My Hills Dentist Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Hills Dentist 32 32 Ease Your Dental Anxiety By Getting to Know Your Dental Team Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:47:30 +0000 Treatment room at My Hills DentistAs a dental team, we’ve seen it all. We understand the anxiety that comes with visiting the dentist’s office. But, we’re here to assure you that we’re not scary! And, quite frankly, our office isn’t so scary either.

First of all, we offer the best technology to improve your dental experience and ensure the most advanced treatment available. Additionally, we want to help our patients in any way possible. That’s why we include sedation dentistry and dental financing to anyone who needs it.

Meet the Dental Team

At My Hills Dentist, we pride ourselves on the highest level of service. However, we also take great pride in the warmth and friendliness of our office staff. When you visit us, you’ll see the difference in a team that cares.

Our Office Manager

Donelle Duff, our office manager, will make your experience special. She strives to know every patient personally so she can understand your struggles and accomplishments as well as your schedule. Donelle makes it easy for you to get appointments and handle financial arrangements. When she’s not at work, Donelle enjoys spending time with her grown-up children and loves to cook. Next time you’re in, ask Donelle about her cooking secrets!

Our Receptionists

We have two amazing receptionists here at My Hills Dentist–Taylor Duff and Mikayla Adams. Taylor loves to travel the world but also fully dedicates herself to her work. That’s what landed her an acknowledgment from the Australian Dental Association. In her free time, Taylor loves to see her friends, play with her dog, and binge-watch television series. Ask Taylor about what show she’s on or to see pictures of the adorable Lola when you visit our office!

Mikayla also welcomes guests at the door with her ever-positive attitude. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, seeing the latest movies, and loving her dog. Mikayla is also learning Russian and hopes to visit Russia someday. Next time you see her, ask Mikayla how to say a phrase in Russian or look through photos of her precious Paz!

Our Oral Health Therapist

Our oral health star, Roza Kotoyan, promotes oral health to all our patients, from pre-schoolers to the elderly. She loves to give patients the groundwork for keeping a clean, beautiful smile throughout their lives. Providing hygiene treatments, oral health instructions, and whitening services, Roza is able to fit a lot into her busy schedule. In her free time, Roza spends time with family and friends, goes to concerts, and participates in her Armenian community. If you see Roza, ask her which concerts she’s been to recently!

Our Dental Assistants

Antonella Vujica is not only a former beauty queen pageant, but she is quite the smart cookie. She has her Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting, Certificate 4 in Radiography, and a Diploma of Dental Technology. Whether she’s in the treatment rooms or working behind the scenes in our labs, Nella’s skills are unbeatable. Nella loves baking Croatian goodies for her kids and spending time with family and friends. Ask Nella about her Croatian treats next time you see her!

Our other dental assistant is Nikki Fatseas. She has completed her Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting and hopes to follow in Nella’s footsteps by completing her Certificate 4 in Radiography soon. She strives to help everyone in our office, including our patients. In her free time, Nikki enjoys traveling, fashion, beauty, and eating her family’s Greek creations. When you see Nikki, ask her about her next jet-setting adventure!

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Our Team is Unbeatable

As you can see, we have great pride in our team and our services here at My Hills Dentist. If you want to see the difference for yourself, schedule an appointment in Baulkham Hills, NSW online or by calling us at (02) 9686 7375.

The 11 Aspects Of A Beautiful Smile Tue, 10 Mar 2020 06:00:37 +0000 We all want to have an attractive smile, but what makes a smile attractive? It’s actually a combination of many factors that the mind processes quickly without us being aware of it. Here are 11 things the brain assesses in making a judgment about an attractive smile.

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1. Tooth Colour

Tooth colour is one of the most obvious things people think of when considering an attractive smile. Unfortunately, over time, staining can discolour teeth, making them yellowish. Teeth whitening is great at removing stains, but not everyone has enamel that is as naturally white, and sometimes thin enamel causes dentin to show through. In that case, we can use dental veneers or crowns to whiten teeth.

2. Smile Arc

The maxillary gum line and the incisal edge creates the curve of your smile. It should create a slight upward curve and narrow toward the ends.

