Fear of the dentist has been known as many names, including: dental phobia, dental anxiety and dental fear. There are many reasons why an individual patient might be wary or afraid of the dentist. More often than not dental phobia is a result of a previous experience with a dentist that did not go well. For a particular generation it is the memories of painful dentistry prior to stream-lined methods of sedation. They have memories of how painful it was to get something as simple as a filling—well, simple in today’s terms not simple for preceding decades.
It is these negative experiences that are conjured up every time the dentist is mentioned, which causes the patient to experience anxiety, nervousness and even terror when there is simply no reason for it nowadays. Here at Active Dental in Sydney we urge our patients to encourage visits to the dentist from a young age and also face their fears to ensure they are not putting their teeth and general health in danger.
A recent study performed in Spain has found that dental phobia as a habit can be filtered down to our children. This in-depth study found that parents can transfer their fear of the dentist to their children due to the children learning habits from their elders. As children often idolise their parents at a young age, they will learn most of their habits from them. Everything from the way they speak to the way they write can be picked up from their parents, so of course dental phobia can also find its way down to the younger generations. Surprisingly, this study also found that if the father is the parent that experiences dental phobia it is much more likely that he will pass this notion down to his children, when compared to the mother. This may be because fathers and men in general are idealised to be more resilient when it comes to fear, which means seeing your father scared would have a greater impact on your mentality.
The UK study showed that most children simply wanted their parents to be honest with them about the dentist. The research found that the children (that were aged between 9 and 10) who understood the importance of going to the dentist were fine with going—they knew it could be uncomfortable but as long as their parents didn’t say otherwise they were okay. This study showed that resistance to the dentist was caused by lack of exposure. It was found that the children in the study had not yet visited the dentist, which by the age of 9 or 10 is a significant worry. It is imperative that you take your child to see your dentist at Active Dental in Sydney at the age of 7 or 8 at the very latest to ensure a high quality dentist-child relationship and also to ensure your children are educated on correct hygiene practices.
With advances in medicine, sedation dentistry has helped many patients world-wide have much needed dental treatment. Here at active dental we offer a broad range of sedation options.
To find out more about the services offered by Dr David Moffet at Active Dental in Sydney please do not hesitate to contact us.
What do neck pain, jaw pain and headaches have to do with a dentist? Well, if you are suffering from any of these symptoms you might be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD—often misleading referred to as TMJ which is only really the abbreviation for the joint itself). The temporomandibular joint is your jaw; TMD is when—as a result of crooked teeth or a misaligned bite—your jaw is causing a number of symptoms that relates to head, neck and face pain.
A neuromuscular dentist is a specialist. They are a professional dentist who treats temporomandibular joint disorder and other related facial muscles and chewing problems. At Active Dental in Parramatta we have neuromuscular dentists who are able to successfully diagnose and treat your TMD; best of all we can eliminate virtually all of your pain!
In the field of dentistry neuromuscular dentistry is a breakthrough. Many people have simply put up with jaw and facial pain thinking that there was no way it could be dealt with. But thankfully research shows that jaw and facial pain can be alleviated by correcting a person’s bite.
It gets better! The treatment necessary for TMD is non-invasive, effective and simple. And it has changed the lives of many people.
One of our own neuromuscular dentists, Dr Moffett wears an orthotic himself and is both amazed and relieved at the amount of relief his orthotic gives him—so for proof that the orthotic works feel free to come in and discuss it with Dr Moffett.
In order to diagnose TMD, we take an x-ray and perform a physical examination. The physical examination is about finding out whether or not there is:
We also exam the motion of your jaw for any anomalies; the x-ray is then taken after your examination. To be more precise, we will refer you to have some 3D x-rays and scans so that we can better determine the health of your jaw joints.
Because everyone’s body is different, treatment times will vary depending on the severity of your TMD. However, the basic steps for treating TMD can be put into two steps. The first is to relieve muscle pain and any muscle spasms. Secondly, we will endeavour to help you to stabilise your jaw using an orthotic. The orthotic is a device which will help fix your bite so that everything works without pain or strain.
At Active Dental we firmly believe in the usefulness and effectiveness of the TMJ orthotic. The TMJ orthotic will gradually and moderately reposition your jaw. Depending on the severity our neuromuscular dentists will recommend that you wear the orthotic for up to four months. As time progresses you’ll need to wear the orthotic less and less, until eventually you won’t need to wear it to maintain your new relaxed pain-free jaw position.
For more information on our TMD treatments, or to book an appointment at our Parramatta dental clinic, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Losing a tooth can severely impact not only your self-confidence but also your dental health! It is important to replace a missing tooth as in the long-term missing teeth can cause the shifting of remaining teeth, bone deterioration and a heightened risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
If you have lost a tooth and are after a solution to your tooth loss, at Active Dental in Parramatta we offer the permanent dental implant treatment, which can fully restore the function as well as aesthetics of your smile. We also offer dental bridges, which provide a shorter-term solution to restoring your smile.
If you have experienced tooth loss and are not sure which treatment you would prefer, there are a few points that must first be considered in regards to which is better than the other.
Dental implant treatment involves inserting implants directly into the jaw bone, which helps to prevent bone loss.
In contrast, if a bridge is used pressure that is important in preventing bone deterioration that is indeed supplied with implants is not applied to the jaw bone, which means a higher risk of bone loss.
Dental implants do not have any negative impacts on your remaining teeth, which means all your natural teeth remain healthy and completely functional.
Alternatively a bridge can require the erosion of healthy, adjacent teeth in order to apply the dental crowns to support the bridge structure. Which can negatively impact the function of your mouth.
