Complete Dental Works Family Dental in Annerley Fri, 28 May 2021 06:52:45 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 Complete Dental Works 32 32 How can probiotic oral bacteria help eliminate bad germs in your mouth? Fri, 28 May 2021 06:33:54 +0000  

There is one huge benefit to having lots of probiotic oral bacteria in your mouth. A healthy population of “good” germs can help eliminate the “bad” germs that cause tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.

How can probiotic oral bacteria eliminate oral pathogens?

Since probiotic oral bacteria love plant fibre so much, their colonies can grow almost exponentially – but only if you “feed” them by eating and chewing high fibre alkaline-forming foods regularly. As their numbers swell, probiotic bacteria can compete indirectly with and eventually dominate pathogenic bacteria via competitive exclusion. This basically means that the good germs take over more of the oral cavity’s surfaces, thus limiting the growth potential of pathogenic bacteria colonies.

However, the tables can turn quite quickly if you suddenly changed your diet from high-fibre vegetables to sugary junk food.

Take a typical three day chocolate Easter egg & junk food binge for example. During these events such as these, you end up starving the probiotic bacteria and boosting the pathogenic bacteria colonies. After which, they can take over your oral cavity within hours. The resulting bacterial acid storm on your teeth significantly increases your usual rate of tooth decay, cavities and other preventable tooth damage over this period.


What are the best foods to improve your oral microbiota?

If your diet is made up of fibre-rich fruit & vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains, you’re all set. A healthy high fibre diet adequately sustains probiotic oral bacteria. Your oral PH will also be more alkaline which helps offset the bacterial acid load from pathogenic bacteria and reduce gum inflammation.

Avoid food and beverages that contain added sugar, artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates. These products lower your oral PH – making it more acidic – and feed the bad bacteria that cause tooth decay & gum inflammation.

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Why are home teeth whitening kits better from your dentist? Sun, 01 Nov 2020 07:55:18 +0000 Annerley-dentist-recommend-whitening-kids
Take home teeth whitening kits from your dentist are safer and better than those bought from a pharmacy or store for a number of reasons. While teeth whitening kits bought over the counter do work, there are risks involved. For starters, attempting teeth whitening treatment at home without the advice of a dental professional could lead to permanent tooth and gum damage.

For example, this can occur if the DIY take-home teeth whitening trays don’t fit correctly. The bleaching gel could leak and result in chemical burns to your gum tissue – especially if the kit has extremely high concentrations of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Accidently swallowing leaking bleaching product is poisonous and can make you sick.

Additionally, many over-the-counter kits don’t contain adequate concentrations of hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth effectively, which may lead to long-term use of these products and an increased risk for side-effects.

Oral health issues that may result from incorrect application of teeth whitening products include:

  • Tooth sensitivity from long-term use
  • Gum issues such as gum irritation
  • Chemical burns to oral soft tissue
  • Demineralisation of tooth enamel and dentin
  • Tooth erosion
  • Tooth pulp damage
  • Damage to dental fillings


Consult with your dentist first before whitening your teeth

Before considering or buying any DIY teeth whitening product, talk to your dentist. Teeth whitening treatments may be useless if your teeth are intrinsically stained.

Your dentist can identify the type of tooth stain or discolouration you have and recommend a teeth whitening option and plan that works for you. Doing this will help you avoid wasting money on ineffective and potentially harmful DIY whitening kits. You’ll also get predictable whitening results with no surprises.

The benefits of take home teeth whitening kits provided by your dentist

Teeth whitening kits and proper treatment planning from your dentist have a number of benefits, including:

  • Custom-made teeth whitening trays

Forget boil-and-bite trays from a store that don’t fit properly. Your dentist can provide you with custom-made trays that fit your teeth perfectly. Custom trays ensure an even application of the bleaching gel over all your affected teeth surfaces. There’s also less risk of leakage and potential soft tissue damage.

  • Safe, industry approved whitening products

Dentists only provide whitening products that conform to government standards and meet with their own approval. You will be using a product that is safe and effective for your personalised teeth whitening treatment.

  • Specialist whitening treatment planning

Having an expert on hand while you undergo teeth whitening at home has big advantages. Your dentist can guide you through the whole process step by step. They can ensure that you are using the correct whitening product, and help monitor, prevent and manage potential side-effects during treatment. You’ll also experience the added benefit of having your oral health checked at the same time.


