquaintances using e-cigarettes [...]

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E-cigarettes have been making waves once again, after the seventh death related to e-cigarettes and vaping was confirmed in America. Here in Australia, the sale of liquid for e-cigarettes that contains nicotine is illegal, which lowers the risk associated with the habit significantly.

But while we’ve all heard stories of friends or acquaintances using e-cigarettes to quit traditional cigarettes, these are anecdotal; to date, there is no empirical evidence that e-cigarettes actually help smokers quit. Plus, e-cigarettes aren’t without their risks; they’re not a perfect or approved alternative to smoking.

If you’re still considering ditching the pack for an e-cigarette, consider the following: while better than smoking, especially if going nicotine-free, e-cigarettes are still bad for your oral health.

E-Cigarette and vaping juice sitting on a countertop. Even Nicotine-free E-cigarettes Are Bad for Oral Health

What Is in E-cigarettes?

E-cigarette vapor is typically made with a few simple ingredients: glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine, flavourings, and other chemicals. Here in Australia, all legal vapor drops the nicotine, but the other compounds found in e-cigarette vapor can still cause cancers of the mouth and lungs, and that makes them a still-unsafe alternative to cigarettes.

On top of all that, a study by the American Heart Association found that flavourings found in e-cigarettes may even impair blood vessel function.

E-cigarettes and Oral Health

Take the addictive nature of nicotine out of the equation and you’re still putting your oral health at an increased risk if you’re a regular e-cigarette user.

E-cigarettes can increase your risk of suffering from dry mouth, for example. Saliva helps you break down food, cleans the mouth of bacteria, and keeps gums healthy. Without the right amount of saliva, you’re encouraging bacteria to grow and thrive, and gum disease is common for people with chronic dry mouth.

E-cigarettes also increase gum inflammation and other potentially painful ailments in the mouth, and can irritate the mouth and throat. Some research suggests that several of the chemicals found in e-cigarettes can cause inflammation in gum tissue, which has been associated with oral cancer.

How to Maintain Great Oral Health

Now that we’ve discussed the dangers of even nicotine-free e-cigarettes, let’s talk about the ways to keep your mouth healthy and disease- and pain-free.

Naturally, you should be practicing excellent at-home care, which includes brushing twice daily and flossing once each day. Especially if you’re still a traditional or e-cigarette smoker, you should pay close attention to any changes to your oral health, monitoring your gums and ensuring your teeth and gums cleaned regularly to discourage bacteria from festering.

You should also come to visit us at My Hills Dentist for regular dental cleanings every six months. We’ll monitor your oral health and provide a deeper clean than you’re able to achieve at home.

Be Proactive about Your Oral Health

If you’re unhappy with your oral health, if you have tooth discolouration that requires a dental implant, or if you’re ready to quit smoking and need extra support, our expert general and cosmetic dentists can help.

To schedule an appointment for a regular dental cleaning, a discoloured tooth or teeth, or for any general dentistry questions in Baulkham Hills today, please call My Hills Dentist at (02) 9686 7375 or click here.

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4 Reasons You Wake Up With a Headache https://myhillsdentist.com/blog/3-reasons-you-wake-up-with-a-headache/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:00:55 +0000 https://myhillsdentist.com/?p=52129 Lots of people wake up in the morning feeling well-rested and ready to tackle the day. But for those who wake up with , it can be difficult to get off on the right foot in the morning. If you tend to experience early morning headaches, there could be a few possible reasons why. [...]

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Lots of people wake up in the morning feeling well-rested and ready to tackle the day. But for those who wake up with headaches, it can be difficult to get off on the right foot in the morning. If you tend to experience early morning headaches, there could be a few possible reasons why.

Young man waking with with a headache. For those who wake up with headaches, it can be difficult to get off on the right foot in the morning. If you tend to experience early morning headaches, there could be a few possible reasons why.

