What is an OPG?

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What is an OPG?

OPGs are dental X-rays of the upper and lower jaws (Orthopantomagrams). This is a two-dimensional depiction of a half-circle from the ears to the ears. Using panoramic x-rays, multiple pictures of the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) can be collected to form a composite panoramic image. Objects outside of the viewing area appear fuzzy. You will almost certainly dohave an OPG at some stage throughout your dental treatment.

Any teeth that have not yet surfaced or erupted through the gum line, as well as their number, location, and rate of growth, are also evident on an OPG. It’s not like the close-up x-rays of individual teeth that dentists take. It displays less fine detail, but it covers a much broader area of the picture. For example, this can be used to check for wisdom teeth or the growth of a child’s jaw and teeth, which can assist determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary. The TMJ (temperomandibular joint) or CMA (crano-mandibular articulation) is routinely evaluated in those who grind their teeth.

The  advantages of  an OPGs is:

  • It provides an in-depth examination of the face bones and teeth, with special emphasis on the TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
  • The patient receives a minimal dose of radiation.
  • The patient’s teeth are  inspected with ease.
  • Some patients have restrictions in their capacity to open their mouths – this makes it easier
  • It doesn’t take long to take the image
  • It is useful for both educating patients and presenting cases.

The radiographer or dentist will ask you to remove any jewellery or metallic items from around your head and neck in order to obtain a clear x-ray image. The actual image is captured in only 20 seconds of the three-minute OPG process.


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Simple Steps to Prevent Tooth Decay

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Simple Steps to Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health problems people face. Why is this happening and how can we avoid it ? Here are some recommendations to follow.

First and foremost, maintain a healthy diet.

Sugary foods and drinks have long been associated with tooth decay. Many harmless bacteria live in our mouths, but some of these bacteria that need sugar for energy can be damaging to our teeth.

Sugary drinks that should be avoided include soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, cordials, and fruit drinks.

Lollies, particularly those that remain a long period in your mouth, should also be restricted.

Even if you can’t completely remove sugar from your diet, you can still practise certain healthy habits when you do indulge in sugary foods. Try to eat them when your mouth is moist with saliva. Saliva, which also controls the growth of microbes, washes sugars and acids out of the mouth. Also try  rinsing  your mouth with water or plain milk after consuming sugar.

Foods and beverages that are good for your teeth.

  • To encourage saliva production, include celery, carrots, and other crisp vegetables in your diet.
  • Calcium included in unsweetened dairy products like cheese and milk also help to prevent cavities.
  • Tea or coffee with milk are also good options for a tooth-friendly beverage, but water is the best option.

Brush your teeth on a regular basis with fluoride toothpaste.

A lack of brushing and flossing for an extended length of time may worsen the microorganisms that cause tooth decay. Brushing your teeth twice a day helps to keep microorganisms at bay. Keep in mind that fluoride can have a significant impact on the health of your teeth, so use a fluoride toothpaste and brush all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly. Brush your gums as well as your teeth for at least two minutes each time you clean your teeth.

Check with Dr Nick at your next Gold Coast Smiles appointment to see if you are brushing properly.

It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis to keep your teeth healthy, so why not make an appointment now.

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Why does your Dentist take X-rays

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Why does your Dentist take X-rays

Dental X-rays allow your dentist to see what’s going on beneath the surface of your teeth and gums that you can’t see with your own eyes. X-rays allow your dentist to examine the health of your mouth in great detail.

Tooth decay is notorious for being evasive, as it does not often present visibly until much later. X-rays are essential for identifying dental problems since they can indicate to your dentist whether or not you have tooth decay or other problems such as an infection at the tooth’s root or bone loss. Early detection allows your dentist to fix the problem before it worsens.

Whether you’re a toddler or an adult, you can have X-rays of the inside and outside of your mouth taken safely. In terms of low-level exposure, the radiation dose is comparable to that of a 1-2 hour flight. This means that even if you’re pregnant, you can still have X-rays, though they will still be limited.

