What’s the Difference between Dental Splints and Mouthguards

January 27, 2018 in Dental Tips

Whether you’re active in contact sports or are feeling pain in the morning from a night of teeth grinding, one thing is for sure—you need to protect your teeth. Should you get a mouthguard or a dental splint? Which one do you really need?

What is a dental splint?

A dental splint, also called a night guard, bite guard or occlusal splint, protects your teeth as you sleep. This is because you may be suffering from a condition called bruxism, which is a sleep disorder that causes you to unconsciously grind or clench your teeth at night. This is usually due to stress or anxiety, but when left untreated, it can ruin your teeth.

Once you consult with your local dentist about your condition, you might need to get a dental splint, which is a set of special plastic appliance that is custom-fitted to be worn over your teeth. This prevents your upper and lower teeth from touching while absorbing bite force to prevent damage.

What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard covers both your teeth and gums to prevent lips, gums, and teeth injury as well as absorb shock from blows and falls. This is most commonly used in sports such as boxing, basketball, ice hockey, and football to name a few.

While there are stock mouthguards that you can buy in sporting goods stores or over-the-counter, it is highly recommended that you have one that is custom-made for you. Having a mouthguard from your own teeth’s impression will offer comfort, snug fit, and the most protection.

Simply put, a mouthguard protects your teeth while a splint holds your teeth together to prevent harmful movement. Before getting yourself the one that is right for you, however, it is always best to check in with your dentist.

Set an appointment with our top dentists from Caloundra to get yourself custom-fitted dental splints or mouthguards.

How to Properly Clean Your Dental Splint

December 26, 2017 in Dental Tips

For those who are grinding or clenching their teeth especially when sleeping at night, your dentist may have probably fitted you already with a dental splint, also called a bruxism splint or night guard.

Once you get your dental splint, it’s important that you observe proper caring and cleaning so that you can protect your teeth and avoid further tooth damage or decay.

  1. Always rinse after every use. Immediately remove your dental splint or night guard immediately after removing it from your mouth. Use warm water to remove any debris that may have been stuck to it.
  2. Brush softly with your tooth brush. After rinsing, thoroughly but lightly brush your night guard with your tooth brush. Avoid using toothpaste as this can be abrasive and may easily wear out your splint.
  3. Completely dry before storage. Let your splint dry completely by laying it on a clean, flat surface. Never store it in its case when it’s wet to prevent bacterial growth.
  4. Keep it in your case when not in use. Don’t keep your splint laying around in the bathroom, as steam and humidity can deform it overtime. Keep it in your case or in a clean, dry place when not in use.
  5. Keep your case clean. Keep your case clean as well by cleaning it regularly and allowing it to also completely dry before putting your splint inside it. You can use a dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water to clean your case.
  6. Do weekly deep cleans. Use a denture cleaner or a mixture of mouthwash and water to soak your dental splint it for at least 30 minutes, but no longer than an hour.

Cleaning your dental splint can be a lot of work, but once you get into the routine, it’s going to be a breeze.

When Should You Take Your Kid to the Dentist?

November 27, 2017 in Dental Tips

As parents, you may wonder when the right time is for you to take your children to the dentist. In fact, not everyone takes their children under 12 to the dentist. Many put off a dental visit until there really is a problem such as a cavity or tooth ache. After all, many of these children don’t have all their permanent teeth come in yet.

Set a Solid Foundation of Dental Health

What you don’t know, however, is that you really don’t need to have a problem to visit the dentist. In fact, your first visit to the paediatric dentist shouldn’t even involve any dental work. As all dentists would agree, that first trip should be about introducing your children to the dentist’s office, especially to the dentist and the dental chair, the two most prominent causes of adult dental anxiety.

So to answer the question, dentists recommend that children be taken to the dentist as soon as the first tooth comes out. This is no later than your children’s first birthday.

Paediatric Dentists Make Visits Fun

By taking your child to the dentist at this early age, you familiarize them to the dental office environment, the staff, and of course, the paediatric dentist. This also introduces them to the dental chair, which can be foreboding for some kids who are not used to seeing it. They may also become more comfortable with the instruments dentists use, which they may first find overwhelming and scary, but with regular visits, help from the dentists and of course the parents’ reassurance, they will soon find unimposing. With regular visits, you take away the fear associated with going to the dentist, and you are more likely to raise children who have better dental hygiene than those who are scared to go to the dentist.

Schedule an appointment with our Sunshine Coast paediatric dentists today.

6 Reasons why Porcelain Dental Fillings might be for you

November 7, 2017 in Dental Tips

Fillings are a conservative way of restoring your teeth after it’s been damaged by minor cavities. Fillings are used to recreate your tooth’s structure and function, as well as make it look and feel natural.

