3 Ways to Help Prevent Crooked Teeth

Here are three ways to help you prevent crooked teeth:

1. Brushing habits

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is the best way to avoid dental diseases which can lead to tooth loss.

For adults this can reduce this risk of tooth movement and tooth loss, which is a common side effect of gum disease.

For children this can reduce the risk of early tooth loss due to tooth decay. Baby teeth are very important for maintaining the spaces needed for adult teeth to develop and erupt into the mouth.

2. Avoid thumb sucking and dummies

The pressure associated with sucking thumbs, fingers or dummies for a long period of time can lead to altering how the jaw and teeth develop, this can affect the shape of jaw and tooth positioning which can cause the teeth to develop crooked and distort the appearance of natural jaw shape.

3. Early intervention

Genetics play a major role in tooth and jaw development. Attending regular dental appointments will not only reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease but will also allow your dentist to observe and monitor the growth and development of the teeth and jaw and provide intervention as needed.

Call us today for some more info or to schedule an appointment!


Toothpaste Guide

Toothpaste is an essential part of everyone’s daily routine but with so many to choose from its hard to figure out what suits you best. We have developed a list of toothpastes and their benefits to help make choosing a toothpaste a little easier.

Conventional Toothpaste

Our top pick is a toothpaste containing fluoride. Most conventional toothpaste contains an approved amount of fluoride, which helps to strengthen the enamel, and reduce the risk of tooth decay. The fluoride content is different for adults and children so depending on your household, you may need more then one toothpaste.


For the average adult we recommend toothpaste which contains 1000ppm fluoride to protect against tooth decay. This is the standard amount in most conventional toothpastes.

Some examples of these include:

  • Colgate Total,
  • Oral-B Pro-Health,
  • Macleans Multi Action
  • Woolworths Homebrand with fluoride


For children we recommend a toothpaste with a lower fluoride, these usually contain 500ppm fluoride. Children toothpaste usually has an age indication on the box, some great kids toothpaste include:

  • Macleans Milk teeth – for children 0-3 years
  • Macleans Little teeth – for children 4-7 years
  • Macleans Big teeth – for children 7+
  • Colgate My first – for children up the age of 6
  • Colgate Dora the Explorer – for children aged 2-6 years
  • Colgate Spider-Man – for children aged 6+

Acid Protection Toothpaste

If your dental professional has discussed acid wear on the enamel of your teeth, there are a few toothpastes on the market to help reduce this from progressing. These can help those who have had a high amount of acidity in their diet, people who have a high sugar diet, those who suffer from reflux or for anyone who has acid wear on their enamel but haven’t gotten to bottom of it just yet. Some acid protecting toothpaste include:

  • Colgate Maximun Cavity Protection plus Sugar Acid Neutraliser (This also comes in a junior toothpaste for 6+ years)
  • Macleans Multi Action with Sugar Acid Protection

Sensitive Toothpaste

If you suffer for tooth sensitivity when eating cold foods and drinks a sensitive toothpaste might help give you some relief. There are a range on products available. Our top picks include:

  • Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief
  • Sensodyne

We also recommend using this toothpaste topically, this means rubbing it on the teeth which are sensitive and leaving in on for as long as possible to get the full effect.

Non-Fluoride Toothpaste

We commonly do not recommend to use toothpaste that does not contain fluoride but for those who have an allergy to fluoride or have decided to attempt to remove fluoride from their life or looking for a vegan alternative, there are toothpastes on the market which do not contain fluoride, we recommend:

  • Grants – containing xylitol

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Free Toothpaste

For those who have an allergy or sensitivity to SLS, there are toothpastes on the market which do not contain SLS but do still have the added benefit of fluoride. These include:

  • Sensodyne True White – Fluoride. No SLS
  • Sensodyne ProNamel – Fluoride. No SLS
  • Grants – No SLS. No Fluoride.

15 Habits That Damage Your Teeth

Going about our day to day routine it is easy to forget a few simple habits that can be drastically damaging your teeth.

See our top 15 below.

1: Smoking

Smoking is by far one of the biggest contributors to dental disease.

Smoking not only causes staining of the teeth, its a major contributor to Periodontitis (irreversible gum disease) and oral cancers.

Speak to your dentist about the variety of smoking cessation strategies.

2: Bottles at Bedtime

Putting your baby to bed with a bottle of milk, juice or formula may seem like a good idea to help them settle or sleep but its actually doing more harm than good.

Milk , formula and juice all contain sugars (natural and sometimes added) which cause decay, the constant contact on the teeth from frequent sipping increases the risk of tooth decay.

The best option for sipping from a bottle a night is definitely water.

3: Tongue and Lip Piercings

Biting down on the metal studs of tongue and lip studs can crack and break teeth.  Not only that, the metal rubbing against the gums can cause significant damage leading to tooth loss and infection.

The piercings also harbour bacteria that increases the risk of sores and infection.

4: Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding or bruxism is often due to stress and happens while you are asleep.

Excessive grinding causes wear on the teeth and can lead to cracks and breakages it can also cause pain in the muscles that move and elevate the jaw as well as headaches.

Wearing a night guard or splint can help reduce the damage caused by grinding, however it is always best to speak to your dentist if you suspect you may have this habit.

5: Sticky Gummy Lollies + Throat Lozenges

All sugary snacks promote tooth decay, some more obvious than others.

Gummy lollies stick in the grooves of the teeth resulting in sugar and acids being stuck to the enamel of the tooth for hours.

Throat lozenges and cough lollies aren’t necessarily healthy, most are loaded with sugar. Constant sucking on these types of lollies also leaves the teeth soaked in sugar for a long period of time allowing the bacteria to convert the sugar into acid that eats away the tooth enamel.

