Category: Dr. Ian Sweeney

How much Sugar is Hiding in your Trolley?

Dental Health Week 2020 aims to show the average Australian just how much hidden sugar is lurking in the processed food they eat, how it affects their oral and general health, and how they can eat sugar responsibly. Sugar in our diet is a tricky thing as we are often unaware we are consuming it. A sugary treat is one thing, but there is plenty of sugar in foods we all eat daily without knowing it. It may not be difficult to identify the exact amount of sugar in food as it may be identified on the label. Sugars...

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Children’s First Teeth

A child’s first teeth are just as important as their permanent teeth. Dental decay in a ‘baby tooth’ has just as much potential to hospitalise a child with acute infection or facial swelling as does decay or infection in a permanent tooth. A child’s first teeth are essential for a child to speak and chew as well as help to maintain space for the permanent teeth to erupt. The premature loss of a baby tooth may have a dramatic result on the final position of the erupting permanent teeth. Many primary teeth should remain until the age of 10...

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Dental Health for Men

Men’s Health week from June 15 – 21 is aimed at increasing awareness of health issues that affect men and encouraging men to be proactive about their health. According to a number of studies, men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health, including their oral health. Good oral health has been linked to longer life expectancy. Despite this, men are less likely than women to seek preventive dental care and often neglect their oral health for years, visiting a dentist only when a significant problem arises. Many men avoid dental check-ups due to fear...

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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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