3. Gum Display

The particular combination of muscles that activate to create your smile determines how much of your gums you show. Too much gum display leads to a gummy smile. With too little gum display, your smile might look toothy or too old. Too much gum can also make it look like you have small teeth and big gums.

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4. Gum Colour

Your gums have to have a proper colour, too, to create the right contrast that defines your smile arc. If gum disease is causing redness and inflammation, it will affect both the amount of gums showing and the colour of your gums.

5. Maxillary Gum Line

Where your upper teeth and your gums touch is the maxillary gum line. It should help define the smile arc with a relatively straight appearance that curves around each tooth in an even way. Disruption of this gum line can make your gums look unhealthy and can make even straight teeth look crooked. We can use gum contouring to help you achieve the best maxillary gum line.

6. Incisal Edge

The other line that defines your smile arc is the incisal edge. This is the edge of the upper teeth that cut into food when you bite down. This line should be symmetrical and should curve significantly upward from the central incisors — the longest teeth in your mouth — toward the molars in the back of your mouth.

Disruption of this line by long, sharp canine teeth can be attractive in a masculine way. We can correct unattractive disruptions like chips, missing teeth, sharp canines, or small teeth with restorations such as dental veneers, dental crowns, or even dental implants.

7. Buccal Corridor

In some ways, negative space — emptiness — in your mouth is as important as the physical presence of teeth and gums. The buccal corridor is a negative space that makes a big difference in your smile. It’s the area between your teeth and the corner of your mouth when you smile. Too much space in the buccal corridor can give the impression you’re missing teeth, while too little can make your smile look toothy and crowded.

8. Cant

Cant is another name for tilt. Ideally, your teeth should be straight up and down. However, if they are slightly tilted forward or backward this not only makes your smile less attractive, but it can also lead to difficulty chewing and cleaning your teeth. We offer many braces options to address tilted teeth.

9. Spacing

Properly spaced teeth will touch just slightly. Teeth that have gaps or are too crowded can look unattractive. Orthodontics can correct crowding or gaps in your smile.

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10. Overbite

Overbite is when your upper teeth extend slightly over your lower teeth. It seems that the development of overbite coincides with the invention of the fork, and since then it has become a characteristic of teeth that we consider attractive. Of course, too much of an overbite can be just as unattractive as no overbite or an underbite.

11. Dental Midline

Symmetry is essential to beauty, and your smile is no different. To establish an attractive appearance, your smile should have the same midline as your face. The smile midline is between the two central incisors, and if it’s moved off to one side or the other, it can make your smile look unattractive.

Of course, it’s impossible to give a complete rundown on the aspects of your smile that matter, but hopefully, this list has given you a sense of many of the most important factors — and an appreciation of how complex the issue is. To talk about your smile with a Sydney cosmetic dentist, please call (02) 9686 7375 for an appointment at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills.

Straighter Smile in Just Six Months Tue, 25 Feb 2020 06:24:26 +0000 If you’re sick of looking at that crooked smile in the mirror, we know just the thing for you. If the time commitment of braces discourages you, we have a happy surprise. Straighten up your smile in just six months without the time spent on full braces by using the Six Month Smiles program. 

Your dentists at My Hills Dentist want only the best, easiest procedures for you. We want you to get the smile of your dreams with the least hassle. More than that, we help you get there by using the newest technology and the most advanced treatments. So what are you waiting for? Schedule your appointment and get a beautiful, straight smile in just six months!

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Comfort with Orthodontic Treatment

Using the Six Month Smiles treatment, you can stay comfortable while getting the smile of your dreams. Since this program only realigns your front teeth, the time commitment is much shorter. Additionally, you won’t experience any pain or soreness in your back teeth with this program. 

An added benefit is that your braces are almost invisible. Better yet, they won’t show up in pictures at all! Find those picture-perfect spots, post relentlessly to Instagram, and have a blast doing it. Your friends and followers will never know the difference. 

Furthermore, your smile even has an overall effect on your self-confidence. When you help your teeth you are also helping your long-term happiness by boosting your confidence along the way.

