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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

About water flossers

Leila Haywood

Water flossers are useful for people who have braces, dental implants, those with periodontal disease, and for anyone who has difficulty with accessing areas in between the teeth. The more plaque bacteria that is removed from the teeth, the less is the chance of developing tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease, because all dental disease is caused by the build up of bacteria in our mouths, sitting against the tooth surfaces for periods of time. It makes sense that anything that can increase our ability to keep the teeth clean, and motivate us to do this, is a good thing.
In the fine print for use of these devices, it says that the water flosser does not replace manual flossing, so it would be best to use the water flosser along with manual flossing. However for some people who are not able to regularly floss, it can be an excellent way to cleanse the teeth and remove food debris and bacteria, with bursts of a small stream of high pressure water and air.

The two that stand out for purchase are the Waterpik Cordless Plus Water Flosser, and the Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra. Both are rechargeable, portable, have reservoirs to fill with water, and guidance tips to blast a small stream of water and air to dislodge plaque from the teeth, and both come with warranties.

It is far better to use a water flosser than no flossing at all, especially in the hard to reach areas in between the teeth where so many incidences of tooth decay and gum disease start.

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 tooth decay can start in between the teeth where the plaque bacteria can sit undisturbed  against the vulnerable in between area where the teeth meet. The plaque biofilm needs to be scraped off each day with dental floss, or at least disturbed with a stream of air and water from a water flosser

tooth decay can start in between the teeth where the plaque bacteria can sit undisturbed  against the vulnerable in between area where the teeth meet. The plaque biofilm needs to be scraped off each day with dental floss, or at least disturbed with a stream of air and water from a water flosser

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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SPORTS PRODUCTS AND ORAL HEALTH

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: 

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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

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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 

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SUGAR TAX?

Leila Haywood

SUGAR TAX? The Australian Dental Association is the peak representative body for the dental profession, and is in support of Jamie Oliver's new documentary called 'Sugar Rush', which aired last month, and advocates a sugar tax. Sugar is playing a main role in rising global health problems. As well as causing tooth decay, excess sugar has been shown to be as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco, in causing obesity and type 2 diabetes, and foods that are high in sugar should be consumed in moderation. The problem with many snacks is that they are marketed as healthy, and being low in fat, but are actually high in sugar, including dried fruit, biscuits, fruit juice, muesli bars, flavoured popcorn and banana bread. 

Tooth decay in children has increased, and more than 50% of six year old children have experienced tooth decay in the baby teeth. Almost half have decay in their permanent teeth by the age of 12. 

Mexico 🇲🇽 introduced a 10 per cent tax on sugar sweetened beverages in 2014, which resulted in a 6 per cent decrease in the consumption of sugary drinks.  Many dentists and health professionals  are of the opinion that broader action taken by industry and the government in decreasing sugar consumption will benefit overall health of citizens. 

WHO recommends reducing the intake of free sugars to less that 10% daily (they list this as a strong recommendation). That’s roughly 50 grams per day (12 teaspoons).

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PREVENTIVE CARE FOR CHILDREN

Leila Haywood

WHEN SHOULD I START BRUSHING MY BABY'S TEETH?
It is important to begin brushing your baby's teeth as soon as they appear in the mouth, with a baby tooth brush. We recommend no toothpaste under the age of one.  It is important to use a child's toothpaste, between the ages of one and six, and only ever use less than a pea size amount. Never use adult toothpaste for your baby's teeth. Treat toothpaste like a medicine, and keep it out of your baby, or child's reach.
WHAT PREVENTIVE CARE DO I NEED TO PROVIDE FOR MY CHILD?
Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as four months the first primary or baby teeth can erupt through the gums. All 20 of the primary teeth usually appear by age three, although their pace and order of eruption varies.
Permanent teeth begin appearing around age six. This process will continue until approximately age 21, depending on whether wisdom teeth are present.
 
To help ensure oral health and a lifetime of good oral care habits follow these key preventive measures:
* Limit sugar intake to help prevent tooth decay.
* Make sure children get enough fluoride, either through drinking water or as a treatment at the dentist’s office to strengthen tooth enamel and resist decay. 
* Consider dental sealants to provide a further layer of protection against cavities. They are made of an advanced plastic and are bonded to the teeth by a dental professional.
* Teach kids to brush and floss regularly and properly. Try creating ways to make brushing and flossing fun for your child in order to encourage a good oral health routine. Sometimes we ask children to brush their teeth to their favourite song, to ensure that they are brushing for around two minutes.