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Spring Hill, QLD, 4000
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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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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

 

 

hi february

Leila Haywood

Well this is a sure sign that the year is well and truly underway. Dr Amy and Senior Assistant, Nikita, are heading off for an overseas getaway together with friends and family, and counting down the weeks. It really doesn't seem like too long until Easter now, now that February is coasting by. 

Here at work, we are checking in on all of our patients, and as usual making sure that their smiles are healthy and looking their best. Dr Amy and I had the privilege of caring for 3500 patients last year.

DR HAYWOOD BRISBANE FEMALE DENTIST
Dr Amy Daley Brisbane Smile Boutique aesthetic dentist
 RUGBY SEASON IS COMING SOON 

RUGBY SEASON IS COMING SOON 

MOUTHGUARD season is almost here, and it is timely to mention that professional mouthguards can prevent tooth fractures, loss of teeth and even fractures of the jaw, due to their superior support and shock absorption. Professional mouthguards are custom made in most colour combinations, and take around a week to make in the laboratory. We can even make them to fit around braces, and relieve areas where adult teeth are coming through to have the mouthguard last for a longer period of time. Just make sure yours doesn't end up in the dryer, in a rubgy short pocket, like my son's seemed to.

All contact sports, where there is any chance of trauma to the teeth or face, are best played with a professional mouthguard. They are comfortable, longer lasting, don't look like chewed up pieces of plastic, fit correctly, and don't fall out. Chemist, one size fits all mouthguards might be cheap at the outset, but sometimes not in the longer run, being that their main function is to 'have a mouthguard'. They seem to be mainly for show, with no functional capacity to protect teeth, being that they don't even cover the teeth and seems to float around in mouths, and come out looking like a chewed up film of plastic.  

One case that really highlighted this was a professional rugby player in his 20's who needed both front teeth removed, a bone and gum graft for a year, and had to wear a denture for all this time. Then two implants were placed, with a new denture for 6 months, and finally I placed two implant crowns. This cost tens of thousands of dollars, not to mention the time and distress for the patient and his family. A professional mouthguard costs around $200. In the long run, they can save injuries to the teeth from impacts that may have dislodged them if not for the correct protection. 

SPORTS DRINKS DENTIST BRISBANE

It is timely to discuss how oranges, SPORTS DRINKS, soft drinks and energy drinks when playing sport, do little more than wreak havoc on the teeth, causing catastrophic and irreversible damage in lots of our young patients, especially teenagers, young adults and professional athletes, known as TOOTH EROSION.  If possible, please hydrate with water, because these drinks seem to be laden with sugar in some form, and are acidic, and even those that are sugar free are acidic, which ultimately softens the teeth.  The way we see it strip off the enamel - the hardest substance in the body - has to be seen to be believed. The enamel never grows back, and then it places a young person in a position, where their teeth are forever vulnerable to ongoing damage and sensitivity.

At the moment, I have a gentleman who is having every single tooth restored with ceramic, to build up all the missing tooth structure that has been lost and damaged, which of course takes an immense amount of time, team work, and with computer aided design we can make everything like new, except that it doesn't always last a lifetime. By far, our preference is to have no initial damage to begin with and ongoingly, so diligent home care, a healthy diet and dental checks each 6 months are an important thing to do for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

SUMMER DENTAL BRISBANE

We look forward to catching up with all our patients and friends and wish everyone the best! Please call our patient co ordinator Sonia, if the time has come to see to your SMILE and it will be our pleasure to assist. Remember that we have a no blame approach. If there's a problem, we fix it. There is no judgement here, our jobs are to help, manage and care for your dental health from the moment we meet you throughout life. We will take every measure we can possibly can to ensure that you are comfortable. 

SUMMER has been going on for what seems forever, so hopefully the weather will calm down in Brisbane sometime soon, but in the meantime, we have powerfully air conditioned rooms, as well as those beautiful views over the Brisbane River. We have yet to have a final date from council regarding the resumption of our dental premises to widen Lytton Road, so hopefully we never hear from them, and can stay here forever! 

