Do You You have Sensitive teeth? See our causes and prevention tips!

June 6, 2019

Have you found that there is a correlation between the pain in your teeth and the cold winter months?


Did you know that approximately 1 in 8 people experience prolonged tooth sensitivity? A reality that must be dealt with every year. Just as we adapt our wardrobe to the winter months we must also change our dental routine. For those who already experience sensitive teeth and gums, the sad fact is that with the colder weather, our teeth become more susceptible to sensitivity and discomfort.


If you find yourself with this misfortune don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be permanent. There are a number of ways to tackle oral health in winter to ensure comfort. Don’t hide from winter, meet it head-on with a smile.


Having sensitive teeth is a very common symptom of cold weather and it is easily fixed if you have the appropriate dental hygiene routine.


Use a soft toothbrush

The most effective way to combat sensitivity is to use a soft brush, one designed for sensitive teeth. Most brushes have firm bristles and this can bring further discomfort by wearing through the enamel and aggravating exposed roots. Softer brushes will allow for a more gentle scrub that caters to your dental needs. Keep in mind that over brushing isn’t the solution and this will often worsen the situation.


Are you using the right toothpaste?

Buying the correct toothpaste is also key, there is a range of brands which are designed to help with sensitivity. They are filled with potassium nitrate which is incredibly useful in relieving nerve pain- the main culprit of sensitivity. Buying from reputable companies and looking out for dental awards is one way to identify the right brand for you. Continued and regular use will set you on the path to healthier and less sensitive teeth.


Mouthwash and Floss

Mouthwash and floss are your friends! Floss gently and be mindful of your gums and sensitive teeth. When using mouthwash try to use natural products that are low in alcohol. Over the counter fluoride is a great home remedy as well, It will strengthen enamel and dentin.  You can purchase fluoride from most chemists over the counter without a prescription.



Year round care

While it can be easy to fall into bad habits, a consistent oral care routine is vital all year round. A proper dental plan that is followed daily is the best way to ensure healthy teeth. Avoid seasonal stresses and surprises by maintaining your teeth year round.


Regular check-ups with your dentist!


One of the most important things to remember is getting regular check-ups from your dentist (twice a year). How often are you going to see your dentist?


Especially around the winter time where are, teeth are at their most vulnerable. You will also be able to develop a fluid dental health plan that is catered to your specific needs with the help of a trained professional.  


Your dentist will also be able to work on any immediate issues with your teeth preventing from further sensitivity.


If you are experiencing sensitive teeth and gums, book an appointment with your local dentist today! The team at Hillarys Dental Care will assess your dental health to determine the best course of treatment for you.

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November 23, 2018

What do you know about wisdom teeth?

While many people have experienced the pain that can come with having these teeth descend into their mouths and having them removed, not everyone gets wisdom teeth. Some people may not understand what wisdom teeth are or why they need to have them removed.


Wisdom teeth are third molars that are the last of your teeth to develop. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25.


While you need the rest of the teeth in your mouth, you don’t need your wisdom teeth. According to preeminent anthropologists and evolutionary biologists, it is supposed that wisdom teeth existed to help our ancestors chew the coarse leaves, roots, nuts and raw meat that made up the human diet many years ago. As we evolved and changed our eating habits, there was no longer a need for these teeth.


Why Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

Once your wisdom teeth start to come in, you’ll know, because it can be quite a painful process. You probably don’t remember the pain of teething when you were a baby, but it is quite an uncomfortable process, and the same is true when your wisdom teeth come in. Most of the time, your wisdom teeth will be impacted. This means that they are unable to fully break through the gum line because there is no room left in your mouth due to all your other teeth.

If an impacted tooth is left in your mouth it could damage the teeth around it or become infected. This molar is very difficult to clean because this molar is in an awkward place in your mouth. This can cause gum disease and lead to infections and illnesses that can affect the heart, lungs and other organs.

Studies have shown that 8 in 10 young adults who kept their wisdom teeth experienced dental issues within seven years. These issues can be quite costly to fix, especially if they require gum surgery or a root canal. This is why it may be a better idea to simply have wisdom teeth removed early on.

If these aren’t enough reasons to get your wisdom teeth out, leading dental authorities add, that in some cases, fluid-filled cyst or a tumour can form around an untreated wisdom tooth. As it grows, this cyst can lead to serious problems by hollowing out the jaw and damaging the surrounding nerves and teeth.


Do I Need To Get Them Removed?

Occasionally, wisdom teeth will come in and not cause pain, or problems to the adjacent teeth. However, you should still head to a dentist to get the situation checked out.

In some cases, wisdom teeth that have erupted and are functionally free of cavities and are not causing any problems with the surrounding teeth or gum tissue may not need to be removed. However, the bottom line is you should always go to the dentist when you feel your wisdom teeth coming in to make sure that everything is in good shape.


If you are experiencing any wisdom tooth pain, book an appointment with your local dentist today! The team at Hillarys Dental Care will assess your dental health to determine the best course of treatment for you.


 Book your consultation today!

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August 30, 2018

When it comes to the modern world of dentistry, there is some good news – research shows that the number of teeth Australians are retaining into old age is increasing. However, the issue of oral health is not all smiles-unfortunately as the time frame increases so does the likelihood and frequency of dental problems.

So, what are the most common dental problems in adults?


Gum Disease

One of the more common dental issues is periodontitis, which is also known as gum disease. Periodontitis is the inflammation of bone and dental tissue caused by bacteria, and it can affect connective tissue (the gum and ligaments) and the bone that supports a tooth. It occurs when ‘pockets’ or gaps form between a tooth and the surrounding gum, and in severe cases, patients can experience the extensive loss of tissue and bone, which can then cause teeth to become loose or fall out.

