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Coasting : Issue 14 August 2010
13 C F E www.coastingtoday.com.au OASTING OASTING FEATURE EATURE Book a massage with one of our exceptional therapists and claim your rebate Shop 1a Fountain Plaza, 148 Central Coast Highway Erina. 99 Wallarah Road Gorokan NSW 2263 www.gorokandental.com (02) 4392 3706 (02) 4392 3999 DENTAL IMPLANT &COSMETIC CENTRE Gorokan DR. TONY COLLINS B.D.S. (SYD), B.A. (U.N.E.), MAST. CLIN. PRAC. (U.W.S.) DR. MICHAEL MAHABADI B.D.S. DENTAL SURGEON & ASSOCIATES MARY ALLEN N.D. Bowen Therapist D.M.H. Dip Irid B.T. Dip Hom Dip. Nat. D.R.M. Dip. Nut. GREEN POINT HERBAL CLINIC & WELLNESS CENTRE Est. 1995 Herbal Medicine Fertility Medicine Homeopathy Iridology (eye diagnosis) Chinese Herbs Bowen Therapy Weight Loss Phone 4363 1019 for an appointment 17 Marilyn Parade, Green Point 2251c8785911-5Aug Tooth erosion is a problem because it impacts on both our appearance and the function of the teeth. "Loss of enamel, when on the necks of teeth, means that the yellow dentine shows through. The eroded areas can also cause unsightly, glassy, translucent front teeth," he said. "From a functional aspect, the eroded areas are very sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks." If left untreated, erosion can lead to tooth fractures, cratering and chipping. Chewing gum Dr Collins said there was merit in chewing sugar-free gums after eating or drinking. "Sugar-free chewing gum can help, as chewing it after a meal promotes salivary flow. Saliva is a chemical buffer which dislikes either too acidic or too alkaline conditions, and restores neutral or slight alkaline conditions, which are best for teeth." But don't over-do it. "Long term gum-chewing can lead to extensive tooth wear and even loosening, so chewing gum after meals for about 15 to 20 minutes is enough." About Dr Tony Collins Dr Tony Collins has been practicing dentistry for 40 years. He has a bachelor's degree in dentistry, and a master's degree in clinical practice in the field of implant dentistry. He is federal president of the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry, and lectures on the subject of implant dentistry at five major Australian universities. • Gorokan Dental Cosmetic and Implant Centre is at 99 Wallarah Road, Gorokan. Phone 4392 3706. The causes The acids responsible for tooth erosion can be found in any foods and drinks that are acidic, or from stomach reflux. Dr Collins said eliminating the causes of such erosion was essential. "Foods such as citric fruits (lemons, oranges, grapefruits) and those with strong vinegar content, when eaten frequently, put your teeth at risk," he said. "Drinks that can cause tooth erosion include all fizzy drinks, some of the sports drinks, and even herbal teas. Again, frequency of consumption is the key." Psychological issues, too, such as bulimia and pathological reflux can cause powerful stomach acids to flow over teeth, he said. The effects Put down those Tim Tams! When you eat sweet food there is a double whammy going to work on your teeth. "Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars and produce acid wastes which erode tooth structure," Dr Collins said. "So, if you drink fizzy soft drink, you are directly eroding the tooth surface, as well as feeding sugar to the bacteria already living in your mouth, so that they can cause further erosion, in the form of caries (decay)." The treatment Good oral hygiene is the key to minimising the adverse effects of bacteria in the mouth, Dr Collins said. "But don't rely on mouthwashes to 'kill bad bacteria'. Just brush," he said. But remember not to brush straight after eating or drinking. "This is the time when the mouth is acidic and the surface areas of teeth can be abraded and eroded easily. MODERATION: The sugar in fruit juices and fizzy soft drinks directly erodes teeth and feeds the bacteria in the mouth. The old advice to brush after meals is wrong. EXPERIENCE: Dr Tony Collins on the job at Gorokan Dental Cosmetic and Implant Centre. Picture by Phillip Hearne. "It's far better to wait for an hour when the mouth returns to more alkaline conditions." Drinking water was an effective way of diluting dietary acids, he said. Drinking milk, and eating cheese, in moderation, was also useful. At his Gorokan surgery, Dr Collins counsels patients to make dietary or behavioural changes when tooth erosion is identified as a problem. He said there were also several restorative measures available, including bonded fillings, veneers, crowns or even implants, when teeth need to be removed.
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