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Why A Dental Visit Can Help You (and your partner) Sleep!

Snoring and sleep apnoea are not to be trifled with. These conditions demonstrate not only health issues, but they’re also inevitably linked to distress and a lack of sleep for both the sufferer and the person they share their bedroom with. There is a wide range of anti-snoring devices on the market. Some of these are founded in scientific research but many of them (particularly those offered at low cost on retail websites) fail to deliver any measurable results. If you’re going to invest in an anti-snoring device, it is vital that you speak with a dental health professional prior to purchase. This could save you a lot of time, money and heartache. When looking for snoring devices in Brisbane and the wider community, it is important to be abreast of appropriate recommendations to ensure you purchase the best products possible.   What Anti-Snoring Devices Are On The Market?   A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device is probably the snoring device that most people have already heard of. It can alleviate some difficulties but the bulkiness of the device itself can mean that it’s often not the best long-term solution. There are a range of oral appliances on the market that take the form of mouthguards that adjust the way that the jaw is sitting during sleep. Many of these are for sale on cheap websites but it’s important that you make an appropriate investment in your sleep health and work with a professional.   What Causes Snoring and Sleep Apnoea?   Sleep apnoea and snoring often go hand in hand. Sleep apnoea is a pause in breathing that results in excessive noisy snores and can often see the afflicted party struggling to breathe. If this is an ongoing problem for you, you may feel fatigued even after a full night’s sleep – this is because snoring can really affect your ability to get a proper, restful sleep each night. And it’s certainly not ideal for anyone sharing your bed! Factors that influence snoring and sleep apnoea include but are not limited to: Enlarged tonsils or tongues Excess weight The shape of the nose or jaw Menopause or post-menopause Abuse of alcohol or cigarettes Sleeping on one’s back The use of a scientifically reliable anti-snoring device can be of serious help when it comes to sleep disorders. Failure to address these issues could lead to more complicated and serious problems down the track.   Need a professional opinion on anti-snoring devices? Talk to the team at Robert Duhig Dental...

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Trend In Instagram Teeth Whitening Products Causing MAJOR Damage to Teen Teeth

Instagram influencers and celebrities often spotlight different products to their audiences. They receive income for these sponsored posts. These posts are most often health, beauty and lifestyle products that are quickly snapped up by their faithful followers. One of the most spruiked devices that we’re seeing are teeth whitening products. Influencers on Instagram speak and write in glowing terms about the various home teeth whitening products that they’re advertising. Gullible teens are quickly convinced that they’re in desperate need of shiny white teeth. They often have low self-esteem so look for a ‘quick fix’ to make them feel better about themselves. The solution seems so obvious to them – by using the same teeth whitening products as Insta-famous people, they’ll be beautiful, too! What these teens (and their parents) DON’T know is that these products are often dangerous and could do serious, long-term damage to their teeth. Here’s what you need to know RIGHT NOW.   There Is No Miracle Over-The-Counter Cure The pursuit of the perfect smile is driving teens to pressure their parents to purchase dangerous teeth whitening products. These DIY products quite often damage the natural development of tooth enamel – rendering teeth in serious need of in-chair help to recover. These products are completely unsuitable for those under the age of 18. Teeth whiteners play host to chemicals like hydrogen peroxide. These harm the dental tissue that rests underneath tooth enamel. The protein inside is effectively broken down into pieces – heralding seriously bad news for users.   Self Esteem and the Instagram Teen It’s like shooting fish in a barrel when it comes to making teenagers feel inadequate. They’re struggling to find their place in the world and forming their own identities. This makes them ripe for the picking when it comes to brands who use advertising techniques that play on insecurities in order to sell products. Teeth whitening products that are spruiked over this platform are not in line with recommendations from dental professionals.   In Chair Without A Care We only get one set of adult teeth so it’s important to trust the professionals when it comes to dental procedures. At best, cheap, quick-fix solutions simply won’t work, but at worst, they can spell a lifetime of compromised dental health. Robert Duhig Dental offers in-chair teeth whitening services that are safe and in line with best practice.   Get in contact today to save your teen’s teeth!...

