at 224-226 South Road, Adelaide, 5031
Modern family orientated general dental clinic in Mile End. General dental, minor surgical and cosmetic procedures are performed.
South Road Family Dental Care, established in 1993 is own and operated by Dr Simela Zacharakis. We pride ourselves in being a caring family environment where the patients are able to feel relaxed and at home as a valued member of our dental family. With Experience in Simple fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, minor surgical as well as cosmetic work including bleaching and veneers we are able to manage and treat all aspects of your dental needs. A positive patient experience is crucial to our philosophy and we pride ourselves in being able to help patients move forward from previous negative dental experiences that have left them scared and un able to maintain regular dental hygiene.
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Cracks can develop in teeth over time and with normal function. Most cases these are not painful and apart from picking up stains and causing sensitivity they are harmless. If a tooth is weakened due to previous decay or other reasons these cracks can propagate and get larger causing parts of the tooth to break off or cause damage to the nerve of the tooth. Large old amalgam fillings have a higher chance of causing cracks in the tooth due to the nature of the filling and stresses placed on the tooth during eating on an amalgam filling.
Bad breathe can be caused by a variety of factors including debris and food left in the mouth, some oral and throat diseases, stomach problems etc The usual culprit is food and plaque in the mouth. Brush your tongue and teeth and rinse with water after meals. A little breath mint can also help. If the problem persists then see your dentist for further advise.
Decay, caries, holes in teeth are cause by acid producing bacteria. These bacteria feed off of sugary, sticky foods including sweets, some fruits, some breads, cakes, soft drinks and cordials etc The acid causes chemical changes in the teeth resulting in calcium and phosphate leaching out causing a weakening of the area and eventually it collapses into a hole. If the bacteria are disturbed frequently by having a fibrous diet and regular brushing then they aren't able to cause decay and the body can repair the damage and add the minerals back. Frequent snacking, not brushing or missing areas of your mouth will not give the body a chance to repair and keep the system in balance. Tips: chew gum after meals, brush 2x daily especially after sweet foods, get regular check ups
Now days people eat a softer diet than what teeth were originally designed to handle. While this minimises the wear on the teeth a softer diet is often stickier and more acidic this causing issues with acid wear. Fibrous foods not only help intestinal health but also help to remove plaque and debris from the teeth.
Tooth brushes come in all shapes and sizes but which one is the best for you? Generally we recommend a soft toothbrush with a small head. Teeth are small, so using a big toothbrush is going to make it hard to reach the very back of your mouth. Use a soft toothbrush, you are cleaning teeth not scrubbing tiles. If used correctly a manual toothbrush is just as good as an electric. Use which ever you feel more comfortable with. The rest: brand, colour, and bristle angulation are up to you. Get the basics right and you can help prevent problems.
While we are all for breaking records 46oC is a little too hot. Hope you all manage to stay cool and hydrated. Keep pets inside and check on frail and elderly friends and family.
One of the normal expected side effects of tooth whitening is sensitivity. This can generally be controlled with sensitive tooth pastes, tooth mouse or specialised desensitising agent. This can last for a few days and will return each time the teeth are whitened. This can generally be minimised with the same above methods. Burning or intense pain during or after using the bleach could indicate the bleach has leaked out to the gums or is at a concentration too strong for you to use. If this occurs stop use, rinse your mouth with water and a little bicarb soda and see your dentist.
It's face meltingly hot today so make sure you drink plenty and plenty of water and keep cool inside. Being dehydrated not only is dangerous but also leaves you with a dry mouth, a bad taste and can be a cause of bad breath.
From our family to yours: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be back in the new year with lots of new ideas and material coming your way. Watch this space.
Tooth pastes can be simply broken down in two 3 types of ingredients: •Fluoride- this helps strengthen teeth and prevent and stop tooth decay •Something gritty or acidic- this helps mechanically or chemically "clean" the tooth. Usually bicarbonate •Preservatives and other- these help stabilize the ingredients and give taste and colour. The most important part is the fluoride. Make sure your toothpaste has it and remember to spit and don't rinse. Takes 20 mins for the fluoride to work its magic.
Tip: Do you wake up with sore muscles in the face and jaw with or without pain in the teeth? You might be grinding your teeth at night. A night guard may help protect the teeth and lessen the pain caused by over worked muscles.
With a little over a month till Christmas it's important to make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible. Nothing ruins Christmas more than a toothache.
It's the weekend again. Enjoy the sunshine and try not to damage those teeth too much :)
Now that the weather is starting to warm up it is even more important to stay hydrated with plenty of water. Not only is it essential for good health and glowing skin but dehydration is one of the leading causes of bad breath. Try and have a bottle of water with you at all times.
Finding flossing tedious and annoying? Not able to get all the food out from between your teeth? Worried about gum disease? Try using interdental brushes, they are like a little bottle brush for between your teeth and are shown to be more effective at removing plaque and food debris from between teeth. They come in various brands and sizes. Look out for them at your chemist and supermarkets in the dental section. Piksters are our favourite brand: http://www.piksters.com
If you have a toothache and go to your doctor the only thing they will do is give you antibiotics and tell you to see your dentist. Most lack the equipment and experience to treat and diagnose dental pain. Antibiotics should only be used if there is a facial swelling for the management of the spread of bacteria away from the tooth. While they may get rid of some of the pain the source of the bacteria (the tooth) is still infected and the problem will continue. See your dentist for all pain and problems associated with your mouth.
With all the cycling and sport this summer it's important to remind people to wear mouth guards when playing sport. They help soften the impact and might end up saving the tooth. A knock to the front teeth can cause chips, breaks, fractured roots or cause teeth to be dislodged from the mouth. Even if it seems no damage has been done teeth can still get bruised and turn dark over time and the inflammation can cause the nerves to die off. It is important to seek appropriate dental and medical attention as soon as possible after any trauma to the face or mouth.
Do you have throbbing pain with one of your teeth that keeps you up at night? A swelling or a funny taste as well? You might have a dying tooth that might have formed an abscess. While going to the doctor and getting antibiotics might seem to help with the pain, the bacteria causing the problem will remain hidden and protected by the tooth. They will remain inside the tooth and continue to cause abscesses as they multiply. Treating and removing the bacterial cause by removing the tooth or having a Root canal treatment is the only permanent solution.