Tamworth’s first Digital Dentistry with the industry’s state-of-the-art Impression Solutions

Darling Dental is Tamworth’s first practice to provide faster and more comfortable for their patients with intraoral scanning and digital dentistry, by adding the industry’s most accurate* intraoral scanner, TRIOS® by 3Shape.

Intraoral scanners, like TRIOS®, are used in digital dentistry to take super high speed images of a patients’ mouth. The images, called digital impressions, are then brought into CAD/CAM software to design and manufacture dental restorations like dentures, crowns, veneers, dental implants as well as plan orthodontic treatments and create orthodontic appliances.

Digital dentistry workflows speed up patient appointments and save production time as well as enhancing nearly all diagnostic, restorative and surgical procedures. Now you can see your 3D mouth right then and there so you can better understand your future procedure.

One major change patients will notice right away is not having to take complete-arch impressions the old way using alginate – a procedure known to strike fear in many patients.

Now by using TRIOS® there will be fewer gooey impressions and less gagging for patients. Taking impressions digitally is much more comfortable for the patient.

In addition, the accuracy of digital impressions make the resulting restorations more precise. This accuracy cuts down on the need for having to make remakes of the restoration and/or bringing the patient back to redo the impression because of a fault or damage caused during shipping, designing or storage. And importantly, because it’s digital, there are no more plaster models to throw out, reducing material waste.

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Oral Health and keeping fit!

The Seven Sporting Sins

As dental professionals we have concerns for some time about increasing rates of dental problems amongst active Australians of all ages due to behaviours and habits around playing sport and being active that place their oral health at risk.

Whilst being active is VERY important for our physical and mental health we also want to educate you on ‘The Seven Sporting Sins’. The Sins showcase what sporting behaviours can put our teeth at risk.

Sin 1 : A Lust for Taste | Are you increasing your risk of decay?

Most people will have a sport drink because they taste good, and the idea of ‘electrolytes’ for fast hydration and a performance boost make these drinks even more appealing.

Be aware not only are sport drinks acidic and high in sugar but people tend to sip on them frequently during exercise rather than gulping all at once, increasing the time that teeth are exposed and vulnerable to dental damage. Sugar can be masqueraded as a ‘healthy’ ingredient, such as honey, rice syrup, or even ‘organic dehydrated cane juice’, and whilst these may sound wholesome they are still sugar and will still cause decay if consumed frequently.

Sin 2: Fuelling the Greed | Are you being persuaded by marketing?

Thanks to persuasive advertising and company endorsements from our sports men and women, many people, including children, teenagers, adults, parents and coaches believe that commercially prepared sports drinks are a must. But for the majority of us a well-balanced diet and being well-hydrated is all that is needed. Some examples of Healthy Snacks for before and after the game that will save your teeth and money are:

- Glass of milk - Cheese and apple slices
- Yoghurt and fresh fruit
- Fresh fruit and a handful of nuts
- Celery and peanut butter sticks
- Boiled egg on toast
- Tuna on crackers
- Plenty of water

Sin 3: The Wrath of Trauma | Would you know how to deal with dental trauma?

Each year, thousands of adults and children are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or minimised by simply wearing a mouthguard, so the best way to avoid the wrath of trauma is to wear your custom fitted mouthguard during training and the game. Accidents can happen to anybody at any age and when we least expect it. But knowing what do when a dental injury occurs is critical.

Tips to remember if an adult tooth is knocked out:

- Don’t hold the tooth by the root
- Don’t scrub or rub the root surface
- Don’t let the tooth dry out
- Don’t store the tooth in water
- Don’t delay seeking dental treatment

Sin 4: Supplementing Vanity | What are you really taking?

Vanity can drive some people to use sport supplements like pre- and intra-work out drinks with little or no question of what is really in them, if they are deemed to achieve a lean and muscular physique. Don’t panic, not all gym supplements are bad for your teeth. The real danger is how frequently some of them are consumed, especially if they contain sugar or acids.

Your number one tip when buying sport supplements:

Products that contain ingredients like citric acid (food numbers 330 or 331) or ascorbic acid (food number 300) are acidic! Preservatives that end in the letters ‘ate’ like sorbate can also be assumed to be acidic!

Sin 5: Sports Gluttony | How many acid attacks are you having?

It is important to beware of hidden sugars in so called ‘Health Foods’! These include culprits like muesli bars and sports bars where seemingly healthy ingredients are bound together with sugar! Frequency of snacking and sipping on foods and drinks that contain sugar like dried fruit, sports gels and energy bars will increase your risk of developing tooth decay.

Protect your teeth by:

Snacking on foods that have high nutritional value will help with performance and recovery before and after sport
Snacking on foods that are light and low in sugar between meals
Eating fresh produce. Packaged foods are generally higher in sugar than their fresh alternatives
Reading the label – if sugar is listed in the top three ingredients it’s usually not a good sign
Searching online is a great way to find healthy snack ideas

Sin 6: Performance Envy | Is dehydration getting the best of you?

Dehydration can be a common issue if you go to the gym, play a team sport, run, or do anything else that is active. Not only does dehydration stop you from performing at your peak it will reduce your salivary flow which means your teeth are less protected from acid attacks. Remember water is good for your teeth and free from the tap. Tips to know if you’re dehydrated:

Is my mouth dry?
Do I have an acidic taste in my mouth?
Have I been sweating a lot?

Sin 7: Slothful avoidance | When was your last check up?

Don’t let busy training schedules make you guilty of slothful avoidance of the dentist. The consequences of poor oral hygiene can catch up with you in the near future, so make sure you visit your dentist regularly and let them know if you play sport or work out.

Five tips for good oral health are:

Brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste
Floss daily
Eat a healthy and balanced diet
Drink plenty of tap water
Have regular check-ups with your dentist.

Remember being active is awesome, and there will always be great marketing around products which should be consumed ‘Sometimes’. The main thing is to educate yourself on the ingredients and the adverse risks and take everything in moderation. So which Sporting Sin are you committing?