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May 2009 Today’s Dentistry eNewsletter

Diabetes, good news for crooked smiles, and electric toothbrushes

Hello and welcome our new Dental Health Tips newsletter!

Our newsletter will be sent on a regular basis to patients to provide up to date education and health tips.

Our focus has always been on preventing dental disease, so we hope this ongoing information will be of benefit to you and to your family.

We want to educate you and your family on the best possible dental hygiene practices and keep you up to date with the latest technology and research.

Kindest regards,

Drs Darryl and David and the team at Today’s Dentistry


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Tax rebates for dental treatment

With the end of financial year fast approaching you may be aware, that if your family has spent over $1500 in a financial year on Medical and Dental expenses, you may be entitled to a rebate in you tax return.

If you are approaching that threshold or you may have some outstanding treatment that you may be putting off, you may consider having it done prior to 30th June. To find out if you qualify for a tax rebate, visit the Australian Tax Office website (www.ato.gov.au) for more information. Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you would like a financial year statement posted to you.

It is also important to add that some private health funds follow the financial year rather than the calendar year with their annual allowances. It is important to check with your own fund regarding this matter to ensure you can maximise the benefits available from your fund.


Important Information for Diabetes Sufferers

In recent years medical and dental researchers have found links between periodontal disease (often called gingivitis or pyorrhea), and several common afflictions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and even some cancers. Often our patients were unaware that treatment of periodontal disease can help improve their other medical conditions.

To help “spread the word” and help people avoid serious medical complications that not knowing this information can mean , we have produced a report explaining the details in everyday language. The report includes a discussion on signs to look out for, and barriers to successful treatment.

If you have a family history of diabetes, or know someone who does please email us and we would be happy to email you the report. If you would prefer, you can call our office on (07) 3263 2677 and we would be more than happy to send you a copy via mail.


Orthodontic advice from Brisbane Dentist Dr David KerrGood news for Crooked Smiles

You may be already be aware that we are now able to treat children and adults with crooked or crowded teeth in our office with both INVISALIGN as well as traditional “braces”.

To help make these visits more convenient, David is reserving special ‘after school’ times for orthodontic patients. If you are concerned about crooked or crowded teeth click here to request an appointment online or call us to schedule a consultation.


Help for Denture Wearers

Many denture wearers suffer embarrassment and frustration with dentures that slip, pinch, pop up or fall down when eating and speaking. Until recently gooey denture adhesives were the best solutions that dentists could offer.

Fortunately for those people that suffer from denture problems, dental implants can offer solutions that will hold dentures firmly in position and allow better chewing and an end to the frustrations and embarrassment already mentioned.

“I found a plate very uncomfortable. My bridge has a full set of teeth perfectly fitted to the implants. My teeth look and feel completely natural and there is no discomfort. I am delighted with the result”.

~ Chris M, Boondal.

“I always had problems with my lower plate, but since having implants it is so secure I can eat an apple with complete confidence”

~ Sandra J, Clayfield.

There are many variations available; from implants to secure an existing denture ,to non-removable implants that are fixed in place and are not removable. For more information read more or to arrange a consult to discuss your options please call our office on (07) 3263 2677 or alternatively request an appointment online by clicking here.


The buzz about electric toothbrushes!!

With all the available brands and variations of toothbrushes on the supermarket shelf it can be a difficult, time consuming effort to decide which is best for you or your family.

Although the main concern is how the toothbrush is used, often there are particular features of a brush that may make toothbrushing an easier and more effective task.

The most important feature of a toothbrush is soft bristles. A what do dentists think of electric toothbrushessignificant percentage of damage to teeth is trauma to the gums and wearing down of the enamel from hard bristled brushes.

The size of the toothbrush head is also an important feature. A larger toothbrush head may not fit to the back of the molar teeth and even miss this area completely.

For more effective cleaning along the tooth and gum margin an electric toothbrush is the choice for most. The small round head and oscillating motion of electric toothbrushes provides access around the edge of the gum line.

Electric toothbrushes are also beneficial for those who have gum recession as a result of toothbrush abrasion (a loss of gum due to aggressive and abrasive tooth brushing techniques) as they have soft bristles and a mechanism to stop if too much pressure is used.

People with limited wrist and hand movement can really benefit from an electric toothbrush as the brush does all the work.

For young children an electric toothbrush can be a great introduction to the sounds and sensations they may experience during their first visits to the dentist.

An electric toothbrush has its own specific technique for use and will not be effective if they are used incorrectly. Some people cannot adjust to the smaller shaped head while others just can’t get used to the vibrations.

If you are having difficulty deciding which toothbrush is ideal for you or your family members be sure to ask us at your next visit.

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