Depression and Anxiety

You may already know that depression and anxiety can disrupt sleep, causing insomnia, or even oversleeping. But according to some research, an early morning headache could also be a result of depression and anxiety. Over 9,000 study participants were screened for depression, anxiety, and headaches. Researchers discovered that medication overuse headaches, tension headaches, and migraines were all common in people who suffer from depression, anxiety, or both.

If you wake up with a headache and are diagnosed with depression or anxiety, they could be linked. This would be a good thing to address with your doctor, particularly if you are taking medication for mental illness. Medications could be the cause of your headache.

If you have not been diagnosed with depression, look for other symptoms, such as:

  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest

If you have some of these symptoms, ask your doctor whether depression or anxiety could be linked to your headaches.

Bruxism

Bruxism is just a fancy word for clenching or grinding your teeth. While some people experience bruxism during the day, it’s also common for people to have sleep bruxism, where they unknowingly clench or grind their teeth while asleep. Creating that tension in your jaw can translate into headaches overnight. Of course, sleep bruxism can also cause excessive wear and tear on your teeth, and can even lead to the development of TMJ.

If your headaches are a result of bruxism, you will probably also wake up with jaw soreness, and your dentist will be able to see the impacts of it on your teeth when you go in for a checkup or cleaning. You might also experience other TMJ symptoms like ringing in the ears, vertigo, ear pain, ear fullness, joint sounds, or tingling in the fingers.

Migraine

Many people who have migraines have their attacks first thing in the morning. Endorphins are chemicals in your brain that act as natural pain relievers. Your endorphin levels can drop overnight, triggering migraines. Migraines might also be linked to your bruxism, either through the action of specific muscles, the pressure these muscles put on certain nerves, or the way they stimulate the nerves that control them.

If your headaches are migraines, you might also experience symptoms like:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Nausea
  • Vision problems

In some cases, sleep disorders might be triggering your migraines. If that’s the case, treatment of the sleep disorder might reduce your migraine frequency by more than 90%!

Sleep Disorders

Another common cause of morning headaches are sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea. If you suffer from sleep apnea, your airway spontaneously closes while you sleep, cutting off your oxygen supply just for a few seconds at a time. That may not seem like a big deal, but when it happens over and over throughout the night, it can result in a host of dangerous health problems including elevated risk of stroke, heart disease, and kidney disease.

One of the notable symptoms of sleep apnea is waking up with a headache. Other symptoms include:

  • Snoring
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Poor focus
  • Memory problems
  • Moodiness

While the standard treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP, some people find the treatment hard to live with. Light sleepers may find it difficult or impossible to sleep while wearing the device, and people often wake up with dry or sore throats and facial irritation, and even suffer from an increase in nightmares.

Thankfully, a trained sleep dentist can offer an alternative treatment in the form of a simple oral appliance. Similar to an athlete’s bite guard, an oral appliance can hold the jaw in a position that doesn’t allow the airway to collapse.

Do you think you might have sleep apnea? Call (02) 9686 7375 or contact us online to make an appointment and learn more about a sleep dentist at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills can help.

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I Chipped My Dental Implant – How Serious is it, And What Do I Do? https://myhillsdentist.com/blog/help-i-damaged-my-implant/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 21:55:12 +0000 https://myhillsdentist.com/?p=52930 Dentistry isn’t magic, but with modern technology and advancements in medicine, cosmetic dentistry options like dental implants can sure feel like it. Dental implants look natural, can restore the bottom third of your face to make you look younger and they . But what happens if you chip or damage a dental implant? Should [...]

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Dentistry isn’t magic, but with modern technology and advancements in medicine, cosmetic dentistry options like dental implants can sure feel like it. Dental implants look natural, can restore the bottom third of your face to make you look younger and they don’t require any special care.

But what happens if you chip or damage a dental implant? Should you be worried, and can it be easily fixed?

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What Are Dental Implants, Exactly?

