We are now OPEN at our Spring Hill Dentist with no treatment restrictions and look forward to seeing you in our covid-safe workplace. We will ask some screening questions to check you are well but ask that you let us know if you have any cold or flu like symptoms, have travelled interstate or abroad in the last 2 weeks, or have been in contact with any or potentially any covid positive persons.
Our Spring Hill Dentist follows the Australian Dental Association Covid-Safe plan and at our Spring Hill Dental Practice we have your health and well being at the center of everything we do.
Our opening hours are:
Monday 9am to 4pm
Tuesday 9am to 7pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 4pm
Friday 8am to 3pm
There are many medications that will decrease your saliva flow. Some of the more common ones include antihypertensives (for high blood pressure), antidepressants and antihistamines(commonly for allergies). It has been found that these medications can stop the salivary glands producing saliva – sometimes as much as 50-60% less.
Saliva is critical to maintaining a healthy re-mineralising environment protecting the teeth and lubricating the soft tissues of the mouth. When this healthy balance is disrupted we start to see holes appearing in the teeth, a thinning of enamel and complaints of dry mouth and lips with difficulty sometimes even eating and swallowing.
So with the ever increasing use of these medications what can you do to help?
If you have a very dry mouth try bicarbonate mouthwashes. A bicarbonate mouthwash can be made up by adding approximately half a teaspoon of bicarbonate powder to a glass of warm water. Rinse with mouthwash on waking and at any time during the day
Use remineralising products such as tooth mousse without rinsing off the teeth after use.
Unfortunately when we have a dry mouth we tend to reach for sugary sweets to suck on and acidic sugary beverages to relieve the symptoms which further increases the risk of dental cavities.
This list may not seem very exciting, limiting some of life’s daily joys (ie:coffee). Some maybe able to conquer all of it, but most should be able to achieve number 1. So get started today and protect your most valuable asset – your teeth.