Call Complete Dental Works for a whiter, brighter smile

If you want a safe and effective teeth whitening treatment that you can use in the comfort and convenience of your own home, please call our helpful reception at Complete Dental Works on 07 3848 1574.

You can also read more about teeth whitening treatment info at Complete Dental Works by checking out our service web page here:


*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


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How does poor nutrition/malnutrition affect your oral health? Sun, 15 Mar 2020 07:05:41 +0000 Health-Food-Nutrition-Diet-teeth-health-Annerley-dental

Poor nutrition can negatively affect your teeth and gums. And then, once you start experiencing oral health issues, this may in turn reduce your ability to chew and eat – leading to further malnutrition.

That may sound a little topsy-turvy, but that’s how it is with nutrition and oral health. They have an interdependent relationship – with one affecting the other.

Your mouth is the gateway for micronutrients to enter the body

The mouth is essentially the gateway for essential micronutrients (vitamins/minerals) to enter the body via a meal.

You need to chew and masticate your meal effectively, in order to prepare these  essential micronutrients for proper digestion and absorption into your body. Once absorbed, these nutrients go on to help maintain and protect the health of your teeth and gums so they continue to function normally.

Good oral health is strongly linked to good nutrition. However, if you’re malnourished and experiencing oral health issues at the same time, then you may experience a cascade of multiple health complications.

Does malnutrition occur in Australia?

With over 65% of Australian adults experiencing obesity in 2019, you would expect that most Australians are getting enough calories. The problem is, those calories may be empty ones and if so, there are probably a lot of Australians out there experiencing a form of malnutrition known as “hidden hunger” as opposed to regular hunger.

If you experience “hidden hunger”, you may be getting enough calories from a diet high in protein and refined carbs (or junk food), but you may not be getting enough vitamin and mineral micronutrients. Without micronutrients, our bodies cannot function, repair, regenerate nor fight disease properly.


The effects of micronutrient deficiency on oral health

The following table lists vitamin and minerals micronutrients as well as the oral health issues associated with the deficiency (for children and/or adults):

  • Protein/calorie malnutrition – slower and smaller tooth development, salival issues
  • Vitamin A – oral soft tissue development, reduced tooth formation, deficient enamel formation
  • Vitamin D,K1/Calcium – lower calcium levels, reduced teeth mineralisation, delayed tooth eruption, poor jaw development
  • Vitamin C – poor dentin (inner tooth) development, low collagen, slower wound healing, bleeding gums
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – cracked lips, cracking and inflammation in corners of the mouth
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)/Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – tongue inflammation, cracking and inflammation in corners of the mouth, gum infections
  • Vitamin B6 – Gum disease (periodontitis), anemic tongue, oral soreness and irritation
  • Vitamin B12 – cracking and inflammation in corners of the mouth, bad breath (halitosis), mouth ulcers, detachment of connective tissues supporting teeth
  • Iron – salival issues, swollen inflamed tongue, swallowing problems



Sheetal, A., Hiremath, V. K., Patil, A. G., Sajjansetty, S., & Kumar, S. R. (2013). Malnutrition and its oral outcome – a review. Journal of clinical and diagnostic research : JCDR, 7(1), 178–180.


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Poor oral health increase liver cancer risk by 75% Fri, 28 Feb 2020 06:22:54 +0000 Annerley-Oral-health-Liver-cancer-Brisbane


Poor oral health and oral disease has been linked to a number of chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. And if that wasn’t enough, now researchers from Queen’s Hospital Belfast have found a link between poor oral health and liver cancer.

What is liver cancer?

Liver cancer is a form of cancer that affects the liver. The most common type of liver cancer is secondary or metastatic, which means it originates from another part of the body. Since the liver continuously filters and removes toxins and waste products from your blood, cancer cells travelling in the bloodstream have better access to this organ than most other areas of your body.

The less common type of liver cancer is primary liver cancer which forms in the liver. Although this type is experienced less frequently in developed countries, in third world countries with a high incidence of hepatitis B and/or C, it can account for up to 50% of all cancers diagnosed.

