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Dental tips newsletter, August 2015

Grants for sports clubs, fissure sealants and survey results...

Why fissure sealants are a great preventative treatment for decay?

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.

Fissure sealants vs a filling

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.

What are the pro’s and cons of fissure sealants?

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.

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Veneers are like false fingernails that fit over your tooth to improve their appearance.

Veneers are like false fingernails that fit over your tooth to improve their appearance. They are perfect if you have:

  • worn teeth
  • a chipped tooth
  • teeth out of alignment
  • gaps in your teeth
  • stained teeth
  • crooked teeth

Read more about Veneers

Happy Dental Health Week!

The ADA are highlighting sporting related issues such as trauma, sports drinks, dehydration effects and mouthguards.

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.

Could your sports team do with $1000?

In conjunction with this campaign the ADA are offering seven $1000 grants to sports and schools – Find out more

Like Today's Dentistry Facebook pageCongratulations to our Facebook winners!

Our congratulations go to Jasmine Burton and Wayde Hildrew, the winners of our Facebook competition for July and June respectively.

They have won our monthly Facebook competition prize -an Oral B electric toothbrush.

To be in the running all you need to do is ‘Like’ the Today’s Dentistry page.

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Survey Results

Thank you to all those patients who participated in our patient newsletter survey. It was really valuable for us to get feedback on what you like to read and receive in our newsletter. Here are some of the comments and results we received…

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Survey Comments

Welcome Carlene

Welcome Carlene!

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.

What’s the buzz

Shannon is back at work following her knee surgery and is recovering well

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).

Patient Centre

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

More dental resources here

  • Is the flouride in toothpaste ok for children Kid’s Toothpaste Question - “My kids are 2 and 3 and I noticed that the children’s toothpaste says ‘Do not swallow’ but they do – is this bad for them? Is there a better toothpaste option for them? What do you think of organic toothpaste?”
  • There are various missing tooth replacement options that patients can choose from Missing tooth replacement options - When patients come to us with missing teeth, says Dr David Kerr, they often complain about 2 things: 1. Trouble eating - Missing teeth affects your ability to chew and limits the foods you can eat easily. As you get older, nutrition can become an issue. 2. Self-conscious about appearance - If you lose lots of teeth, it can change the way your face looks and how you age.
  • Display images to see a clear aligner which is an option for some Orthodontic patients Orthodontics for young children - If your child’s teeth aren’t straight or their jaws aren’t lining up, the Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends an early examination or screening for kids between the ages of eight and 10 years. Here’s what every parent needs to know before you worry about kids braces. Our first article in this series took an initial

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