While dental implants as they exist today are new, dental implants in general are not. In fact, as early as 2500 B.C., Egyptians were using gold wire to secure and stabilize teeth, similar to a dental bridge. It’s thought that the first dental implants were created by the Mayans, who used pieces of shell to restore their smiles in around 600 B.C. – an ingenious solution to a problem we still face thousands of years later.

Fortunately, what we use here at My Hills Dentist is a far cry from pieces of shell. A dental implant is, basically, made of two parts: the implant itself, which looks and functions like a screw and is made of titanium, and the crown, which is made of an advanced ceramic.

You can trust the modern dental implant design to work well in your mouth. The titanium base integrates naturally into your jaw and anchors itself in place as your jaw heals from the implant procedure. Osseointegration, or the process of an implant and bone to connect, allows your dental implant to be strong and stable. It’s the same process that helps amputees adjust to implanted prosthetics. Then, the ceramic crown looks and functions just like a natural tooth would, and it is stronger than a natural tooth.

It’s somewhat easy to damage natural teeth; it’s not uncommon to chip or break a natural tooth simply by biting down too hard or eating something hard like candy. Dental implants are a bit harder to damage, and it’s more common to see dental implant trauma as the result of a bad fall, sports injury or prolonged bruxism. But, what if you do manage to chip your dental implant?

What to Do If Your Dental Implant Is Damaged

First step: Don’t panic. No matter how badly damaged your dental implant is, we can fix it. Step two: schedule an appointment with us. We’ll help you determine the best way to repair your dental implant and get you smiling normally again.

Of course, the level of damage will determine how we restore your implant. Damaging the base of the implant is rare. In most cases, we can repair the crown with bonding material without removing it from the base. If your implant is cracked and it needs to be replaced, we can do that, too. In extremely rare cases, dental implants fail. Those cases may require surgery and bone grafting in order to stabilize and strengthen your jaw for a new implant. However, thanks to modern technology and the natural process of osseointegration, dental implant failure is extremely uncommon.

Restore Your Implant, Smile Again

If your dental implant has cracked or chipped, or you’re experiencing other issues with it, we can restore your smile, repair or replace your dental implant, and get you smiling again.

To schedule an appointment regarding your dental implant, if you have questions about dental implants, or are interested in learning how a dental implant can improve your quality of life and oral health, our cosmetic dentist can help. To schedule an appointment with My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills today, please call (02) 9686 7375 or email us today.

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Why Can’t I Stop Clenching My Jaw? https://myhillsdentist.com/blog/why-cant-i-stop-clenching-my-jaw/ Wed, 14 Aug 2019 08:14:19 +0000 https://myhillsdentist.com/?p=2007 Bruxism is often described as a “bad habit,” like chewing fingernails or smoking. Your doctor or dentist might tell you that you need to quit doing it the same way you might be told to quit smoking or get more exercise. They may even give helpful tips about mindfulness or meditation that can help you [...]

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Bruxism is often described as a “bad habit,” like chewing fingernails or smoking. Your doctor or dentist might tell you that you need to quit doing it the same way you might be told to quit smoking or get more exercise. They may even give helpful tips about mindfulness or meditation that can help you relax.

Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy to stop clenching your jaw and damaging your teeth and jaw structure, causing jaw pain and headaches. Here’s why it can be hard to get control of your jaw clenching.

A young brunette woman with glasses places pressure on ther temples on her forehead with a stressful migraine due to bruxism and clenching her jaw. Bruxism is often described as a “bad habit,” like chewing fingernails or smoking. Your doctor or dentist might tell you that you need to quit doing it the same way you might be told to quit smoking or get more exercise. They may even give helpful tips about mindfulness or meditation that can help you relax.

It’s Not All About Stress

One of the common causes of jaw clenching is stress. In times of stress, you might clench or grind your teeth the same way that others might chew on their fingernails or other objects.

If this is a cause of your jaw clenching, then something like meditation or other stress relief techniques could help, but stress isn’t the only, or even the primary cause of teeth clenching.

