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Spring Hill, QLD, 4000

+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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Dental Health Week!

Leila Haywood

It's Dental Health Week!

Brisbane Smile Boutique has a preventive dental care offer of a comprehensive examination, professional scaling and cleaning, and bitewing x-rays for $199 for August. Call on 07 3391 2504

Many adults have some form of gum disease, ranging from inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to the serious condition of periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.

Gum disease is caused when bacteria that are naturally present in the mouth combine with saliva and particles of food debris to form plaque, a sticky and colourless film that can harden into tartar or calculus, which attacks the tissue below the gum line if it is not removed. 

Gingivitis can usually be treated with minimally invasive options such as a professional dental scaling and cleaning, but if it progresses to periodontitis (Latin for inflammation around the tooth), more invasive treatment is likely to be necessary, including scaling and deep cleaning of the surface of the tooth roots (root planing), or surgery and possibly bone and tissue grafts with a dental specialist, called a periodontist.

Untreated periodontitis can cause significant damage to the bone and soft tissues that support the teeth and face, and the bacteria can also get into your bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body. 


Symptoms to watch for

Periodontal disease mainly affects people once they reach their 30s or 40s. Teens rarely develop periodontitis but often have the precursor condition, gingivitis.

Early detection of gum problems is critical for effective treatment, but you may not realise your gums are infected because in the initial stages the condition may be painless. It is a common oral health issue and people often focus more on teeth than gums when it comes to brushing and flossing, and because the problem is usually pain free during the early stages it can be easy to overlook, however failure to recognise the signs that you have gum disease can result in serious consequences, and it’s one of the main causes of tooth loss among adults. Regular dental check ups with your dentist and oral health therapist are imperative for prevention and early detection, even if you maintain a good routine of oral hygiene at home. 


It is recommended to at least attend for  an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation  for all adults with professional scaling and cleaning, and ideally this would be done twice a year. A dentist and oral health therapist with a strong emphasis on preventive dentistry will be able to give you further advice on protecting yourself against gum disease.


Signs you have gum disease:

  • Persistent bad breath Bad breath (halitosis) that won’t go away, or a bad taste in the mouth, may be caused by an accumulation of plaque on the teeth, which forms toxins.
  • Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums The bacteria that cause gum disease causes inflammation and your gums may bleed or become red, swollen or tender. For many people with gingivitis, this inflammation is not painful.
  • Receding gums Gum recession may be a symptom of periodontitis, when the tissue that surrounds the teeth erodes away or pulls back, exposing the root surface that is usually protected by the gum.
  • Loose teeth Teeth can become loose when infection takes hold beneath the gum line, and as the problem intensifies, the gum pockets become deeper. This is because the bacteria from gingivitis and periodontitis are causing the body’s immune system to attack the gum tissue and bone around the teeth.
  • Sensitive teeth and discomfort when eating Tooth sensitivity can be a sign of gum recession resulting from periodontitis which happens because the underlying surface of the tooth (dentine) loses the protection of the outer very strong surface shell (enamel).


Other signs you have gum disease include the appearance of pus around the teeth and gums,  a change in bite function, a change in the fit of partial dentures, mouth sores, shiny gums,and new spaces developing between your teeth.


Are You at Greater Risk of Gum Disease?

Any of these  signs you have gum disease may indicate a serious issue and you should get checked by a dentist as soon as you can. Twenty five percent of people around the world have the serious effects of periodontal disease and certain factors carry a greater risk, so you should be particularly vigilant if you fall into one of the following categories:


  • Diabetes. If you have diabetes, you are at greater risk of infections, including gum disease.
  • Other medical conditions Conditions like cancer and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and their treatments can adversely affect the health of gums.
  • Genetics. Some people are more vulnerable to periodontitis than others. 
  • Hormonal changes in women. Pregnancy and menopause can make gums more susceptible to gingivitis.
  • Certain medications Many over-the-counter and prescription medications can restrict the flow of saliva, which is vital in flushing away the bacteria that cause gum disease. Some medicines can also lead to abnormal growth of gum tissue making it difficult to keep the teeth and gums clean.
  • Poor diet If your diet lacks sufficient nutrients, your immune system may become compromised and weaken your natural defences against infections such as gum disease.
  • Smoking. Smoking greatly increases the likelihood of gum disease and can decrease the chances of successful treatment.
How professional scaling and cleaning resets the gum health

How professional scaling and cleaning resets the gum health

Sonia is on reception on 07 3391 2504

Sonia is on reception on 07 3391 2504

Leila Haywood is a female dentist in Spring Hill, Brisbane, with 20 years of experience in aesthetic and general dentistry

Leila Haywood is a female dentist in Spring Hill, Brisbane, with 20 years of experience in aesthetic and general dentistry


Leila Haywood

Tooth decay and erosion are on the rise. At least part of this disease process is thought to be due to the increasing use of specialised sports products designed to proved nutirents and fluid during exercise. Many of these are high in carbohydrates for readily available energy and electrolytes, however many have acidic ingredients to alter the taste or prolong the shelf life. Of course the combination of sugar and acidicity is damaging to the teeth.  In the last few year they have been heavily marketed to the general public, and of particular concern, is their regular use by children
Important points: 


Important points: 

🍭 main ingredients are carbohydrates -> sugar!  