Always rinse with water and brush well after having any sugary lollies and lozenges.

6: Soft Drink

Soft drinks are loaded with added sugar, some contain up to 10 teaspoons per serve!

Many also contain phosphoric and citric acid which also eats away the enamel of the tooth.

Diet soft drinks have less sugar but often more acid so still equally as bad for the health of the teeth.

7: Opening Things With Your Teeth

Opening plastic wrappers, bottles or other packaging with your teeth can causes chipping and breakages.

Always best to use actual bottle openers and scissors and save the teeth for eating.

8: Sports drinks

Don’t be fooled by the sports drinks marketing, these beverages are usually full of sugar. Like lollies and soft drink frequent consumption leads to an acid attack on the teeth. Best to avoid and drink water.

9: Fruit Juice

Fruit juices are naturally high in vitamins but often contain loads of added sugar.

Some juices contain almost as much added sugar as soft drinks, always best to look for one with no added nasties. Juice can also be diluted with water.

10: Constant Snacking

Frequent snacking produces higher levels of acid in the mouth leading to greater risk of tooth decay.

It is best to avoid snacking too frequently or stick to snacks that are low in sugar and starch, for example celery and carrot sticks.

Snacks such as potato chips often get stuck in the grooves and crevices of our teeth. The bacteria in plaque also break down starchy foods into acid thus causing a constant acid attack when eating chips as a snack.

Always brush and floss after eating starchy snacks that stick to teeth.

11: Chewing Pens and Pencils

Chewing on pens and pencils can be tough on the teeth. These hard materials can cause chipping and breakages of the teeth.

Best to go for sugar free gum when you feel the need to chew.

12: Excessive Tea and Coffee

Drinking a lot of tea and or coffee isn’t necessarily damaging to the teeth but can cause staining or for the tooth to become a yellowish colour.

Luckily the dentist can help remove stains or whiten the teeth.

13: Playing contact sports without a mouth guard

Playing sports such a football, soccer , AFL, hockey and other contact sports without a sports mouth guard can be a huge risk. A mouth guard is a moulded plastic used to protect the teeth from hard knocks, chips and breakages.

Usually they are custom made by your dentist and are a quick easy way to save you a lot of time and money treating knocked or broken teeth.

14: Red & White wine

Red and white wine are high in acids that also with sugar eat away the enamel of the teeth causing erosion, rough spots and decay.

Red wine also contains tannins which stain the teeth.

15: Binge Eating

Binge eating is usually an excessive amount of sweets that can make you feel really guilty.

Not only does it increase the risk of tooth decay but it can lead to purging. (Vomiting)

The strong acids in vomit cause erosion of the enamel , bad breath and other health problems. Always speak with a doctor regrading any health concerns.



Riverside Dental Spa now exclusively offers the treatment commonly known as the “Vampire Facial.” This treatment has taken the USA by storm after Kim Kardashian posted a “bloody faced” selfie.

Many of us were left wondering what this beauty treatment did and why was her face covered in blood? Now this multi-award winning practice at West Gosford can reveal this beauty secret to the Central Coast.

This popular new skin rejuvenating treatment is actually called CGF (concentrated growth factor) or PRP (platelet rich plasma) infusions. The treatment begins by collecting the clients own blood sample, isolating the plasma and “Dermastamping” the growth factors into the skin. The DermaStamp machine uses very fine needles to create precise micro channels into the skin. The stamping mechanism alone helps to stimulate collagen and when combined with the CGF/PRP infusions the results are intensified. The multi-potent stem cells become activated to develop new collagen, new blood vessels and new fatty tissue. As a result, the skin will be firmer, smoother and plumper.

The treatment is performed using topical anaesthetic so it is completely painless. The team at Riverside Dental Spa have posted a frank and honest video blog of a treatment (including the subsequent 5 days) to their website so their patients know exactly what to expect.

“Vampire Facials” are effective in the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, uneven tone/texture, scar reduction, hyperpigmentation and pore size reduction. Using the clients own blood minimizes the risk of rejection or allergic reactions while offering long lasting rejuvenation.

To find out more call 4323-4323 to make an appointment.

DermaStamp vs DermaRoller

Many people are familiar with the terms DermaStamp (also known as skin needling) and DermaRoller though are unsure of the differences between these two treatments.


DermaRoller is a hand held studded roller designed for homecare use. It has two main functions; one, to stimulate the top layer of the skin – the epidermis and two, to help drive more active skincare products deeper into the top layer of the skin.

The homecare roller is painless, and it recommended for use in-between DermaStamp treatments to dramatically boost your results.

Did you know that some generic skincare brands probably have less than 1% penetration; clinical cosmeceuticals brands probably have closer to 30%? That is still up to 70% waste of each application.

This is where the DermaRoller helps to drive active ingredients deeper into the skin. Though the DermaRoller does not just have to be used in conjunction with DermaStamp treatment it can be used on its own giving dramatically better value to your products and additional results to any at home skin care regime as it helps enhance the penetration of ingredients into the skin.

With continuous use, overtime the epidermis will increase in thickness, decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The DermaRoller is proven to stimulate deep tissue and can improve open pores, pigmentation and scars, though the results will not be as quick compared to a deep medical treatment like the DermaStamp.

It also does not stimulate collagen like the DermaStamp treatment will do.


The DermaStamp is a medical treatment performed in clinic. It uses very fine needles to promote tissue stimulation and skin rejuvenation. It is a vibrational stamping device, which creates very fine micro channels into the skin to help induce growth factors to help stimulate collagen.

For more information on the DermaStamp treatment head over to our DERMASTAMP PAGE for a video and some frequently asked questions!