The Importance Of Healthy Gums - toorak dentist

The Importance Of Healthy Gums

The Importance Of Healthy Gums - toorak dentistLet us pause a second and think about one of the most overworked parts of our body that we almost never think about – our gums!

We tend to ignore them event though they are the gatekeepers to our body. And not thinking about our gums can be unfortunate because over 20% of people in Australia have at least moderate gum disease according to the Australian Department of Health.

Gums are not just necessary to hold teeth in place, in fact healthy gums and teeth are necessary for a healthy body. Which is why we here at Simply Smiles Dental in Toorak want to help protect you from gum disease!

What Is Gum (Periodontal) Disease?

Gingivitis is caused by the presence of bacteria in the mouth and places for the bacteria to build up and stay.   This buildup causes inflammation and irritation, triggering an immune response by the body.  The mildest form of gum (periodontal) disease is called gingivitis. The good news is that gingivitis is extremely treatable and usually reversible. If gingivitis is allowed to remain, however, it can develop into periodontitis, which is much more serious.

New Year Resolutions For Your Oral Health

New Year Resolutions For Your Oral Health

New Year Resolutions For Your Oral HealthAs 2016 moves into the past, the New Year brings a time for change, a chance to take stock of the past year, and an opportunity to make ourselves better by taking action to improve our quality of life. So, many of us make New Year resolutions.

But how many of these resolutions manage to see the first flowers of Spring? Part of making good resolutions is making sensible ones, and that is why dental health resolutions, which are often sensible and achievable, make very good ones. As a bonus, dental health improvements lead to improvements in general health and appearance.

So, Simply Smiles Dental would like to help you ‘sink your teeth’ into some simple New Year’s resolutions that improve our oral health and might also protect your wallet!

5 Holiday Oral Health Tips

The holidays bring office and home parties that are usually full of tempting sweets and sugary drinks. Those same sweets and drinks can also damage your dental and general health. But that doesn’t mean that you have to end up at the dentist with cavities in January.

At Simply Smiles Dental, we work with you to ensure that your dental health remains good during the holidays and that you greet the New Year with a bright, sunny smile.

The Effects of Sugar on Teeth

Tooth decay is caused by mouth bacteria ‘eating’ the same sugar you do, then producing acids that dissolve and damage the teeth. Tooth erosion results when the acid attacks the teeth dissolving the outer surface of tooth enamel. This loss can lead to cavities and exposure of the inner layers of the tooth that may become sensitive and painful.  

The friendly professionals at Simply Smiles Dental are committed to your long-term oral health during the holidays and beyond.


Get Rid of Your Gummy Smile with Gum Lift

get-rid-of-your-gummy-smile-with-gum-lift-mernda-dentistAre low gums affecting your smile?

Smiles can be affected by more than just teeth. You may not have any missing or discolored teeth, but if your gums rest too low on your teeth you may still feel that your smile is not quite right.

Having low gums is not due to poor dental health or bad habits and the good news is that at a simple procedure can transform your smile. With a new smile comes self-esteem and confidence and you will be presenting yourself the way you always dreamed!

What is a “Gum Lift”?

A gum lift, more formally known as gingivectomy, is a minimally-invasive cosmetic dental procedure which reshapes or removes excess gum tissue using laser technology. A minor amount of gum tissue is removed to reshape the gum to give it a more attractive appearance.