More than teeth

Think dentist, think teeth. It’s a no brainer. In fact, the word dentist comes from dens, Latin for, you guessed it, tooth. But getting the health of your teeth checked at your routine dental check-up is only one of many services your dentist in Alexandria can provide.


There’s so much more you can explore at Healthy Smile Centre, your dentist in Alexandria. Some things that perhaps you wouldn’t even have thought to visit your dentist about. Let’s dive into a few of these now.


Do you experience sleep apnoea?


Sleep apnoea is a condition that affects your breathing, specifically it causes your airway to momentarily collapse, blocking the passage of air when you sleep. This can severely disrupt your sleep, leaving you feeling fatigued and groggy even after a night’s rest. You may also wake up with a dry mouth or sore throat. There are oral devices that we can provide you with to help keep your airways open. However, effectively treating sleep apnoea requires more holistic management than just using such a device. If you think you may have sleep apnoea, come in for an assessment at your dentist in Alexandria.


Does your jaw ache?


If your bite, which refers to the way your teeth come together, isn’t quite right, you can experience jaw, head, neck and even shoulder aches. You may also find that you clench your jaw at night and grind your teeth in your sleep. Your dentist in Alexandria can treat this condition, known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder by creating a custom-made plastic appliance, which you wear over your teeth at night. If your aches persist you may need treatment with braces or oral surgery.


Do you not like your smile?


While sleep apnoea and TMJ disorder may seem far more disruptive to daily life than a smile you aren’t completely happy with, there is much to be said for having a confident smile. Discoloured, chipped, cracked, wonky or otherwise damaged teeth may leave you hesitant to smile, which in turn can result in people seeing you as unfriendly and unapproachable. Thankfully, your dentist in Alexandria can give you back a confident smile with a range of cosmetic dental treatments, from veneers to teeth whitening.