Old friends of her family recently became patients of Christine Duxbury at Duxton Dental. Now retired, Mary and Bill find they need more maintenance on their teeth so they can eat well, smile confidently and maintain good oral health into their ‘Golden Years’.
Unfortunately not long ago on a Mediterranean cruise they spent a stressful day finding a dentist in Venice when Mary had throbbing toothache. This prompted the couple to be more proactive about their dental health and they are determined to have thorough checkups to avoid unwelcome dental emergencies.
Bill’s health has had a hiccup and he finds his medication dries his mouth out, so he has become more susceptible to gum disease and decay. Mary has osteoporosis and the treatment for this means she has to be very careful not to get dental infections.
Mary’s biggest fear is getting dementia or Alzheimer’s disease like her parents. Research shows links between these sad illnesses and gum disease. Other conditions impacted are cardiac disease, diabetes and strokes which become more common as we age. Mary and Bill are now locked into regular hygienist visits.
Mary was devastated recently when her granddaughter asked why she had yellow teeth. After some simple tooth whitening, replacing some old front fillings and softening her frown lines Mary has been told she looks years younger. “I only wish we had come to see you while we had incomes ten years ago,” Mary says, “and had our mouths well cared for before retirement”.
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When asked for some hot tips, the Duxton Dental team shared some inspiration: Hygienist Megan is an advocate of eating a well-balanced diet, low in sugar and refined carbohydrates.
The dental benefit is a reciprocal relationship. If you eat well you will have healthy teeth and gums; if you have healthy teeth and gums you will eat well and enjoy a variety of foods through your whole life without dentures. Dr Rhonda Gooding shared the knowledge that poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, clogged arteries, strokes and pregnancy complications. She says the mouth is a window to the rest of your body and can help detect early signs of systemic diseases, e.g. mouth ulcers are a symptom of coeliac and crohns disease or nutritional deficiencies. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.
Hygienist, Micayela thinks great looking teeth need great looking gums. She suggests regular hygienist care to remove stains and tartar in conjunction with brushing twice a day and flossing every night. Recent research out of America proves that every $1 spent on dental prevention (such as hygiene visits) saves $8-$50 on dental treatment long term.
Dr Christine Duxbury firmly believes in the value of a friendly smile. Feel confident that your teeth and smile look healthy and attractive. Seek professional help to achieve the smile of your dreams and love your teeth for life.
For more information, visit www.duxtondental.co.nz or phone 03 348 5488.
There has been an exciting development at Duxton Dental to give you a spring in your step and a smile on your face this summer.
Dentists Christine Duxbury and Hayley Hall have both been extensively trained in the use of Botulinum Toxin (Botox) as a muscle relaxant that can be used reliably for both dental and cosmetic indications. Traditionally, lines between the eyes (frown lines), on the forehead and around the eyes (crows’ feet) have been the most commonly treated for cosmetic reasons. However, the number of new uses for these facial injectables has expanded substantially and now includes other areas of direct importance for dentists. Chronic tooth grinding, headaches and smile issues, due to undesired muscle overactivity, can be treated simply and non-invasively through the use of Botox.
It is interesting to know that worldwide, dentists are the providers of choice for treatments with Botox – it makes sense when you think about their day-to-day work and facial anatomy knowledge. Training and experience has shown Hayley and Christine that they can provide natural looking results, using a combination of skin rejuvenation and facial injectables such as Botox. Duxton Dental is also fortunate to have a qualified beauty therapist on staff.
The goal at Duxton Dental is not about making someone look completely different or 20 years younger, but as one of their patients says, “It is about making them look like they have had a fantastic holiday”.
If you are interested in finding out about these treatments please contact Duxton Dental’s staff for a free consultation on 03 348 5488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s not forget our bottom teeth.
Research tells us that whether you had braces or not and whether you have wisdom teeth or not, your bottom front teeth will crowd with age. As the teeth concertina up at the front they can cause extra pressure onto the back of the top teeth when you bite together and then move or chip your upper teeth. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean and your gum health can deteriorate.
With age you also show more of your bottom teeth and less of your top teeth as gravity takes its toll. So the bottom teeth are more visible when you talk or smile.
For these reasons it is now recommended internationally that the retainer wires that are placed after braces are left there forever and replaced if needed.
If you notice your bottom teeth crowding as an adult, modern orthodontics can correct the problem in as little as eight weeks. Often invisible braces are an option. Once the bottom teeth are straight, any chips or wear on the top and bottom teeth can be replaced and that lovely youthful smile can return.
Duxton Dental’s expert team can also discuss reliable tooth whitening options for the return of that extra sparkle.
As part of a very thorough new patient examination, Duxton Dental completes a smile assessment to discuss all your cosmetic concerns and options. For more information visit duxtondental.co.nz or phone 03-348 5488.