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The Disturbing Rise of Teeth Whitening in Brisbane

The Disturbing Rise of Teeth Whitening in Brisbane

Teeth whitening is on the rise in Brisbane, but dentists aren’t doing cartwheels about it. Read on to find out why! Why do we crave a glowing white smile? When you meet new people or confer with a colleague, your smile helps you put your best foot forward. It’s your way of expressing happiness, of sharing experiences with others, and making new connections. Your smile is seriously important! So, if your teeth have yellowed as a result of your weekend love of wine or just as a result of age, it can be a real downer. This is when most of us turn to teeth whitening – and often it’s the easier, cheaper, nastier types you can buy over the counter and use at home. Given that the chemicals used in these products are harsh and can cause serious damage to your pearly whites, the trend is extremely disturbing to dentists. You don’t want to skimp on your smile – you want to give your toothy pegs a well-deserved spa day. Only a professional dentist can do this safely and effectively. Teeth whitening options There are a number of different options available currently to help you whiten your teeth. These include: Teeth whitening strips Teeth whitening strips involve the application of a film of bleaching agent directly to the teeth, which gradually whitens them. The effect lasts for about 1 to 2 weeks depending on your lifestyle, so it’s an ongoing process. While the strips are usually inexpensive, it’s not very effective, and the chemicals used can be harmful. Whitening pens Whitening pens include ingredients similar to those found in the whitening strips – peroxide and baking soda – but without the longer exposure that whitening strips provide. Again, they’re inexpensive and only temporarily effective. At-home bleaching At home bleaching is when a solution is applied to a plastic tray that looks similar to a mouth guard. This is inserted into the mouth, where the solution is left on the teeth for around 30 to 60 minutes. With proper care, the whitening effect can last for 3 to 12 months. Professional ‘in office’ treatments In a professional dentist setting, a gel is applied to the teeth and an LED light is used to whiten them. The procedure usually takes 60 minutes, and involves the dehydration of the teeth surfaces, which brightens them. The effects of this procedure can last for 1 to 3 years. Smartlight 3LT and Smart Bleach KTP Laser treatments This method is more advanced and involves the use of a specially formulated red gel on the teeth and a green light to whiten. The process doesn’t involve dehydration and is therefore much better for your teeth,...

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My Filling Fell Out! What Do You Do And How To Get Help!

My Filling Fell Out! What Do You Do And How To Get Help!

Help! My Filling Fell Out! What Do You Do When Your Fillings Start Abandoning Ship? A bite of lunch. A sip of coffee. You run your tongue along your teeth when suddenly you realise… It’s gone. That familiar presence in your mouth. Your helpful little tooth buddy has sailed off into the sunset quicker than you can say “Ahoy there!”. So what do you do when you realise that your filling fell out? What does it mean? A word about fillings A filling is designed to provide assistance to a tooth that has experienced decay. It can be made from a variety of materials depending on personal choice, dental availability, aesthetic preference and cost. The filling material effectively acts as a plug and safeguards the tooth against the invasion of further bacteria. By very nature of the complex processes of the human mouth, fillings are not designed to last forever. As the mouth, jaw and teeth will shift and change over time, it’s only natural that your fillings will eventually decide to sail off towards that big dental surgery in the sky. But my filling fell out! Besides feeling betrayed by your problem filling, there are a few questions you may have. Where did it go? Is anything bad going to happen? What do I do now? Where did my filling go? Good question. Your filling could have become dislodged in something that you were eating. It could have fallen out while you were brushing or flossing. Or… you could have swallowed it. (It’ll pass.) None of these are a big deal. If your filling fell out, the most important thing to do is to let it go and focus on the aspect of your treatment you can actually control. Is anything bad going to happen? Your decayed tooth is now exposed to the air, bacteria and food substances. You might experience a weird sensation, like nerves tingling, or you may be in actual pain. When you realise that your filling fell out your first port of call should be your dentist. What do I do now? Call your family dentist and arrange a dental appointment as quickly as possible to prevent further damage to the exposed tooth. Let reception know that your filling fell out so they can give you any further immediate advice. Don’t let a tooth mutiny get you down. If your filling fell out, set sail for Robert Duhig Dental for the gentlest treatment on the high...

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Don’t Ignore Tooth Pain! Book Your Affordable Emergency Dental Care In Brisbane NOW.

