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Dental tips newsletter, August 2011


Thanks for recommending us
We love it when a patient thinks enough of our practice to recommend us to a friend. Thanks to the people below for recommending us to their friends – a voucher for Top Nosh café is on its way out to you as a token of our appreciation.
Karen G.Mark R.
Leanne C.
Chungath J.
Noelle S.
Sienna B.
John T.
Jess K.
David C.
Chris R.
Paul I.
Hannah C.
Elizabeth B.
Christopher D.
Abbi-Caroline D.
Jamie H.
Emma L.
Chantal H.
Lauren R.
Derek A.
Vanessa K.
Carol B.
Jenny H.
Lance H.
Juryl F.Joyce H.
Philip H.
Phoneix H.
William S.
Kate J.
Paul G.
George K.
Lisa K.
Oriana M.
Candy P.
Graeme R.
Peter E.
Dorothy F.
Shauna P.
Abdulmejeed M.
Geoffrey O.
Charmaine B.
Michelle S.
Audrey G.
Candie T.
Aaron G.
Brenton C.
Patrick L.
Welcome to Today’s Dentistry
We would also like to extend a warm welcome to the new patients that have first visited us since the last eNewsletter:
Zariyah A.Mohammed A.
Amato A.
Mohammed A.
Abdulmejeed A.
Ali A.
Pramod A.
Jamie A.
Katherine B.
Kelly B.
Russell B.
Claire B.
Olivia B.
Rebecca B.
Tony B.
Candice B.
Mark B.
James B.
Isaac B.
Garry B.
Messina B.
Bradley B.
Jacob C.
John C.
Dina C.
Rosale C.
Kate C.
Saras C.
Sarudzai C.
Ajay C.
Jeevan C.
Liviu C.
Kikuko C.
Helen C.
Atheena C.
Brittany C.
Emil C.
Leanne C.
Michael C.
Tyson C.
Tehleeya C.
Ernest C.
Finn C.
Oviiu C.
MacKenzie D.
Sidney D.
William D.
Pauline D.
Veerpal D.
Kevin D.
Cheryl D.
Janet D.
Naomi D.
Sharon D.
Nadia D.
Ashlyn D.
Penny E.
Rachael E.
Trevor E.
William E.
Melinda E.
Dion E.
Chantal E.
Luke F.
Daniel F.
Mitchell F.
Lorraine F.
Claire F.
Betty F.
Caitlin F.
Shane G.
Amanda G.
Donna G.
Nicholas G.
Sarah G.
Daniel G.
Alyssa G.
Rebecca G.
Jamieson G.
Jeffrace G.
Rafael G.
Romek G.
Ewan H.
Jessica H.
Josephine H.
Dennis H.
Paul H.
Melinda H.
Alexandra H.
Daniel H.
Chris H.
Teremoana H.
Susan H.
Karen H.
Michelle H.
Linda H.
Mackenzie H.
MacKinley H.
Danielle H.
Chloe H.
Megan H.Fay I.
Lynn J.
Kirra J.
Josmy J.
Lesley J.
Stacey J.
Desha J.
Renee J.
George K.
Katie K.
Christian K.
Daniel K.
Jonathon K.
Jasmine K.
Savita K.
Shelley L.
Jacques L.
Michael L.
Mel L.
Eoin M.
James M.
Edwin M.
Aimee M.
Noor M.
Edward M.
Merle M.
Sarah M.
Andrew M.
Nicole M.
Ben M.
Joshua M.
Casey M.
Farai M.
Nayerah N.
Naithan N.
John N.
Manfred N.
Edward O.
Joy O.
Joanne P.
Madonna P.
Jason P.
Roman P.
Marina R.
Jessica R.
Danielle R.
Thomas R.
Hammish R.
Alzira R.
Rosanna R.
Carmel R.
Leigh Ann R.
Zayne R.
Francis R.
Ellen R.
Catherine S.
Peter S.
Emily S.
Samuel S.
Michael S.
Rhonda S.
Fiona S.
Peter S.
Fiona S.
Jasmine S.
Joshua S.
Widya S.
Chanel S.
Steven S.
Alexis S.
Jill S.
Michelle S.
Joel S.
Chris S.
Hannah T.
Yen Ching T.
Althea T.
Paul T.
Kayla T.
Jonathon T.
Brooke T.
Cindy V.
Dwayne V.
Eliza W.
Karen W.
Gael W.
Michael W.
Aaron W.
Jack W.
Beth W.
Desley W.
Cushla W.
Natasha W.
Jordan W.
Dominique W.
Tyler W.
Grace W.
Katherine W.
Renee W.
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Advanced testing techniques for healthy kiddy smiles

In the latest entry in his Dental blog Dr Darryl Marsh writes…There is now a series of tests which can identify your child’s risk of getting tooth cavities at an early age. This is done by checking:

  • The levels of bacteria in the plaque
  • The levels of bacteria in the saliva
  • How well you child’s saliva helps protect their teeth (i.e. the flow rate, buffering capacity and acid level of the saliva).

