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Halitosis (Bad Breath)

- 16 July 2020

Halitosis or bad breath is surprisingly a common problem. Halitosis is a noticeable unpleasant odour emanating from the mouth and can affect your social interaction with others. Halitosis may not be noticed by the person suffering from it and it is often not told to the sufferer by others as it can be a very awkward conversation.

The good news is that halitosis in most cases can be prevented or eliminated.

Short term or temporary halitosis can be caused by :-

  • a. odour-causing foods (eg. garlic, onion, spices)
  • b. dry mouth from mouth-breathing, snoring
  • c. smoking
  • d. alcohol

The most common causes of persistent halitosis can be found in the mouth. This includes :-

  • a. poor oral hygiene with significant accumulation of plaque and calculus on the tongue, gums and teeth
  • b. tooth decay
  • c. gum disease
  • d. dental abscess
  • e. fungal infection
  • f. tonsil problems
  • g. oral cancer

Less common causes of halitosis are :-

  • a. sinus and lung problems
  • b. the cold or flu and throat infections
  • c. gut problems
  • d. advanced kidney disease
  • e. advanced liver disease
  • f. ketoacidosis from diabetes and high protein diets

Short term or temporary halitosis can be managed quite easily by avoiding odour-causing foods, keeping yourself well hydrated by drinking sufficient water, avoiding smoking and alcohol intake.

The persistent halitosis coming from the mouth can also be addressed by practising excellent oral hygiene (including regular tongue cleaning, brushing and flossing) and seeing your dentist regularly to treat tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.

Remember that halitosis can often be treated and should not be an obstacle in anyone’s social interaction with others.


- 15 June 2020

There are an increasing number of people being prescribed long term medications that improves the strength of their bones if they suffer from osteoporosis or another other diseases that result in brittle bones.

These medications are very helpful in preventing bone fractures especially in a fall and this helps maintain the patient’s quality of life.

These medications are taken orally or given in injections. They are used for the following conditions:-

  • Osteoporosis
  • Paget’s Disease
  • Metastatic Cancer (Cancer that have spread and resulting in loss of bone density)
  • Multiple Myeloma

As useful as these medications are, they have a potential negative effect in some dental procedures involving the jawbones.

Research has shown that this slightly increases the risk of the jaw bones having a problem with healing after some of these dental procedures involving the jawbones have been performed.

The medical term used to describe this phenomenon is “ medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw” or “MRONJ”. Dental procedures involving the jawbones include normal tooth extractions, surgical extractions, implant placement and gum (periodontal) surgery. MRONJ can also occur in cases where the jawbones are not involved, for example, poorly fitting dentures.

Some commonly used medications for bone strengthening include :-

  • Alendro, Fosamax, Alendronate
  • Didronel, Didrocal
  • Pamisol, Aredia
  • Bondromat, Bonviva
  • Actonel
  • Bonefos
  • Skelid
  • Zometa

Hence it will be good practice to inform your dentist of all the medications you are taking, including any medication for bone strengthening especially for osteoporosis and cancer. This is to ensure that the necessary dental procedures for you can be performed safely and they achieve the best outcome for you.


- 01 June 2020

How often has the fear of ‘losing control’ when we are lying flat on our backs in the dental chair with our mouths wide open stop us from making that necessary appointment to go see the dentist?

In many cases, this is due to our apprehension of not being able to swallow or gagging during a dental procedure. Hence going to the dentist becomes something that we unconsciously avoid to our own detriment.

The good news is that help is at hand with a simple piece of equipment called a RUBBERDAM.

A rubber dam is a thin square piece of material like that of a surgical glove that is placed around the tooth the dentist is working on. This directly prevents any water or dental material from getting into your mouth or throat. Your tongue can move freely and you can swallow your saliva as usual while the dental treatment, like placing a filling, is being performed. On top of that, the quality of the fillings improves as your saliva is kept away from the filling material while it hardens up during the procedure.

- 22 May 2020

Australia has done remarkably well in this Covid-19 pandemic due to a combination of good government policies and all the Australians who readily embraced the medical advice given. This has allowed us to ease the lockdown and gradually recapture our normal life routines ahead of most of the world.

It is understandable to feel apprehensive to venture out again, and going to the dentist is no exception.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has been right on top of the whole situation from the beginning and its recommendations continue to receive full government support which also become official government policy for dental practice throughout this pandemic.

When you and your family visit us at Arana Plaza Dental, you and your family will be safe as we strictly carry out the ADA guidelines. We will ask you a few questions on the telephone when you ring to make an appointment. When you arrive at our practice, we will get you to sanitise your hands and have your temperature taken. Before the dentist examines you, we will ask you to rinse your mouth with an approved antiseptic mouthwash. Enhanced cleaning protocols are carried out between every patient visit. This is in addition to the usual stringent infection control measures that we routinely perform.

Hope this gives you and your family peace of mind when you come see us. We look forward to providing you and your family the safest environment for the dental services you need.

- 11 May 2020

Thanks to the continuing good national COVID-19 numbers, the Australian government has again relaxed restrictions on dental practice and brought it down further to Level 1.

This very good news simply means that we can now commence virtually all aspects of dentistry and provide you and your family the same level of service and care as before the pandemic.

TAll the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Australian Dental Association on hygiene and infection control will continue to be strictly adhered to, so that we can provide you and your family the much needed dental services in the safest environment.

Do not hesitate to contact us, even if it is for just a check and a clean. Stay safe and see you soon.

- 5 May 2020

It is indeed welcome news that since last week the Australian Government has relaxed restrictions on dental practice to Level 2.

This means that we will be able to offer more needed dental services to you and your family, beyond just the emergency pain treatment.

Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, we have been grateful to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) for producing detailed and coherent guidelines that ensure the safe delivery of dental services . This affords comprehensive protection to our patients, our staff and the community, while delivering much needed dental services in a safe environment.

Stay safe and do not hesitate to contact us as we are always ready to help.

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Arana Plaza Dental

Shop 1, 2 Patricks Road, Arana Hills QLD 4054
Phone: (07) 3351 6377
FAX: (07) 3351 6277
Email: [email protected]
Cnr Patricks Rd & Dawson Pde, Arana Hills (same side as TerryWhite Chemmart)