It’s really pretty simple. Anti-wrinkle injections are safe and effective. They work by causing the muscles (usually facial muscles) to stop contracting thereby not creating potential wrinkles when we create a facial expression, as the muscles become “frozen” if you like.
Wrinkles are broken down into 2 types generally. Static wrinkles are the ones always visible when your face is at rest. Dynamic wrinkles are the ones you see when you create a facial expression. They are the ones that anti-wrinkle injections are most effective for. Static wrinkles may diminish with time is anti-wrinkle injections are done on a regular basis, but will never go away entirely.
Generally people have anti-wrinkle injections in their forehead, brow (also known as the glabella) and to the side of the eyes (known as crow’s feet). You can have anti-wrinkle injections in other sites too but the above 3 are the most common. It can also be an effective tool for patients who clench their teeth, as it stops the clenching for a period of a few months.
Different manufacturers of botulinum toxin have their product diluted differently with saline solution, which therefore means that it is difficult to standardise the dosage by means of units as it depends on which product you have. This also makes quotes given by people difficult to compare.
So long as you are in good health, have no skin conditions, no allergies to botulinum toxin and are not pregnant or breastfeeding, then anti-wrinkle injections are perfectly safe. How long the effects of the toxin will last varies from person to person but on average you would expect the effects to last roughly 6 months. Administration of botulinum toxin can be repeated after a minimum of a 3 month interval.
If you are interested in having anti-wrinkle injections, give us a ring at North Rocks Family Dental, where Dr Ashraf Obaid will be very happy to assist you in regards to a consultation.
Teeth and Diet
There are many things that I hear or get told on a daily basis from patients about what they think is good or bad for their teeth, many of them unfortunately inaccurate.
So let me simplify it for you and set the record straight.
There are 4 main factors that contribute to the health of your teeth in relation to what you eat or drink:
What food you eat/drink.
By what you eat, it really boils down to sugar and acid in food. Sugar causes decay thereby leading to holes/cavities in your teeth. Acid causes the erosion of your actual tooth, thereby eroding away enamel and making your tooth smaller as well as more prone to sensitivity and if at the front of your mouth, long term compromised cosmetically.
How well you brush your teeth.
How well you brush your teeth boils down to how often and well you remove all the food/plaque that accumulates and forms around your teeth on a daily basis. An electric tooth brush is much better for this than a manual one.
Your genetic predisposition.
Your genetic predisposition, well you have no control over it. Some people are lucky and their teeth are not prone to cavities whilst others unfortunately have teeth that are susceptible to decay rather easily and quickly.
How often you see your dentist.
By seeing your dentist for regular checkups, scaling and fluoride treatments, you reduce the chances of developing tooth decay. You also reduce the risk of suffering with long term acid erosion as your dentist would normally pick that up and educate you as to the issues that this brings with it.
As you can probably imagine, there is a lot of variation and many ifs and buts when you combine the above 4 factors.
Let’s assume that your genetic predisposition is constant as we can’t change that. This leaves what you eat/drink, your brushing and how often you see your dentist.
With both sugar and acid, the most important thing to remember is frequency. The more often you have them in a given day, the higher the likelihood of decay/tooth erosion respectively. Minimise the frequency of consumption, you minimise your risk.
How well you brush your teeth is probably down to how much you prioritise your oral health. Do it well and twice a day and you significantly reduce the chances of developing tooth decay. Do it seldom and/or not well and you run the risk of tooth decay with time.
How often you see your dentist again in my experience boils down to prioritising your oral health. With family, work and life commitments in general many of us struggle to see our dentist on time, but making the effort is worth it in the long run. Mitigating pain, suffering and expense is always a win in my book.
So as you can see the relationship between teeth and your diet is simple but complicated at the same time. Best advice is to limit how often you have sugary and acidic foods/drinks, brush your teeth twice daily, preferably with an electric toothbrush and see your dentist ideally twice a year for a professional clean and checkup.
At North Rocks Family Dental, we are here to help you and your family maintain your oral health through regular visit and above all else, education. Give us a ring on 0298713000 and come and see us and let us help you maintain your beautiful white smile!