You Use Your Jaw More Than You Think

You probably are clenching your jaw more than you realize because you’re not always aware of the function of your jaw. You might think that you’re only using your jaw when you’re talking or when you’re chewing, but you’re actually using your jaw all the time.

Swallowing to clear saliva causes your jaw to clamp closed. Setting yourself to lift a heavy weight also sets your jaw. Even breathing can depend on your jaw clamping shut, especially if you have sleep apnea and your body is working hard to hold your airway open.

Why does it matter how often you’re using your jaw? Every time you use your jaw, you can trigger unconscious jaw clenching.

Why Your Jaw Clenches Unconsciously

But why does your jaw clench unconsciously? Partly it’s because your jaw has its own control and feedback mechanisms. When you chew, you don’t need to consciously tell your jaw how hard to bite down — it knows how hard to chew and how to avoid hitting your teeth together as you chew. That’s because the body’s control mechanisms have that under control. Your jaw is designed to to take most of those chewing tasks and regulate them without any interference from your conscious mind.

But when your jaw’s feedback systems are not working properly, this can cause your jaw to clench unconsciously and uncontrollably. Some of your muscles are tensed when they should be relaxed, while others are relaxed when they should be tensed, and they can’t get to the proper balance because your teeth and bones are interfering. This sets your jaw muscles against your teeth and jaw, and that’s the cause of your unconscious clenching.

This could be related to your teeth. Ideally, your teeth should come together so that your jaw is at a position of maximum rest. However, for many people, teeth don’t come together so easily, and it keeps your jaw muscles from relaxing. This contributes to the imbalance in your jaw regulation system.

Change Consumption Habits

Some of your jaw clenching is likely related to things you consume regularly. Caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol have been linked to jaw clenching. Caffeine is a stimulant, as is nicotine, one of the active ingredients in tobacco. Alcohol, on the other hand, is partly a relaxant, but also has a stimulant effect. While it might seem to relax you at first, it can cause excitation later that leads to jaw clenching. It may also be linked to sleep apnea.

Treat Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing at night. This is usually because your airway collapses during sleep. Because your jaw partly supports your airway, you may clench your jaw to try to keep your airway open. Since apneas may happen hundreds of times a night, you essentially end up clenching your teeth all night long. Treating sleep apnea can help reduce clenching that happens overnight.

You Need to Change the Jaw System

Because you don’t have control over the self-regulating and feedback system in your mouth, when you have TMJ you may not be able to make yourself stop clenching your jaw, no matter how hard you want to.

Stopping this unconscious clenching requires restoring your jaw’s elements back to a configuration where your muscles, bones, and teeth are no longer working against each other. Instead, they will work together harmoniously, so that the optimal position for your jaw is good for all the parts involved, including the jaw, teeth, and muscles.

If you are looking for help restoring balance to your jaw and avoiding clenching in Sydney, please call (02) 9686 7375 for an appointment with a TMJ dentist at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills.

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Dancing With the Stars’ Courtney Act’s Dental Journey https://myhillsdentist.com/blog/courtney-acts-dental-journey/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 22:43:03 +0000 https://myhillsdentist.com/?p=52896 This year, Brisbane-born Courtney Act took the stage on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars, blowing us all away. But Act wasn’t Dancing with the Stars’ typical female performer, because, well, she’s a drag queen. Act, or Shane Jenek, is no stranger to the stage, or to talent television. Act appeared on season one [...]

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This year, Brisbane-born Courtney Act took the stage on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars, blowing us all away. But Act wasn’t Dancing with the Stars’ typical female performer, because, well, she’s a drag queen.

Act, or Shane Jenek, is no stranger to the stage, or to talent television. Act appeared on season one of Australian Idol in 2003, was a runner-up on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race and took the No. 1 spot on Celebrity Big Brother UK’s 21st season.