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What to Expect During In-Chair Teeth Whitening: Brisbane Dentist Explains

What to Expect During In-Chair Teeth Whitening: Brisbane Dentist Explains

Decided to get your teeth whitened? You’re not alone! This procedure is becoming more and more popular thanks to the rise of social media. If you’re chasing a beautiful, pearly white smile then perhaps teeth whitening in Brisbane is for you. Before you plonk yourself in the chair, however, here’s a rundown on what the procedure will involve. First Things First, Choose Your Dentist Wisely This isn’t a permanent treatment or fix but you still need to ensure that you’re choosing the right professional for the job. Generally, the ‘white’ look will only take a number of treatments if you’re putting your teeth in the right hands. The treatment can last from between six weeks to two years if you ensure that you avoid activities like smoking or consuming food and drink inclined to stain (farewell, coffee and red wine!). You may want to do ‘touch ups’ using an at-home teeth whitening kit, but these won’t have the same impact as having it done in the dental chair. For the best results in teeth whitening, Brisbane customers are advised to seek out a dental professional. What’s Involved in the Teeth Whitening Procedure? There are a number of elements that need to be examined first before treatment begins. The presence of cavities If you’ve got cavities, these will need to be treated prior to the process beginning. If not, the decayed areas will soak up the treatment and infiltrate the inner parts of your teeth – potentially causing both pain and damage. Sensitivity Tooth decay or receding gums may make your teeth more sensitive to the treatment. Your dentist will take a photograph of your teeth first in order to both monitor the progress as well as ensuring that nothing is present that may hurt you or cause discomfort. The Treatment Begins! An intense cleaning will be the first step when getting your teeth whitened. The procedure itself should take between a half hour to an hour and a half. This is dependent on the condition of your teeth and how they respond to the treatment. A gel is applied to your gums and hydrogen peroxide is applied to your teeth. The next step is a bright light that will cause oxygen to be released. This will lift stains and whiten your dentine. Teeth Whitening: Brisbane Dentist or Home Kit? The procedure is safer and more personally crafted if you undergo teeth whitening at the dentist rather than using a home kit. You’re more likely to have better results and you can be left satisfied that you trusted your teeth to a professional rather than an Instagram-recommended product. For the very best in teeth whitening, Brisbane professionals Robert Duhig Dental...

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Can We Do Anything About the Effects of Soft Drink on Teeth?

It’s the stuff of dentistry nightmares and the guilty pleasure of so many Australians. Consumption of sugary soft drink. And though some common myths about certain soft drinks being able to dissolve coins has been subsequently debunked, there’s no denying that regularly consuming sugary drinks can have. Detrimental effect on our dental health. We know it’s bad but we do it anyway. So really, surely there’s some way to stem the effects of soft drink on teeth. Some magic cure or special tool at the dentist’s office that can undo a lifetime of bad beverage habits? Let’s investigate.   What are the effects of soft drink on teeth? These drinks are very high in sugar. This sugar interacts with the bacteria already in your mouth to form acid that then goes on to attack your teeth. This is a damaging reaction and, depending on how often you indulge, can have some fairly catastrophic effects. The enamel (the hard, protective layer that forms on the top of your teeth) is attacked by the soft drink. Over time, you’ll see the development of tooth decay as well as dental cavities. It’s not looking too good for those soft drinks, is it? When you take into account the predilection of younger people to consume a lot of soft drink, it seems like this is a problem that’s targeting the young and impressionable members of our society.   What’s to be done? So is there a quick fix? A special toothpaste? Perhaps a magic wand? The answer is no. The ONLY way to fix or reverse the damage that soft drink can have on teeth is to stop consumption in its tracks and replace bad habits with appropriate dental care.   What needs to be done? Arranging a check-up and clean with your dentist and dental hygienist is the first step on the road to teeth recovery. Ensuring that you are brushing your teeth appropriately (at least twice a day for two minutes each time) is an excellent place to start. Regular flossing will also improve the health of your teeth as you stage an oral comeback. Avoiding sugary drinks and replacing them with (chiefly) water will help to cut down on the chances of nasty bacteria forming inside your mouth.   Speak to the Gentle Dentist. If you’re concerned about your oral health, make an appointment at Robert Duhig Dental...

