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4 Rogers Street
Spring Hill, QLD, 4000
Australia

+61 7 3391 2504

Brisbane Dentist - excellence in general and aesthetic dentistry with Drs Amy Daley, Leila Haywood, UQ graduates with 20 years of experience in Spring Hill, Brisbane

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dentistry life at Brisbane Smile Boutique

The life and times of our dental practice, up to date news in dentistry and celebrations, happy moments in dentistry. Our blog outlines dentistry life at Brisbane Smile Boutique in Spring Hill in inner city Brisbane

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Dental visits for children

Leila Haywood

In the last 20 years of practicing as a dentist I am sure of one thing – having positive, nurturing regular visits to the dentist from a young age is crucial.  Teeth appear at roughly six months and while brushing should begin then, a child’s fist dental visit really isn’t viable until about three years of age.  Even then sometimes we can only expect a ride in the chair (spaceship or fairy cloud) and maybe a quick count of the teeth.  I focus on how we can make children’s visits as enjoyable as possible.

TOP 5 TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR A DENTAL VISIT

  1. Try to prepare your child for their first visit by discussing with them what a dentist does, and what happens when you go to the dentist.  Explain that the dentist might wear a special coat and mask, and will lay you back in their magic chair and give you some sunglasses to wear, while they use special tools to count your teeth.  You can tell them that it won’t hurt, and it might even be fun.
  2. Even if you yourself are a bit apprehensive about the dentist: try not to pass on your own fears.
  3. Read some of the great range of books available about first dental visits. Even looking at some of the pictures will help familiarise your little ones with what to expect.
  4. Ask around your friends and family for a dentist that is experienced in treating children.  Let the receptionist know when you book the appointment that it is your child’s first visit.
  5. Consider booking your own appointment at the same time so that your child can see you in the dental chair and see how comfortable and happy you are!
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What to do if a tooth is knocked out

Leila Haywood

The current guidelines state to

☞ immediately replant the tooth

☞ if it can't be immediately replanted, hold the part of the tooth that could be seen in the smile, not the root, try not to touch the root at all, and put it in some MILK as soon as possible. Call the dentist immediately.

☞ sports team, organisations and schools should have a storage medium, called SOS DENTOBOX, which has a 3 year shelf life, and which improves the chance of successful treatment

☞ if the tooth dries out, after 5 minutes the cells on the root are starting to die, and after 30 minutes there is 50% less of a chance that the tooth is going to be able to survive the trauma

In a younger patient, the chance of the nerve repairing and healing is much higher, but in an adult, there is limited ability to heal and it is likely that the tooth will need to be at least root treated, and this is best attended to by an endodontist ( root canal specialist dentist)

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Farewell winter

Leila Haywood

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christine our hygienist

christine our hygienist

senior nurse Holly and practice manager, Sonia
our new practice in spring hill

our new practice in spring hill

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Child Dental Benefits Schedule increased

Leila Haywood

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The Australian Dental Association has been advocating for restoration of the cap on dental treatment and care that is available to eligible children. In December last year, with support of Labor and the Greens, the Government announced that the CDBS would be retained, but that it would be reduced from $1000 to $700 over 2 years. 

Urgent discussions with the Federal Health minister, along with support from  key Senators who were opposed to the cuts to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule cap, have resulted in the Australian Government advising that the original figure of $1000 will be reinstated. 

The reduction to $700 would have resulted in 25% of children who have accessed the program, not being in a position have had their treatment needs met. Dental disease in children is on the rise, which 40% of children aged 5 to 10 having decay in their baby teeth, and 30% of children aged 9-14 having decay in their permanent teeth. A reduction in the ability to provide oral health care and preventive strategies for these children and their families is bad news. 

Today's decision by the Health minister ensures that the CDBS remains a critically important investment in the dental health of disadvantaged Australian children to help these children access the care and assistance that they need for a healthy life, with their private dentist of choice. As a community service, our dental professionals will bulk bill for eligible children for their dental care.

 

 

HELLO JANUARY!

Leila Haywood

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our patients and friends, and wishing you a year full of happiness and healthy teeth. Our year has started with smiles en masse. 

Dr Amy and I have been researching and training in the next generation technology, where the precision of ceramic milling has finally reached the standard that we are finding to be exceptional, and therefore acceptable. Our technician here in Brisbane is scanning our models in with the latest scanning software, and creating porcelain inlays and onlays, to replace composite resin and metal fillings. I am in the process of having one placed in one of my molar teeth and Amy and I are excited at how durable and aesthetically pleasing they are. They are now our material of choice for  larger restorations on the back teeth. 

Composite resin has been lasting around 5 to 7 years for the average dentist; and of course patient - and it has its suitable applications, however for large fillings on the back teeth, porcelain is superior because of its strength, durability and aesthetics.

Christine, my hygienist, of 8 years! ... has been seeing to the transformation of healthy smiles with Zoom teeth whitening. 

Late last year, I had the opportunity to check in with some patients who have had past restorations for review and maintenance. 

Christine did some in office whitening for this lovely lady from the outback, and we then built up the two front teeth ( central incisors) to recreate a curve to the smile and to restore the worn down tooth structure. To help us maintain these, our patient wears a night guard to protect her teeth. These buildups have been in placed for 5 years. 

 

 

 

 

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This gentleman had 6 porcelain crowns and veneers to restore his top teeth in 2011, and the after photo is an update from 2016, which showcases the durability and lasting beauty of porcelain. Christine, my hygienist, has done in office whitening and provided active maintenance.

It has been a busy January for our team; seeing to cases and reviews, all the school kids for dental checks and cleans - especially checking if the toothbrush is also on holidays; resolutions for a healthy smile, preventive care and everything in between.  

Please contact Sonia, our patient co-ordinator should you have any queries at all, on 07 3391 2504. 

Wishing all of our patients and friends a lovely New Year, and a year of great things to smile about. 

With the Kindest of Regards

Leila Haywood