Act won over audiences with her sweet but witty personality and stunning makeup and costuming. That’s why, when a longtime friend posted a picture of a young Shane in full headgear, fans went wild.

Dancing With the Stars’ Courtney Act’s Dental Journey

Skip the Headgear, Get A Beautiful Smile

The photo featured Shane as a child with messy hair, smiling straight into the camera. Metal protrudes from his mouth, toward his ears and around his head. A far cry from the polished diva we now see on TV.

While the throwback photo is both endearing and funny, to get a smile like Courtney Act, we luckily don’t need to wear full headgear anymore. In fact, thanks to recent advancements in dental technology, you have a swath of treatments to choose from. Patients with a variety of needs and goals can get a smile fit for the Dancing with the Stars stage.

One Size Does Not Fit All

In the past, there was just one answer to crooked teeth: braces, often accompanied by the dreaded headgear. We’ve learned that not every patient has the same goal for their smile, so one treatment plan doesn’t work for everyone. That’s why here at My Hills Dentist, we offer a number of cosmetic options to get you a smile you love.

The first step is determining your needs. If your goals are purely cosmetic, it makes things a bit easier. However, if you have a misaligned bite, or malocclusion, there are specific treatments that will help you sleep better, feel better and reduce pain in the future. Here are just a few treatment options we offer here at My Hills Dentist:

Smilefast

If you dread spending over a year or two in traditional braces, Smilefast is a speedy and efficient option. First, we take a 3D image of your teeth, and the software digitally adjusts your smile. Patients love this treatment plan because there are no surprises; you get to see exactly how your smile will look before we begin. Smilefast features brackets and a wire like traditional braces, but the 3D software helps us place everything precisely.

Six Month Smiles

It may sound unbelievable, but Six Month Smiles has revolutionized the braces game and can get you a straight smile in just half a year. The treatment focuses on your front teeth – the teeth you see when you smile – rather than trying to move hard-to-adjust back teeth and molars. Combined with sophisticated computer algorithms, this allows Six Month Smiles to work faster than traditional braces.

eXceed Clear Braces

If you hate the look of wires and brackets, eXceed Clear Braces may be right for you. They look like a thin, subtle mouthguard that you wear for 16-20 hours a day. You’ll receive a series of aligners to gradually shift your teeth.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is removable, just like eXceed Clear Braces. While it does have visible wires, treatment can finish in as early as six weeks. While the Inman Aligner offers unmatched speed, not everyone is a perfect candidate.

Smile Like Courtney

If you’re ready to have a beautiful smile like Dancing with the Stars’ Courtney Act, you can skip the headgear. Here at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve a whiter, straighter and stunning smile that you’re proud of.

To schedule an appointment to talk about what treatment plan is right for you, please call (02) 9686 7375 today, or book online.

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Are Dogs’ Mouths Really Cleaner than Humans’? https://myhillsdentist.com/blog/is-your-pets-mouth-really-clean/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 06:36:02 +0000 https://myhillsdentist.com/?p=52863 Dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans’: urban myth, or is there some truth there? Either way, we’ve all likely heard the statement before, and promptly pictured our furry friend licking themselves or eating dirt. The answer, as it turns out, is a little more complicated, especially considering there are a few different ways to define [...]

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Dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans’: urban myth, or is there some truth there? Either way, we’ve all likely heard the statement before, and promptly pictured our furry friend licking themselves or eating dirt.

The answer, as it turns out, is a little more complicated, especially considering there are a few different ways to define “clean.” According to a 2017 article published in National Geographic, humans have between 400 and 500 bacteria species in our mouths (ew!). In comparison, dogs typically have around 400 species and cats just have 200, though not all species have been identified. Overall, we have different species of bacteria than in our cats’ and dogs’ mouths, so it’s best to avoid letting your pets lick you, especially on your face or if you have an open wound.

