Why do my gums bleed?

When brushing your teeth or biting into a crisp apple have you noticed your gums bleeding? There are a number of reasons why this might occur – it could be as simple as adjusting your brushing technique or from a new firm toothbrush, but it could also be a sign of gingivitis – a curable…

How to reduce teeth grinding

Are you kept awake at night by the sounds of your partner grinding their teeth? Or do you wake with an unexplained dull headache or sore jaw yourself?  As it often occurs during sleep, many people are not even aware they grind their teeth.   Stress and anxiety can certainly be the cause behind teeth grinding,…

What causes a toothache?

A toothache is just awful. You can’t see it, it doesn’t go away on its own and you can’t massage it like a muscle knot. It’s also a loud indicator of a problem that requires immediate attention from a dentist. Our Tindale Dental Centre in Penrith offers emergency dental appointments in these cases. Please call…

Wisdom teeth – it’s time to go!

At Tindale Dental Centre in Penrith, we regularly treat dental patients experiencing toothache and other issues associated with the arrival of wisdom teeth. What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are the teeth at the very back of your mouth (otherwise known as “third molars”). These teeth are usually the last teeth to come through the…

Dental Emergency – what to do?

There are several things that might fall into the category of ‘dental emergency’. At Tindale Dental Centre in Penrith we consider the top three incidents to be: A knocked-out adult tooth A chipped, cracked or broken tooth  A toothache We’ve heard all the elaborate ‘old wives tales’ about what to do in a dental emergency…

Why does my tongue feel funny?

Does your tongue feel sore? Do you ever feel like your tongue is burning, tingly or prickly? Does the tip of your tongue look red, or do you have little bumps that seem bigger than your usual taste buds? Does your tongue look white and patchy? There are a number of different things that could…

Dummies and thumb sucking – what you need to know!

Dummies and thumb sucking can be very soothing for babies and young children, and often this sucking behaviour is a key signal for them that it is time to fall asleep. For many parents in the early sleep deprived weeks and months (and let’s be honest, years!) of having a child this can be a…

Gum recession

Do your teeth feel sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks? Do your teeth appear a bit longer than they used to or seem to have gaps between them near the gum line that weren’t there before? Are your gums inflamed, red or sore? You may be experiencing gum recession. Gum recession is what…

Is that an ulcer or a cold sore?

‘Ouch! I just bit the inside of my cheek!’ Put your hand up if you can relate to this! Accidentally biting the inside of your cheeks, lips or tongue, or biting into something crunchy and sharp only to have it poke into your gums, are common and very annoying experiences that can cause trauma to…

What are tonsil stones?

Have you ever felt like you’ve got bad breath but can’t for the life of you figure out why? You brush your teeth regularly and try to eat a healthy diet but for some reason you still feel quite self conscious about the way your breath smells. What do they look like? It’s possible you…

Can Your Dentist Help Your Sleep?

A good night’s sleep is important for overall health and wellbeing. Sleeping disorders can cause tiredness and affect concentration during the day, as well as increasing health risks. If you have trouble sleeping, you snore, or you have other symptoms that could be caused by a sleep disorder, our Penrith Dentist’s might be able to…

Guiding your child to improve their oral health

It’s essential to upkeep good dental health, and as we’ve all come to know, essentially this begins early on with creating good habits and patterns. So in today’s Penrith dental blog, we will be covering creating and facilitating good oral care habits for your children. When we’re introducing such practices and habits to our children,…

What to expect with fillings

If you’re lucky enough to have had the need for a filling yet, you may have wondered what happens with this type of treatment.

Understanding gum disease

You know the term, but what actually is gum disease and how can you prevent this from occurring? Below we will discuss upkeeping proper oral health, breaking down what is gum disease, prevention and treatment.

Are sports drinks giving your teeth a sporting chance?

Sports drinks are designed to replenish the fluids, sugar and electrolytes that may have been lost during strenuous physical exercise. Unfortunately, to achieve this replenishment, these drinks tend to be highly acidic and sugary – and due to their appealing flavourings, they are consumed much more frequently than required, and often not in association with…

Common preventable contributors to bad breath (halitosis)

Are you struggling with bad breath despite brushing your teeth twice each day? How about flossing? Many of us tend to believe that all we need to do in order to have a fresh breath is to simply brush our teeth, have a mint or chew some minty gum. While these might help in the…