Are You a Candidate for Six Month Smiles?

If Six Month Smiles sounds like the treatment option for you, call us to find out if you’re a candidate. Our office happily provides this treatment for people who need their front teeth straightened. If this doesn’t apply to you, we’ll find another way to give you the smile you want.

However, some patients need both their front and back teeth straightened for proper function. If this is the case, we will recommend braces instead. Braces offer more structured, full-mouth reconstruction instead of focusing on only the front teeth. 

We offer different types of braces for our patients’ different needs. Whatever your aesthetic and functional needs, we want to help you. Schedule an appointment with us at My Hills Dentist to see how we can help you attain your straight, beautiful smile. 

Your Dentist in Sydney

If your uneven teeth don’t make you smile when you look in the mirror, it’s time to straighten them. Visit us at My Hills Dentist to get your confidence back. Schedule an appointment by calling (02) 9686 7375 or visit us online. Flash those pearly whites with pride after straightening out that beautiful smile of yours. 

How to Keep a Stiff, Tight Jaw from Becoming TMJ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 07:01:40 +0000

It’s not unusual to experience jaw tightness or a stiff jaw every once in a while, but if you’re getting a jaw tightness and pain too often, it could be a warning sign that you’re at risk for TMJ. Here’s how to address the problem to help prevent your normal jaw problem from developing into TMJ.

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De-Stress to Relieve Jaw Tightness

Stress-related clenching of the jaw can contribute to jaw pain and damage, but it’s also one of the easier problems to address. Try to keep life in perspective and avoid getting stressed about things that don’t matter. This will reduce the number of stressors in your life.

If you still feel stress, try to learn some relaxation techniques. There are many of these available, so you should be able to find one that works for you.

If you can’t manage to relax on your own, consider talking to your doctor or psychologist to determine whether you might have an anxiety disorder.

Quit Habits That Contribute to Jaw Pain and Stiff Jaw

There are many common habits that can make jaw pain worse. One of these is gum chewing, which can put enormous amounts of stress on your jaw, depending on how long you chew gum each day.

Chewing on nonfood items hurts, too, with the most common culprits being fingernails, pens, pencils, and other items commonly available at your desk.

Smoking and other tobacco use contribute to TMJ, although the mechanism isn’t fully understood. It’s likely related to circulation problems, similar to the way smoking can lead to tooth loss and impair bone healing around dental implants.

Jaw Feels Tight? Use Stretches and Massage

Although too much jaw movement can contribute to soreness, you can also get sore if you don’t regularly exercise your jaw muscles. Eat a varied diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables to make sure you’re exercising your jaw regularly.

You should also consider a home massage if your jaw feels tight. These are easily found online and are generally harmless, so they’re worth a try. Stretches and massage can help your stiff jaw feel less tight which can prevent pain and lock-jaw down the line.

Why Is My Jaw Tight? Is It TMJ?

Of course, you have to consider whether your jaw tightness is actually due to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD). The best way to determine this is to talk to a neuromuscular dentist about the problem.

Also, be on the lookout for other symptoms that may go along with TMJ:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw popping or clicking
  • Irregular jaw motions
  • Ringing or full feeling in the ears
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Neck pain or back pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the fingers

If you have these symptoms, it’s important to schedule an appointment to discuss the problem.

For an appointment with a neuromuscular dentist in Sydney, please call (02) 9686 7375 for an appointment at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills.

Dealing With Your Anxiety and Stress at the Dentist’s Office Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:54:19 +0000 Nine to 20% stay away from the dentist due to anxiety or fear. So, if you get anxiety about dental visits or procedures, you are not alone. 

Here at My Hills Dentist, we want to make your visit as pleasant as possible. Our goal is to ease you through your cleanings and appointments by talking you through treatments, offering top-notch services, and using sedation dentistry. Even better, our team does everything in our power to take care of our patients and make them feel secure. 

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We Use the Best Technology

When you visit our dental office, we use the highest quality technology in the market to ensure a quick and easy appointment. To relieve stress about what we are doing in your mouth, we use an intraoral camera to show you exactly what’s going on. We also use a soft-tissue laser to make your visits quicker and less painful. 

