No matter how well you clean those back teeth, it is a common site for decay in children’s teeth. So a useful strategy is to seal these deep grooves to prevent decay.
If a tooth is heading down the track towards a cavity we want to get to it as early as possible. Detecting any early damage will allows us to clean the groove out and seal it up before there’s a cavity.
Once there is a cavity in a tooth we will have to drill right through the enamel in order to remove the decay in the tooth and place a filling. This means the tooth always ends up weaker. For the rest of your life the tooth is never going to be as strong as if it were intact and perfect.
The beauty of a fissure sealant is it allows us to clean the groove out many times without going through the enamel. The “bio-rim” of your enamel is left intact with a fissure sealant and the tooth stays strong.
The pros of fissure sealants are that they save you from getting cavities. The cons of fissure sealants are that they cost money and time.
Veneers are like false fingernails that fit over your tooth to improve their appearance. They are perfect if you have:
Dental Health Week is the 3rd – 9th of August this year and each year the Australian Dental Association (ADA) chooses a focus topic for this special week.
This year the focus is on The Seven Sporting Sins and how your actions on the field are impacting not only your performance but your oral health as well.
In conjunction with this campaign the ADA are offering seven $1000 grants to sports and schools – Find out more
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Today’s Dentistry welcomes a new hygienist to our team.
Carlene graduated from UQ 9 years ago and has worked in private practice in Brisbane’s north ever since.
She loves her profession and making a difference in others lives. She particularly loves working with kids.
“I have worked in Dentistry in one form or another since I was 16 years old. I’ve been a Dental Assistant, done Sterilising, and even front office.”
Carlene is an active member of the Dental Hygienist’s Association.
When not at work Carlene enjoys photography, sewing/crafts, cooking and catching up with friends. She is also a mum with 2 young daughters keeping her busy on the home front.
In exciting news Belinda had her baby boy last week. Harrison Kenneth was born a healthy 8 pounds – both mother and son are doing well. Our congratulations go to Belinda and her family on their new addition!
Robyn returned recently from to her trip to the US. She was in Las Vegas for a dental hygiene conference called Under One Roof, held at Caesar’s Palace. While in the US Robyn visited San Francisco (1) and did a charity dental day for CoHas care at Henderson (outside of Vegas), This charity dental day saw her working from a van doing dental treatments for disadvantaged children (2).
Deanne enjoyed a family cruise around the Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, New Caledonia, etc. It was so nice to see her return to work relaxed.
Caitlyn will be celebrating her first wedding anniversary this week. My doesn’t time go quickly!
Shannon is back at work following her knee surgery and is recovering well (3).