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Splints for night grinding

Teeth grinding or bruxism is the habit of grinding/gnashing the teeth or clenching the jaw. It is very common and many are unaware as it occurs during sleep. Excessive grinding can damage teeth, causing chips, wear and cracks and well as produce Temporomandibular joint and muscle pain.

Luckily there is a device available to help alleviate symptoms of night grinding. An occlusal splint is made from a firm, durable material that is custom made for fit, comfort and protection. It provides a physical barrier between the teeth and guides the jaw into a neutral position. This can alleviate pain and damage caused by grinding. 

Occlusal splints to maintain teeth costs around $1000 and can be a very important investment for those diagnosed with bruxism. 


If you suspect you may need a splint for grinding come see us Sparkling Dental for an assessment.

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Sports Mouthguard


Many of us have a passion for sports or recreational activities, however with this comes the risk of injury to the facial bones, teeth and temporomandibular joint. These can be damaging both dentally and financially. This is why mouthguards are needed for many activities and are compulsory for sports such as football, hockey and boxing. According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), about one-third of traumatic injuries to teeth are sports-related. 

A dentally fitted mouthguard is superior to a “boil and bite” type mouth guard as they provide better fit, retention and comfort with no thermal dimensional change. The thickness of laminate can be changed according to type of sport or protection needed as well as customised colours provided in a labelled box. 

A custom-fitted mouthguard averages around $300, which is a small price to pay to avoid possible future dental injury and hospital fees. 

Come in to Sparkling Dental to discuss with our team the provision of a custom made mouthguard for you or a family member. 




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Re-think before you drink

Picture yourself on a nice Caribbean island with a glass of wine.  Or better yet, a cocktail in your hand, or a fizzy drink with popcorn to watch your favourite movie.  Even Lemon Detox sounds like a good way to get a jump start on your summer body.  I bet it looks and tastes great, and you think it's harmless.  Unfortunately, it is one of the main reasons why many people suffer from acid erosion.

Tooth erosion is best described as loss of tooth tissue; not causing any decay.  It is the wearing down of tooth structure, which can become very sensitive and give rise to many other problems. These adverse outcomes can include shorter teeth, fragile teeth, nerve damages, or even loss of a tooth!  There are ways to prevent this from happening, but you need to recognise the problem early and to act on it early.

What causes acid erosion?

Acid erosion is caused by substances which are in beverages such as fizzy drinks, most juices, or even from fruit alone.  The acid in these beverages and food break down the hard tissue of the tooth, causing it to become soft.  Unfortunately, once you lose this layer of tooth tissue, it is irreversible.  This means you will most likely have to fill the missing or worn down tooth with a filling material, or in the worst case scenario, it may need to be removed.

Many people don’t realize how severe acidic erosion can be and the effect it can cause.  Apart from acid erosion, there are other factors that can lead to tooth wear.  These include brushing too hard, brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush, teeth-grinding or clenching, or a phenomenon called "abfraction".   Abfractions are V-shaped grooves found just above the gum line.  They are not infections but the teeth "bend" at the necks of the teeth due to long term grinding/ clenching.  


Book in for a check up if you are having any of these signs or symptoms or want to know how to protect your teeth from wear and tear.   We have many ways to accommodate you depending on the situation.

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Teaching your child to brush and floss

Passing on a good dental hygiene routine to your child at an early age will help to set them up for good long term oral health.  However, in reality, asking a small child to brush their teeth for 2 minutes and to floss can certainly be a challenge.

Your baby’s milk teeth (deciduous teeth) usually appear by the time they are six months old and will continue to come through until they have a full set of 20. These deciduous teeth are just as important to keep clean as they can also get infected, have cavities and cause your child to experience a toothache. Parents can use a soft clean cloth to help clean their teeth before introducing them to a soft training toothbrush that is fun and easy for your baby to hold and use.

Yes, fluoride is important for your toddler's teeth, but make sure to use a kid's toothpaste as they have a lower concentration of fluoride.  Kids tend to ingest toothpastes rather than spit them out.  Only a minimal amount of kid's toothpaste is required on their toothbrushes.  It is the action of brushing that is more important than the toothpaste itself.  There are a range of kids' toothpastes on the market that are specifically developed for toddlers.

While your child is learning how to brush on their own, parents can sometimes help by finishing off the brushing for them. The correct technique for brushing is to hold the toothbrush at a 45° angle to their teeth/gums, and using vertical or circular strokes. Avoid teaching them horizontal brushing strokes, as this can damage their teeth/gums and wear away their enamel long term.  

Encourage your child to brush for at least two minutes twice a day.  Having a clock or a timer in front of them, will help them to visualize when the 2 minutes is up.  Kids' electric toothbrushes are also good to use and most have a 2 minute timer on them as well.  

Once your child’s teeth start contacting each other, you can start introducing them to flossing. Gently slide the floss between your child's teeth without hurting the gum, and don’t press too hard.

Proper dental care habits need to begin at a young age to prevent dental complications in the future.  The team at Sparkling Dental have years of experience working with children. Contact us today to see how we can help.  

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The facts about fluoride

Fluoride was introduced in Australia back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but there are still some concerns regarding the possible health risks. So, what is fluoride and – more importantly – is it safe to be consumed in our water?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in all water supplies, and it has been proven over time with helping to prevent tooth decay. The practice of water fluoridation spread rapidly when it became clear that communities with higher levels of fluoride in their water enjoyed stronger teeth. In fact, studies conducted in 2012 by Australian researchers concluded that water fluoridation led to significant reductions in tooth decay worldwide!

Nonetheless, there are still some members of the community who have concerns with the levels of fluoride that is commonly found in drinking water and dental care products. Whereas the benefits of fluoride have been scientifically proven time and time again, concerns about the potential health hazards of fluoride have not been backed by any field experts or research. In fact, organisations such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Australian Consumers Association (CHOICE) all herald fluoride as an effective means of maintaining your health. The World Health Organization (WHO) went as far to declare that “universal access to fluoride for dental health is a part of the basic human right to life.”[1]

With very little evidence supporting the claim that fluoride is a health hazard, and solid scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of fluoride in maintaining oral health, it’s safe to say that fluoride is not only safe to use but also a recommended part of your oral care routine.

If you still have any questions regarding fluoride, feel free to talk to the team at Sparkling Dental today.

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