If the metal drill scares you away from the dentist, rest assured. The team at My Hills Dentist uses air abrasion dentistry to clean teeth and remove decay without the sounds or feeling of a metal drill. We also use digital x-rays to reduce the amount of radiation received. With other technological advancements, we assure you that you are in good hands at My Hills Dentist. 

Your Dental Team Wants to Help

Our team at My Hills Dentist wants to help. Whether you experience anxiety or dentist-related stress, we want to ease your conscience. We have an amazing team who always offers constant support and even more smiles. 

When you come in, you will meet our administrative staff, dental hygienists, oral therapists, and our dentist. Every staff member understands that some people have anxiety when visiting their dentist. If you talk to us about your stressors and fears, we will help in any way possible.

Sedation Dentistry Might Be the Answer

Sedation dentistry is a new fad in the dental world. Though the name comes from sedate, it does not always mean putting someone to sleep. There are different levels of sedation dentistry for different procedures and types of anxiety. 

Most often, our patients will take a pill an hour before their appointment so they become calm and relaxed yet conscious. Other patients need a bit more medication to take the edge off. In these cases, we prescribe a stronger pill with a groggy effect. 

Your Dentist in Baulkham Hills, NSW

If you have anxiety and stress about visiting the dentist, My Hills Dentist can help. Give us a call at (02) 9686 7375 or schedule an appointment online to visit us in Baulkham Hills, NSW.

True or False Teeth: Great Dentures Don’t Look Artificial Mon, 06 Jan 2020 07:37:46 +0000 As an option to cope with missing teeth, dentures don’t have the esteem of dental implants. Their reputation has also suffered due to older designs, which were often ill-fitting, prone to falling out, and highly visible.

Modern dentures, however, have much to recommend them in regards to fit, function and appearance. At Sydney’s My Hills Dentist, our dentures options include The Denture Fountain of Youth®, which offers outstanding appearance and performance. Our false teeth dentist is here to help you regain your beautiful smile.

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False Teeth Options that Look Great

Traditional dentures fit over the gums in the spaces between missing teeth. They usually use clasps attached to surrounding teeth to hold themselves in. This often results in false teeth that provide minimal function, have limited life spans, and are outwardly noticeable. What these false teeth are made of varies per dentist and dental lab. Usually, dental labs create dentures using plastic. Unfortunately, plastic can make you look like you have fake false teeth, in other words, your teeth will look noticeably fake.

A better alternative from your false teeth dentist are FOY® Dentures. We custom make FOY® Dentures to fit your unique jaw structure and work with the natural motion of your mouth. Your denture dentist custom makes them resemble and perform like natural teeth, and mesh seamlessly with your smile. If you’re wondering how to make false teeth look real, it’s with FOY® Dentures.

Can Dentures Make You Look Younger?

With tooth loss comes the deterioration of the jaw bone. Eventually, this leads to diminished muscle tone and sagging skin around the mouth and jaw.  The result is jowls, hanging neck skin, and wrinkles around the mouth, making you appear older than you are.

You have the option to make your FOY® Dentures implant-supported. They attach to implants secured in your jawbone similar to the roots of healthy teeth. Implants anchor the denture firmly in place. The jaw bone naturally regrows around the implants, which prevents further bone loss.

We also position FOY® Dentures to rest like natural teeth, which further allow them to work more like natural teeth. This also helps support facial muscles and other tissue and preserves skin tone. Many patients with FOY® Dentures say the dentures look natural and make them appear years younger.

No Worries, No Discomfort

Implants allow FOY® Dentures to distribute bite force more uniformly than standard dentures. They also hold the dentures snugly in place so you can chew and speak normally without worrying that your dentures will slip or fall out.

Traditional dentures often don’t fit well initially, and then grow worse with wear. Dentures that are loose, poorly fitted or made of inferior materials can irritate your gums and the inside of your mouth; they can also affect your ability to eat and speak properly.

