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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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Sugar Intake

Leila Haywood

Source: Women's Health  

Source: Women's Health  

How to keep your teeth and waist line healthy!! Sugar intake is the KEY for healthy teeth!! Did you know that tooth decay affects up to 92% of adults?

Make sure you're aware of these 56 other names of sugar which could be causing you tooth decay!  

Need help keeping your teeth and gums healthy, give us a call today.... 

                    07  3391  2504


April 2016 | dentistry

Leila Haywood

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Post Easter has been a busy time for us with our smallest patients having their smiles checked and cleaned. Our dentist, Leila Haywood and her senior dental assistant, Holly headed to Sydney for continuing education. Dr Amy Daley is working Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7.30 am until 3.30 pm. The Easter holidays were relaxing and lovely. It's good to be back.

Look forward to seeing your smile again soon. 

Kind Regards

Leila Haywood

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Dental care for teenagers : : Top 10 Dental care tips 😷

Leila Haywood

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I've found that dental hygiene in teenagers is a bit hit and miss. We typically see some plaque buildup around their teeth and some inflammation of the gums.  

I have spent a few decades creating two great smiles, and here are some helpful dental tips I have learnt along the way.  

1. An electric toothbrush for a teenager is a really good idea. I am a fan of the Oral B Professional Care 3000 twin pack. Firstly it's cheaper than the top of the line toothbrush, which is the Oral B Black (yes, things go missing) and comes with two complete separate handles, which is especially good for one teenager; one for home use and one for travel. The same toothbrush can be used for siblings, by changing the toothbrush head, along with the colour-coded band. There have been some troubles with this. Firstly they don't seem to care which colour band is on the toothbrush head, and use whichever is on there. Secondly it is usually not convenient for them to be using the same toothbrush handle at a similar time, and thirdly it is hard to gauge when the charge will run out when there are multiple users of the same handle. 

Other reasons that I like this toothbrush are that the two minute timer is very good for children to determine how long they ought to brush, it has an inbuilt pressure sensor, and it is powerful and long lasting; with a plug in and a very portable power pack. 

2. Change the heads of the electric toothbrush each couple of months for teenagers. For manual toothbrushes, always use soft or extra soft toothbrushes, and change them each few months again. Keep the toothbrushes or toothbrush heads from touching anything, or toothbrushes from touching other toothbrushes to prevent contamination. I prefer the Oral B precision clean heads.

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3. Always have a box of floss handy next to the toothbrush to inspire flossing. The Teflon coated fibres like Colgate total floss are easy to use, or Oral B Ultrafloss is popular also. Sometimes people prefer different brands. Minty floss can be something teenagers like to use because it gives the feeling of freshness when flossing and afterwards. Anything to motivate good dental care is on the cards. Parts of the teeth are hidden where the toothbrush cannot reach. Half an hour of tooth brushing will not remove the bacterial film that sticks in between the teeth. Only floss or interdental brushes (dentists and hygienists like the Tepe brand) will dislodge food debris and plaque. Some teenagers like flossettes or flossers. The reach access flosser is also good. I have all of them available to encourage good home care. I can't watch them all the time, in fact once they leave home that's kind of it, so by giving them the opportunity to find out what it is that will work for them, I have found is the best way.

4. For braces, have a box of Oral B Superfloss and fine interdental handles available. If your teenager has a permanent bar/retainer on the inside of their teeth, they will usually need Superfloss, which has a nylon thread that can clean the gap between the teeth, underneath the arch wire, or an interdental brush to get in between the teeth, because the positioning of the retainer usually means that the area is difficult to access. There are also Orthodontic Oral B electric toothbrush head attachments that make it easier to clean around the brackets that are attached to the teeth. Extra care is needed with braces because food tends to get stuck around the brackets and wires much more readily. 

5. Have a pre packed travel dental pack set up with all dental cleaning needs; floss, interdental brush, soft manual toothbrush and toothpaste, for sleepovers, camps and holidays. That way they can't say they forgot their toothbrush or forgot to brush  etc

6. Use a fluoride toothpaste. Adult toothpaste is fine. The children tended not to like anything too minty. They liked the 3M Clinpro Tooth Creme in Vanilla mint, and have been using it for years.

7. Mouth rinse is not necessary but thorough tooth brushing twice a day, and flossing once a day at night time is. 

8. Take the children to the dentist and dental hygienist for preventive care each 6 months, or at least once a year, to instill healthy life habits and to monitor dental health. We tend to give them a mark out of 10 for dental health and care which seems to resonate  well with teenagers and lets them know how well they are going. By attending regularly teenagers are less likely to have a dental phobia, which presents in adults regularly, because children are able to see that routine preventive care has allowed them positive dental experiences. They are unlikely to have negative dental experiences with regular checks and cleans and dental preventive care, and associate the dentist as a regular health requirement in their life, rather than a place to be feared. Creating positive relationships with the dentist creates stability in care. Some of our patients now in university first came in Grade 1, and some from high school now attend with their own children. 

9. It's hard but keep an eye on sugar intake of teenagers. Water is best to hydrate. Flavoured milks, Milo, cordial, juices, smoothies, milkshakes, iced teas and coffees, energy drinks, sports drinks, energy supplements, soft drinks and mixers are all loaded with sugar. Lollies, chocolates, biscuits, cake and ice creams shouldn't be eaten every day. Keeping sugary  foods, cereals and drinks to once or twice a day will ensure that the balance in the mouth is optimal to prevent tooth decay. After sport, drink water, not sports drinks. If minerals are needed, eat a banana.

10. Diet is critical. Whole and unprocessed foods, 2 pieces of fruit a day, vegetables, water, less sugary and refined foods and cutting down on junk will make your teenager healthier in so many more ways than just dental. Good habits early on do last a lifetime.

Have you been told you need braces?

Leila Haywood

may be the answer

Invisalign is an innovative method of straightening teeth, using breakthrough technology to design and manufacture series of clear aligners. Not only can you avoid wearing metal braces but the clear plastic aligners fit discreetly over your teeth for a virtually invisible solution. 

Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that your friends will not even know you’re wearing. This means, you can smile more during treatment and definitely after. The Invisalign aligners are made with 3-D computer imaging technology and have been proven to be highly effective and accurate. Each aligner differs subtly, and is designed to move teeth by a small amount as they are changed. Patients are required to wear the aligners for 22 hours per day removing them only to eat, drink and clean their teeth.

Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only, and as you replace each aligner, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position.The clear aligners are beneficial for the following reasons:

  • They are virtually invisible - no one will know you’re undergoing treatment.
  • They are smooth plastic - you can avoid sores and discomfort associated with metal braces.
  • They are removable - you can remove your aligners during meal time and to clean your teeth.

Will it work for you?

  • Widely spaced teeth:  You may have extra space within your jaw. This could be due to small sized teeth, abnormal growth of the jaw bones, genetics, missing teeth and/or tongue protrusion. When teeth are missing, this issue can also be caused by the other teeth shifting due to extra space. 
  • Crossbites: A crossbite is when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth. 
  • Overbites: This is when the upper teeth overlap significantly with the lower teeth. It's typically caused by either genetics, bad oral habits, or over development of the bone that supports the teeth. 
  • Overcrowded Teeth: This Happens When There Is A Lack Of Room Within Your Jaw For All Of Your Teeth To Fit Normally. 
  • Underbites: This can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth.   


Dr Amy Daley

Dr Amy Daley

It is important that you visit an experienced Invisalign-trained dentist to see how well Invisalign suits your specific needs. Dr Daley can advise as to whether Invisalign will work for you 07 3391 2504.