Don’t Ignore Tooth Pain! Book Your Affordable Emergency Dental Care In Brisbane NOW.

Affordable Emergency Dental Care – How We Care For You If you’ve ever had a toothache, you’ll know just how much it can ruin your day. Too often though, people choose to soldier on, despite the pain and discomfort. But delaying treatment for dental pain can result in a minor and easily treated problem growing into something much worse. Don’t ignore your dental pain! It’s possible to find affordable emergency dental care to relieve your tooth pain swiftly and gently. Triage care: stop the pain immediately, then plan further treatment Dental pain can be incredibly debilitating. Using a triage system, your dentist will first aim to alleviate the discomfort you’re experiencing. Once pain-free, you and your dentist can discuss any further treatment that might be required to resolve your dental issue. This is especially useful if you have chipped or cracked a tooth. Broken teeth can expose the nerve, which then makes eating and drinking painful. An initial stop-gap solution can soothe the pain then and there with further treatment scheduled for a later time. Treat the problem early with affordable emergency dental care! Payment plans for emergency dental care Putting off treating your dental emergency for financial reasons? Not only do you deserve to be pain-free, but delaying treatment can result in a costlier problem in the long run. In the case of broken teeth, leaving the nerve exposed can lead to permanent damage, which can be much harder to treat and can even result in the damaged tooth needing to be extracted. Payment plans are available to make affordable emergency dental care a possibility for everyone, even when you don’t have the money upfront. Pay as you go Are you avoiding treating your strong tooth pain because of the upfront financial outlay? If your dental treatment requires multiple visits over time, paying for each appointment as you go means affordable emergency dental care is within reach. Gentle and competitively priced dentists are always busy and it can be tricky to get an appointment for a standard visit. At Rob Duhig Dentists, emergency care is prioritised as needed. Each day, time is blocked out for emergency walk-in appointments, including some nights, so it makes sense to call and check on availability. Affordable emergency dental care can be performed on short notice, relieving your tooth pain and preventing further damage. Call Robert Duhig, the gentle Brisbane dentist, to secure your appointment NOW on (07) 3269...

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Diabetes: Gum Mouth And Teeth Problems To Watch

Diabetes: Gum Mouth And Teeth Problems To Watch

Did you know that having diabetes increases your risk of gum, mouth and teeth problems? Gum disease, the most common oral health problem associated with diabetes, can also make it harder to control your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, here are some important tips to keep your teeth and gums in tip top shape. Gum disease Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the most common gum, mouth and teeth problem faced by diabetics. If left untreated it can lead to tooth loss, and the resulting inflammation can also make it harder to manage your blood sugar levels. Diabetes increases your risk of gum disease in two different ways. When blood sugar levels are not well controlled, this also increases sugar levels in the fluids in your mouth, which feeds bacteria associated with gum disease. Diabetes can cause thickening of blood vessels that carry essential nutrients including oxygen and remove waste products from parts of your body. When the blood vessels of your gums, mouth and teeth are affected in this way, it increases your risk of gum disease by weakening the immune system in your mouth and increasing the risk of infection in your gums. Warning signs of gum disease If you notice any of the following symptoms it’s important that you follow up with a visit to a good dentist who understands how diabetes can affect your gum health. Don’t ignore these symptoms of gum disease: Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. This is called gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease. Receding gums. Bad breath. Gums that are sore, tender or swollen. Your teeth feel loose, or the way they fit together when you bite has changed. Your dentures, partial dentures or bridges have changed the way they feel or fit. How to prevent gum, mouth and teeth problems if you have diabetes Don’t ignore the symptoms of gum disease. With a bit of help from your dentist you can successfully treat and prevent gum or periodontal disease. See your dentist twice a year to remove plaque and tartar. Tartar is plaque that has hardened and cannot be brushed off with a toothbrush. It needs dental treatment to be removed. Brush your teeth twice daily. Floss regularly. Control your blood sugar levels with a healthy diet and medication if needed – speak to your doctor about how to do this. If you’re struggling with controlling your blood sugar levels with your diet, ask for a referral to a dietician or nutritionist. Dental treatments for diabetics Don’t forget to tell your dentist if you have been diagnosed with diabetes. They can put an action plan in place to help you avoid or...

