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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 health week 2018

Leila Haywood

It's dental health week 2018, and the Australian Dental Association have released this fabulous video outlining the correct technique for toothbrushing. 

How you brush your teeth matters a great deal, with how often you brush, how long you brush, the kind of technique and the toothbrush you use are all major influences on the effectiveness of your brushing. To gain the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush for at least two minutes morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck. The advantage of these toothbrushes is that they remove the plaque and debris from your teeth without damaging your teeth and gums. It’s all in the technique. You should clean your teeth systematically, starting at the back of your mouth with the toothbrush bristle at the gum line on a 45° angle, brushing gently in a soft and circular motion. If you scrub too hard from side to side, you can run the risk of causing your gums to recede, as well as damaging the tooth enamel. You should take care to brush carefully along the inner, outer and chewing surfaces, making sure you tip the toothbrush so you can reach the inner front areas of the teeth, which are often missed. If limited dexterity is an issue, you might consider using a powered or electric toothbrush. They can be programmed to run for two minutes, making keeping to the correct length of brushing time easy, and the very good ones are rechargeable, with pressure sensors and they even rate your cleaning. 

Be sure to change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months, or as soon as the bristles bend.

Why not book a check up and clean to make sure all is in order with our $199 preventive care check, cleaning and bitewing x-ray package

Sonia is on reception to assist with appointments 07 3391 2504

Sonia is on reception to assist with appointments 07 3391 2504

Tooth brushing tips

Leila Haywood

How you brush your teeth matters a great deal, with how often you brush, how long you brush, the kind of technique and the toothbrush you use are all major influences on the effectiveness of your brushing. 

 

To gain the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush for at least two minutes morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck. The advantage of these toothbrushes is that they remove the plaque and debris from your teeth without damaging your teeth and gums.

 

It’s all in the technique

You should clean your teeth systematically, starting at the back of your mouth with the toothbrush bristle at the gum line on a 45° angle, brushing gently in a circular motion. If you scrub too hard from side to side, you can run the risk of causing your gums to recede, as well as damaging the tooth enamel. You should take care to brush carefully along the inner, outer and chewing surfaces, making sure you tip the toothbrush so you can reach the inner front areas of the teeth, which are often missed.

If limited dexterity is an issue, you might consider using a powered toothbrush. They can be programmed to run for two minutes, making keeping to the correct length of brushing time easy. 

 

General tips

Tempting as it is to think that pressing harder on your teeth equals a better clean, the fact is that too much pressure can damage your gums and tooth enamel. If the bristles are wearing out on your toothbrushes well before the three-month mark, you’re pressing too hard and you should ask your dentist to show you a less damaging technique. It’s also a good idea to replace your brush, whether manual or powered, when either the bristles start to spread apart, or every three months, whichever comes first.

Best toothbrushes have soft bristles, are kept clean and are changed each 3 months 

Best toothbrushes have soft bristles, are kept clean and are changed each 3 months 

Mouthguards

Leila Haywood

A MOUTHGUARD POLICY FOR SPORTS MEDICINE AUSTRALIA highlights a commitment to safe play in sports that might cause injuries to the head, face or teeth. In season time for high contact sports, such as hockey, AFL and NRL, is a good time to consider a customised mouthguard to reduce the risk of dental trauma.

 

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Dental injuries are often dealt our during sports training and participation, and a mouthguard offers the best protection for the head, jaws and teeth on field. 

 

A mouthguard policy has been developed in line with Sports Medicine Australia that indicates the role of customised mouthguards in absorbing and distributing the forces of sudden impacts to the face. Without a mouthguard these can result in serious injury to the mouth and jaws, with lengthy and complex treatment and costs that are far greater than the cost of a mouthguard. 

 

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The Mouthguard policy is a commitment to the operating policy of every sport in Australia. 

 

1. Mouthguards are mandatory and to be worn by all players during training and games.

2. Club operate a strict No MOUTHGUARD, No play policy without exception

3. Coaches and managers actively check all players for compliance and remove non complying players from training and games until they are able to comply. 

 

Few sports in Australia mandate that mouthguards should be worn during training sessions and games, in spite of the many benefits of mouthguards and their ability to reduce the incidence of severe dental trauma. Increasing numbers of sporting organisations recommend that mouthguards are routinely used, and Hockey Australia is distributing welcoming mouthguard resource packs to every player. This is a wonderful step that ensures players are aware of how serious dental injuries from high impact blows to the face can be and the realisation that wearing a custom and professional fitted mouthguard is a necessary addition to a sporting kit. A double laminate mouthguard made by your dental professional is an excellent protective device for the teeth, jaws and mouth during sports that may contact the face and cause injuries. These take around a week to make and come in an amazing array of 34 billion colour combinations available!

3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY FOR RESTORING TEETH 

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.

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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.

TOP TIPS TO CARE FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS' TEETH

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