Dentures shouldn’t be painful, and FOY® Dentures are carefully crafted to fit every aspect of your bite structure and mouth to eliminate pinching or gaps. This exceptional fit and the use of high-quality, biocompatible materials also make FOY® Dentures a durable choice; the dental implants can last for life.

Sydney dentist Dr. David Lee is the only dentist in Australia certified to provide FOY® Dentures. If you’re considering dentures or other options to replace missing teeth, please call My Hills Dentist at (02) 9686 7375 to schedule your consultation at our Baulkham Hills office.


Are You Flossing Correctly? Thu, 26 Dec 2019 15:42:35 +0000 Flossing is just as important as brushing. Unlike brushing, you only have to floss once a day. However, flossing still prevents tooth decay by limiting the number of bacteria lodged between your teeth. Additionally, flossing also helps prevent heart disease by relieving your mouth of harmful bacteria.

When you brush, you don’t reach the sides of your teeth and your gums. Flossing reaches those nooks and crannies. Most people think that if you’re flossing, you must be doing it right. However, your flossing habits may be entirely wrong. The following pointers can help you stay in good health.

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Flossing Time

When you first start flossing, the process might take you five to ten minutes. Once you get your routine down, you’ll be able to successfully floss in about five minutes. You shouldn’t take any less than five minutes because, otherwise, you won’t hit all the spots. If you rush, you’ll also be less gentle with your gums.

If you floss after brushing, the plaque will spread around your mouth and stick to your teeth until the next brush. Therefore, when you add flossing to your routine, you must floss first! At your next general cleaning, ask us how to floss. Our dentists and dental hygienists will gladly show you the ropes.

Prevent Gum Irritation

If you’re constantly jamming floss into your gum line, you will irritate your gums. To avoid irritation, gently slide the floss up and down the sides of your teeth. This way, you will actually clean your teeth while allowing your gums to relax.

To floss correctly, gently insert the floss between your teeth. Then, slide the floss up the side of one tooth. Repeat on the other side with the next tooth. Continue this process until you have flossed each side of each tooth.

Are You Flossing Too Hard?

If you bleed often when you floss, visit your dentist. The first time you floss after a while of not flossing, you may see a bit of blood. However, if you see blood on multiple occasions, that’s a sign you’re flossing too aggressively.

Bleeding every time you floss could be a sign of other issues such as gum disease. If you are bleeding every time you floss, come see us at My Hills Dentist.

Amount of Floss

Since every tooth requires a clean piece of dental floss, the Australian Dental Association recommends using 45cm of floss each time. If you don’t use a clean section of floss each time, you are basically just redistributing bacteria around your mouth during your floss.

Another thing to keep in mind is that flossing tools prohibit you from having a clean piece of floss for each tooth.  If you use a toothpick or flossing tool, you will spread bacteria around your mouth instead of cleaning your teeth.

Ask Us If You’re Flossing Correctly

Next time you come in for your semiannual dental cleanings, ask us if you’re flossing correctly. Schedule an appointment with My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills, NSW, by calling us at (02) 9686 7375 or visiting us online.

Can TMJ Really Cause a Locked Jaw? Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:00:36 +0000 Have you ever experienced an inability to open your jaw? What about an inability to close your jaw? If so, you might have asked yourself, why does my jaw lock? Frightened and nervous, you rushed to Google, typing “how to unlock your jaw” into the search engine.

Unfortunately, a locked jaw is a shocking, scary experience that not many people suffer from. Many people confuse jaw lock with lockjaw, a more common symptom of TMJ. Actually, muscle spasms cause lockjaw (trismus) while joint dislocation causes a locked jaw. Our dentist fixes all symptoms related to TMJ at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills, NSW.

A man suffering from lock jaw may need treatment at My Hills Dentist in Sydney Australia

Why Does Your Jaw Lock?

A locked jaw is one of the many symptoms of temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ). Most TMJ patients experience jaw pain, tinnitus, and headaches. Very few people suffer from the unexpected and nerve-racking experience of a locked jaw. That’s why you need a cosmetic dentistry specialist when you experience jaw lock. 

