Energy Drinks Do Not "Give You Wings" (October 2016)

Dental4U as well as other Australian dentists continue to preach this, and now leading health experts are urging students to stop drinking energy drinks to help with study sessions and exams because some of such drinks provide an enormous 21 teaspoons of sugar and as much caffeine as two and a half espresso shots! The 13 health and community organisations behind Rethink Sugary Drink, among them the Australian Dental Association (ADA), warn that energy drinks can leave students struggling to concentrate when they need to most, and regular consumption can lead to weight gain and obesity, increasing your risk of heart and kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers. Dr Peter Alldritt, ADA’s Oral Health Committee chair, confirmed that energy drinks are also a major contributing factor to tooth decay and tooth erosion. See more about Rethink Sugary Drink here: http://www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au

A new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) (October 2016)

The report says that taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. Nutritionally, people don’t need any sugar in their diet. WHO recommends that if people do consume free sugars, they keep their intake below 10% of their total energy needs, and reduce it to less than 5% for additional health benefits. "This is equivalent to less than a single serving (at least 250 ml) of commonly consumed sugary drinks per day,” said Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. We feel strongly about sugar at Dental4U especially as we see so many forms of preventable dental conditions that likely stem from the consumption of a lot of "hidden" sugar in foods. Remember to check labels and stay aware of the sugar content in food and drinks that may not seem to be all that sweet and "sugary"!

Oral health and preventative dentistry the greatest among younger generations (October, 2016)

The report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that of children aged five to 14, 79% had visited a dentist in the past year, and 91% in the past two years. The younger generation benefit from an increase in the availability and access to quality education around oral health, which means that compliance in coming to the dentist on a regular basis for preventative care is higher than for older generations. Preventative care is the best way of avoiding complicated dental intrusions. As the old saying goes, and as Dental4U has always preached: "prevention is better than cure"!

Dental4U dentists are preferred providers for HCF (September 2016)

The team at Dental4U is pleased to partner with HCF insurance. This means that patients who have insurance with HCF can receive dental examinations, x-rays, scale/clean and fluoride applications with NO out of pocket expense, as HCF will cover the cost of these procedures.

Caries Infection Source in Kids (September 2016)

Until recently mothers have been considered to be the source of Streptococcus Mutans which causes caries in children. Researchers at  Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have shown that other family members as well as other children also contribute to bacterial transmission to children. (Bite Magazine, June 30, 2016).

Innovation and Sustainability (January 2016)

We use services of Giorgio dental laboratory for construction of crowns, bridges and implants because of the highest quality of materials and technologies they employ. Giorgio Dental will be talking on TV about business innovation and sustainability and how Giorgio Dental reduces its environmental impact without incurring a negative impact on the bottom line. Director of Giorgio, Sam Thalassinos, will be talking to Jon Dee on Foxtel Skynews business channel tonight at 6.30pm or 9.30pm. (Channel 602).

Dental Tourism: Do Your Research, Know the Facts (December 2015)

Dental & medical tourism is not a new phenomenon, with  many Australians choosing to go to nearby countries like Thailand and Malaysia for their dental treatment, rather than having it done at home in Australia. There have been numerous reports and stories showing that this may not be the best option - both in terms of quality or in terms of the overall cost. Everyone should know the risks of having dental treatment done overseas, and being aware of the reasons for some treatments being cheaper in the developing world. Is it worth the risk? The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has prepared several resources to demonstrate the risks associated with overseas dental treatment. Click here to read more.

Sports Drinks: Read the Labels! (June, 2015)

Sports drinks have become increasingly popular in Australia but they may not be all they claim to be - having some detrimental health effects. Manufacturers of sports drinks spend a lot of money on marketing the 'health benefits' of these drinks: 'supporting hydration' and providing electrolytes when we need them most. However, it is important to read the labels and remember that not all sports drinks are beneficial to our bodies, less our teeth. A lot of them are extremely acidic and have a high content of sugar. Many sport enhancing supplements include ingredients such as citric acid to help to create a flavour and ingredients such as ‘sodium benzoate’ as a preservative so the products have a longer shelf-life. The best thing to do is to read the labels, and ensure that the contents are what the labels claim the drink to be. Do not over-consume sports drinks either; like anything -they are best consumed in moderation. And don't forget: the best (and cheapest) drink to enhance your performance at the gym is plain water. 

Buying sport supplements: Products that contain ingredients like citric acid (food numbers 330 or 331) or ascorbic acid (food number 300) are acidic, and preservatives that end in the letters ‘ate’ like sorbate can also be assumed to be acidic (Source: Australian Dental Association

Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough? (May, 2015)

With winter months upon us, it is time to think about whether we are getting enough of vitamin D. The main source of vitamin D is the sun. We in Australia are fortunate to be living in a more sunny environment than many other countries in the world. However, were you aware that even in sunny Australia vitamin D insufficiency is recorded year-round? Especially in winter, insufficiency rates are as high as 40.5% in Queensland, 37.4% in Geelong (Victoria), and 67.3% in Tasmania. According to the National Health and Medical Research Council, people at risk of vitamin D insufficiency in Australia include the elderly, people with dark skin, veiled women with limited sunlight exposure and their breast fed infants, those living in residential care with limited mobility, and people who work indoors. We encourage you to speak to your GP, and have a blood test, to understand whether you are at risk or do not have enough vitamin D. 

Caries Infection Source in Kids

Until recently mothers have been considered to be the source of Streptococcus Mutans which causes caries in children. Researchers at  Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have shown that other family members as well as other children also contribute to bacterial transmission to children. (Bite Magazine, June 30, 2016).