Confirming the link between oral disease and liver cancer

The QHB researchers established the link between oral disease and liver cancer while investigating its links with a range of gastrointestinal cancers including  pancreatic, colon, rectum and liver cancer.

In their study, the researcher observed that poor oral health was associated with a 75% higher risk (hazard ratio 1.75) for hepatobiliary cancer of the liver. This type of cancer is highly malignant and has a low survival rate among patients.



Oral bacteria found in diseased livers

While the QHB researchers were able to establish the poor oral health/liver cancer link, they were uncertain as to the biological mechanisms involved in the link.

Their best theory so far is that if the liver functions poorly due to damage from diseases such as fatty liver disease, liver cirrhosis and hepatitis, it can become more vulnerable to chronic bacterial infection. And the longer bacteria remain in the liver, the more chance there is of further damage occurring.

One oral bacteria that has been found in the liver is Fusobacterium nucleatum. This pathogenic oral bacteria is associated with poor oral health and gum disease (periodontitis). It has been implicated in a number of systemic diseases of the body by scientific research.


Haydée WT Jordão, Gerry McKenna, Úna C McMenamin, Andrew T Kunzmann, Liam J Murray, Helen G Coleman. The association between self-reported poor oral health and gastrointestinal cancer risk in the UK Biobank: A large prospective cohort study. United European Gastroenterology Journal, 2019; 205064061985804 DOI: 10.1177/2050640619858043

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Alerting Australian school students to the dangers of eating & drinking too much sugar Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:53:21 +0000 Complete-dental-works-kids-no-to-sugar

Today’s Aussie kids and teens are so impacted and conditioned by saturation junk food advertising from major food corporations, they are barely aware of the health risks. That’s because the amount of oral and general health media out there – to help them make informed dietary decisions – is almost non-existent.

The Critic’s Choice awards for best public health ad

That’s why the Australian Dental Association (ADA) has teamed up with Rethink Sugary Drink to help inform and inspire Aussie school students to take action about their diet and nutrition. As part of this joint campaign, the two health organisations have conducted a school programme called Critic’s Choice.


Getting Aussie school kids to rethink & discuss diet and nutrition

Critic’s Choice has been running for three years, and involves getting school students to watch a range of circulating public health ads each and choose the ones that deliver the most effective and thought provoking health messages. This program is incorporated in the curriculum of a number of Australian primary and secondary schools.

Among the public health ads that have won student awards include a video ad showing a family gorging on powdered sugar in their living room, and another showing a man running for 3km through the bush in order to burn off the calories from drinking one can of soft drink.

The ADA and Rethink Sugary Drink hope that getting school students to vote and discuss the health implications of giving in to the temptation of consuming drinks and foods with added sugar.

Past and current Critic Choice’s winners selection

Here are a couple of the top public health ads as voted by Australian school students. Please play and enjoy!


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The risks and dangers of charcoal teeth whitening products Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:50:40 +0000 Complete-dental-works-Charcoal-toothpaste-abrasion

An increasing number of young Australians aged in their late teens to their early 20s are opting for charcoal and bleach based teeth whitening products to achieve that Hollywood smile. In addition, Hollywood celebrities and social media influencers have also jumped in on the game to endorse and promote DIY teeth whitening products – helping to drive sales.

Sharp increase in oral damage by DIY teeth whitening products

However, along with a spike in their popularity, more reports by Australian dentists of oral injury and damage – such as chemical burns, teeth abrasion and ulcers – to DIY users have also emerged.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has recently stated that even though there are DIY teeth whitening products and brands that perform safely and effectively when used according to instructions – but there were also those that were either too weak or too strong to have the desired safe whitening effect.

Charcoal teeth whitening products remove too much tooth enamel

The ADA has cited an English study published recently in the British Dental Journal that sums up charcoal-based teeth whitening products as a dangerous “marketing gimmick”. Besides being expensive, charcoal products don’t work and are a waste of money.

According to the English researchers the charcoal products work well initially because they abrase and wear away the top-most layer of tooth enamel to reveal a brighter under-layer of enamel.

The trouble is, tooth enamel ban be very thin in some places. Once it’s all removed by the powerful abrasive action of charcoal toothpaste, you get to the inner tooth layer called dentin. Once dentin is exposed, it becomes vulnerable to decay, cavities and infection. If that isn’t bad enough, dentin is also yellow in colour – so you’re right back where you started but worse off! Tooth enamel loss is irreversible and it won’t grow back like skin.

