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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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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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HOW JOINT REPLACEMENTS CAN BECOME INFECTED WITH BACTERIA FROM THE MOUTH

Leila Haywood

An American woman had an infection in a knee replacement with bacteria from the mouth found to be the cause. When gums bleed, bacteria can travel through the blood to the artificial joint. Usually the bacteria are quickly cleared quickly from the circulation by the immune system. Bacteria from tooth decay and bleeding gums can cause the bacteria to stream through the blood, and are known to be the cause of other infections in the body, such as in artificial joints or areas of scarring in the heart.

 

Good oral hygiene habits, brushing twice daily and flossing daily are required to keep the bacteria under control for healthy teeth and gums. Dental examinations and professional cleaning each 6 months eliminates teeth and gum infections or at least allows your dental professional to focus on them promptly.

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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. 

Shining with the summer sun 🌞

Leila Haywood

Shining with the summer sun

  Christine, my dental hygienist writing up our infection control protocol

 Christine, my dental hygienist writing up our infection control protocol

 Nikita is the dental treatment coordinator for our practice, and is setting up the Zoom Teeth whitening system

Nikita is the dental treatment coordinator for our practice, and is setting up the Zoom Teeth whitening system

 Dr Amy Daley and Nikita

Dr Amy Daley and Nikita

 Nikita, at the treatment sterilising facility

Nikita, at the treatment sterilising facility

a beautiful view over Mowbray Park through the haze of a rainy day

 Holly is a patient coordinator at our dental practice

Holly is a patient coordinator at our dental practice

Farewell winter

Leila Haywood

winter rose brisbane
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 nikita senior nurse to dr amy daley

nikita senior nurse to dr amy daley

 christine our hygienist

christine our hygienist

senior nurse Holly and practice manager, Sonia
 our new practice in spring hill

our new practice in spring hill

in the process of being fitted out

 sunset at east brisbane

sunset at east brisbane