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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

Filtering by Category: Cosmetic smile

Do I need a mouthrinse?

Leila Haywood

Mouth rinses are either cosmetic or therapeutic

  • Therapeutic mouthwashes can be purchased over-the-counter and may be recommended by your dentist to reduce or control plaque, gingivitis, bad breath, and tooth decay
  • Children younger than the age of 6 should not use a mouthwash because they may swallow the liquid and is not required for a child
  •  No child should be given an alcohol containing mouth rinse. 
  • Using a mouthwash does not replace the need for optimal brushing and flossing. 

A cosmetic mouthwash might taste pleasant and temporarily control bad breath but has no use beyond this.  Therapeutic mouthrinses have active ingredients which may control or reduce conditions like bad breath, gingivitis, plaque, and tooth decay.

Active ingredients may include the following:

  • cetylpyridinium chloride 
  • chlorhexidine - can help to control infections, plaque buildup and gum disease
  • essential oils
  • fluoride - proven to prevent decay
  • peroxide - present in whitening mouthrinses
dental mouth wash

 

Mouthrinses should not be used as a replacement for daily brushing and flossing, but may be helpful for some people to address certain conditions as per the below:

Dry Socket is an infection that can occur following a tooth extraction and chlorhexidine based mouthrinses, without the use of antibiotics, has been shown to be effective, to reduce the chances of an infection. There may be minor reactions to chlorhexidine use, including brown staining of teeth and an altered taste. The Swiss brand Curasept has anti staining technology added to it

Bad Breath

Volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) cause bad breath from the breakdown of food, and the bacteria associated with dental disease.  Cosmetic mouthwashes can temporarily mask bad breath with their pleasant flavour, but do not have an actual effect on the bacteria or VSCs.  Mouthwashes with therapeutic agents like antimicrobials, may be effective for bad breath, however it should be prescribed by a dental professional, in case there is active decay, an infected tooth or periodontal disease which needs to be addressed with some treatment or for preventive measures.


Plaque and Gingivitis
When used in mouthwashes, antimicrobial ingredients like cetylpyridinium, chlorhexidine, and essential oils may reduce the plaque levels and gum disease when combined with daily brushing and flossing. Chlorhexidine has been found to be better for plaque control than essential oils, however both may cause brown staining of the teeth and any restorations.


Tooth Decay
Fluoride promotes remineralisation and a Cochrane  review found that with regular use there is a reduction in tooth decay.

Topical Pain Relief
Mouthwashes with topical local anesthetics such as lidocaine, benzocaine/butamin/tetracaine hydrochloride, dyclonine hydrochloride, or phenol may provide pain relief, for example for an ulcer


Whitening
Mouthwashes with carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide  among the active ingredients may reduce extrinsic staining of the teeth. 


Xerostomia
Xerostomia is a reduced amount of saliva which protect the teeth and the tissues in the mouth, which increases the risk of caries, and a fluoride mouthwash may reverse the risk. Mouthwashes containing enzymes or cellulose derivatives have the composition and feel of saliva.

Oral Cancer Concern
Alcohol consumption is a known risk factor for head and neck cancers and there has been some debate about whether the use of alcohol containing mouthwash  increases the risk.

Conclusion

With regular dental checks, hygiene appointments with the dental hygienist and bitewing x-rays each 2 years, your dental health can be monitored closely by your dental professional. With meticulous home care and care from your dental professional, use of an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor and timer for 2 minutes morning and night, a health diet, and daily flossing there is no need for the average person to use a mouthrinse with any regularity. For mouth ulcers that heal within 3 weeks, the use of warm salt water rinses should be adequate. For severe periodontal disease or bleeding gums, Curasept might be recommended for plaque control, along with regular maintenance at 3 monthly intervals with your dentist, or periodontist. 

Why check ups and prevention are so important for children

Leila Haywood

PREVENTION IS STILL THE BEST TREATMENT

It's a common saying that prevention is the cure, and it is by far the best treatment in dentistry. The key focus for preventive strategies is best started for children, so that their first dental experience is a positive one, and by seeing children early on, dental staff can assist the child to practice good oral hygiene to prevent significant problems from occurring. Research indicates that 50% of children and three out of 10 adults have untreated tooth decay in Australia, which is concerning given that 90% of dental disease is preventable, with the severity and prevalence of tooth decay increasing since the mid 1990's. By reducing the sugar consumption in the diet, especially of sugary drinks, and acidic foods, and with healthy oral hygiene habits, such as tooth brushing twice a day, and flossing once a day, tooth decay can be prevented. Early childhood caries (EEC) is the number one chronic disease affecting young children, and is completely preventable. 
  
  Dental decay disease crosses all socioeconomic boundaries with high prevalence and is a significant health burden in Australia and around the world. Decay is an infectious disease that is modified by diet, and is a significant predictor of long term dental health problems and creates problems with speech, eating and poor self esteem, and therefore prevention is identified as a key priority. Healthy teeth and gums are important to a child's general health and well being, and prevention is most definitely superior to the cure. Sugar consumption is steadily rising globally, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued recommendations on sugar consumption to reduce the risk of diseases in adults and children, with a specific focus on obesity and tooth decay.

CHILDRENS+DENTISTRY

Tooth decay is thought to result in dental care costs which are 5-10% of the health budgets of industrialised countries, and with oral diseases related to systemic disease, dental health is recognised as a measure of good overall health. One of the challenges with dental health is that many people believe that cavities are inevitable, with almost 100% of adults having experienced tooth decay. Studies indicate that almost half of adults forget to brush and floss before bed, and the expectation ought to be that people can keep their teeth without fillings, with the right preventive care measures, home care and observance by a dental health care provider each 6 months.