The safest and most effective teeth whitening options

To avoid the potential risks and dangers of over-the-counter teeth whitening products, the ADA recommends two dental options that are safe and effective to achieve a healthy brighter smile.

  • Professional in-chair teeth whitening
  • Professionally prescribed at-home teeth whitening kits



Greenwall, L. H., Greenwall-Cohen, J., & Wilson, N. H. F. (2019). Charcoal-containing dentifrices. BDJ Team6(7), 24–28. doi: 10.1038/s41407-019-0122-6

Greenwall, L. H., Greenwall-Cohen, J., & Wilson, N. H. F. (2019). Charcoal-containing dentifrices. BDJ Team6(7), 24–28. doi: 10.1038/s41407-019-0122-6

Read more

To read the BDJ review and report on charcoal whitening products, please click the following link:

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Why are dental check-ups and cleans essential for your oral health? Tue, 24 Sep 2019 08:49:02 +0000 Complete-dental-check-ups-and-cleans-Annerley-dentist-

You’ve probably heard it over and over – visit your dentist for a check-up and preventative treatment at least every 6 months. If every Australian did, we would probably all have super healthy teeth and gums.

Unfortunately, 65% of Australians haven’t seen their dentist for a check-up in the last 2 years, as was highlighted recently during Dental Health Week 2019. Further compounding this issue is the fact that 50% of Australians brush their teeth only once daily – not to mention the 40% that never floss!

100% of plaque and tartar cleaned professionally

Ok, so why are dental check-up and cleans so essential?  Perhaps the top benefit is that your dentist can professionally clean areas of your teeth that you regularly miss, such as the back of and in-between your teeth.

It’s these hard to reach areas where plaque builds up unnoticed, eventually solidifying into tartar. Tartar can only be removed – via scaling – by your dentist. If left untreated, tartar can erode your teeth and cause cavities, gingivitis and eventually gum disease.

Only your dentist can provide you with squeaky clean teeth

After your teeth are professionally cleaned, flossed, scaled and polished, you’ll notice the difference immediately – they will be super squeaky clean! Your dentist will also advise you on brushing and flossing techniques that will help you to clean the areas you usually miss more effectively.


What happens during a check-up?

Quite a lot happens, actually. During a check-up, your dentist will examine and assess the health of your teeth, gums and oral soft tissue in a number of ways, including:

  • Examining your face and neck
  • Checking your lymph nodes
  • Examining your gums for signs of gum recession & gum disease
  • Checking your teeth for visible signs of tooth decay and cavities
  • Examining your tongue and oral soft tissue
  • Checking for signs & symptoms of TMJ disorders
  • Checking for loosened teeth
  • Looking for hairline fractures and broken teeth
  • Checking the alignment of your bite
  • Checking for damaged dental work, incl. fillings, crowns & veneers
  • Checking dental appliances or devices, such as dentures
  • Checking for oral cancer with a VELscope device
  • Taking x-rays to check for: decay between teeth and under fillings/crowns; impacted teeth; bone loss; abscesses; cysts; and tumours

So, as you can see, by seeing your dentist regularly for a regular check-up and clean, you are doing your oral health a big favour – now and in the future.

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Why is tooth brushing so important? Thu, 08 Aug 2019 12:08:11 +0000 Complete-dental-works-Annerley-dentist-ADA-tooth-brushing-tips

Brushing is important way to keep your teeth and gums clean, healthy and free from oral disease.

The direct benefit of brushing is to remove oral plaque, and prevent it from reforming on your teeth and along the gum line. Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay, cavities and gum disease, so it’s important to brush thoroughly twice daily. Plaque removal is so essential that not brushing your teeth for several days is usually enough time for the onset of more serious oral conditions.

Brush your teeth twice daily – EVERYDAY!