Dental implants allow your tooth loss to be treated permanently and allow you to regain complete function of your mouth. Because dental implants are inserted into the jaw bone, the bone fuses with the implant and creates a strong and durable tooth root alternative.
A bridge typically relies on the neighbouring forces applied on the adjacent teeth and on the bridge’s own structure to stay in place. Therefore bridges are not as stable or durable as dental implants.
Since dental implants are a complete replacement for your natural tooth, it allows easier access between the teeth, permitting you to brush and floss as you normally would. Because dental implants are made of titanium, they are impervious to decay which means optimised dental health.
Cleaning and flossing dental bridges is a more difficult endeavour and demands time and patience, making it a frustrating routine. A bridge relies on natural teeth that are still susceptible to tooth decay and periodontal disease, so keeping them clean is imperative to your oral health.
A dental implant looks and feels exactly like your natural teeth, so they are virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Bridges require three crowns (to fill one gap)to be adhered together, aesthetically they can also be undetectable.
If you are unhappy with your smile due to missing teeth, at Active Dental we offer one of the best dental treatments available for restoring the aesthetics, function and ability of your mouth for the rest of your life.
Recently a tooth discovered overseas has given insight into one of the largest dinosaurs to have roamed the Earth! The tooth is 32% longer than the length of any previously known titanosaur tooth, and it’s twice the size of those belonging to most other giant dinosaurs.
Another interesting aspect of the tooth was that it was in incredibly good condition, for being millions of years old, that is!
At Active Dental in Parramatta, we take a serious and high quality approach to ensuring the oral health of all our patients. By taking care of your teeth, we can help you prevent oral issues that can be devastating not just to your mouth, but to your body! These issues include decay and periodontal disease, which if left untreated can result in tooth and bone loss.
Don’t let your oral health deteriorate, with the help of Active Dental you can maintain the health of your mouth so you can enjoy good dental health for life. At Active Dental located in Parramatta we encourage all our patients to keep a good oral health regime at home, as otherwise any work achieved in the dental chair will go to waste! An ideal oral health routine should include:
Poor oral health has been previously linked to issues in the body such as diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. It is now more important than ever to ensure the health of your mouth so you can give your body the best chance at staying healthy.
If you are unhappy with your smile, at Active Dental we offer a wide range of dental treatments, including cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and general dentistry so you can completely restore and rejuvenate your smile.
It’s been the dream of teens and adults everywhere with crooked teeth to be able to straighten their teeth invisibly, easily and effectively. Now it is possible with the revolutionary Invisalign system, where you can achieve your perfect smile without anyone noticing!
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that utilises transparent aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly. These aligners exert gentle pressure to slowly move your teeth to their desired positions. Best of all, it’s virtually invisible – so no one need know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment!
Other than being virtually invisible, Invisalign offers many other benefits such as:
At Active Dental in Sydney we are committed to your comfort, which is why we offer treatments that allow you to go to functions and events without the worry about a mouth full of braces. The Invisalign system is so good,even Justin Beiber has claimed to use them!
Align your smile without the worry, stress or humiliation with the help of Active Dental in Sydney.
At Active Dental in Parramatta we understand how important your oral health is. Did you know that poor oral health has been linked to issues in the body such as respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes and even cancer? Now is the time to take control of the health of your mouth and we are going to tell you how to do it!
By addressing your oral issues we can ensure that our care is elevated and your life is improved!
Only brushing once a day? If you want healthy teeth and gums, it’s just not enough! You need to be brushing at least twice daily to ensure the bacteria in your mouth does not accumulate to cause plaque and decay.
Even if you are flossing every other day… it is not enough either! Flossing once a day (preferably before bedtime) helps remove the food debris that gets stuck between your teeth. If neglected the food debris make the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. We have a saying here at Active Dental – only floss between the teeth you want to keep!
Ensure the health of your mouth so you don’t suffer from decay or gum (periodontal) disease which in turn could become something much more destructive and detrimental to your health!
At this time, consumers did not have much choice when it came to selecting a toothbrush, but today the story is completely different, with hundreds of different types of toothbrushes available on our supermarket shelves.
With the range of soft bristle, hard bristle, electric and crazy colourful tooth brushes available today, it has become extremely difficult to try and decide which toothbrush is the right fit for you and your oral health needs.
At Active Dental located in Parramatta Sydney, we are all for soft bristle toothbrushes! This is because a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth, and will not damage the soft tissues of your mouth, root surface and enamel as much as a hard bristled brush.
At our Sydney dental practice, we recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months, or when it begins to become worn- whichever comes first. It is highly important to replace your toothbrush after illness, as the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.
To find out more about oral hygiene and preventative dental care, or to book an appointment at our Sydney dental practice, please contact us.
Active Dental would like to thank everyone who helped us raise funds for the Parramatta Mission at the 2012 Sun Herald City to surf!
The day of the event was cool and dry for the thousands of participants who endured the course to raise money for worthy causes. The generous donations to the event helped raise a whopping $3,965,289 for charity!
Active dental congratulates the thousands of participants in this year’s event!
Last year’s winner Liam Adams retained his title, crossing the line in a time of 41 minutes and 31 seconds. Next was Maroubra local Harry Summers who finished with a time of 42 minutes and 22 seconds. Coming in third was Mitchell Brown who crossed the line at 42 minutes and 28 seconds.
The female winner of the event was Sydney local Lara Tamsett with a time of 46minutes and 55 seconds. Second across the line was Queenslander Clare Geraghty in 48 minutes and 55 seconds. Abigail Bayley rounded out the top three with a time of 49 minutes and 26 seconds.
What a beautiful way to spend a sunny day in Sydney, getting fit and raising funds for charity!
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