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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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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, 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.

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TOP TIPS

1.  Brush for 2 minutes morning and night

2. Use a soft toothbrush with a small head, or better still an electric toothbrush that is rechargeable with a pressure sensor and timer

3. Don't push too hard

4. Brush in a soft circular motion

5. Change the toothbrush or electric toothbrush head each 3 months

6. Keep your tooth brush upright so the bristles can dry, move it away form the basin where it might get splashed

7. Use a remineralising toothpaste that has calcium, phosphate and fluoride


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Happy Birthday Christine!

Leila Haywood

It's my oral health therapist, Christine Richard's birthday! Time to celebrate!

 Christine Richards has been the senior oral health therapist at Brisbane Smile Boutique for 10 years! 

Christine Richards has been the senior oral health therapist at Brisbane Smile Boutique for 10 years! 

What is an oral health therapist?

Oral health therapists are dental professionals who are dual qualified in dental therapy and dental hygiene, who complete a degree to provide a wide range of dental care in a variety of settings to children, adolescents and adults.

Oral health therapists work as a member of a dental team. They provide dental therapy services to children and adolescents and dental hygiene services to people of all ages. Oral health therapists can also work in health promotion, education, research, management and policy development roles.

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

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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Tooth bonding

Leila Haywood

TOOTH BONDING is the use of a tooth coloured plastic adhesive called composite resin that your dentist will shape and polish to match the surrounding teeth. By bonding the restorative materials onto your teeth, dentists can alter or change the appearance of individual teeth and improve your smile. 
 
 
TOOTH BONDING APPLICATIONS


* Repair chips and cracks in teeth and broken areas
* Close gaps between teeth
* Reshape teeth
* Conceal staining and discolouration
* Repair a broken front tooth


Tooth bonding may be performed in a single visit and for one tooth takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. It may be less expensive than other cosmetic treatments, is relatively painless and is often performed without anaesthesia.
 
KEEP IN MIND
 
* Beware when biting. The resin used in dental bonding is not as strong as a tooth. If you bite your nails, or ice cubes, or the pens in your office, you risk chipping the material.
* If you follow a consistent oral care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing with a soft floss, your bonding should last for several years before it will need to be replaced. 
 

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