With the best of regards

Leila Haywood / dentist / brisbane smile boutique

 

 

Farewell January!

Leila Haywood

Brisbane Dentistry Smile Boutique

Bonsoir! Well that went fast. January is almost a fleeting memory, as we venture into the year. As one might expect, it has been so far full of smiles that visit us, requesting to be checked, professionally scaled, whitened and the like.

The year is promising to be another great one for our team. Sonia, our patient co-ordinator is on reception. Nikita is the senior assistant to Dr Amy Daley, who is working Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 7.30am to 3.30pm. Holly is the senior assistant to Leila Haywood, as well as her training up in 2016 and venturing into the business of beauty, which is perfect for her, given her eye for precision and style.

Christine is our dental hygienist, who attends to the magic that is Zoom technology, with transformations that impress our dentists. She has been caring for all the children who were on school holidays, starting kindy, prep, and school and the teenagers heading to high school and uni. The start of the year is the perfect time for a smile check, and everything else in between, and Christine assists our dentist to have all of our patients having the healthiest smiles possible.

Best Wishes to everyone as the year is well and truly underway, and wishing you days of happiness and sunshine.

It would be mine and Dr Amy's pleasure to be of assistance with any dental requirements. 

Kindest Regards

Leila Haywood // Dentist // Brisbane Smile Boutique

HELLO JANUARY!

Leila Haywood

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our patients and friends, and wishing you a year full of happiness and healthy teeth. Our year has started with smiles en masse. 

Dr Amy and I have been researching and training in the next generation technology, where the precision of ceramic milling has finally reached the standard that we are finding to be exceptional, and therefore acceptable. Our technician here in Brisbane is scanning our models in with the latest scanning software, and creating porcelain inlays and onlays, to replace composite resin and metal fillings. I am in the process of having one placed in one of my molar teeth and Amy and I are excited at how durable and aesthetically pleasing they are. They are now our material of choice for  larger restorations on the back teeth. 

Composite resin has been lasting around 5 to 7 years for the average dentist; and of course patient - and it has its suitable applications, however for large fillings on the back teeth, porcelain is superior because of its strength, durability and aesthetics.

Christine, my hygienist, of 8 years! ... has been seeing to the transformation of healthy smiles with Zoom teeth whitening. 

Late last year, I had the opportunity to check in with some patients who have had past restorations for review and maintenance. 

Christine did some in office whitening for this lovely lady from the outback, and we then built up the two front teeth ( central incisors) to recreate a curve to the smile and to restore the worn down tooth structure. To help us maintain these, our patient wears a night guard to protect her teeth. These buildups have been in placed for 5 years. 

 

 

 

 

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This gentleman had 6 porcelain crowns and veneers to restore his top teeth in 2011, and the after photo is an update from 2016, which showcases the durability and lasting beauty of porcelain. Christine, my hygienist, has done in office whitening and provided active maintenance.

It has been a busy January for our team; seeing to cases and reviews, all the school kids for dental checks and cleans - especially checking if the toothbrush is also on holidays; resolutions for a healthy smile, preventive care and everything in between.  

Please contact Sonia, our patient co-ordinator should you have any queries at all, on 07 3391 2504. 

Wishing all of our patients and friends a lovely New Year, and a year of great things to smile about. 

With the Kindest of Regards

Leila Haywood

Hello Christmas

Leila Haywood

End of year is always incredibly busy for our practice, and it continues like this into the new year until February. 

Dr Leila Haywood is taking leave from the 16th December to the 9th of January. Dr Amy Daley is on holidays from the 23rd December until the 2nd of January.

Please let us know if you need an appointment prior to Christmas. The time limit for porcelain prior to the end of year is approaching. There are 2 more weeks that allow porcelain restorations to be made by our ceramist, and inserted prior to the end of 2016.

Wishing everyone the best

Best Regards 

Leila Haywood | Dentist | Brisbane Smile Boutique