-  Acidity is 2.4 - 4:5 

⚠️ when dehydrated the saliva dries up, and makes the teeth vulnerable to attack by sugars and acids

hole in tooth

Some tips: 
💧 drink tap water for low intensity training and always for children. 

⚠️ Use sports drinks and supplements with extreme caution. 

😷 Calcium in foods might help to counteract some of the damage, and help in recovery.

 ⚠️ avoid rinsing moth guards with sports drink

💦 drink lots of water to ensure that the saliva is healthy. 

🍋 avoid acidic foods or beverages before bed

⭐️ seek the assistance of an accredited sports dietician if necessary  

⭐️ 6 monthly preventive care appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist 

sports drinks and dental health


Leila Haywood

There are two type of tooth coloured restorations that are placed by dentists. One of these is COMPOSITE RESIN which is matched by the dentist to the remaining tooth structure.  It is an advanced kind of plastic with glass filler particles, usually lasts about 5 to 7 years in a back tooth, but can chip, debond and stain with wear and tear. Resin is placed by the dentist straight on to the tooth, and set with a light and can be a good filling material when there is enough tooth structure to support it but if there is more tooth missing than present, it isn’t usually strong enough to hold up in the long term.

Porcelain is a natural looking option to restore teeth, that is not porous, and is much stronger than composite resin fillings. It is the most durable way to repair a damaged tooth with high aesthetic and functional demands. It is computer generated to match the defect in the tooth, without removing too much more tooth structure and is seamlessly bonded by your dentist. It is extremely durable, has excellent aesthetics  and is very stable.  It is made outside of the mouth with computer technology and hand finished and glazed by a master ceramist.. It takes two appointments to complete, where the first appointment is the preparation appointment, a temporary restoration is placed, and two weeks later the porcelain restoration is bonded into the cavity. They are bonded seamlessly to the remaining tooth by your dentist and look as good as the day they were placed many years later.

porcelain inlays

Baby teeth are so important

Leila Haywood

Although primary (or baby) teeth are only present during early childhood years, they play an important role in the development of your child’s smile and long term oral health.

This is because primary teeth:

  • Help protect developing adult teeth
  • Prevent jaw bone loss and gum deterioration
  • Retain space within the mouth for the correct positioning of adult teeth
  • Support the development of your child’s jaw and facial structure

It is highly important to invest in the health of your child’s baby teeth by maintaining a comprehensive at home dental care routine and visiting the dentist and dental hygienist every six months for a check-up, or yearly at least.


1. Give your baby and toddler whole and unprocessed foods, as much as is possible.

2. There is no reason to ever give your baby or toddler anything with refined sugars, including cakes, biscuits, lollies, ice-cream and sugary drinks, including juices. Some fruit or cheese is a good little treat.

3. Breast feed your baby as long as is possible, and as long as your are comfortable.

4. Never add anything to formula or milk in a bottle or cup. Adding honey or something like that will not make your baby sleep better. 

5. Start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as they come through, around 6 months of age, but don't worry if they come through later than this.

6. Do brush your toddler's teeth even if they get upset with you about this. The night time brushing is incredibly important to remove all of the food debris that gets stuck in the back teeth to prevent decay.

7. It sounds impossible, but if you can, floss your toddler's teeth from 2.5 years of age.

8. Take your toddler to the dentist around the age of 2.5 for a gentle introduction and ride in the chair, and to make regular dental preventive care a part of life for your child. Six monthly dental checks are best. Polishes with the dentist are normally done around the age of 5 to keep the teeth stain-free.

9. Use a baby toothbrush twice a day from when the teeth come through, and use the smallest dab of child's toothpaste. Keep the toothpaste away from your baby and treat it like a medicine. Change your baby's toothbrush regularly.

10. The baby teeth are critically important to keep the bite in the correct place, and toddlers are often seen with draining and painful abscesses which require General Anaesthetic work with Dental specialists. Although they do all fall out by the time your child is a teenager, the condition of the baby teeth is a marker of how the adult teeth will most likely be.

Good habits from a very early age create good habits for life.

These angels are some of our lovely little patients

These angels are some of our lovely little patients

Dentist children Spring Hill baby teeth



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)