When your jaw works correctly, the smooth movements come from your two temporomandibular joints, one on either side. These joints have a wide range of motion, moving side to side, up and down, and back and forth. In between the two joint bones sits the articular disc, a disc of cartilage to enable smooth movements. 

Some TMJ patients experience clicking and popping when this disc moves. These noises mean that the disc is shifting but then your ligament snaps the disc back into place. When your ligament cannot snap the disc back into place, you experience a locked jaw. Your jaw locks open or closed because that disc is what enables movement in your joints. 

How To Unlock Your Jaw

When you experience a locked jaw, your first step is to try to relax. We know that it is a frightening experience when your jaw locks. However, stress and anxiety can actually create more tension in your jaw. 

First, you must calm down. Practice meditation by breathing in for four seconds, holding for four seconds, breathing out for four seconds, and holding again. Try repeating this process for a few rounds, breathing in and out of your nose. Next, apply heat to your jaw and try to slowly wiggle it back and forth. Sometimes, your locked jaw will pop back into place itself. And that’s how to unlock your jaw at home!

Though we encourage gentle wiggles, don’t ever force your jaw back into place. Much like adding extra tension, this will only cause more problems. After you experience a locked jaw, it’s imperative that you make a dentist appointment with us immediately. Even if you get your jaw to unlock on your own, this is a serious issue that could happen again. If you have a locked jaw, your damaged articular disc needs treatment immediately to regain jaw function and relieve pain.

Visit My Hills Dentist

If you suffer from a locked jaw in Baulkham Hills, NSW, you need a cosmetic dentistry specialist. He has the most advanced technology on the market for TMJ treatments. Call My Hills Dentist at (02) 9686 7375 or make an appointment online.

In-Office Teeth Whitening vs. Take-Home Teeth Whitening Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:33:31 +0000 Drinking coffee and tea, smoking cigarettes and eating can all discolor your teeth. As a low-cost, minimally-invasive treatment, teeth whitening is one of the most common reasons to visit a cosmetic dentist. If you are unhappy with the discoloration of your teeth, it’s time to seek teeth whitening solutions. 

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Your Options

Our cosmetic dentistry office offers solutions for different budgets and timelines. Whether you choose in-office teeth whitening or take-home whitening trays, results are almost immediate and last several months. 

Your whitening results also depend on the type of staining your teeth have endured. The thickness of your enamel, your genetics, or developmental problems could all play a role in your tooth whitening. If the maximum level of whiteness for your teeth is unsuitable, you might consider porcelain veneers instead. It’s up to you to decide how you conduct your whitening in Baulkham Hills, NSW.

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In-Office Teeth Whitening

At My Hills Dentist, we offer the most advanced technology. We use Zoom! Teeth Whitening, which ensures drastically whiter teeth in just one hour. We guarantee that your teeth will look and feel great after the safe and reliable treatment performed by cosmetic dentist professionals.

First, we prepare your teeth by cleaning debris and plaque with a general tooth cleaning. Next, we expose your teeth and cover your gums with a rubber dam to protect them from the whitening compound. After we shield your gums, we will then apply a hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel to your teeth.  Finally, a high-intensity light catalyst activates the whitening compound to enhance the bleaching process. 

Your dental professionals will replace the whitening compound every 15 to 30 minutes, as soon as it becomes deactivated. By using multiple high-concentration bleaching treatments and light activation, in-office treatments tend to work faster and have a stronger effect.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

When people think of teeth whitening, they often think of going to the cosmetic dentist’s office. Another popular option is over-the-counter (OTC) solutions. However, not many people know about take-home teeth whitening treatments. Take-home trays are a feasible prescription-strength tooth whitening option in Baulkham Hills, NSW.

These trays are a more gradual application process. With take-home treatments, you will reach maximum whiteness within several weeks instead of the immediate results you will receive in our cosmetic dentistry office. This is due to lower concentrations of hydrogen peroxide per treatment over longer periods of time. 