Dentists have known for some time that dental decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth, but decay is also greatly affected by carbohydrates (sugars) in the diet and the protective effect of saliva.

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Can you remember to floss? Flossing and memory loss

Spending time and effort to floss might be a wise investment- not just reducing the risks for gum disease, heart disease and stroke- but also in protecting against memory loss.Researchers at West Virginia School of Dentistry are studying a link between gum disease and memory loss. The researchers compared participants’ oral health and performance on a memory test. The older men and women who scored lowest on the memory test (mirroring early Alzheimers disease symptoms) had the most association with gum disease causing bacteria.The benefits of regular brushing and flossing go beyond just a healthy mouth. Regular 6 monthly appointments with the dental hygienist can ensure that this bacteria is being effectively removed and they can help you learn how to clean in between your teeth as well… if you can’t remember how!

Ask a Dentist:

Robert from Bridgeman Downs asks: “Is it possible to have mini implants and not be toothless for the few months before full implants? I have a right back tooth and a bottom left tooth (both noticeable when I talk) that require attention. These are currently crowned, but the crowns keep breaking off and I lose some of the original tooth each time. Thanks.”

Dr David Kerr replies: “That is an excellent question, Bob – you’ve obviously done your research into mini implants!

Yes, you can use mini implants, however I would not recommended them as an interim solution due to two technical limitations&… ”

Read full answer here>

Got a question for your dentist, but don’t feel the need for an appointment to ask it? Here’s your chance to ask one of Today’s Dentistry’s experts. You’re welcome to drop us a question any time via email, and we’ll answer it. The best questions will be featured here in our regular newsletter.

Thinking about whitening?

Getting married soon? Taking that well-deserved school holiday break? Or just want a dazzling smile in time for the royal wedding?

It’s easy to brighten up your smile with our range of Opalescence take home or in-office teeth whitening systems.

We offer a complimentary 15 min whitening consultation. In this time we will check the suitability of your teeth, give you an idea of shade and sensitivity and answer any questions you may have.

Call us on 3863 6911 to book your free consultation now.

What’s the Buzz?


Twin sons of David have arrived safely – we’re still celebrating the joyous arrival of Catherine and Dr David Kerrs’ twin sons, William and Xavier, born 20 minutes apart on 10 March. Both boys share the same middle name of “Dawson” for its dual significance as their Mother’s last name, and its literal translation to the “Son of David” or in this instance the Sons of David! Big sister, Charlotte is still besotted; long may this last!

Congratulations also go to Shannon and Tony who got married at the end of March. All the best for a happy future together!

We welcome back our hygienist Robyn from maternity leave and also welcome the new addition to our team of Oral health therapists, Chanelle Winterburn. Dental assistant Caitlyn also recently joined the team.

There have also been a few changes out the front of Today’s Dentistry…

Practice manager, Peta is currently enjoying long service leave until mid-July.

We welcome a new face at the front desk and voice on the phone, Kait. Kait, a keen netballer, has worked in dental administration since 2008 and already has her finger on the pulse at Today’s Dentistry – please be sure to offer a warm welcome next time you are in or call us.

Patient Centre

Packed with useful information, links and resources for you – our patient.

More dental resources here

  • Kids Tooth Chipped and Black Gum - “My daughter’s front baby tooth is chipped. “Since she was 1 it has slowly chipped away to the gum, I have taken her to other dentists who tell me to wait for it to fall out. However today I noticed that her gum above it is going black – what should I do? Is it
  • full dentures Researching dental options? - For many people, going to the dentist isn't a regular six-monthly event. What that means, of course, is that small problems over time often escalate into bigger problems, which are always more complex and costly to treat.
  • Baby teeth not falling out before adult teeth - In our first article in this series, we answered some of the questions we often receive from parents who are concerned about how their kids adult teeth are developing. Sometimes when your child’s adult teeth are developing, weird stuff can happen! Here we talk about shark teeth – when adult teeth come through behind baby

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