Frame with a beautiful girl with a beautiful dog in a park on green grass. Dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans’: urban myth, or is there some truth there? Either way, we’ve all likely heard the statement before, and promptly pictured our furry friend licking themselves or eating dirt.

What’s in My Pet’s Mouth?

Because the bacteria in your cat and dog’s mouth is naturally occurring, you don’t have to worry about the bacteria making them sick. It doesn’t even play a major role in their bad breath. As long as you’re not letting your pet lick open wounds or the inside of your mouth or bite you, you shouldn’t be worried about the bacteria, either. However, if you do get bitten by any animal, you should clean the wound immediately and visit a doctor.

In dogs’ mouths, the most worrisome bacteria is Capnocytophaga canimorsus. While it’s incredibly rare for the bacteria to infect you, it can cause some major complications, and can necessitate limb amputation in the most severe cases. Cats also have C. canimorsus in their mouths, but the more common disease to contract from Fluffy is Bartonella henselae. B. henselae, commonly called cat scratch disease, is less serious than C. canimorsus.

If you’ve been bitten or scratched by your pet, you should always consult your primary care physician, especially if you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, body aches or soreness, a fever, or swollen lymph nodes.

How to Reduce Bacteria in Your Mouth

While we stick to human patients here at My Hills Dentist, we do have one thing in common with vets; we both recommend our patients brush their teeth often. Humans should brush their teeth twice every day. And, yes, while there are hundreds of natural bacteria in your mouth, you should still do your best to keep your mouth as clean as possible and be mindful about your oral health.

Getting rid of all the bacteria in your mouth is impossible and, frankly, unhealthy, as many healthy bacteria help you break down food. The bad bacteria, however, can cause problems. Allowing bad bacteria to fester in your mouth can enable plaque buildup, which can lead to loss of bone mass in your teeth and jaw, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other ailments. Here are just a few ways you can keep your mouth clean and reduce your bad bacteria:

Keep Your Mouth Cleaner Than Spot’s

It’s a relief to know our mouths aren’t quite comparable to your dog’s and the “your dog’s mouth is cleaner than your own” myth can be dispelled. Still, it never hurts to reassess your oral health.

If you’re interested in hearing a second opinion on your teeth, need an appointment for a regular dental cleaning or are ready to take your oral health to the next level, the professional dentists at My Hills Dentist can help. To schedule an appointment with My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills today, please call (02) 9686 7375 or click here to book an appointment online.

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How Do I Take the Best Care of My Dentures? https://myhillsdentist.com/blog/how-to-care-for-your-dentures/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 23:00:56 +0000 https://myhillsdentist.com/?p=52844 Congratulations – you now have a beautiful new set of dentures, restoring your smile and helping you feel young and vibrant. Though your will give you clear and detailed instructions on using and caring for your new set of teeth, you may still have a few questions. So, how do you best care [...]

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Congratulations – you now have a beautiful new set of dentures, restoring your smile and helping you feel young and vibrant.

Though your dentist and caring staff at My Hills Dentist will give you clear and detailed instructions on using and caring for your new set of teeth, you may still have a few questions. So, how do you best care for your new smile? What should you do differently with dentures than you did with your natural teeth?

An upper denture sitting on a countertop with a toothbrush. Now that you have a new set of dentures it's time to have a daily care schedule.

Daily Denture Care

You should incorporate a new daily routine into your existing one. While denture care isn’t any more time consuming than care for natural teeth, you should commit this to memory and follow it every day to keep your dentures shining and bright.

  • Brush every day. Brushing your dentures every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush will help remove food and plaque buildup. Don’t use whitening toothpaste, however, as this contains chemicals that can damage the synthetic dentures.
  • Rinse dentures after eating. After you eat, simply remove and rinse your dentures in water to wash off food particles.
  • Soak dentures at night. Your mouth naturally gets dry at night, which is bad for dentures. The best way to keep them strong is to remove them while you sleep and soak them in a glass of water. Also, sleeping with dentures in at night can increase your risk of certain infections.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups. Just because you have dentures now doesn’t mean you don’t still need regular dental appointments. Talk with your dentist about how often you should come in to the office.

