Category: Dr. Ian Sweeney

Healthy Gums for a Healthy Life

Research continues to show that people with periodontal disease (gum disease) are at greater risk of developing heart disease and other health problems. Periodontal disease is a serious bacterial disease that destroys the attachment fibres and supporting bone that hold teeth in place. As bacteria build up around teeth, classic signs of infection occur (redness, swelling and bleeding). Once infection occurs, the gums begin to separate from the teeth forming pockets. As the disease process continues, the pockets deepen and more supporting attachment fibres are lost until eventually the teeth may fall out. Approximately 20% of adults between 20...

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Sugar and Gum Disease – This is New!

With Easter just around the corner, kids around the country will be salivating at the thought of all the chocolate treats to come. Whilst we all enjoy a delicious chocolatey treat or two, it is worth remembering there is a direct link between dental decay and a diet high in sugar. We have known for a long time that tooth decay is caused by bacteria in our mouths. When we consume sugary foods and drinks, the bacteria will use the sugar to produce acid. It is this acid that dissolves the teeth, causing cavities. The duration of food in...

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World Oral Health Day 2020

The message for the 2020 World Oral Health Day is simple – “it is never too late to start looking after your oral health.” The World Dental Federation wishes to motivate people to maintain their teeth throughout their life and not to accept tooth loss as a natural part of ageing. Despite our busy lifestyles, it is important that we maintain good oral health. A twice daily routine of brushing and flossing, a diet low in sugar, regular dental visits and a reduction of lifestyle risks such as tobacco and alcohol will help to minimise oral disease. According to...

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Back to School with Healthy Teeth

Despite increasing technology and many modern-day advances in dentistry, an alarming number of children still suffer from dental decay. Australian statistics show decay rates in children have been increasing since the mid ‘90s. Australian figures show nearly half of children aged 12 have experienced decay in at least one permanent tooth. It is specifically the sugary foods and drinks in our everyday diet which are capable of causing dental decay. While we all strive to pack a healthy lunch, having a second look at what goes into a school lunchbox may save your child from experiencing pain due to...

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