You know how your dentist walks out of the room while the X-rays are being taken? They take a lot of X-rays all day, so simply leaving the room minimises their radiation exposure.

Why are X-rays required?

The conditions being investigated by your dentist will dictate which X-rays are used. If you opt to have an X-ray, the type of X-ray you obtain will be determined by your oral health history, inspection of your mouth, age, disease risk, and any early oral disease indicators.

What can dental X-rays reveal about your dental health?

  • Unnoticeable degradation in the spaces between the teeth, as well as existing fillings, canals, crowns, or bridges that should be fixed
  • The presence or absence of gum disease, as well as the severity of the condition
  • Other infections, such as an abscesse
  • Tooth development issues, such as crooked or extra teeth, etc.
  • Cysts and certain forms of tumours
  • Dental and bone fractures, caused by traumatic injuries
  • Teeth proximity to nerves and sinuses
  • The emergence of wisdom teeth and if they should be extracted

If an X-ray indicates decay, the dentist will discuss treatment options with you. These may include preventive treatments to slow or stop the spread of decay, as well as a filling if there is a cavity.

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Lifestyle Choices Influence your Dental Health

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Lifestyle Choices Influence your Dental Health

Do lifestyle choices influence dental health?

Your beliefs on living a healthy lifestyle may be similar to those held by the majority of people, who feel that living a healthy lifestyle begins with eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and engaging in regular physical activity is the only way to achieve it.

When it comes to overall health and fitness, both of these factors are important. However, the truth is that your dental health, namely the state of your teeth and gums, has a huge impact on your fitness and well-being.

Among other things, gum disease has been linked to everything from pneumonia to atherosclerosis to exacerbated diabetes symptoms, just to name a few examples.

Good dental health practices

As a result, brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and going to the dentist on a regular basis are all essential to good oral health.


How lifestyle choices influence your dental health

Of course, this does not mark the conclusion of the story. Stress, smoking, drinking, using prescribed and non-prescribed medications, using illegal drugs, having your tongue and lip pierced, and other factors can all have a negative impact on the health of your teeth and gums, and thus on your general health.

No matter how much you take care of your body, it will have an affect on your dental health at some time, and that impact will eventually extend to your whole health.

At Gold Coast Smiles, we are committed to maintaining your oral health for the rest of your life. Maintaining a relationship with the same dentist ensures that they are familiar with your medical history and are able to provide advise on appropriate dental hygiene habits.

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October is Digital Smile Month

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October is Digital Smile Month

October is Digital Smile Month at Gold Coast Smiles

We know you’ve heard about Invisalign, a braces-free alternative, but you’re not sure if it’s right for you. So, for the month of October, we’re offering free consultations as well as the chance to see what your smile would look like after using Invisalign. There is no obligation to proceed with Invisalign after the consultation, but we are confident that you will be blown away by the results.

What is Invisalign?  

Invisalign is a new wire braces alternative that can be used by both teens and adults.

The Invisalign System is a virtually invisible and hygienic orthodontic treatment that employs a new approach to effectively straighten teeth. This system employs a series of removable aligners that are custom-made for you and only you.

These aligners are made of a nearly invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth to gradually move them to the proper position. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them, allowing you to continue living your life while undergoing treatment.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners, like other teeth straightening methods, are an effective way to straighten teeth. This treatment also has a number of other distinct advantages:

Virtually invisible: These aligners are a clear alternative to braces, providing you with a virtually invisible treatment option that allows you to maintain your confidence, beautiful smile, and lifestyle while in treatment.
More relaxing: They are gentle on your gums and the inside of your mouth, with no metal brackets to irritate them.
Maintain oral hygiene: Because they are removable, they make it easier to clean your teeth and keep your oral health in check during treatment.
Fewer dentist visits: This treatment typically necessitates fewer dentist visits than other types of braces.
Visualise the progressive movement: It enables you to visualise each stage of the treatment process, from start to finish.

Schedule an appointment in October to see if Invisalign is a viable option for you.


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