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Good oral health is important for overall health and wellbeing. Poor oral health such as tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss impacts our families and communities. Oral health generally deteriorates over a person’s lifetime.
Our oral health services were scaled back in March 2020 to protect our staff who come into close contact with saliva and respiratory droplets (common mode of transmission for COVID-19), due to the nature of their work and do not have sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) or dental equipment to provide the full suite of dental care. This will be reviewed in August 2020.
Dental emergencies include:
Services were scaled back to protect our staff who come into close contact with saliva and respiratory droplets (common mode of transmission for COVID-19), due to the nature of their work and do not have sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) to provide the full suite of dental care.
Anyone seeking dental care is required to call 29312 to arrange for an appointment with our dental practitioners.
The most common oral diseases affect the teeth (tooth decay or ‘caries’) and gums (periodontal disease). Oral diseases can destroy the tissues in the mouth, leading to lasting physical and psychological disability. Tooth loss can reduce the functionality of the mouth, making chewing and swallowing more challenging, which can in turn compromise nutrition. Poor nutrition can impair general health and exacerbate existing health conditions. Poor oral health is also associated with a number of chronic diseases such as stroke and cardiovascular disease.
If you play a sport where there is a risk of injury to your teeth, you should wear a mouthguard
Tooth decay is caused by the bacteria living in plaque on your teeth. These bacteria use the sugar in what you eat and drink to produce acid, which causes holes in your teeth over time.
You can prevent tooth decay by:
Sometimes accidents involving your teeth can happen. These first-aid tips increase the chances of keeping your teeth after dental injuries.
See the dentist as soon as you can. In the meantime:
If the tooth cannot be re-inserted into its socket:
Do not try to put it back in its socket, as this may damage the adult tooth that is developing under it. Seek advice or treatment from your dentist or the dental therapist.
Broken or chipped teeth are the most common dental injury. It is important to protect broken teeth to prevent infection developing inside the tooth, which can lead to abscess. See your dentist as soon as you can. They can give you a protective covering over the broken tooth or a filling to replace the missing part.
If the broken fragment is available, bring it with you to the dentist. They will decide if it can be used to repair the tooth.
Sometimes an injury can lead to a tooth moving out of place. This may be obvious is the tooth is pushed backwards or hanging out. Other times, it may be less obvious. If you’re having trouble closing your teeth together in a normal position, it’s possible that a tooth may be displaced.
See your dentist as soon as you can.
Putting the displaced tooth back into its normal position as soon as possible gives it the best chance of surviving, and reduces complications and the need for further treatment later.