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Oh No! My Child Needs Crowns! Here’s Why It’s NOT The End Of The World

There’s no denying it – your child has a tooth cavity and the damage looks pretty bad. You can’t help but feel terrible. Weren’t you doing everything to help keep their mouth healthy? Brushing, flossing, reducing sugar: you did all the right things, but your child still managed to get a hole so big they now need crowns on their baby teeth. Well, you can set aside the parental guilt, as tooth decay in children is incredibly common – the World Health Organization estimates that between 60-90% of school-aged children worldwide have cavities. And while it sounds like a crown is an extreme course of action for a tooth that will fall out soon anyway, it’s actually quite necessary.   Why would a child need crowns?   There are several reasons a child would need a crown on their baby teeth rather than just a filling or removing the tooth altogether. The tooth may be so damaged that a filling is not enough to save it, or it is broken, making filling it impossible. In these cases, it is important to have a crown fitted so the tooth remains strong, durable, and the decay does not spread further into the tooth or the surrounding teeth. Baby teeth are essential for the healthy eruption of adult teeth, and a tooth that is weakened or removed will interrupt the growth of the permanent tooth, impacting the child’s oral health, speech development and ability to chew. A crown on baby teeth will protect the tooth that is left and will fall out naturally when the time comes. It will also help preserve the space for the adult teeth, which may not come through until their teens (depending on the tooth).   What’s involved in fitting crowns on baby teeth?   Putting crowns on baby teeth is a relatively simple procedure, but it can take a little while. We first numb the area, isolate the tooth to protect the surrounding teeth, gums and cheek, and then remove the decay using a special drill. During this time, we will shape the tooth and prepare it for the crown. We then fit the crown snugly on top so that it is stable.   What to expect after the crown is applied   After the procedure, the child must avoid sticky food but can otherwise eat normally (being careful not to bite their numb lips and cheeks!), and it’s perfectly fine to brush their teeth as usual. During brushing, the gum may bleed slightly or even appear blue: this can be the shadow of the metal under the gum tissue and not a cause for concern. The area will regain normal feeling in a few days....

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What You DIDN’T Know About Your Dental Hygienist

What You DIDN’T Know About Your Dental Hygienist

The role of the dental hygienist is vital in any dental practice. At Robert Duhig Dental, we are focused on providing the most professional, gentle treatment possible. Having confidence in your dental surgery isn’t just about having a perfect smile – it’s about knowing that you’re in confident, capable hands every step of the way. What is the role of the dental hygienist? A dental hygienist, otherwise known as a dental nurse, has a specific role to play in the treatment of patients. Their calm, consistent manner soothes the nerves of anxious patients who may have had negative experiences at other treatment centres. It’s their role to work towards preventing dental decay by ‘deep cleaning’ teeth. You’ll find them working away with patients to remove the build-up of plaque and provide professional cleaning that will improve the health of the teeth and gums. Removing Fear Many patients find the idea of a clean like this to be daunting. You’re sitting in a chair for a considerable amount of time while someone pokes and prods, and sucks and scrapes, to get your teeth looking the best they can possibly be. One of the key roles of the dental hygienist is to be a calming presence in what can be a nerve-wracking experience. They provide a steady, measured tone and allay the fears of patients by gently talking you through each step. What If I’m Afraid? Many people are afraid of the dentist and there is no harm in that. Your dental hygienist has seen it all! They’ll be able to adjust what they’re doing to compensate for particular fears and concerns that you have – whilst still getting the job done in a professional and timely manner. Your dental hygienist is qualified not only because of their VET training and qualifications, but in the way they consistently provide optimum care in each and every procedure that they are involved in. Robert Duhig Dental – The Practice for Nervous Nellies All of our staff are focused on professional practice with gentle care and consideration. Dental anxiety is understandable – and common – and we firmly believe that there are ways of addressing it appropriately. We do not ‘write off’ the concerns of our patients – we treat them with respect and constantly look for ways to modify what we do to suit the needs of the people we treat. If you want to see the Robert Duhig Dental difference for yourself, make an appointment with the go-to Sandgate dentist...

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