Dear soul who plays Polo

Leila Haywood

The Polo at Ashgrove in Brisbane

 Oral surgeon team with Kerri, the team coordinator for Dr Crombie

Oral surgeon team with Kerri, the team coordinator for Dr Crombie

 Thrilled to be a guest of Dr Anthony Crombie, our oral surgeon

Thrilled to be a guest of Dr Anthony Crombie, our oral surgeon

 A lovely venue with beautiful horses and swish outfits

A lovely venue with beautiful horses and swish outfits

Bring Spring 🌼

Leila Haywood

Traditionally spring is new beginnings and a time to bloom, which is exactly apt in these parts. Expansion of our knowledge base is underway with Derma Medical advanced clinical skills training this weekend with an international team in facial aesthetics, as an adjunct to digital smile design for Dr Amy Daley. Clinical photography technique in macro detail and photo art has been another focus for our professionals, as well as Invisalign the leading invisible orthodontic system with cases sent to the central assessment team in America, and training of our auxiliary staff in-house in latest techniques and tips with the national coach and the clin check software. We now 3D print dental restorations for our patients with porcelain, which is scanned for digital design with our master ceramist here in Brisbane. Scanning cameras are on the horizon for our team, in order to stay ahead of advances that present, which are fascinating times for us, given that our studies at the University of Queensland in the 90's were focused on restorations for molar teeth primarily in metal amalgam, comprised of a tin, silver and mercury preparation. To see such advances in restorative dentistry which are biological, durable, seamless and aesthetically excellent are in an era which has created a wonderful journey over the last 25 years in dentistry for our dentists.  Our base extension to inner city Spring Hill at 4 Rogers Street, with an architect designed facility in a heritage listed house, will place us in a first class location with wonderful facilities and surrounds.

May your spring bring dreams and times that bloom also.

 Sonia, our dental practice coordinator

Sonia, our dental practice coordinator

 Nikita, dental treatment coordinator for Dr Amy Daley

Nikita, dental treatment coordinator for Dr Amy Daley

 A moment at the dental clinic reception with Holly and Sonia, dental treatment coordinators

A moment at the dental clinic reception with Holly and Sonia, dental treatment coordinators

 A new smile was created for this glamorous patient with a little tooth bonding, with no anaesthetic.

A new smile was created for this glamorous patient with a little tooth bonding, with no anaesthetic.

 Nikita, at the dental treatment coordinator centre

Nikita, at the dental treatment coordinator centre

 Before photo of a smile

Before photo of a smile

 A little bonding with this patient.   The teeth have natural white flecks in them, and this lovely woman was pleased with the natural appearing improvement to her smile. She didn't wish for them be too perfect, or drastically altered. None of the natural tooth structure was removed, with small amounts of composite resin used to reshape the teeth for a more balanced smile. No anaesthetic was used for this tooth bonding procedure and it took around 2 hours to reshape the teeth, and to create natural appearing contours.

A little bonding with this patient. 

The teeth have natural white flecks in them, and this lovely woman was pleased with the natural appearing improvement to her smile. She didn't wish for them be too perfect, or drastically altered. None of the natural tooth structure was removed, with small amounts of composite resin used to reshape the teeth for a more balanced smile. No anaesthetic was used for this tooth bonding procedure and it took around 2 hours to reshape the teeth, and to create natural appearing contours.

 Holly is a treatment coordinator at our dental practice for one day a week and works the rest of the week as an aesthetic tattoo specialist on James Street in the Valley. She has been with our dental practice for 8 years.

Holly is a treatment coordinator at our dental practice for one day a week and works the rest of the week as an aesthetic tattoo specialist on James Street in the Valley. She has been with our dental practice for 8 years.

 Dr Amy Daley at the Endodontic Group evening lecture on Professional Dental photography techniques and advances at Victoria Park

Dr Amy Daley at the Endodontic Group evening lecture on Professional Dental photography techniques and advances at Victoria Park

 Sabrina has a tooth cookie, baked with love by Dr Amy Daley. She bakes treats for all occasions, Halloween, Birthdays, you name, it bakes.

Sabrina has a tooth cookie, baked with love by Dr Amy Daley. She bakes treats for all occasions, Halloween, Birthdays, you name, it bakes.

 Dr Amy Daley

Dr Amy Daley

 Sonia is the dental practice coordinator

Sonia is the dental practice coordinator

 Nikita scanning some dental x-rays

Nikita scanning some dental x-rays

 The stunning greenery that creates the scenery at our East Brisbane dental practice, with views over parkland and the Brisbane River will be very missed. Looking out onto the War Memorial, beautiful Moreton Bay Fig trees, the Churchie Rowing Club, and all of the activity within the park each day is set to end in January when our dental practice moves to Spring Hill.

The stunning greenery that creates the scenery at our East Brisbane dental practice, with views over parkland and the Brisbane River will be very missed. Looking out onto the War Memorial, beautiful Moreton Bay Fig trees, the Churchie Rowing Club, and all of the activity within the park each day is set to end in January when our dental practice moves to Spring Hill.

 The beautiful view over the historical Mowbray Park, with flowering Jacaranda trees will be very missed, with our relocation to 4 Rogers Street, Spring Hill looming.

The beautiful view over the historical Mowbray Park, with flowering Jacaranda trees will be very missed, with our relocation to 4 Rogers Street, Spring Hill looming.

 The fit out of our dental practice at 4 Rogers St, Spring Hill is underway, and we should be practicing from this location as of the 7th of February 2018

The fit out of our dental practice at 4 Rogers St, Spring Hill is underway, and we should be practicing from this location as of the 7th of February 2018

 Our new dental practice is being set up in this beautiful heritage listed house at 4 Rogers St, Spring Hill

Our new dental practice is being set up in this beautiful heritage listed house at 4 Rogers St, Spring Hill

Seadeck fun

Leila Haywood

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