Is your tooth problem a symptom or the cause?

Great interview with American ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist Dr Stephen Park.

The problem with modern medicine and dentistry is that we are too focused on the symptoms and not the cause. Dentistry has become a reactionary type of field – if the tooth is dirty, you clean it; if it has a hole, you fill it; if it’s hurting, you take it out or get a root canal therapy; if they’re crooked, you get braces. However the cause is hardly investigated upon and in this day and age where health fund schemes and corporate companies have flooded the health profession, the time required to thoroughly undergo a comprehensive examination is no more.

If there is a problem with your teeth, the mouth should not be the first place to look. The role of the airway and breathing is underestimated and unfortunately overlooked. A holistic approach examining both oral and general health is crucial to achieving a healthy smile.

Contact us to book a comprehensive examination and finally get some answers to your unanswered questions.

Jaw problems? Get your solution here

Do your jaws click or hurt? Do you get frequent headaches or neck stiffness? Has your jaw been looking more squarish over the years? Does it seem like you’re always getting fillings?

Bruxism or grinding, can cause negative effects to the facial appearance like a square jaw, as well as dental problems such as teeth cracking and teeth splitting.

However, the true cause of the grinding must be figured out before any type of treatment method can be decided upon.

Occlusal splints or grinding splints have traditionally been the automatic answer but are not the only answer. These days muscle relaxants have allowed us to relax the muscles, ease tension and ease pain in the jaw joint muscles.

For further information, click here.

Contact us on 9662 0999 to book a thorough assessment.


Girl suffers horrendous accident from mouthguard

Injury due to incorrect mouthguardMassive mouthguard failure for hockey player prompts warning from Australian dentists.\

Remember only a custom fitted mouthguard will provide maximum protection to your jaws and face. A boil-and-bite mouthguard actually does more harm than good.

From the Sydney Morning Herald 13th August 2015:

Mouthguard failure for hockey player prompts warning from Australian dentists

Playing sport with a cheap mouthguard purchased at a pharmacy or sports store?
Christina Johnson’s horrific injuries may prompt you to get a stronger one made by a dentist.

Last week Ms Johnson suffered severe trauma to her mouth when she was hit by a hockey stick during a game in Tasmania. She was wearing a mouthguard that offered little protection.

As a result, one of her front teeth was knocked out, another one was fractured and others were pushed back and displaced. Her lips and gums were also split by the force of the hockey stick.

Ms Johnson, now facing extensive reconstructive surgery, is one of many Australians that dentists say are sustaining potentially preventable injuries during sport because they don’t have a custom-made mouthguard.

Although the Australian Dental Association says a bespoke mouthguard will cost about $250 (compared to about $10 for an over-the-counter mouthguard), it may save you serious pain and thousands of dollars for surgery if you get injured.

Dr Peter Alldritt?, chairman of the association’s Oral Health Committee, said people should give as much thought to their mouthguard as other sporting equipment because “$250 doesn’t go far when it comes to having a tooth fixed”.

“Not all of them (mouthguards) offer equal protection, and some of them can actually cause even more damage,” he said.

“Over-the-counter mouthguards are often difficult to wear and don’t provide the same level of protection as custom-fitted mouthguards; in contrast, custom-fitted mouthguards allow ease of breathing and speaking, and are far more comfortable.”

An association survey of about 1200 people recently found that three in four active adults who wear a mouthguard were using over-the-counter ones. Among children, it was one in two.

Ms Johnson said she had never considered getting a custom-fitted mouthguard from a dentist before she was injured last week.

“I thought the mouthguard I was wearing during the game, which I had bought from a store, was good enough”.

There is limited research assessing the protective effects of various mouthguards on athletes but a study of 301 Australian Rules footballers in 2001 concluded that those wearing custom-fitted mouthguards had a significantly lower rate of head and facial injuries than other players.

Sports Medicine Australia also recommends custom-fitted mouthguards for all contact sports to reduce the risk and severity of dental injuries because they can accommodate people’s unique arrangement and number of teeth and provide protection of vulnerable areas, such as the bony gum area finishing close to the junction of the inside of the cheek.
The group says a mouthguard is protective only if an adequate thickness of mouthguard material (4 millimetres – thickness of two matches) covers vulnerable areas including the biting surfaces of the upper teeth and the visible surfaces of the six front upper teeth upon which the lips rest.


Sleep deprivation: six ways being tired can damage your life

Sleep deprivation is a serious health problem and usually needs to be addressed with an experienced team of health professionals – not one person claiming they can do everything.

The biggest issue most of the time is that measures to improve sleep are undertaken without tackling the true cause.

If you think sleep deprivation is affecting your life, contact us today to arrange a consult and thorough examination.

Click here for the ABC News article.

How nasal obstructions alter development

When children have obstructed breathing, their sleep becomes affected altering behaviour, ability to learn and amongst other things, a change in shape to the facial bones in a negative way – narrowing and elongation of the face.

Even after the obstructions are attended to, depending on the age, the skull may not necessarily change back to the shape it’s meant to be, and need early orthodontic/ orthopaedic intervention.

While it is nearly impossible for a parent to diagnose their child without a medical or dental degree, it is possible to look at your child and check the following: tired looking eyes, purple tinge under their eyes, grinding in their sleep, restless sleep, grumpy mood in the mornings, hyperactive behaviour, snoring, tiredness after school, and mouth breathing at rest ie mouth open and lips apart to breathe.

So as an adult, if the above symptoms are present and early intervention work was not completed as a child, sometimes it may mean the only treatment option to start feeling alive, is to undergo orthodontic or orthopaedic correction.

If you see any of these symptoms, it is a cry for help. Call 02 9662 0999 immediately for a consultation and give your child the best chance at life.

Private Health Insurance – Yay or nay?


Private Health Insurance (PHI) is a multi-billion dollar business and a hot topic for all those involved – more on that in the next few weeks.

PHI premiums go up again today and so the question remains – is it really worth it? Yes and no.

While we do recommend people take hospital cover, extras cover is yet to be seen as a cost-benefit expense.

As discussed in this latest article (click here for the article), Private Health Insurance Administration Council CEO Shaun Gath, correctly states that for most people and families, extras cover is an irrational purchase because the premium paid is excessively more than the benefit paid.

So the question remains – are you an April Fool?

The Paleo Diet – the bad, the bad and the ugly

It’s good to see common sense still exists in society… Celebrity chefs are not health professionals nor are they dietitians! The Paleo DIY baby formula should be considered as child abuse and it’s encouraging the publisher has come to their sense – only if Peter Evans would too. ?