What If My Dentures Are Damaged?

If your dentures become cracked or damaged, don’t worry. First, remove them and rinse them off. Assess the level of damage.

Though you may be tempted to buy an over-the-counter kit that promises an easy at-home fix, we do not recommend this. By attempting to fix your dentures at home with glue or other repair tools, you may end up damaging your dentures even more. So, schedule an appointment with My Hills Dentist; we’ll be able to fix damage.

Your next step is to stop wearing your dentures. It can be difficult to live without the teeth you rely on, but the best way to avoid damaging the dentures further is to simply put them away until your next dental appointment (which we’ll try to make as soon as possible). While you’re waiting for your dental appointment, eat soft foods like yogurt.

Ready to Try Out Dentures or Need Repairs?

If you think your dentures may be damaged, don’t attempt at-home repair. We’ll know exactly how to fix your dentures and help you fix the problem so it doesn’t happen again. If you don’t have dentures but you believe they’re right for you, we can help you determine whether Fountain of Youth Dentures or BPS Dentures are right for you.

Your trusted cosmetic dentists at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills and the surrounding Sydney area are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain the smile you’ve dreamed of. To schedule an appointment, please call (02) 9686 7375 or contact us online today.

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Dental Implants Can Dramatically Change Your Face https://myhillsdentist.com/blog/dental-implants-can-dramatically-change-your-face/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 18:54:32 +0000 https://myhillsdentist.com/?p=52838 Just one discoloured, crooked or missing tooth can turn a gorgeous smile into a smile that you’re afraid to show off. Laughing and smiling are two times when we should feel the most comfortable and happy in our own skin, and time we should spend connecting with those around us and enjoying the moment. However, [...]

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Just one discoloured, crooked or missing tooth can turn a gorgeous smile into a smile that you’re afraid to show off. Laughing and smiling are two times when we should feel the most comfortable and happy in our own skin, and time we should spend connecting with those around us and enjoying the moment.

However, that one tooth you’re not pleased with may be in the back of your mind, preventing you from smiling as wide or from taking as many pictures with your loved ones.

And that’s why even just one dental implant can change your face – and your self-esteem – dramatically.

Attractive woman sitting at the kitchen table, eating and laughing. It's amazing how a dental implant has dramatically changed her smile!

Restoring Your Smile

Whether your tooth is dead, has been knocked out or is simply the oddball of your mouth, My Hills Dentist can transform your smile with just one dental implant. Your trusted dentist here in Baulkham Hills uses cutting edge technology for dental implants, increasing success rates and helping your dental implant last longer and look beautiful and natural in your mouth.

My Hills Dentist can perform digital dental implants from start to finish, so you don’t need to put your dental health in the hands of someone you don’t know. The process is comprised of just four simple steps:

  • Consultation and scans. We want to create an implant that you’re happy with, and everyone has different goals for their new tooth. Are you concerned with size? Shape? Colour? All of the above? We will listen to you and ensure your goals are met.
  • Surgical plan. With dazzling 3D technology, My Hills Dentist will create a model of your teeth and build a plan of attack, keeping your goals in mind every step of the way.
  • Printing a surgical guide. The 3D surgical plan is now printed. This 3D map informs your dentist during the surgery, making the process fast, efficient and precise.
  • Placing the implant. Finally, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: the placing of your implant. In as little as 15 minutes, your implant will be set and ready for the world to admire.

How it Transforms Your Face

Not only does an implant fill in a gap in your smile or restore a worn or chipped tooth, it can transform the bottom third of your face – even when your mouth is closed.

Wrinkles and loose skin happens in the face partly because, as we age, our bone mass deteriorates naturally, teeth included. By restoring bone mass in the jaw and teeth through an implant, it restores the face’s shape and tightens the appearance of the skin, making you look younger and more confident.