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Is Invisalign Teeth Straightening The Answer To Your Dream Smile?

Is Invisalign Teeth Straightening The Answer To Your Dream Smile?

Got Crooked Teeth? Adult Teeth Straightening Options: Invisalign Vs Braces Everyone notices a fabulous smile. Straight, white teeth look great and boost confidence. But the decision to straighten your teeth in adulthood is a big one. If you’ve been unhappy with your smile for some time, it can be life-changing to finally take the leap. But with advancements in teeth straightening solutions, you might feel confused about which treatment is the right one for you. Read on to discover some of the differences between traditional braces and Invisalign teeth straightening. Aesthetics Deciding to straighten your teeth in adulthood is exciting, but you may be concerned about how your teeth will look during the treatment. Braces: metal or ceramic brackets are cemented to your teeth and tied together with wires and rubber bands. Even with enamel-coloured brackets, braces applied to the front of the teeth are always visible. Invisalign: clear plastic aligners are custom-fit to be worn comfortably over your teeth. These are virtually invisible and are removable. Treatment time and cost This really depends on the complexity of each individual case but, on average, treatment with traditional braces takes two years. The average treatment time for Invisalign teeth straightening is one year. The costs for each treatment are comparable. Your trusted Brisbane dentist can discuss costs and any other questions you may have. Pain and discomfort Straightening your teeth does cause some discomfort; you are effectively moving the teeth which will always involve a sensation of pressure. Braces: you can expect some pain each time your braces are adjusted. There is also the risk of mouth ulcers and irritation caused by the metal brackets and wires. Invisalign: In the early stages of treatment, you may find that the aligners cause some pressure and discomfort as the teeth begin to move. Day to day maintenance Wearing any teeth straightening appliance requires some daily considerations. Braces: You might consider avoiding certain foods (like hard apples) whilst wearing braces. Teeth can be difficult to clean after eating and a water pick is often recommended. Invisalign: Your aligner must be removed before eating and drinking (excluding water) and teeth must be brushed after each meal to avoid staining. The aligner trays should be brushed and rinsed in lukewarm water. Follow-up visits Traditional braces require monthly visits to the orthodontist. Invisalign teeth straightening requires check-ups every six weeks. Once again, every mouth is unique, so your dentist can advise of the specific time frames required to straighten your smile. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve been dreaming of. To find out if Invisalign teeth straightening is the right choice for you, book an appointment with Robert Duhig Dental today on (07)...

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School Dentists Are Great BUT Here’s Why You Still Need To See Your Family Dentist

School Dentists Are Great BUT Here’s Why You Still Need To See Your Family Dentist

Before you discount the importance of a family dentist, STOP and read this, it could save your child’s teeth! From a young age you teach your child how important looking after their teeth is, you take it upon yourself to ensure you are doing everything possible to make sure their dental health is A1. So why would you not consider seeing a family dentist in North Brisbane as well? Here are a few reasons why you should! Family dentists are important Having the option to visit the school dentist is great and the benefits are undeniable but there are also just as many reasons why you should visit a family dentist as well. Regular check-ups – The school dentist only visits once a year, while this free service is fantastic and essential for many families, sometimes it isn’t enough. Regular check-ups are crucial in maintaining proper oral hygiene. These check-ups and cleans at the family dentist can potentially save your child from having to have a tooth pulled instead of just having a filling. Children’s teeth change – As children grow so do their teeth. When baby / milk teeth fall out and the new adult teeth grow through, it is important that you keep an eye on them. Are they too cramped or are they growing in on an angle? Issues like this can become major concerns for dental health and confidence down the track so it is imperative that you pay a visit to your family dentist at least every six months. Get familiar – By visiting a regular family dentist it helps not just you but also the kids to form a relationship with the dentist. This is crucial in forming trust between the dentist and child as trust can relieve (if not completely eliminate) fear of going to the dentist. Seeing the same dentist consistently will also allow the dental staff to become more familiar with your family and children and know what their dental weaknesses are. This knowledge could prevent serious work to be required in the future. Visiting the school dentist is not an option that is available to everyone so if it is offered to your child, you should definitely take it. You can never invest enough time into your child’s dental health. Even the best dentist North Brisbane has will tell you the same! Find your regular family dentist in North Brisbane and give your kids the best care...

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