One of the main messages from ADA’s dental health Week 2019, is to brush twice each day – a habit that about 50% of Australians skip to some degree. So do yourself a favour and check out some pro tips from the ADA on the following videos. We’ve also transcribed the same pro tips in the lists below:

Pro tips for better brushing from the ADA

  1. Use a small soft brush – hard ones can damage teeth and gums.
  2. Use just one pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste.
  3. For timing (and for fun!), listen to music and brush for the duration of a short song you like.
  4. Tilt your brush at a 45˚ angle so the bristles are cleaning your gums too.
  5. Brush gently in circles – Or if you have an electric toothbrush, just hold still at each tooth for 3 seconds.
  6. Count all segments as you go – 1) Upper inside, outside and chewing surface; 2) Lower inside, outside and chewing surface.
  7. Don’t miss your inside front teeth. Brush up and down to reach these properly.
  8. Finish by cleaning your tongue thus removing any remaining bacteria from your mouth with a tongue cleaner or scrapper.
  9. Avoid rinsing so your toothpaste can keep working for longer.
  10. Now do it all again! Brush twice each day & floss at least once. Do this every single day.
  11. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent problems and keep on smiling!


ADA Tooth Brushing Tips Video

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Too busy to brush teeth Fri, 05 Jul 2019 02:28:23 +0000 Busy-to-brush-teeth-oral-health

If you are, you’re not alone. Approximately half of Australian adults (aged 18+) brushed their teeth just once a day or not at all, despite the best efforts to promote oral health education by dental organisations.

Now, a new UK study, with similar results, has identified one reason why so many adults skip brushing their teeth – we’re just too busy!

In a world where time pressures are getting the upper hand in our daily lives, maintaining a consistent, proper oral care and hygiene routine is one of the first things we sacrifice for work. Even though your oral and general health are among your greatest assets when it comes to handling the work stresses and pressures, they are usually an afterthought on our list of priorities.

Excuses, excuses, excuses!

The UK study revealed the top excuses for missing out on cleaning one’s teeth. Besides simply forgetting to do so, the top excuses for those that skipped either a morning or evening brush, were:

  • Being late for work
  • Getting home too late from work
  • Partner or family distractions
  • Watching TV
  • Using smart phones when waking up or before bed
  • Out of toothpaste

No excuses for poor oral hygiene

Dr. Nigel Carter OBE, of the UK Oral Health Foundation, says that there were no excuses for foregoing one’s oral health, because oral health plays an important role in one’s overall health and wellbeing.

Dr. Carter advises that the first step to improve one’s oral health is to start off with a dental check up so that you know where your oral health stands, regardless of how healthy you think your teeth and gums are. He also said that regular checkups are essential to ensure that your oral health gets the all-clear.

Additionally, Dr. Carter recommends that everybody adopts a good oral health routine, uses an electric toothbrush, and follows a healthy diet.


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The short & long term effects of poor oral hygiene Sun, 10 Mar 2019 14:01:04 +0000 Annerley-dentist-children-oral-health

Most people understand that maintaining good oral hygiene is an essential part of having good overall health. What we often fail to fully comprehend are the consequences if we don’t.

Some of us may have had personal experiences that had a positive effect on our personal health priorities. But for many of us, we just don’t realise how important good oral and overall hygiene is, until it is way too

What is good oral hygiene?

Good oral hygiene is a state of oral health where your mouth is clean, healthy and free of harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, oral infection and gum disease.

The practice of keeping good oral hygiene habits involves brushing and flossing daily and making regular preventative check up visits to your dentist.

Potential short term effects of poor oral (and general) hygiene

  • Dental plaque
  • Bad breath
  • Food poisoning
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Itchy skin, rashes, acne and skin infections
  • Less immune resistance to colds and flus
  • Body odour
  • Spreading germs to other people


Potential long term effects of poor oral hygiene

  • Increased risk of serious oral inflammation and infection
  • Tooth decay, cavities, gum disease and tooth loss
  • Depressed immune system – opening the door to other types of disease
  • Social/psychological difficulties due to poor personal hygiene & appearance
  • Increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pregnancy complications, dementia (incl. Alzheimer’s disease) and respiratory diseases (incl. pneumonia)

Keep your mouth super clean and hygienic!

It’s hard to imagine that not keeping your mouth hygienically clean could result in so many oral and general health complications as you get older. That’s why it is so important to maintain good oral hygiene throughout your whole life.

And if you are a parent, keeping in mind those long term effects of poor oral hygiene, can help motivate you to keep your kids’ oral health and hygiene on top of the priority list at all times!

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