Plus, dental implants look natural. You don’t have to worry about “chiclet teeth” nor one tooth that’s too white or too dark to fit in with your other teeth. Your expert cosmetic dentist will ensure your new dental implant perfectly complements your natural teeth and fills out your smile perfectly.

One New Tooth, A Whole New Look

If you have one problem tooth that you’re interested in fixing or if you have questions about the benefits of a dental implant, My Hills Dentist in the Sydney area can answer your questions and show you how a dental implant can dramatically improve not just your smile, but the look of your whole face.

To schedule an appointment with My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills, please call (02) 9686 7375 today.

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I’m On the Keto Diet—Why Does My Breath Smell? https://myhillsdentist.com/blog/the-dreaded-keto-breath/ Wed, 29 May 2019 22:23:20 +0000 https://myhillsdentist.com/?p=52814 You’ve taken the plunge to start a new diet—congratulations! Starting a new diet is difficult, especially one as restrictive as the ketogenic diet, which mandates eating a high-fat, low-carb regime. Studies suggest the keto diet is beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, and those on a keto diet can lose weight quickly. As [...]

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You’ve taken the plunge to start a new diet—congratulations! Starting a new diet is difficult, especially one as restrictive as the ketogenic diet, which mandates eating a high-fat, low-carb regime. Studies suggest the keto diet is beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, and those on a keto diet can lose weight quickly.

As with any restrictive diet, it is important to make it as easy as possible to stay on track and reduce obstacles toward a healthier you.

However, you’ve run into an obstacle, and a somewhat embarrassing one at that. You’ve got the dreaded “keto breath.” How serious is it? Are the benefits of giving up carbs really worth it?

An attractive young woman laying under an apple tree. Those apples has a very destint fruity smell, just like the how you breath might smell when on the Keto diet.

How Does a Diet Affect My Breath?

As we know, the body gets its energy from what we eat. Typically, our bodies burn carbs before moving on to fat, which is stored in case of starvation. The keto diet is unlike others because, by removing carbs from our diet, it forces the body to burn fat—and our stores of fat—first, putting the body into a biological state called ketosis. When our body burns fat, it releases chemicals called ketones through exhalation and urine. The ketones affect the smell.

How Does it Affect My Health?

The keto diet is great for those who want to lose weight fast, and the rules are simple: eat as much as you want, as long as your diet consists primarily of fats and as few carbs as you can handle. The keto diet also has plenty of benefits for those with type 2 diabetes, epilepsy and certain other ailments. It can also lower blood pressure and bad cholesterols. It is also great for the teeth, as cutting carbs means cutting sugar, leading cause for tooth decay.

However, let’s be honest: cutting carbs almost entirely is difficult, and most doctors do not recommend the keto diet in the long-term. The keto diet disallows fruits, some vegetables, grains, beans, alcohol and sweets, which makes it tough to follow. Plus, it is not uncommon to experience the “keto flu” for the first few days of the diet, as your body experiences a form of withdrawal. Gear up for moderate nausea, headaches and drowsiness, though this will go away soon. The keto breath may be unavoidable, however it can be mitigated with lots of water and by brushing your teeth often.

Is Giving Up Carbs Worth It?

Talk to your doctor before going keto, as with any diet, to ensure a low-carb diet is right for your body. However, the answer largely depends on your lifestyle. Ask yourself if you can commit to cutting carbs and eating chiefly fats. Remember, cutting carbs means giving up hamburgers, pasta and pizza.

Additionally, keto dieters are known to bounce back to their original weight quickly, as your body does not get as hungry on a low-carb diet. Many people feel over-hungry after coming off of the keto diet and end up overeating, gaining much of the weight back.

Talk To Us About Your Health

If you have questions about how a new diet will affect your health, particularly your oral health, a dentist can discuss options and make suggestions to help you be successful.

To schedule an appointment at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills, please call (02) 9686 7375 today.

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