Also know as ‘inlays’, fillings are a great option if you want a solution that lasts long periods of time.

  1. Quick and painless. Compared to dental crowns and implants, getting inlays is quicker, easier, and a less invasive procedure. They are a great way to conserve tooth structure in the right cases.
  2. Natural, seamless look. Porcelain inlays are customized to match the color of your existing teeth.
  3. Restored chewing and biting. The inlays function similar to natural teeth, so you can restore your chewing and biting power.
  4. Stain resistant. You don’t have to worry about discoloration of your porcelain inlays as the material resists most stains.
  5. Restored strength. Nothing in the mouth lasts forever. It’s like anything in life. However, Inlays are a great, conservative, restorative option- that lasts significantly longer then conventional fillings. 
  6. Long-lasting. With proper care, your inlays will last for a long time.

To find out if inlays are right for you, schedule a consultation with our local Caloundra dentists today.

Sleep Apnoea: Airway Issues That Can Hurt You

October 31, 2017 in Dental Tips

For some, snoring can be simply chalked up to exhaustion or even a deep, restful sleep. However, there’s nothing really pleasant about snoring, especially if it’s linked to sleep apnoea.

In fact, sleep apnoea is potentially serious.

What is sleep apnoea?

It’s important to note that not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea and not everyone who has it snores. Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder wherein your breathing is interrupted as you sleep. Left untreated, you may stop breathing numerous times as you sleep. This can be serious as your brain and body may not get the oxygen it needs.

Two Types of Sleep Apnoea

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) involves the collapse of the soft tissue at the back of your throat, which can block your airway
  • Central sleep apnoea involves the brain’s failure to signal your respiratory muscles to function and breathe

Left untreated, sleep apnoea is related to heart problems, stroke, diabetes, and headaches. It may also cause decreased quality of sleep which can affect your daytime activities and performance.

We Can Help

As Caloundra dentists, we’re in a great position to help detect sleep apnoea and be a part of the process of identifying its causes, especially if it’s related to dental conditions and airway issues. The dental chair is the perfect place for routine examination of your oral health as well as any sleep breathing problems that may stem from various dental condition. Some cases, it can be simply fixed with a mouth-guard like device you wear while you sleep. If not, we can make sure you see the right specialist to help solve your breathing related issues. 

Early detection of sleep apnoea as well as appropriate lifestyle changes can greatly contribute to your overall well-being. Schedule a consultation with us if you have snoring or sleep issues, and let’s see how we can help.

Gum Disease Management and Prevention in Children

October 3, 2017 in Dental Tips

Gum disease doesn’t just occur in adults. Children can have it too, although in a milder form called gingivitis. Gum disease is caused when the gums become swollen and even infected due to the build-up of food debris that turns into plaque and tartar.

You can see if your child has gum disease if the gums are red or swollen and he has persistent bad breath. Their gums may also bleed when brushing or flossing.

To prevent gum disease in your child, make sure that he brushes and flosses his teeth at least twice a day, every day. A visit to the dentist starting from his first year, when teeth has come in already is also advised. It is important to promote nutritious food and avoid sweet, sugary foods.

However, if your child already has gum disease, the best thing to do is to take him to your local dentist for professional dental cleaning. Establishing good oral hygiene is also a must.

For a more advanced case of gum disease, your dentist will also perform deep cleaning. 

To schedule your child with our local dentist, call Battery Hill Dentist in Caloundra today!

Do You Need a Dental Inlay? Here are 10 Ways to Tell

September 29, 2017 in Dental Tips

Teeth can’t repair themselves. So when cavities hit, you have to go to your dentist as soon as possible to get the right treatment or restoration procedure that you need.

If you have the following conditions, you should visit your local Sunshine Coast dentist immediately:

  • You have tooth sensitivity on a particular tooth
  • You have sharp, throbbing pain on a tooth
  • Biting down or chewing brings pain on a tooth
  • There’s a visible hole or dark spot on your tooth due to tooth decay
  • Your floss tears when you reach a particular tooth
  • Your tooth feels rough on the surface

Now, your dentist may offer various treatment options for you. However, if you exhibit these signs, then you will most likely need a dental inlay instead of other procedures, like the simpler filling or the more intensive crown or implant.

  • Your tooth damage is too big for a simple tooth filling
  • Your tooth damage is not big enough to require a crown
  • You still have much of your healthy, natural teeth
  • Your dentist wants to avoid taking away much of your healthy, natural teeth as possible

Remember, a tooth decay can cause serious dental problems, not to mention unbearable pain, if you leave it untreated. Visit your Caloundra dentist today and be on your way to better, healthier teeth.

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