According to the ADA, although oral hygiene has improved substantially over the last 30 years, the prevalence of severe periodontitis has increased from 5.8% in 1990 to around 7.3% in 2015. The risk of periodontitis also increases with age – according to the last National Survey of Adult Oral Health, 53.4% of people aged 65 and over had periodontal disease, compared with 2.7% of people aged 15 to 24.

Older people are also more likely to experience advanced forms of gum disease, which may be due to an accumulation of risk factors and longer-term exposure to periodontal bacteria. Risk factors include diabetes, obesity, smoking and heart disease, and the length of time a person is exposed to periodontal bacteria may increase the severity of the disease.



Dental cavities occur when plaque forms on our teeth and then we eat or drink foods containing sugars. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that dissolve tooth enamel, and over time, cavitated lesions (or holes) are formed. Dental caries, if left untreated, can often result in discomfort, pain, tooth sensitivity and the increased likelihood of further treatment being required such as tooth extraction or even root canal therapy.

According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), having dental caries (also known as cavities) is one of the most common dental problems in Australia today, with over 90% of Australian adults having experienced these at some point in their lives.




Another issue concerning oral health in adults is a toothache, which generally refers to pain in and around teeth and jaws, and if left untreated, can cause dental caries and dental decay (and unfortunately, further pain). A toothache can also occur as a result of receding gums, a cracked tooth, loose or broken fillings or a periapical abscess, which is a collection of pus at the end of a tooth that is usually caused by an infection that’s spread from a tooth to the surrounding tissues.

When it comes to a toothache, it is important that the underlying cause is identified and treated, as although it’s not a medically diagnosed symptom, there is a range of health and social impacts that result that can impact on an individual’s quality of life. A toothache can disrupt daily activities including eating and sleeping and can mean sufferers go as far as avoiding certain foods and also social situations.


Teeth Discolouration

Another one of the more common dental problems affecting adults is tooth discolouration, which can be caused by stains on the surface of a tooth or by changes occurring inside the tooth. There are three basic types – extrinsic discolouration occurs when the outer layer (or enamel) of a tooth is stained, which can be caused by smoking and by foods including wine, coffee, tea and acidic foods. Intrinsic discolouration occurs when the inner structure of a tooth (the dentin) darkens or has a yellow tint, and it can be caused by a range of things including tooth trauma. The third reason for discoloured teeth is due to age and is generally a combination of both extrinsic and intrinsic factors.

Whether you are after a basic teeth whitening treatment or a total smile makeover, the process generally involves a consultation with your dentist to determine the issue and an appropriate treatment plan, which can include at-home teeth whitening solutions.


Grinding Teeth

One of the other common dental issues that adults can experience is teeth grinding or bruxism, the effects of which can often be most pronounced with age. Many people grind their teeth when they are asleep as a result of genetics, psychological factors such as stress, or external factors like smoking or drinking alcohol or caffeinated drinks before bed.

Bruxism can result in headaches, tooth sensitivity, aching teeth and jaw and ear pain, and in the long term lead to dental problems including tooth decay, cracked tooth enamel, broken fillings and damage to existing crowns or bridges.

Treatment generally includes dental repair work if needed and the provision of a special mouth guard, which can reduce the pain caused by bruxism and alleviate many of the symptoms.

If you experience any of the ailments listed above, book an appointment with your local dentist today! The team at Hillarys Dental Clinic will be able to assess your dental health to determine the best course of treatment for you. Book your consultation today!

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May 8, 2018

If you have gum disease, have smashed or damaged your adult teeth, or your teeth haven’t faired too well in the ageing process, dental implants could be a good long-term solution to your dental woes.

Want to know more? Read on for our complete guide to dental implants, including what they are, their benefits, and how they can fix a gap-filled smile.


What are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are a perfect long-term solution for replacing missing teeth as they’re embedded straight into your jawbone – just like your natural teeth! In some regards they’re even better than your natural teeth, as you won’t have to worry about developing cavities. Plus, they won’t affect your healthy neighbouring teeth or lead top bone loss in your jaw like removable dentures or fixed bridges.


dental implants

Dental implants are made up of a titanium implant, an abutment and a crown, and act in the same way as a natural tooth. Implants are usually made from titanium, as it’s a durable material that fuses easily with the bone tissue. Usually fitted in root form, the implant will be inserted directly into the gums and jaw. However, if your jawbone is too narrow for bone grafting, your dentist might decide to insert a plate form implant instead.


Why are Dental Implants Important?

 Missing teeth can be problematic both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. For instance, if food becomes trapped in the gaps between you teeth, it can increase plaque build-up, which increases your chances of developing gum disease and other oral health issues.

Missing teeth can also lead to a lack in self-confidence, as many people feel uncomfortable smiling, or even speaking when they have missing teeth or what they feel are ‘unsightly’ gaps. Dental implants can assist with this as they can restore the appearance of your face and jaw, giving you a healthier, more youthful look.


What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

As well as improving your oral health and the appearance of your smile and facial structure, dental implants come with a host of extra benefits. These include:

  • No diet restrictions
  • They help preserve the bone in your jaw, as they’re imbedded into the jaw to prevent bone loss
  • They won’t cause any harm or put any extra pressure on your neighbouring teeth
  • They have a natural appearance, making it difficult to tell them apart from your natural teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will also take steps to ensure the colour of your implants matches the shade of your natural teeth as closely as possible
  • After the initial procedure, they won’t cause you any pain or discomfort
  • While bridges and dentures need to be replaced every seven to 15 years, on average, when properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime!


If you have missing teeth and aren’t sure what course of treatment will best suit your needs, book an appointment with your local dentist today! Our team at Hillarys Dental Clinic will be able to assess your mouth and jawbone to determine the best course of treatment for you, which could be dental implants. Book your consultation today!

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