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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Three Reasons To Keep Your Dentist Appointment During A Pandemic

by Myrtle Banks

As life returns to some semblance of normality in Australia during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Dental Association have expressed concern about untreated dental issues. Many Australians continue to avoid people as a way of keeping coronavirus out of their homes, but medical and dental appointments must continue when possible. As the pandemic rages worldwide, these are three reasons why your dentist appointment is still necessary.

Stress Damage To Teeth

COVID-19 is a daily source of stress to many people, and stress regularly leads to tooth damage. The two main links between stress and tooth damage are grinding and a clenched jaw. Teeth grinding often occurs during sleep. As the teeth grate over each other, the enamel chips away and the teeth become weakened or broken. Stress fractures within the teeth are a common result of teeth grinding.

Clenched jaws are another of your body's reaction to stress and may happen when you are awake or asleep. The tightness of the muscles as you stiffen your jaw leads to swelling and pain. Your dentist checks both your jaw and teeth enamel during a dental appointment, so they will be able to quickly diagnose any issues related to stress.

Excess Sugar

During a period of isolation, the healthiness of the daily diet often goes right out the window. It is not unusual to eat more sugar or unhealthy food than normal during a stressful time period, and this excess eating happens due to a combination of boredom and/or stress. But excess sugar on the teeth feeds bacteria which then turn to plaque and attack the protective enamel on the teeth, so it is important to attend scheduled dentist appointments to get your teeth cleaned and excess plaque removed. This stops the bacteria and the plaque from creating cavities which need filling.

Unchecked Dental Issues

Dental issues take time to develop, and small dental issues can turn into big ones if they're not detected early. For example, an unattended or undiagnosed cavity will reach down into the roots of the tooth and kill it. This results in the need for a tooth removal rather than a cavity repair, which could have been performed if the issue were caught early enough.

Provided you are feeling well and have not recently returned from a COVID-19 hotspot, there is no reason to cancel a booked appointment at your dentist. Your dentist has the approved health procedures in place to keep you safe while your teeth receive their necessary attention as you attend your dental appointment.