The process is similar to the in-office treatments, without the light application. First, we recommend a general tooth cleaning appointment. Then, your cosmetic dentist will fit you for your trays. The custom-molded tray will protect your gums from the whitening compound. Some OTC treatments damage your gums and could lead to gum disease. Take-home trays, rather, offer dentist-prescribed strength and even whitening at a lower cost than in-office whitening.

Learn More About Tooth Whitening

Your smile is important. We want you to be happy with the whiteness of your teeth. To learn how teeth whitening can rejuvenate your smile, please call (02) 9686 7375 or email My Hills Dentist today for an appointment at our office in Baulkham Hills, NSW.

Avoid Acidic Foods to Protect Teeth Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:55:32 +0000 Our modern diet has many dangers for your teeth. The high carbohydrate content in many foods feeds oral bacteria that then produce an acidic excretion that attacks your tooth enamel, leading to cavities that need fillings or worse. However, many foods are acidic on their own, and should be consumed with caution.

A bunch of fresh citrus foods. Our modern diet has many dangers for your teeth, among them many acidic foods that although help with things like vitamin C, it can destroy your teeth.

How Acidic Is Too Acidic?

Acidity is measured using the pH scale, which indicates the concentration of free H+ ions in them. These free ions are what attack and can break down your tooth enamel. Seven is neutral, and the lower the pH, the more of them they are. It’s a logarithmic scale, so every number you go down represents a tenfold increase in pH. Technically, your teeth can start to break down at a pH of 5.5, but the foods and drinks you consume don’t necessarily drop your mouth pH to the level of their acidity. You don’t have to be too concerned about the acidity of foods and drinks until it drops below 4.

Not All Citrus Is Created Equal

Consuming citrus fruit is good for you because it contains vitamin C and other nutrients. However, they can also be very acidic. The good news is that they’re not all equally acidic.

For example, oranges can have a pH of about 3.7-4.3, so either mildly damaging or relatively safe for your teeth. Marmalade, though, is lower, about 3.0-3.3, so spread it thin.

On the other hand, grapefruits are a little stronger, ranging from 3.0-3.8 and lemons and limes are much stronger: their pH could be as low as 2.

If You Like It Hot

It’s worth noting that many chili sauces have vinegar included, as well as other acids that help prevent the growth of bacteria. Sometimes these sauces can be very low on the pH scale, a 2.8, more acidic than a grapefruit. If you’re eating food with a lot of vinegar-filled hotsauce, this could be damaging your teeth.

Grapes not so Great for Your Teeth

Grapes can be quite acidic, with Concord, Niagara, and Seedless grapes all having pH below 3.0. It’s worth noting that this acidity is actually further intensified in jams and wines.

Not Berry Nice

Many types of berries have a naturally low pH. These include raspberries, cranberries, gooseberries, and loganberries. The pH also intensifies when juiced or made into jam. While we’re on the subject, pomegranates also have a pH below 3, as do many types of plums.

Hydrate with Water

Another type of drink that has a surprisingly low pH is sports drinks. These drinks can be a 2.0 or less on the pH scale, equivalent to straight lemon juice. They’re also a problem because if you drink them when you’re exercising and at the edge of dehydration, you might have less saliva than usual to counteract the acid, and  your saliva might be acidic, too.

Drink It Up

Many other drinks have a low pH. We’ve noted some juices that have low pH, but don’t forget that soda has a low pH, ranging from 2-3, with colas being at the lower end. And don’t think skipping the sugar will save your teeth: sugar-free versions can be just as damaging to teeth.

Wine has the lowest pH of alcoholic drinks, sometimes below 3. Although hard liquors have a higher pH, if you start mixing them with sodas and fruit juices, you end up with a damaging pH as well.

For a tooth-healthy relaxer, stick to a good lager, with a pH around 4. Lighter beers also stain the teeth less.

If You Eat Acidic Foods

You don’t have to completely give up on these foods, but you should be aware of them. Cut down on consuming them, and when you do, chase with a cup of water. Chase them relatively quickly, too, since it only takes about 30 seconds for acidic damage to occur. Don’t brush your teeth right after eating these foods.

And, of course, remember to make your dentist appointments. If it has been too long since your last cleaning, please call (02) 9686 7375.